Flu season ramps up, illness-related school absences increasing


NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Tis the season for infection being spread, resulting in fever, chills and body aches — all symptoms of influenza. As the flu season continues, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has reported a spike over the last few weeks in the percentage of outpatient visits with flu-like illnesses. […]

Health officials continue efforts to keep Zika out of New Hanover County

Flower pot saucers or drainage trays collect water, making them potential breeding grounds for mosquitos. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

While locally transmitted cases of Zika virus have surfaced in south Florida in recent weeks, North Carolina is still free of the mosquito-borne illness. That’s something that New Hanover County health officials are looking to continue as the summer rolls on. “We’re really still focusing on public education,” said Marie Hemmen, environmental health supervisor in charge of […]