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DHEC in the News: Emergency preparedness drill, flu, penicillin-resistant superbug

Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.

4 Tri-County agencies team up for emergency preparedness drill

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – First responders across the Lowcountry are making sure we’re prepared for any emergency that comes our way.

At the Dorchester County Emergency Operations Center, the staff is doing joint activation drills with the Town of Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, and the City of North Charleston in its annual emergency drill. On Wednesday, that training is preparing for a 5.5 magnitude earthquake.

General Interest

Scientists want to infect you with the flu, but you’ll earn $3,500 and a ‘hotel’ stay

Getting the flu sucks, so why not do it in style?

Researchers at Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development are offering that opportunity, although their reason for it is much more scientific and less glib. They want to infect willing participants with the influenza virus — after giving them either a real vaccine or a placebo — and then monitor how their body reacts, the Center for Vaccine Development’s director Daniel Hoft said.

Here’s what’s in it for you: A free stay at “Hotel Influenza,” a payout of around $3,500, catered meals and access to TV and internet.

Penicillin-resistant superbug found in Orange County facility, CDC report says

A strain of antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas bacteria was found in a health-care facility in Orange County, making it the first case of its kind in Florida, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The superbug, which produces genes that make it resistant to the penicillin family of antibiotics, was identified in 2017 in seven patients in a long-term acute care hospital — an inpatient hospital for patients who are too sick for nursing homes but not sick-enough for the ICU. The bacteria was identified in patients before causing infections or complications, according to the CDC report.

DHEC in the News: Flu, sewer overflow, US mortality

Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.

Charleston Co. has most flu cases in S.C., DHEC says

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The flu bug is popping up in South Carolina, and while the season appears to be off to a slow start, state health department records show Charleston is leading the state in the number of cases.

Blockage causes sewer overflow into nearby waters, officials say

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Renewable Water Resources said Friday afternoon there was a sanitary sewer overflow in the area near North Pleasantburg Drive and Rutherford Road in Greenville.

The cause of the overflow was determined to be a blockage caused by a combination of grease and rags, which should not be discharged or flushed into the sewers, officials said.

General Interest

What’s Killing Americans? These 2 Things, According to a New CDC Report

Good news: Deaths from cancer and heart disease—by far the two biggest killers of Americans—are on the decline, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as are those related to HIV. But further analysis released by the public health agency Friday highlight two alarming trends for U.S. mortality: significant rises in gun and, especially, drug overdose deaths (with the latter driven by the ongoing opioid crisis in America).

Despite the drop in heart disease and cancer deaths, the overall death rate in the U.S. actually rose in in the year ending mid-2017 compared to a comparable period the previous year.

Preventing marine debris

By Dan Burger, Director, Coastal Services Division
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Do you have a garage full of old fishing gear? If you do, the Clean Marine Event in Charleston is for you!

April 24-26, DHEC will be working with S.C. SeaGrant, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other partners to provide disposal sites in Charleston County to get rid of unwanted fishing and boating gear before it becomes marine debris.

Marine debris is a serious problem across South Carolina’s coast. Lost fishing gear, such as crab pots and monofilament line, can seriously harm — and even kill — the birds, turtles, fish and dolphins that make the Lowcountry so special. For example, crab traps can trap and drown turtles; monofilament line entangles and injures birds, dolphins, turtles and other animals.

Clean Marine Disposal Event Dates and Times:

  • Friday, April 24, 2015 from 12 PM – 6 PM
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8 AM – 6 PM
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 8 AM – 6 PM

Find trash and recycling containers at these marinas and boat landings:

  • Dawhoo Landing on Edisto Island
  • Cherry Point Landing on Wadmalaw Island
  • John P. Limehouse Landing on Johns Island
  • Folly River Landing on Folly Island
  • Wappoo Cut on James Island
  • Charleston City Marina in Downtown Charleston
  • Cooper River Marina in North Charleston
  • Remley’s Point in Mount Pleasant
  • Robert L. Ashley Boat Landing in McClellanville

Also, Bees Ferry Landfill will waive the tipping fee for any personal boats and trailers brought directly to that location on Friday, April 24 (8 AM – 4 PM) and Saturday, April 25 (8 AM – 3 PM) only.

What items will be accepted?

  • Fishing gear: crab traps, nets, fishing line, tackle boxes, fishing rods and reels, etc.
  • Boating gear: dock lines, life jackets, coolers, fenders, buoys, etc.
  • Boat motors (must be drained of oil and gas)
  • Boat batteries
  • Hazardous household waste: paints, oils, thinners, solvents (must be in a sealed container)
  • Trailer tires

What items are NOT accepted?

  • Gasoline
  • Flares or any explosives
  • Firearms
  • Commercial grade hazardous household waste

Learn more by visiting the Clean Marine page of Facebook at https://facebook.com/CleanMarineSC.

Properly disposing of your marine waste today will help keep our coastal waters cleaner tomorrow!