DHEC

Patrick Gentry
July 15, 2019 - 12:03 pm
South Carolina officials say the worst of a statewide hepatitis A outbreak may be over. The Department of Health and Environment Control confirmed 48 cases in May and June. Officials believe this a potential sign that a decline in cases is imminent. Infections rose in November. An outbreak was...
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July 03, 2019 - 8:03 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported today that one person has been referred to their health care provider after being potentially exposed to rabies by a stray cat that tested positive for the disease. The potential exposure occurred June 28 when the...
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Farmers Market
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June 16, 2019 - 4:00 am
Looking for a farmers market? There's an app for that. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants to remind residents of the S.C. Farmers and Roadside Market App to find and buy fresh produce locally. The web-based app shows the location, hours of operation and...
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June 08, 2019 - 5:00 am
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond in the community to advocate for a better environment and a healthier community? Nominations are now being accepted for Community Star awards that spotlight South Carolina’s advocates for a better world in those categories.. It's through the SC...
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Measles outbreak vaccine
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April 25, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Health officials in South Carolina have growing concern that measles could make a comeback in the state. That's because the number of children not getting immunized is growing. South Carolina’s DHEC requires all South Carolina students to have the measles vaccine prior to entry into kindergarten...
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Sexually Transmitted Disease rates rise
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April 16, 2019 - 12:04 pm
Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise around the county. Here, in South Carolina, STD’s are spreading faster than in other states. Overall, gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia are spreading faster here in all but 2 other states. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that in...
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Patrick Gentry
March 28, 2019 - 12:10 pm
The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered tighter regulation of a low-level nuclear waste landfill where radioactive water has leaked into the groundwater. The State newspaper reported the justices on Wednesday ordered the Department of Health and Environmental Control to review how operators of...
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Patrick Gentry
February 26, 2019 - 12:43 pm
South Carolina lawmakers and physicians are reaffirming their efforts to repeal the Certificate of Need law. It requires a state agency, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, to regulate whether hospitals can expand, new health facilities can be built and whether expensive medical...
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Patrick Gentry
January 18, 2019 - 10:47 am
The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported today that two people have been referred to their health care providers after being potentially exposed to rabies by a stray cat that tested positive for the disease. The potential exposures occurred around Jan.12 when the victims...
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Patrick Gentry
December 15, 2018 - 6:30 am
Eight schools won grants to support efforts to educate the next generation of environmental stewards, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced today. "Champions of the Environment grant winners will restore and protect coastal habitats, grow organic, sustainable...
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