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Climate change is a complicated topic, especially when you start to unpack the impact on human health.   In this installment of BPR's Climate City series,  Helen Chickering  introduces us to two WNC researchers who are collaborating to tackle that challenge. 

01/30/20 — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released the final report on the public health investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in people who attended the 2019 NC Mountain State Fair at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher.   While there isn't a 'smoking gun', the report confirms earlier findings that  the outbreak was likely caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria in aerosolized water from hot tubs that were on display during the fair at the Ag Center in Fletcher.   

North Carolina health officials are keeping an eye on the measles as it hovers nearby. The latest count by the Centers for Disease Control shows 880 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 24 states, including nearby Tennessee and Georgia.  The CDC says this is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.    State and local health officials have been spreading the “get vaccinated” message with a focus on children.  But what about adults?  BPR’s Helen Chickering checked in with a local health expert.

The flu season is officially here and the first report from the state health department, shows just under ten cases have been confirmed in North Carolina.  But health officials say that could quickly change and they are urging people to get vaccinated.