Press Release, Veterans HARRISBURG, PA – Tomorrow is Veterans Day and Governor Tom Wolf wants every one of the approximately 820,000 veterans across the commonwealth to know that they are truly appreciated for keeping America safe and free.“Veterans from all eras are a big part of our history – heroes who have sacrificed greatly to preserve our freedom and secure our future,” Governor Wolf said. “Though Veterans Day is a special holiday reminding us to personally show our gratitude to veterans for their service, we should take every opportunity to honor and support these great Americans every day.“I am especially proud of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) for how it relentlessly works to connect with and serve veterans across the commonwealth.”Led by Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, the DMVA offers numerous programs and services and operates six veterans homes to help improve the lives of veterans and their families. Pennsylvania is home to the fourth largest veteran population in the nation.“I have the distinct privilege of traveling throughout the commonwealth to meet with veterans and their family members at our state veterans homes and at a wide variety of community events,” said Carrelli. “I have found that each veteran has a unique story to tell and the common thread is their spirit of patriotism. I can think of no more rewarding position to be in than to serve those who have served our country and to be able to personally thank them for their service.”Carrelli reminds all veterans, family members and advocates to sign up for the Veterans Registry at www.register.dmva.pa.gov that launched last year to connect qualified veterans to a wide range of federal, state and county benefits. This includes disability compensation, pensions, VA health care benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, active service bonuses, state nursing home care, and much more.Wolf and Carrelli teamed up to record a special Veterans Day video message that can be viewed online.Wolf also issued a Veterans Day proclamation that can be viewed online.To learn more about the DMVA as well as the programs and services offered to Pennsylvania veterans, go to www.dmva.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvania’s 820,000 Veterans for Keeping America Safe, Free November 10, 2017
Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is working with local health departments in southern Indiana to respond to a recent increase in hepatitis A cases, many of which are tied to a large outbreak in Kentucky.In the last month, 17 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed statewide, including 11 in Clark and Floyd counties. Since Jan. 1, ISDH has confirmed 40 cases of hepatitis A statewide. Typically, fewer than 20 cases are confirmed each year in Indiana.Many of the southern Indiana cases have involved inmates in the Clark County Jail. However, an elementary school in Clark County and a Bob Evans restaurant on State Street in New Albany also have been impacted.“Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus, and seeing this many cases in such a short timeframe is concerning,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “We are working closely with our local partners to identify individuals who may have been exposed and to halt the transmission of disease.”Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It is generally transmitted via fecal-oral routes or through consumption of contaminated food or water. Individuals can contract the virus through contact with:Foods prepared or served by an infected person(s)Stool or blood of an infected person(s)Inanimate objects that may have trace amounts of fecal material from hand contactShared syringes or “works” used to inject drugsSymptoms vary greatly, from severe to none at all, and may include loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, fever, stomach ache, dark (cola) colored urine and light colored stools. Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin) may appear a few days after the onset of these symptoms. Individuals can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. However, hospitalization and, in rare cases, death can occur.Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately. Individuals with symptoms should not prepare or serve food to others and should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after eating and after restroom use. Food handlers in schools, hospitals, restaurants and other facilities that serve large numbers of people are encouraged to get vaccinated, which is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.Since 2014, Indiana has required that children be vaccinated for hepatitis A prior to the start of the school year. Therefore, children in kindergarten through grade 3 have likely been immunized against the disease. Older children and adults may not have been immunized and are urged to check their vaccination status.Healthcare providers are encouraged to ask patients about risk factors for hepatitis A, which include:Travel to countries with high rates of hepatitisMen who have sex with menInjection drug useA diagnosis of chronic liver diseaseDirect contact with individuals who have hepatitis AFor a complete list of populations that might be at higher risk for hepatitis A, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Additional information is online here.Visit the Indiana State Department of Health website or follow on Twitter or Facebook.at http://www.in.gov/isdh/ or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.