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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - A new report ranks the city of Martinsville first in the nation in per-capita opioid prescriptions.

WDBJ-TV reports that's according to a Centers for Disease Control report released last week.

The report analyzed prescriptions from 59,000 pharmacies around the country in 2015.

Opioids come in different strengths, so researchers came up with a standard measure comparing them to morphine.

Nationwide, it found the amount of opioids prescribed was the equivalent of 640 milligrams of morphine per person in 2015.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia health officials say the flu season is off to a slow start, with no confirmed cases in the state so far.

The Daily Press reports that at this time last year, Virginia had reported sporadic activity for several weeks. Flu became widespread in December.

The season runs from October to May and typically peaks in the U.S. between December and February.

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A Delaware commercial lab has been closed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it is one of potentially nine facilities that may have gotten live anthrax spores from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The paper reports that state and federal officials refused to identify the facility.    

The announcement follows the Defense Department’s revelation that it sent out at least one and perhaps has many as nine shipments to facilities nationwide.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control has said that it does not believe there is any risk to the public.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Sen. Chris Coons says he is going to West Africa to visit U.S. soldiers who are helping to fight the Ebola outbreak.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say anyone who's diagnosed with Ebola in the state would be treated at one of three hospitals - one of them in Washington - if a federal facility is not available.

State officials released their plan for dealing with a confirmed Ebola case on Thursday. The state still hasn't said how it plans to monitor all people returning to the state from West Africa, where the virus is concentrated. The Centers for Disease Control has ordered Maryland and five other states to monitor everyone coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's health secretary says it will depend on individual circumstances how closely the state monitors people who've been to West Africa for possible Ebola symptoms.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said Wednesday that the state hasn't yet worked out the specifics of how it will monitor everyone who returns from the countries stricken by Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control has directed Maryland and five other states to keep tabs on all such travelers for 21 days. Those states represent 70 percent of people arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

No Ebola Case in Delaware

Oct 7, 2014

Dr. Karel Rattay, director of the state Division of Public Health, reassured residents that there were no cases of Ebola in the First State.

The announcement came after a report that a child from Liberia was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover for possible exposure to the infectious disease.

The only confirmed case in the United States is Thomas Duncan in Texas.

Dover Hospital Monitors Child for Ebola

Oct 6, 2014

Bayhealth Kent General hospital in Dover says it has placed a Liberian child in isolation as a preventive measure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in that country.

In a statement placed on its website Sunday it said the move was a precautionary measure.

The hospital says it is taking all recommended precautions by the Centers for Disease Control with the collection and transport of specimens.

WBOC reports that the child is past the 21 day maximum incubation period and that the CDC has determined that the likelihood of Ebola infection is extremely low.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say there have been a total of six overdose deaths related to fentanyl-laced heroin this year.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced Friday that toxicology reports confirm the fentanyl-laced heroin overdose deaths of four men and two women ranging in age from 28 to 58. The deaths occurred over a period of about two weeks in March and April in New Castle and Sussex counties. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Twelve Delaware schools and community organizations have been chosen to receive funding for after-school programs aimed at preventing youth violence and suicide.

The funding is part of $2.2 million approved by lawmakers for the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families this year.

Thirteen other schools and organizations submitted successful applications for similar after-school programs in an initial round of funding in September.