Stacy Shelp

Stacy Shelp: Hometown Hero

Stacy Shelp is Wednesday’s WCHL Hometown Hero. She is the Public Information Officer for the Orange County Health Department.  Stacy’s done a fantastic job on the annual report that is just out for 2015.  The report includes some great news and some bad news, but the Health Department is working on that. The report is released virtually to be more environmentally friendly and it allows readers to take a more in-depth look at featured items. Listen to more about Stacy’s work...

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OC Health Department Still On Alert For New Measles Cases

HILLSBOROUGH- Health Department officials say the measles outbreak in Orange County is under control, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Communications Manager Stacy Shelp says the recent outbreak seems to be winding down. “In Orange County we’re still at five confirmed cases of measles. We do have two suspect cases that we’re watching, but they are in quarantine,” says Shelp. “We are down to only having two other people in quarantine, so that’s really good news.” Statewide, the number of confirmed cases is holding steady at 19. Shelp says while those numbers have not increased, health officials...

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UNC Nausea Outbreak Linked To Norovirus, Limited To Students

CHAPEL HILL – Results are in for the cause of the outbreak of nausea on UNC’s campus late last week that affected more than 80 students. “Of the five samples we sent in, three of them did come back positive for norovirus,” Orange County Health Department’s Public Information Officer Stacy Shelp says. Norovirus is fecal-based but can be transferred through touch as well as food. Shelp says symptoms are often like those of the flu. “It does call gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, etc.,” Shelp says. And despite investigation into the source of the cause, Shelp says they were not able to find it. “We worked very closely with campus Health Services on UNC’s campus and surveyed the students who had come in with the illness,” Shelp says. “Out of the 85 that we surveyed, 50 responded, and we did not have a single source, no single meal or venue that indicated as being the likely source of the exposures.” She says the patients were limited to college students. It affected 85 people that they know of, but luckily only lasted about 24...

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