Public Health

September 02, 2015
Louisiana Sen. Mike Walsworth from District 33 will host a community meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, to address the recent discovery of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the North Monroe Water System, which serves the town of Sterlington in North Monroe. The meeting will be held in the Sterlington High School auditorium and will begin at 6 p.m. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) staff will be on hand to provide an update and answer questions from the public.
September 01, 2015
Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the North Monroe Water System, which serves the town of Sterlington, at the 701 Guthrie Road sampling site. The privately owned water system, which serves approximately 8,400 residents in the North Monroe area along U.S. Route 165, was tested by DHH as part of the State's new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Tuesday afternoon. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated. Water system operators will begin the burn as soon as possible.
August 20, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed Wednesday a total of 20 cases of West Nile virus so far this summer. Of the cases we have seen this year, 10 have been neuroinvasive disease (NID), two have been West Nile fever and eight have been asymptomatic.
August 18, 2015
Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the Schriever Water System at the site 588 Island Road, Montegut (Pointe Aux Chenes).
August 13, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF) today released an update to the advisory for the Devil’s Swamp and Bayou Baton Rouge area in East Baton Rouge Parish. State agencies have changed the advisory from “limited consumption” to “no consumption.” Residents should avoid eating fish and crawfish from the area, as well as avoid swimming and participating in water activities there. Under the previous limited consumption advisory, residents were advised to eat no more than two meals per month that included fish from the area.
August 07, 2015
Senator Troy E. Brown will host a community meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11, to address the recent discovery of the Naegleria Fowleri ameba in the Ascension Consolidated Utility District 1 Water System. The meeting will be held at the George R. Blum Community Center and will begin at 6 p.m. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) staff will be on hand to update the public and field questions from the community.
July 28, 2015
Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the Ascension Consolidated Utility District 1 at the site 9295 Brou Road. The water system, which serves approximately 1,800 residents in a small community north of Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish, was tested by DHH as part of the State’s new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Tuesday afternoon. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated. Parish officials today confirmed that the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.