Public Health

July 22, 2015
Late Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at the site of a leaking sampling station. The water system, which serves 44,000 residents in St. Bernard 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 Wednesday evening. 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 President Dave Peralta confirmed that the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.
July 20, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will be offering free or low cost back to school immunizations for qualifying individuals beginning July 21 at parish health units across Region 5.
July 17, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed three new cases of West Nile virus this week, the first cases of 2015. This week's new infections include two cases of neuroinvasive disease, one in DHH Region 2 and one in Region 6. The third case, also in Region 6 was asymptomatic.
July 08, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum announced today the formation of the Health Information Technology (IT) Advisory Council, which will support the development of health-IT related strategies in the state.
June 26, 2015
Current provisions of Louisiana law remain intact until a final mandate is issued by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Until that happens, the Department will continue to follow Louisiana law.
June 24, 2015
If you live in Louisiana, you probably either fish or know someone who does. It is important to spread the word to family and friends about the dangers of fishing, kayaking or participating in other water-based activities with open wounds.
June 17, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ (DHH) Beach Monitoring Program monitors coastal waters throughout the summer to help keep residents safe.
June 11, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is urging individuals traveling to the Caribbean this summer to be wary of mosquitoes, which may transmit the chikungunya virus (CHIKV), while on their trip. The chikungunya virus is also being spread in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
June 11, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to closely monitor Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) globally, including the cases of MERS-CoV infection recently reported by China and the Republic of Korea, to better understand the risks to public health. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to provide updated guidance to state health departments and healthcare providers in the evaluation of patients for MERS-CoV infection, which have been revised in light of the current situation in the Republic of Korea.
June 08, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Office of Public Health (OPH), Bureau of Family Health (BFH) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified proposers to conduct statewide social marketing and multimedia outreach services to promote the health of Louisiana’s women of childbearing age in order to ultimately impact maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.