Public Health

October 04, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals advises people to avoid contact with floodwaters following a hurricane or tropical storm. Tropical Storm Karen could cause minor flooding in coastal areas, particularly in low-lying areas in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, based on current forecasts.
September 27, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed the state's second West Nile virus death this season. The death occured this week in Ouachita Parish. The state's first death was last month in Rapides Parish. DHH is reporting six new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 45. This week's new infections include four cases of neuroinvasive disease, with three cases from Ouachita Parish, and one case from Lafayette parish, and two cases of West Nile fever, with one case each from St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
September 20, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed five new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 39. This week's new infections include three cases of neuroinvasive disease, with one case each from Caldwell, Lafayette and Rapides parishes, one case of West Nile fever from Ouchita Parish and one asymptomatic case from Lafayette Parish.
September 19, 2013
The Department of Health and Hospitals wants to dispel myths and rumors associated with a recent confirmation of an ameba in the water system in St. Bernard Parish. On Thursday, DHH published a “Myth vs. Fact” rundown of common misconceptions about Naegleria fowleri and drinking water in Louisiana.
September 13, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed three new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 34. This week's new infections include two cases of neuroinvasive disease, with one case each from Livingston and Rapides parishes and one case of West Nile fever from St. Martin Parish.
September 13, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is teaming up with the faith-based community to deliver the message of preparedness during September, which is National Preparedness Month.
September 13, 2013
Additional test results from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm the presence of the rare ameba Naegleria fowleri in four locations of the St. Bernard Parish water system, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced Thursday.
September 06, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed the State's first West Nile virus death of 2013 season. The death occurred in Rapides Parish. DHH is also reporting 10 new West Nile cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 31. This week's new infections include six cases of neuroinvasive disease, four cases from Ouachita Parish and one each from Lafayette and St. Tammany parishes and four cases of West Nile fever, with three in Ouachita Parish and one in St. Tammany Parish.
September 05, 2013
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a child who died from encephalitis, caused by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, contracted the illness while visiting a home in St. Bernard Parish, the Department of Health and Hospitals announced Thursday.
August 30, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reporting eight new West Nile cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 21. This week’s new infections include four cases of neuroinvasive disease, one each from Caldwell, Lafayette, Ouachita and Rapides parishes and four cases of West Nile fever, with two cases from Lafayette parish and one each from Calcasieu and Ouachita.