Infectious Disease

September 12, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health is awarding two $250,000 grants to establish mosquito abatement districts in St. Mary and Assumption parishes. The grants, sub-awards of a larger grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will allow these parishes to start in-house mosquito abatement districts.
May 11, 2018
Louisiana state health officials are investigating a confirmed case of measles in New Orleans. The illness was confirmed through laboratory testing in New Orleans resident who recently traveled out of the country. This case is not related to a positive measles case reported earlier in April of this year. In both cases, the individuals were not vaccinated.
April 09, 2018
Louisiana state health officials are investigating a confirmed case of measles in New Orleans. The illness was confirmed through laboratory testing in a recent traveler from Europe to New Orleans.
October 23, 2017
As of October 23, officials with the Louisiana Department of Health are providing the most recent case counts of individuals who have been identified with a gastrointestinal illness related to the food poisoning outbreak in Caldwell Parish.
October 21, 2017
As of October 21, officials with the Louisiana Department of Health are providing the most recent case counts of individuals who have been identified with a gastrointestinal illness related to the Salmonella outbreak in Caldwell Parish.
October 19, 2017
As of Oct. 19, 49 cases of a gastrointestinal illness have been confirmed with 31 people hospitalized. One death has occurred and an autopsy is occurring to determine if the death was caused by this illness or other causes. The ages of those with a confirmed illness range from 15 years old to 70.
October 03, 2017
Funding is now available to help local communities start new mosquito control programs. Using a one-time grant of $500,000 from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Louisiana Department of Health is now offering funding to local governments to help them establish new mosquito control programs.
March 16, 2017
The Louisiana Department of Health reports that cases of mumps are beginning to appear in Louisiana. As of Wednesday, there have been 12 cases* of mumps reported by the LDH Office of Public Health.
March 08, 2017
This annual report summarizes Louisiana Tuberculosis cases/rates by parish.
November 10, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is providing updated information about West Nile and Zika virus cases in the state. The department has identified nine additional West Nile cases, bringing the total count to 45, and five additional Zika cases confirmed, bringing the total to 39.