Public Health

April 17, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public health is offering STD testing at no cost to patients at select Parish Health Units on April 24, April 25 and April 26 in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STD Awareness Month. Through this initiative, the Office of Public Health hopes to promote awareness about STDs and remove potential barriers for screening and testing. In addition to STD screening, residents can also receive free testing for HIV.
April 13, 2018
Louisiana law prohibits the sale of Tobacco Products, Alternative Nicotine Products, and Vapor Products to persons under Age 18. For assistance in quitting smoking, call or visit: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), www.quitwithusla.org.
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.
March 20, 2018
Oysters in Lake Borgne and the Mississippi Sound (known as harvest areas 1 and 2) can now be transplanted to other waters. The State of Louisiana is taking this emergency action to protect oyster reefs from freshwater intrusion following the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
March 15, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health is making mosquito-fighting equipment and pesticides available to some towns, cities, parishes, tribes and other governmental entities that do not operate surveillance-based mosquito control programs.
March 13, 2018
Today, Gov. John Bel. Edwards joined officials in the town of St. Joseph, LA to unveil the new Comprehensive Water Distribution System Replacement Project and lifted the public health emergency declaration.
March 07, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health has recently launched an online service which provides Louisianans easy access to test privately owned water wells for biological contaminants.
February 22, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health awarded a $550,000 loan to the Town of Sunset through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.  The low-interest subsidized loan will help improve the Town of Sunset’s Water System.
February 14, 2018
Due to widespread flu activity remaining throughout Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Health will continue to offer flu vaccines at no cost at Parish Health Units across the state while supplies last. The vaccine is available to anyone who has not yet received a vaccine this flu season.
February 06, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health has awarded a $5.5 million loan to the City of Carencro through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. The low-interest loan will help improve Carencro’s water system.