Public Health

October 08, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed one new case of West Nile Virus this week. Of the 55 total cases this year, 34 are neuroinvasive disease (WN-NID), seven West Nile fever and 14 asymptomatic. DHH also confirmed two additional West Nile Virus deaths, bringing the total number of deaths this year to four. The deaths occurred in DHH Regions 4, 2, 7 and 9 consecutively.
October 07, 2015
During West Nile virus season, the health department issues weekly reports listing cases detected and any deaths that occurred. The goal of this surveillance for West Nile infections in humans is to give an updated picture of how widespread West Nile infection is in the population at that time.
September 25, 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 community based outreach and to develop culturally competent communications to support such outreach, build community linkages and communications, and provide professional development training to address MCH-related health disparities in underserved communities throughout Louisiana.
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.