Public Health

October 05, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will close oyster harvest areas 1-23, which are located from Lake Borne in St. Bernard Parish to Oyster Bayou in Terrebonne Parish, effective at sunset on Friday, October 4, 2013.
October 05, 2013
The Department of Health and Hospitals is cautioning residents who may be using generators due to power outages caused by Tropical Storm Karen to be mindful of the dangerous health risks that may result if not used properly.
October 04, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will close oyster harvest areas 1-23, which are located from Lake Borne in St. Bernard Parish to Oyster Bayou in Terrebonne Parish, effective at sunset on Friday, October 4, 2013.
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.