Public Health

February 28, 2013
The Louisiana Departments of Health and Hospitals and Wildlife and Fisheries announced today the precautionary closure of oyster harvest Area 11 in response to an oil spill. Area 11 is west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish.
February 01, 2013
Baton Rouge–The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health Region 1 (Greater New Orleans Area) and Region 6 (Central Louisiana) with Project Public Health Ready recognition, honoring their preparedness to respond in a public health emergency.
January 28, 2013
In 2012, the country experienced increased West Nile activity compared to recent years, and Louisiana was no exception, recording the highest number of cases in a decade.
January 04, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) moved quickly Friday to close a Cameron Parish molluscan shellfish harvesting area located in Basin 3, Area 30. This is a preventive health measure in response to people becoming ill after eating oysters harvested from that area. DHH also ordered a recall of all oysters harvested from that area since Dec. 28, 2012, including shucked, frozen, breaded, post-harvest processed and oysters for the half shell market.
January 01, 2013
Health Unit appointment excuse form.
December 20, 2012
Today, Louisiana health officials unveiled their plan, in development since February 2012, for enhancing the state's health inspection process for retail food establishments.
December 14, 2012
Today, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein announced mid-year reductions at the agency that will save $51.8 million in State General Fund for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. These reductions have a total impact of $82.6 million for this Fiscal Year, when federal funds that would be used to match affected programs and services are considered. DHH’s reductions are part of the State’s overall mid-year reduction plan that addresses the budget shortfall in the current fiscal year.
November 30, 2012
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals continues to detect West Nile cases up to the year’s end, with state health officials reporting 11 new cases and one new death this week.
November 19, 2012
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals uncovered 15 new West Nile cases this week, and reports one death from the disease. The State is experiencing its worst West Nile outbreak in a decade this year, and health care providers continue identifying new cases into the fall season.
November 09, 2012
The state’s worst year for West Nile virus in a decade continues into the fall season, with state health officials reporting 12 new cases and two deaths this week.