Public Health

October 31, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting six additional cases of West Nile virus in the state. There are no additional reported cases of Zika virus for this week. This brings the total West Nile virus cases to 36, with the Zika virus count remaining at 34 cases in 2016.
October 18, 2016
Nasal flu spray no longer recommended after being found ineffective by CDC
October 14, 2016
The Department of Health continues to get reports of newly confirmed Zika and West Nile virus cases. Details of these cases are updated on the Department of Health’s website, Arboviral Surveillance Reports, and can be found here.
October 06, 2016
New policies allow for coverage of breast reconstruction post mastectomy and genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer
September 23, 2016
Officials report residents can resume use of the Bogue Chitto River
September 23, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is providing updated information about West Nile and Zika virus cases in the state. There have been two additional West Nile and three additional Zika cases confirmed.
September 17, 2016
On Friday, September 16, a levee breach at the City of Brookhaven’s sewage plant released approximately six million gallons of storm water-diluted sewage to the East Branch of the Bogue Chitto River. Based on information provided by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Department of Health and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are issuing a water contact advisory for swimming and fishing in the Bogue Chitto River for its entire length in Louisiana. The advisory is effective immediately.
September 09, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is providing updated information about West Nile and Zika virus cases in the state. There have been 10 additional West Nile and two additional Zika cases confirmed.
August 26, 2016
This week, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed three additional cases of Zika virus. This brings the total to 26 cases of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. There are no known locally transmitted cases here. Local transmission occurs when an infected mosquito in the area bites another person in the area and transmits the virus. This local transmission is much more likely in the parishes around Lake Pontchartrain than other areas of the state.
August 25, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will reopen molluscan shellfish growing areas 26, 27 and 28, located in Vermillion and Iberia Parishes, thirty minutes before sunrise Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.