Public Health

February 21, 2020
Dr. Frank Welch, medical director for emergency preparedness at the Louisiana Department of Health, directs and coordinates all aspects of infectious disease planning and response activities for Louisiana. We asked Dr. Welch about the planning and response to COVID-19 at a time when Dr. Welch’s team was also responding to five concurrent outbreaks of infectious diseases: seasonal flu, hepatitis A, mumps, norovirus and chicken pox.
February 14, 2020
By now, you’ve heard all about it online, in the newspapers and on television. With so many sources of information, it can be easy for falsehoods to spread like wildfire and be taken for the gospel truth.
February 07, 2020
It’s Louisiana, and it’s February. You know what that means: laissez les bon temps rouler. When you’re reaching your hands to the sky on those Mardi Gras parade routes, which would you rather catch: those prized throws and beads … or the flu?
February 06, 2020
The Louisiana Office of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of norovirus in the Lake Charles area that appears to be spreading in the Calcasieu and Vernon Parishes.
January 31, 2020
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that five patients in the United States have been diagnosed with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV), there are currently no confirmed cases of the virus in Louisiana. The CDC says that all of these patients have traveled from China. Health officials in Louisiana and other states are taking preliminary steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
January 27, 2020
Working with the Louisiana Department of Health and its Office of Public Health, leaders in Acadiana have demonstrated the ability to plan for, respond to and recover from hazards, disasters and health emergencies.
January 27, 2020
Working with the Louisiana Department of Health and its Office of Public Health, leaders in Monroe and throughout the area have demonstrated the ability to plan for, respond to and recover from hazards, disasters and health emergencies.
January 03, 2020
Vaping is not safe. That's why the Louisiana Department of Health is recommending people stop using all vaping products — especially those being sold on the street or that have had substances added after their manufacture.
December 27, 2019
There are few better ways to ring in a new year than a decadent brunch with loved ones. These recipes are low in calories, fat and carbohydrates — AND packed full of flavor.
December 20, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Health has been selected as one of 10 states that have been awarded the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model grant by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center. The grant will allow the Department and its partner hospital, Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, to address gaps in the care of pregnant and postpartum Medicaid members with opioid use disorder.
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