Public Health

August 27, 2014
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced that its testing confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the St. John Water District 1 water system. This water system serves 12,577 people in the towns of Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy. There are no known cases of illness related to the ameba in St. John the Baptist Parish or elsewhere in the state currently.
August 22, 2014
With the increasing numbers of West Nile virus cases in the state, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is urging residents to be vigilant and protect themselves from mosquitoes. This week, DHH confirmed 10 new cases of West Nile virus, of which seven were neuroinvasive disease cases, bringing this year's total to 52 reported infections. Prior to these new cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's August 19, 2014 weekly West Nile Virus report, Louisiana had the second highest number of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease cases.
August 22, 2014
This week, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health (DHH OPH) awarded a $990,000 loan to the Village of Estherwood through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWRLF). The low-interest loan will help improve the community's drinking water system.
August 21, 2014
All salt and brackish water may contain Vibrio vulnificus (V.v.). If you have a condition that puts you at risk for V.v., talk to your doctor about how to stay healthy.
August 19, 2014
The goal of the surveillance for West Nile Infections in Humans is to describe the disease burden of the West Nile infection on the human population.
August 15, 2014
This week, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed 13 new cases of West Nile virus, of which five were neuroinvasive disease infections, bringing this year’s total to 42 reported cases.
August 13, 2014
There’s still plenty of time this summer to enjoy the coast or the beach, whether it’s along the Gulf Coast or the Caribbean. Before heading out, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) wants to warn travelers, beachgoers and fishermen about two diseases, Vibrio vulnificus and the chikungunya virus.
August 08, 2014
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is confirming the state's second West Nile virus death, an individual older than 75. The state's latest surveillance report also includes 14 new West Nile virus cases, bringing this year's total number of cases to 29.
August 02, 2014
The Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health (DHH/OPH) will reopen the closed portions of oyster Harvest Area 12 at one half hour prior to sunrise Monday, August 4, 2014. This oyster bed is located in Jefferson and Plaquemines parish waters. The reopening includes all waters centered near Bay Jimmy, Bay Batiste and Wilkinson Bay, except within 100 yards of any shoreline and reverts back to its current May-August seasonal classification status. DHH ordered a precautionary closure on October 25, 2010 due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
August 01, 2014
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is confirming six new West Nile virus cases this week, bringing this year's total number of cases to 15. This week's new infections include three cases of neuroinvasive disease in Caddo Parish, two cases of West Nile fever, with one each in Caddo and Livingston parishes, and an asymptomatic case in East Baton Rouge Parish. This week's cases can be found in the weekly West Nile virus Surveillance report by clicking here.