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DPH and DNREC Share Updated Federal Fish Consumption Guidelines for Pregnant Women and Children

Date Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

Many of us have heard that eating fish is a key part of a healthy diet. But how much should we eat and are there risks to pregnant women and children? In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued updated advice regarding fish consumption that applies to fish and shellfish caught commercially and sold in U.S. retail outlets. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant – as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children – make informed choices when it comes to fish that is healthy and safe to eat.




Turn In Unused Medications April 29, 2017: Attorney General Denn, Sens. Carper And Coons, DEA, DHSS And Walgreens Announce Drug Take-Back Day

Date Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

With hundreds of lives being lost to drug overdoses each year, Delaware will hold a Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to help reduce the risk of prescription medications being diverted for misuse. Delawareans can discard their expired or unused medications at locations statewide between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.




Second Wilmington Raccoon Positive for Rabies; Public Health Warns Residents in Sharpley Area

Date Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents in the Sharpley area (near Mt. Lebanon and Sharpley Roads) who may have come into contact with a raccoon found to be rabid on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The raccoon was picked up after getting into a fight with a domestic cat in the area and died during the altercation with the cat and pet owner. The cat is currently under quarantine following exposure.




Wilmington Raccoon Positive for Rabies; Public Health Warns Residents of Chalfonte Area

Date Posted: Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents of the Chalfonte community and surrounding areas in Wilmington who may have come into contact with a raccoon that the DPH Lab found to be rabid on Thursday, April 13, 2017. The raccoon was picked up after getting into a fight with pet dogs in the area and was euthanized. Anyone who thinks they might have been bitten, scratched or come in contact with a raccoon should immediately contact their health care provider or call the DPH Rabies Program at 302-744-4995.




Office of Animal Welfare Shares Dog Bite Prevention Tips

Date Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

In recognition of Dog Bite Prevention Week from April 9 to 15, 2017 the Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) aims to reduce dog bite occurrences with useful tips for anyone who comes in contact with dogs. Dog bites are often preventable with responsible dog ownership and correct behavior around dogs. In 2016, 1,564 dog bites to humans were reported to the Delaware Division of Public Health. Owners may be liable if their dog bites a person or another animal, but having control of one’s dog can greatly decrease bite risks.




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