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Zika: Back-To-School and New Delaware Cases

Date Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Categories:  DNREC News Public Health

School is in full swing but the official end of summer does not mean the end of mosquito season. Mosquitoes can breed and bite for another several weeks in Delaware. To prevent the spread of Zika and any mosquito-borne illness, the Division of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) reminds you that stopping the mosquito bite is still the best protection against disease. Delaware now has 15 Zika cases, including four not previously announced. All cases were caused by mosquito bites while traveling abroad.




A Safer Meal: The Importance of Food Protection Managers

Date Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
Categories:  News Public Health

A national study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that restaurants with Certified Food Protection Managers (CFPMs) had fewer of most types of food safety violations. Such food managers receive special training and are responsible for monitoring and managing all food establishment operations. The CFPM must also be knowledgeable about foodborne illness symptoms, how to minimize risk factors, and how make corrective actions if necessary.




Public Health Advises Health Care Providers to Monitor IV Drug Users for Bacteria Exposure

Date Posted: Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Categories:  Delaware Health and Social Services News Public Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced that it has been notified of four cases of Bacillus cereus (B. cereus) bloodstream infection between July and August of 2016 in New Castle County. Typically a foodborne illness, these bacteria usually do not cause blood infections. Three of the four cases of B. cereus reported to DPH occurred in individuals who are intravenous (IV) drug users and currently use heroin. Symptoms of bloodstream infection may include fever, chills, body aches, rapid heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. If untreated, bloodstream infections can affect multiple organs and even be fatal.




WIC participants can now use WIC Farmers’ Market coupons at select Delaware farmers’ markets

Date Posted: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Categories:  Delaware Health and Social Services Department of Agriculture Public Health

Participants in Delaware’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program can now use special coupons to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at 11 Delaware farmers’ markets under a pilot program beginning this week.




Office of Animal Welfare Reminds Residents of Statewide Locations for Purchasing Dog Licenses

Date Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Categories:  News Public Health

It’s now easier than ever for dog owners in Delaware to license their furry family members, as required by state law. The Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) has just added three retail locations to the list of places where residents can purchase dog licenses. Dog licenses are required for all dogs, six months and older. Those who fail to license their dogs face fines of $50 or more.




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