Zika: Delaware Public Health Urges Caution for all TravelersThe Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) endorsed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidelines today, including urging pregnant women to postpone travel to areas where Zika transmission is ongoing. The countries listed include but are not limited to: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama. For the complete list of Caribbean, Central and South American, and African countries impacted, visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.
Delaware Health Equity Guide: Changing How we Think About Good HealthGood health is more than simply a visit to the doctor. Only about 10 percent of a person’s health status is impacted by traditional medical care. Health is also directly impacted by where people live, work, play, and pray. To empower communities to address these larger environmental issues, the Division of Public Health (DPH) and members of the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy & Administration released today the Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Partners.
Test Your Home for Elevated Radon Levels: January is National Radon Action MonthJanuary is National Radon Action Month and a perfect time to test your home for radon, the leading cause of lung cancer death for non-smokers. If elevated radon levels are found, the Division of Public Health (DPH) encourages homeowners to install a mitigation system that removes the gas from around the home’s foundation. Homeowners can call DPH for a list of trained and certified contractors at 302-744-4546 or visit: www.RadonSafeDelaware.org.2016-01-22 16:02:59
Start a Healthy Habit With "31 Days to a Healtheir You" TipsStart your January 2016 right with the help of the Division of Public Health’s (DPH) “31 Days to a Healthier You” social media campaign. Use the hashtag #31DaysDE to view how-to videos, tips, photos, and contact information for starting the New Year right.2016-01-07 12:19:10
State Animal Control Set To Launch January 1 With New Website and HotlineThe Division of Public Health’s Office of Animal Welfare’s Delaware Animal Services enforcement unit will provide dog control services to New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties beginning January 1, 2016. Delaware Animal Services (DAS) has been providing animal cruelty and rabies control since September, and with the expansion of services to include animal control, all animal law enforcement services will be consolidated into one statewide unit. The City of Wilmington will continue to provide animal control services through a contracted provider until June 30, 2016.
Ebola Preparation: CDC Provides Delaware GuidanceWhile the likelihood of new U.S. cases of Ebola continues to drop, the lessons learned from the epidemic continue to evolve as Delaware prepares for potential threats from it and other infectious diseases. In partnership with the Division of Public Health (DPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently visited Delaware to offer assistance to DPH, Christiana Care Health System’s Wilmington Hospital, and Saint Francis Healthcare on their readiness to identify, diagnose, and treat patients suspected of having Ebola or other emerging infectious diseases. 2015-12-22 12:49:19
Sussex TB Clinic: Temporary Service ChangesDue to construction, the Division of Public Health (DPH) Tuberculosis and Prevention Control Service at the Sussex County Health Unit, 544 South Bedford St., Georgetown, will be changing its service offerings for some patients from December 21, 2015 - January 24, 2016. During this period, patients needing to see a physician will be directed to Kent County Health Unit Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Clinic, 805 River Road, Dover. All other patients may be seen as normal at the Sussex County Health Unit.2015-12-22 12:42:16
Protect Your Home From the Silent Killer: Heat Safely to Avoid Carbon Monoxide PoisoningWith temperatures starting to drop, especially at night, many Delawareans are beginning to pull out their home heating devices. Now is the time to educate yourself about carbon monoxide, the colorless, odorless gas that is produced by fuel-burning heating sources, appliances, and engines. Furnaces, vehicles, snow blowers, portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, and charcoal or wood grills are all potential sources of this dangerous gas. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous.
Public Health Announces Funding Available for Distressed CemeteriesCemeteries hold the remains of treasured members of our families, and may hold historical significance as well. Many small and older cemeteries lack sufficient funds for long-term care and maintenance because owners never established a perpetual care fund, or the prices they charged have not kept up with actual costs. Efforts to restore those that fall into disrepair can become costly. That’s why the Distressed Cemetery Fund was established in 2009. The Fund exists to provide for the preservation of cemeteries by supporting repair and improvement projects that are outside normal maintenance activities.
Delaware Office of Animal Welfare Selects Contractor For Sheltering ServicesThe Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) has selected Chester County SPCA (CCSPCA) for animal sheltering services in support of the state animal control enforcement unit starting on Jan. 1, 2016. The agreement is a three-year agreement that may be renewed for up to two additional years. CCSPCA will provide services at a permanent facility located in New Castle County and satellite facilities in Kent and Sussex counties, ensuring that all Delaware animals will stay in the state for care and adoption.2015-11-24 10:02:59
Antibiotics Not Always The Best MedicineAs cold and flu season begins, many people will visit their health care provider and hope to be prescribed antibiotics to ease their symptoms. However, antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viruses like the cold and flu. In fact, up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. Misuse and overuse is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. 2015-11-19 13:12:23
Delaware Public Health Tips for a Healthy ThanksgivingStuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie are some of our favorite things to eat for Thanksgiving meals. Our favorite foods however aren’t always the healthiest, especially when we overindulge. This Thanksgiving, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) wants everyone to enjoy their holiday meal, but recommends some small changes that can make this a healthier start to your holiday season.
Delaware Confirms First Sussex County Influenza Case for 2015 - 2016The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) reports the state's first Sussex County laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2015-2016 flu season. The case involves a 61-year-old Sussex County woman who is recovering at home after a visit to the emergency room. There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus - types A and B - that routinely spread in people and are responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks each year. Sussex County’s first case is strain B.
Delaware Health Officials Support 'No Alcohol During Pregnancy' ReportHow much alcohol is safe to drink when you’re expecting? None. Zero. Not a drop. That’s according to a report just published in the November issue of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Pediatrics magazine. The report identifies prenatal alcohol exposure as the leading cause of preventable birth defects and neurodevelopmental disabilities.