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  • DPH and DNREC Share Updated Federal Fish Consumption Guidelines for Pregnant Women and ChildrenMany 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.2017-04-27 11:30:40
  • Turn In Unused Medications April 29, 2017: Attorney General Denn, Sens. Carper And Coons, DEA, DHSS And Walgreens Announce Drug Take-Back DayWith 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. 2017-04-24 13:22:51
  • Second Wilmington Raccoon Positive for Rabies; Public Health Warns Residents in Sharpley AreaDelaware'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. 2017-04-21 11:22:12
  • Wilmington Raccoon Positive for Rabies; Public Health Warns Residents of Chalfonte AreaDelaware'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 302-744-4995.2017-04-13 16:25:44
  • Office of Animal Welfare Shares Dog Bite Prevention TipsIn 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. 2017-04-11 11:46:07
  • DPH Announces Three More Flu-Related Deaths; 45-Year-Old Male Had No Known Underlying Health ConditionsThe Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing three more flu-related fatalities for the 2016-2017 flu season. The three recent deaths push flu-related fatalities in Delaware to 14 - more than doubling the 2015-2016 death total of six. Of the 14 Delawareans who have died from the flu this season, 13 had other serious underlying health conditions. However, the most recent flu-related death involved a 45-year-old Kent County man who had no known significant underlying medical conditions beyond being ill with the flu. DPH was not able to verify his vaccination status. 2017-04-07 09:57:57
  • Bridgeville Cat Positive for Rabies; Public Health Warns Residents of Main StreetDelaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents of Main Street (Business Route 13), Bridgeville with nearby intersecting roads of Fawn Road and Redden Road, who may have been exposed to a feral cat, that the DPH Lab found the animal to be rabid on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The black, domestic shorthair has bitten or scratched at least one individual in this area, and has been euthanized.2017-04-05 16:53:30
  • Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to hold public hearing and meeting on April 19 in Dover The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a public hearing and meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 19 in Conference Room 220, Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 South Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901.2017-04-04 11:22:23
  • Help Us Become The Heathiest Nation In One Generation Beginning With National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017)Did you know that In the U.S., where you live, your income, education, race and access to health care may mean as much as a 15-year difference in how long you will live? The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) wants to help ensure conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. During National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017), the DPH is joining the American Public Health Association (APHA) by encouraging Americans to do their part to help the United States become the healthiest nation by 2030. 2017-03-29 15:35:02
  • Delaware Flu Fatalities Increase To 11 - Highest Number Of Illnesses In Over Ten YearsAlthough flu season is beginning to wind down, the number of flu-related deaths in Delaware for the 2016-2017 flu season continues to rise. The Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing three more flu-related fatalities bringing this season’s total to 11. The second week of March, an 83-year-old New Castle County woman, infected with Influenza B, and a 77-year-old Kent County woman, infected with Influenza A, died. The third week of March, a 76-year-old Sussex County woman, also infected with Influenza A, died. All had underlying health conditions in addition to being ill with the flu. 2017-03-29 11:30:18
  • Scholarships Support Higher Education For Young Adults With DiabetesThe Delaware Diabetes Coalition in collaboration with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 school year, from high school seniors who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The scholarship program, established in 2008, provides much-needed financial assistance to youth living with this chronic disease. 2017-03-24 09:36:40
  • DPH Seeking Public Input On How to Reach Residents During EmergenciesThe Division of Public Health (DPH) is seeking the public’s input to develop the most clear and effective ways to reach Delawareans in the event of emergency situations such as hurricanes, flooding, serious illness outbreaks, industrial accidents, and power outages. Over the next several weeks, DPH will survey Delaware residents via email and in-person small group discussions to better understand how to best reach residents with the most accurate and up-to-date information during an emergency event. The information will be used to develop a meaningful Emergency Public Information and Warning Plan for the State of Delaware. 2017-03-22 12:18:38
  • Planning Spring Break? CDC Text Service Provides Zika Updates To TravelersSpring break is all about sunscreen, bathing suits, and travel to warmer weather climates. And this year, it should also be about protecting you and your family from the Zika virus. DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a number of resources to inform the public on the impacts of Zika, including the CDC’s text messaging service that will inform travelers of Zika updates for their destinations. To receive text messages about Zika for your destination, text PLAN to 855-255-5606 to subscribe. 2017-03-16 10:23:41
  • Flu Claims Three More Lives In Delaware, Bringing 2016-2017 Total To EightThe total number of lab-confirmed influenza cases continues to increase in Delaware and the virus has now claimed three more lives, bringing the statewide total to eight deaths in the 2016-2017 flu season, the Division of Public Health (DPH) reports. The number of lab-confirmed cases is now 2,712 compared to 416 at this time last year.2017-03-15 10:12:34
  • Protect Yourself and Your Animals During Cold WeatherThe Delaware Division of Public Health is reminding residents to prepare both themselves and their animals as a nor’easter bears down on our area bringing snow, high winds and the potential for flooding in some portions of the state. 2017-03-13 14:22:55



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