Delaware Announces Two More Travel-Related Positive Zika CasesThe Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today the state's second and third Zika cases, bringing the total number of Delaware cases to three. All three cases are travel-related and the result of a mosquito bite during visits to the countries where Zika is widespread. In the second case, an adult male was tested after showing symptoms of the disease from a January 2016 trip. In the third case, an adult female also showed symptoms of the disease following a late February-early March trip. Pregnancy is not an issue. Both cases were mild and risk of infection to others is extremely low.
New Castle County Resident is First Flu-Related Death of the 2015-2016 SeasonDelaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) is reporting the first flu-related death of the 2015-2016 flu season. The individual is an 88-year-old man from New Castle County who died on March 14, 2016. The Delaware Public Health Laboratory confirmed that he was infected with influenza A. The gentleman also had underlying health conditions.2016-03-18 12:01:15
Flu Activity Peaking Late in Delaware, Public Health Officials Say: "It's Not too Late to Get your Flu Vaccine"The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging everyone who has not yet been vaccinated against the flu to do so as soon as possible. DPH is currently reporting 92 new lab-confirmed flu cases for the week ending Feb. 27, which is more than double the number of cases from the week before. The numbers, which officials say could grow even higher by week’s end, don’t include the cases identified at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution (HRYCI).
State Celebrates 'World Spay Day' With Free Spay/Neuter SurgeriesOn February 23, more than 150 large-breed dogs and free-roaming cats received free spay or neuter surgeries compliments of the Division of Public Health’s Office of Animal Welfare (OAW). The mass spay/neuter event was held in conjunction with World Spay Day. Delaware’s Spay Day activities took place in all three counties. The event was aimed at assisting owners of large-breed dogs and those who care for free-roaming cats. These are two groups of animals that experience high rates of homelessness in Delaware, according to OAW Executive Director Hetti Brown.
Upstream USA and Governor Markell Announce Private Funding to Improve Women’s Health through Contraceptive AccessVisiting with employees of the Henrietta Johnson Health Clinic today, Governor Jack Markell and Upstream USA announced private funding of more than $10 million to Delaware CAN (Contraceptive Access Now), an initiative aimed at improving women’s health and birth outcomes by ensuring that all women, regardless of insurance status or where they get their healthcare, will have same-day access to the full range of contraceptive methods at low or no cost.2016-02-24 13:51:51
Delaware Quitline Offers Free Smoking Cessation Supplies to Celebrate Its 15th AnniversaryThe Division of Public Health (DPH) is helping the Delaware Quitline celebrate a major milestone this month. The Quitline has now been helping Delaware smokers break their addiction for the past 15 years.
The Delaware Quitline is a toll-free tobacco cessation hotline (1-866-409-1858) that provides tobacco users (including e-cigarette users) the option of receiving counseling by phone or in person. Health care professionals trained in cessation counseling are available statewide for in-person counseling. All Quitline services are free to Delaware residents 18 years of age and older.
Delaware Announces Travel-Related Positive Zika Case;Preventing Mosquito Bites is the Best ProtectionThe Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today the state’s first Zika case in an adult female. The illness was travel-related and pregnancy is not an issue. Zika is primarily spread by mosquito bite and the individual is not considered infectious. The illness was mild, as expected, and was confirmed by a CDC blood test. To protect privacy, DPH will not be releasing additional details on this individual.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms typically begin two to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. It is not yet known how often Zika is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. In rare cases, it also may be transmitted sexually from male to female.
The most serious threat linked to Zika is serious birth defects. There have been reports of serious birth defects in infants whose mothers contracted the virus while pregnant. 2016-02-10 17:09:25
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