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  • Public Health Celebrates the Office of Animal Welfare and Outgoing Director Hetti BrownThree years after it was created, the Division of Public Health (DPH) Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) celebrates today the accomplishments of OAW, including those of Director Hetti Brown. Brown, who will be leaving Dec. 2, 2016 to move to the Midwest, expressed her appreciation to the OAW team and its many supporters. “It has been a privilege to work with such a great group of people,” said Director Brown. “I have also been lucky to work with so many legislators and animal advocates over the years as we created this office. Moving was a difficult decision and I will miss Delaware. I am confident that OAW will remain strong and that DPH will select an accomplished successor.” 2016-10-13 11:15:33
  • DNREC now accepting proposals for wastewater, surface water, and drinking water matching planning grantsDNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship, the office of Environmental Finance, and the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Public Health are now accepting proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater, surface water and drinking water project planning. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 2016.2016-10-12 16:31:21
  • Delaware First Responders and Hospitals Recognized for 20 Years of Saving LivesWhen someone is seriously injured, seconds or moments can make the difference between life and death. To increase the chance of survival and reduce the chance of permanent disability, Delaware created an integrated, statewide trauma system 20 years ago that begins with a 9-1-1 call and does not end until after the patient receives high quality hospital care. The Delaware Trauma System members include 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Centers, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers of Basic and Advanced Life Support, fire and police agencies, air medical transport, hospital emergency trauma teams, operating rooms, and intensive care units. The system includes the helicopters you might see in the sky, the ambulance you might see on the road, and the emergency room medical personnel and surgeons that could save someone close to you. To celebrate the men and women of the trauma system, dozens of medical professionals, and first responders filled the House of Representatives chambers at Legislative Hall on Tuesday, joined by state and local officials to mark the 20th anniversary of the Delaware Trauma System. 2016-10-11 15:20:43
  • Getting Your Flu Shot is Easier Than Ever Before: Attorney General Matt Denn Joins DPH at NcCo Flu Clinic to Encourage VaccinationsDelaware Attorney General Matt Denn joined Division of Public Health (DPH) officials to encourage all residents to get their flu shot at a free flu clinic held today in Wilmington. The clinic, held at the Porter State Service Center, was the first one in New Castle County for the 2016-2017 flu season. A full listing of upcoming DPH flu clinics in each county can be found at This includes DPH’s first drive-thru flu clinic in several years, scheduled for October 27, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Blue Hen Corporate Center. The Porter Service Center flu clinic provided a festive atmosphere with a live DJ spinning music and staff handing out free gift cards to the first 150 people to receive their flu shots. Attorney General Denn was one of 218 individuals to receive a flu shot at the event.2016-10-07 10:04:06
  • Potential for Contaminated Saline: DPH Recommends Stop Use of Nurse Assist Saline-Flush Syringeshe Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating an outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) bloodstream infections possibly associated with intravenous (IV) infusions. This outbreak is part of a multistate outbreak being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has made DPH aware of the possibility of contaminated intravenous infusions of Nurse Assist pre-filled saline flushes shipped to local long term care facilities or other medical providers in Delaware.2016-10-06 16:09:25
  • Zika: Back-To-School and New Delaware CasesSchool 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.2016-09-29 12:52:50
  • A Safer Meal: The Importance of Food Protection ManagersA 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. 2016-09-27 11:56:07
  • Public Health Advises Health Care Providers to Monitor IV Drug Users for Bacteria ExposureThe 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.2016-09-02 11:01:07
  • WIC participants can now use WIC Farmers’ Market coupons at select Delaware farmers' marketsParticipants 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.2016-08-24 07:58:27
  • Office of Animal Welfare Reminds Residents of Statewide Locations for Purchasing Dog LicensesIt’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. 2016-08-17 11:40:19
  • Delaware Public Health Urges Residents to Take Additional Prevention Measures in Extreme HeatWhile temperatures will again climb into the 90s this weekend, heat indexes (‘feels-like’ temperatures) are predicted to soar to over 100 degrees. With the National Weather Service’s Excessive Heat Warning continuing through 9 pm. Sunday for New Castle County, the Division of Public Health (DPH) is urging residents statewide to take precautions and preventive measures in the extreme heat conditions. Hot weather can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and severe respiratory conditions, which can be fatal. 2016-08-12 12:43:55
  • DPH, DNREC Join Sen. Carper to Announce Zika Funding for DelawareSenator Carper joined officials from the Division of Public Health and DNREC to announce $813,000 in federal funding to help Delaware’s efforts to prevent and respond to the Zika virus. 2016-08-11 16:00:51
  • Division of Public Health Celebrates National Immunization Awareness MonthEvery year, thousands of Americans are hospitalized, and some die, from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination. To celebrate the importance of immunizations for all ages, the Division of Public Health (DPH) is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.2016-08-04 11:09:06
  • Division of Public Health Announces New Zika Transmission Guidelines and Delaware CasesToday, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) updated its guidelines for sexual transmission of the Zika virus following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement of the first reported case of female to male sexual transmission in New York. DPH is also announcing two new travel-related cases in Delaware. A Sussex County woman, and a New Castle County man tested positive for the Zika virus, bringing the total number of cases in Delaware to 10. All of the Zika positive test results are due to a mosquito bite while traveling abroad and none involve a pregnancy. Both individuals were tested within the last few weeks. 2016-07-27 12:44:28
  • Division of Public Health Again Reminds Patients of Concord Medical to Get TestedThe Division of Public Health (DPH) recommended again today that patients of Concord Medical Spine and Pain Center who had invasive procedures performed at the facility contact their health care provider to be evaluated for bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Letters were sent to any patient seen by Concord in the last four years; approximately 2,600 people. DPH recently issued a second letter reminding patients to speak with their medical providers; however, over 300 letters have been returned as undeliverable, likely due to former patients moving from the address on file. 2016-07-21 10:51:50



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