As 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.
Four persons in Delaware have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The cases, three in New Castle County and one in Kent County were reported to the Division of Public Health (DPH) in mid-late August. None of the individuals reported symptoms. Instead the virus was found as part of bloodwork related to a routine medical procedure. The mosquito-borne illness can become serious and DPH reminds people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
The state Division of Public Health (DPH) encourages baby boomers, or individuals born between 1945 and 1965, to speak to their doctor about getting tested for hepatitis.
DOVER – The Division of Public Health (DPH) reported today a confirmed case of Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA). The 67-year-old New Castle County patient with extensive underlying health conditions is being treated on an outpatient basis. The patient is expected to recover at this time. VRSA is very rare and only seen in people with […]
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has reaffirmed that there are no cases of Ebola virus in Delaware.