Louisiana earns F grade on March of Times Premature Birth Report Card
Posted on 11/2/2017 3:52:00 AM.

Louisiana earned an ‘F’ grade on the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. Dr. Martha Whyte with the state Department of Health says the preterm birth rate in Louisiana is 12.6%.

She says this is a trend we’ve seen in Louisiana for some time and contributes it to the high levels of poverty.
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LDH: 125 cases now confirmed of gastrointestinal illness from Salmonella outbreak
Posted on 10/21/2017 3:14:00 AM.

The state health department has now identified 125 people with gastrointestinal illness as a result of a Salmonella outbreak from a bad pot of jambalaya in Caldwell Parish. 37 people have been hospitalized. In their testing of stool samples, a second bacteria that's commonly found on raw meat and poultry has also been identified.

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State health officials believe jambalaya contaminated with salmonella caused Caldwell Parish outbreak
Posted on 10/19/2017 2:59:00 PM.

State health officials suspect jambalaya is the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning in Caldwell Parish.

Dr. David Holcombe with the State Office of Public Health says there are 49 confirmed cases of a gastrointestinal illness with 31 people hospitalized. He says salmonella is usually associated with chicken and eggs.
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LDH reminds residents it's time to get your annual flu shot
Posted on 10/16/2017 6:20:00 AM.

The state Department of Health is reminding Louisianans it’s time to get your annual flu vaccination. Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Heath Dr. Parham Jaberi says the flu season has begun and doctors are starting to see a small number of cases.
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LDH filed suit against opioid manufacturers
Posted on 9/28/2017 11:33:00 AM.

A week after multiple Louisiana Sheriff’s Offices filed suit against several opioid manufacturers, the state Department of Health has filed its own lawsuit claiming these drug companies have helped fuel the Bayou State’s severe opioid epidemic.

Legal Analyst Tim Meche says this is a very trendy lawsuit now.
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LDH urges parents to vaccinate their children before school begins
Posted on 8/4/2017 12:21:00 PM.

The Louisiana Department of Health urges parents to make sure their children are vaccinated as school is just around the corner. State immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says vaccines are an important part of a child’s health and wellbeing, especially while they’re in school.
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Series of workforce summits scheduled to help hire personal care attendants
Posted on 7/11/2017 3:25:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Workforce Commission will host a series of workforce summits as they seek to hire qualified individuals to work with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Executive Management Officer for the Office of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities Tiffany Dickerson says the goal is to become a conduit for healthcare providers.
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LDH finds brain eating amoebas in Terrebonne, Ouachita water systems
Posted on 6/30/2017 11:50:00 AM.

The state department of health has found brain eating amoebas in the water systems in both Terrebonne and Ouachita parish. State health officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says while the water is safe to drink and bathe in, people should make sure it does not get in their nose.
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Louisiana recognized for being tough on Medicaid fraud
Posted on 6/8/2017 12:13:00 PM.

The Trump Administration recognizes Louisiana as one of the toughest states on fighting Medicaid fraud. Chief of Staff with the Louisiana Department of Health Andrew Tuozzolo says they’re doing everything they can to prevent, detect, and prosecute fraud. The US Inspector General reviewed 225 cases of suspected fraud in Louisiana.
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Full House passes budget bill to cut $235 million from LDH's budget
Posted on 5/5/2017 3:36:00 AM.

The full House passed a budget plan on a 63 to 40 vote that the governor and Democrats do not like because it funds the Department of Health at 237 million dollars less than John Bel Edwards proposed. Franklin Representative Sam Jones questioned Chairman Cameron Henry for not knowing where the cuts to LDH would be.
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