Department

August 20, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed Wednesday a total of 20 cases of West Nile virus so far this summer. Of the cases we have seen this year, 10 have been neuroinvasive disease (NID), two have been West Nile fever and eight have been asymptomatic.
August 18, 2015
Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the Schriever Water System at the site 588 Island Road, Montegut (Pointe Aux Chenes).
August 13, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DWF) today released an update to the advisory for the Devil’s Swamp and Bayou Baton Rouge area in East Baton Rouge Parish. State agencies have changed the advisory from “limited consumption” to “no consumption.” Residents should avoid eating fish and crawfish from the area, as well as avoid swimming and participating in water activities there. Under the previous limited consumption advisory, residents were advised to eat no more than two meals per month that included fish from the area.
August 07, 2015
Senator Troy E. Brown will host a community meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11, to address the recent discovery of the Naegleria Fowleri ameba in the Ascension Consolidated Utility District 1 Water System. The meeting will be held at the George R. Blum Community Center and will begin at 6 p.m. Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) staff will be on hand to update the public and field questions from the community.
July 29, 2015
All three follow-up samples tested positive for Naegleria fowleri. The water system is currently under a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated.
July 28, 2015
Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the Ascension Consolidated Utility District 1 at the site 9295 Brou Road. The water system, which serves approximately 1,800 residents in a small community north of Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish, was tested by DHH as part of the State’s new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Tuesday afternoon. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated. Parish officials today confirmed that the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.
July 24, 2015
The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is reminding community members and residents across Louisiana about resources available for those affected by the tragic shooting at a Lafayette movie theater Thursday night.
July 22, 2015
Late Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at the site of a leaking sampling station. The water system, which serves 44,000 residents in St. Bernard Parish, was tested by DHH as part of the State’s new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Wednesday evening. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining ameba in the system are eliminated. Parish President Dave Peralta confirmed that the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.