Public Health

September 05, 2014
The proposed rule codifies the product registration fee schedule within section 105 of Part VI of Title 51 of the Louisiana Administrative Code raises the per-product fee from $20 to $27, as provided for by Act 125 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of the 2000 Louisiana Legislature.
September 03, 2014
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert joined officials from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, and other health care leaders today in announcing a payment reform that will help Louisiana newborns have a head start on a healthy life. Effective Sept. 1, 2014, Blue Cross and Louisiana Medicaid will no longer pay for elective, medically unnecessary births of infants before 39 weeks of gestation. The change is expected to reduce the number of early elective deliveries by providers across the state and to reduce the number of costly health complications that lead many infants to have preventable medical challenges.
August 29, 2014
This week, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed nine new cases of West Nile virus, of which five were neuroinvasive disease cases, bringing this year's total to 61 reported infections. Louisiana continues to have the nation's second highest number of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease cases.
August 27, 2014
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced that its testing confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri ameba in the St. John Water District 1 water system. This water system serves 12,577 people in the towns of Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy. There are no known cases of illness related to the ameba in St. John the Baptist Parish or elsewhere in the state currently.
August 22, 2014
With the increasing numbers of West Nile virus cases in the state, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is urging residents to be vigilant and protect themselves from mosquitoes. This week, DHH confirmed 10 new cases of West Nile virus, of which seven were neuroinvasive disease cases, bringing this year's total to 52 reported infections. Prior to these new cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's August 19, 2014 weekly West Nile Virus report, Louisiana had the second highest number of West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease cases.
August 22, 2014
This week, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health (DHH OPH) awarded a $990,000 loan to the Village of Estherwood through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWRLF). The low-interest loan will help improve the community's drinking water system.
August 21, 2014
All salt and brackish water may contain Vibrio vulnificus (V.v.). If you have a condition that puts you at risk for V.v., talk to your doctor about how to stay healthy.
August 19, 2014
The goal of the surveillance for West Nile Infections in Humans is to describe the disease burden of the West Nile infection on the human population.
August 15, 2014
This week, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed 13 new cases of West Nile virus, of which five were neuroinvasive disease infections, bringing this year’s total to 42 reported cases.
August 13, 2014
There’s still plenty of time this summer to enjoy the coast or the beach, whether it’s along the Gulf Coast or the Caribbean. Before heading out, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) wants to warn travelers, beachgoers and fishermen about two diseases, Vibrio vulnificus and the chikungunya virus.