Public Health

August 05, 2016
This brings the total to 19 cases of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. Although the state of Florida has reported several locally transmitted cases in that state, this is not the situation in Louisiana. Local transmission occurs when an infected mosquito in the area bites another person in the area and transmits the virus. This local transmission is much more likely in the parishes around Lake Pontchartrain than other areas of the state.
August 04, 2016
On June 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is now allowing states to pay for mosquito repellent for Medicaid enrollees as a Zika virus prevention measure.
August 03, 2016
There is certainly no need to remind the kids who relish their summer days off, but the beginning of the new school year is quickly approaching. As part of getting ready to go back to school, the Louisiana Department of Health reminds parents and guardians to make sure their students have received all vaccines required by state law.
July 29, 2016
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed one additional case of Zika virus. As in all of the other cases in Louisiana, this patient travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
July 29, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will close molluscan shellfish growing area 11, located in Plaquemines Parish along the Gulf of Mexico, effective at sunset on Friday, July 29, 2016. This is a precautionary closure due to paralytic shellfish poisoning, a serious illness caused by eating shellfish contaminated with harmful toxins, in the area.
July 27, 2016
Over the past week, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed five additional cases of Zika virus. Each patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection. This brings the total to 14 cases of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. There have been no confirmed cases of local transmission within Louisiana.
July 21, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health has received confirmation of one additional case of Zika virus. The patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
July 19, 2016
Are you interested in learning more about the health of your community or a researcher looking for health data? A new site developed by the Department of Health can provide you with information like the number of uninsured Louisianans, the rates of those with chronic illnesses or obesity, environmental statistics and even which communities have access to healthy foods.
July 12, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health has received confirmation of one additional case of Zika virus from another state laboratory. The patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in another state after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
July 12, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health has received confirmation of one additional case of Zika virus from another state laboratory. The patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in another state after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.