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Guidance on Disinfecting Your Water Well After Hurricane Matthew

October 14, 2016
If your well was flooded during Hurricane Matthew, please follow these instructions. If you have any questions, please call Environmental Health at: 252-338-4490.

People urged to avoid contact with algal bloom in Edenton Bay

August 8, 2016
State officials urge people to avoid contact with potentially harmful algal blooms that have developed in the Edenton Bay in Chowan County due to recent hot weather.

People urged to avoid toxic algal blooms in eastern North Carolina waters

September 19, 2015
RALEIGH - State officials are urging people to avoid contact with toxic algal blooms in and around the Albemarle Sound after tests revealed that the algae contains a toxin that can be harmful to people or animals.

Algal blooms, fish kills occurring across portions of the state

July 23, 2015
RALEIGH – State officials urge people to avoid contact with potentially harmful algal blooms that have shown up in prominent water bodies statewide in recent weeks due to North Carolina's hot weather.

April is Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in North Carolina

April 21, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health (DPH) recommends taking precautions to protect against tick and mosquito bites as summer weather approaches.

Flu season advancing in North Carolina

December 23, 2014
Based on data collected by the Division of Public Health, the number of people reporting to North Carolina hospital emergency departments and outpatient clinics for influenza-like illness is climbing, indicating that flu is advancing across our state.

North Carolina Opens Ebola Information Line

October 15, 2014
Ebola Line
The information line is promoted on the DHHS Home Page, www.ncdhhs.gov. It links to the Division of Public Health's Epidemiology Section web page with information about hemorrhagic fever (Ebola). The web page also offers links to additional resources for Ebola information.

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos Says N.C. Has Been Preparing For Ebola

October 10, 2014
"North Carolina's health care community is ready to identify and respond to a case of Ebola." Raleigh, NC - Secretary Aldona Wos said that the Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Division of Public Health has been working closely with its public health partners and health care providers since July to prepare for the possibility that a patient in North Carolina might be diagnosed with Ebola.

NC DHHS Confirms Three Additional Enterovirus D68 Cases

October 9, 2014
Raleigh, NC - The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today confirmed the presence of three additional cases of Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, in North Carolina, totaling nine since September 22, 2014. The three specimens that tested positive for EV-D68 were obtained from children ages 10 and under with respiratory illnesses.

NC DHHS Confirms Enterovirus D68 Has Reached North Carolina

September 24, 2014
Raleigh, NC - The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, in six patients from North Carolina.  The specimens that tested positive for EV-D68 were obtained from children ages 10 and under with respiratory illnesses. Testing was conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on specimens submitted from hospitals across the state.

N.C. residents reminded to take precautions following first locally acquired cases of chikungunya virus in Florida

July 21, 2014
State health officials are urging North Carolinians to remain diligent in personal efforts to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The reminder comes on the heels of Thursday's announcement by Florida health officials that they have confirmed the state's first two locally acquired cases of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye).
June 25, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - North Carolina's second case of chikungunya was confirmed today in an Alamance County resident who recently traveled to the Caribbean. Currently, none of the reported cases of this viral infection have been acquired in North Carolina or the continental United States.

First Case of Chikungunya Confirmed in North Carolina, Associated with Caribbean Travel

June 13, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - North Carolina's first case of chikungunya was confirmed in a resident who recently travelled to the Caribbean. Chikungunya virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, and the Asian Tiger mosquito that is commonly found in North Carolina could effectively transmit this virus.

Important Safety Measures in Response to Tornado Damage

April 29, 2014
In the aftermath of a storm such as a tornado, and as we prepare for any future natural disasters, it is important to remember the safety tips listed below.

Tick and Mosquito Borne Disease Awareness Month

April 7, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. - With summer fast approaching and people spending more time outdoors, it is important for everyone to take precautions against tick and mosquito bites. Tick and mosquito borne infections cause illnesses and deaths in North Carolina each year, with more than 800 cases reported in 2013.

DHHS Programs, Services Aimed at Suicide Prevention

September 8, 2013
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is highlighting programs across the state that aim to reduce the prevalence of suicide as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.







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