public health

West Nile Virus
4:49 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

31 new West Nile cases and 1 death

Louisiana's 31 latest West Nile infections included one death, bringing Louisiana's total this year to 176 reported infections and 10 deaths from the virus.

State health officials say the latest cases are unrelated to Hurricane Isaac because it takes weeks for an infection to be reported. There also was a delay in reporting because the storm closed health care facilities and pushed public health laboratory staff into hurricane response activities.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:42 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Where Traffic Noise Takes A Toll On Health

How much does noisy traffic in Atlanta affect people's health?
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 10:29 am

Living next to a noisy highway can be annoying. The racket can also disrupt your sleep.

Too many bad nights' sleep can raise the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and other ailments.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:24 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Two Mutations Can Transform A Swine Flu Virus

A hog gets a closeup at the Illinois State Fair in August. Officials took special precautions to make sure no livestock sick with a new strain of swine were part of the fair.
Seth Perlman AP

Flu pandemics don't happen very often. So many people might feel the relative fizzle of a flu pandemic three years ago somehow immunizes the globe against another one for awhile.

But don't relax, say the authors of a report published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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LSU Health Sciences Center
3:37 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU center wins tumor registry award

The LSU Health Sciences Center's Louisiana Tumor Registry has been recognized with an award from the National Program of Cancer Registries.

Dr. Vivien Chen, professor of public health and director of the LSUHSC registry, accepted the organization's 20th Anniversary Research Award in Washington.

Defibrillators
1:16 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Hammond gets $100K defibrillator grant

The City of Hammond has won a grant that will buy 25 defibrillators for the city and another 25 for Tangiaphoa Parish.

Mayor Mayson Foster tells The Daily Star that the city began pursuing the $100,000 grant after someone collapsed in City Hall and needed resuscitation.

He says rescue crews were able to save the person, but the city decided it would be good to have a defibrillator in the City Council Chambers.

Hurricane Isaac
2:37 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Isaac may spark swarms of mosquitoes

After Hurricane Isaac left a lot of water behind, south Louisiana residents may be dealing with swarms of mosquitoes.

And with Louisiana experiencing the highest rate of West Nile virus infections in several years, state officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes.

The Courier reports that at least 145 West Nile cases and nine deaths reported in Louisiana from the disease.

Hurricane Isaac
2:11 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Jindal declares public health emergency from Isaac

Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a statewide public health emergency to let government workers enter private property to assess and remove nuisance debris from Hurricane Isaac that poses a health hazard.

His statement Monday notes that widespread flooding continues in some areas, the state has issued more than 200 water boil advisories and has lost more than 40 percent of the electrical power statewide for an extended period.

Latest News
12:56 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Vet: horses need encephalitis vaccination

A Lake Charles veterinarian says he has seen more than a dozen cases of Eastern equine encephalitis in the past three weeks — and the only horses that are still alive are the two that were vaccinated.

Ted Shope of South Bayou Animal Hospital tells the American Press that horses have died of the disease in Creole, Grand Cheiner, Reeves, south Lake Charles and eastern Jefferson Davis Parish.

He says horse owners should make sure their animals are vaccinated for mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis.

Shots - Health Blog
2:00 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

With West Nile On The Rise, We Answer Your Questions

A Beechcraft airplane sprays insecticide over Dallas early Monday morning to curb the spread of West Nile virus.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:45 am

This year is on track to be the worst ever for West Nile virus in the United States. Here are the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • 1,590 reported cases, nearly 500 more than a week ago for a rise of 44 percent.
  • 889 cases, or 56 percent, involve severe neurological disease.
  • 66 deaths, compared to 41 last week.
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Hurricane Isaac
8:33 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Citizens asked to report oily material or oiled debris

It is possible that oil and oily material present in the environment as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill will wash up on beaches, barrier islands, marshes, and other areas along Louisiana's coast during and following severe weather events. Members of the public should not handle any oil or oily material, including tarballs, tar mats, or other oily debris.

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