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8:17 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Delaware Senator Visits U.S. Troops Fighting Ebola

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Sen. Chris Coons says he is going to West Africa to visit U.S. soldiers who are helping to fight the Ebola outbreak.

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8:55 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Hospitals Designated for Any Ebola Outbreak in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say anyone who's diagnosed with Ebola in the state would be treated at one of three hospitals - one of them in Washington - if a federal facility is not available.

State officials released their plan for dealing with a confirmed Ebola case on Thursday. The state still hasn't said how it plans to monitor all people returning to the state from West Africa, where the virus is concentrated. The Centers for Disease Control has ordered Maryland and five other states to monitor everyone coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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7:38 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Maryland Monitors Travelers from West African for Ebola Symptoms

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's health secretary says it will depend on individual circumstances how closely the state monitors people who've been to West Africa for possible Ebola symptoms.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said Wednesday that the state hasn't yet worked out the specifics of how it will monitor everyone who returns from the countries stricken by Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control has directed Maryland and five other states to keep tabs on all such travelers for 21 days. Those states represent 70 percent of people arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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9:06 am
Tue October 7, 2014

No Ebola Case in Delaware

Dr. Karel Rattay, director of the state Division of Public Health, reassured residents that there were no cases of Ebola in the First State.

The announcement came after a report that a child from Liberia was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover for possible exposure to the infectious disease.

The only confirmed case in the United States is Thomas Duncan in Texas.

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9:05 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Dover Hospital Monitors Child for Ebola

Bayhealth Kent General hospital in Dover says it has placed a Liberian child in isolation as a preventive measure in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in that country.

In a statement placed on its website Sunday it said the move was a precautionary measure.

The hospital says it is taking all recommended precautions by the Centers for Disease Control with the collection and transport of specimens.

WBOC reports that the child is past the 21 day maximum incubation period and that the CDC has determined that the likelihood of Ebola infection is extremely low.

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11:26 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Fentanyl Laced Heroin Claims Six Lives in Delaware

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say there have been a total of six overdose deaths related to fentanyl-laced heroin this year.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced Friday that toxicology reports confirm the fentanyl-laced heroin overdose deaths of four men and two women ranging in age from 28 to 58. The deaths occurred over a period of about two weeks in March and April in New Castle and Sussex counties. 

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9:01 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Violence Prevention Money Awarded to Delaware Schools

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Twelve Delaware schools and community organizations have been chosen to receive funding for after-school programs aimed at preventing youth violence and suicide.

The funding is part of $2.2 million approved by lawmakers for the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families this year.

Thirteen other schools and organizations submitted successful applications for similar after-school programs in an initial round of funding in September.

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8:53 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Delaware Leads Nation in Lyme Disease Incidents

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Delaware leads the nation in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme coming in at 84 for every 100-thousand residents.

Last year there were 669 confirmed cases which was a drop of around 200 from 2011.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Centers for Disease Control said last week that recent studies point to a much higher number of incidents of Lyme disease than is official recognized.

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9:53 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Teenage Suicide Cluster in Delaware

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A new report by the Centers for Disease control has linked at least 28 attempted youth suicides to a cluster in Kent and Sussex counties during a four month period last year.

The Center was brought in after 11 youths between the ages of 12 and 21 took their lives in those two counties between January 1st and May 4th.

A team of researchers from the Center found that a 28 of the 116 non-fatal suicide attempts in that period had evidence of “indirect contagion.”

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