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Delaware will be using some $813-thousand in grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat the Zika virus.

The funds will allow the First State to hire a new epidemiologist and physician to fight the virus.

It will also help fund the efforts to trap mosquitos and test samples.

$180-thousand will go for the epidemiologist and a part time physician.

Another $270-thousand will go to a lab for testing, planning and surveillance while $166-thousand will directly pay for mosquito control.

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The Delaware SPCA has found headstones for a woman  and her pet in its Stanton pet cemetery that has been slated to be sold for development.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the organization’s application to the Division of Public Health says that after clearing the brush away they discovered the headstones for Ms. Ligon and her pet Lady.

The SPCA says it will not remove the headstone or dig up the grave to confirm that her ashes are actually there.

This means that this portion of the property will be placed in its care in perpetuity.

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Air National Guard is hosting a training exercise to better prepare state and federal agencies for medical airlifts.

Operation Joint Response 2016 is being held this week at the National Guard's Bethany Beach Training Site.

Participating agencies include the Delaware National Guard, the Maryland Air National Guard and the Division of Public Health.

The Delaware Guard's 166th Medical Group is the lead unit for the exercise, in which medical teams will train to transport patients using C-130 aircraft and Blackhawk helicopters.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill authorizing the statewide expansion of a needle exchange program aimed at reducing the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other diseases.

The bill cleared the Senate on a 13-5 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House.

The legislation would expand a needle exchange program that currently is confined to the city of Wilmington, where drug addicts can exchange used needles and syringes for clean ones provided by the Division of Public Health.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are using money taken off the streets during drug seizures to fund the purchase of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone for 23 police departments across the state.

State Attorney General Matt Denn announced the new allocation Thursday of about $50,000 from the state's Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund to purchase 450 naloxone kits.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State health officials say two more flu-related deaths have been reported in Delaware.

Delaware's Division of Public Health says the fatalities bring the total number of flu-related deaths for the 2015-2016 season to three.

Officials said the two new flu deaths were a 58-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man, who both lived in New Castle County. They said both people had underlying health conditions.

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The Walgreens in Delaware is looking at selling Narcan without a prescription

The drug also known as naloxone is used to reverse a drug overdose from an opioid.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the Delaware Division of Public Health, said that this would enable family and friends to save more lives.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that currently the drug is available without a prescription in the state but only if community members attend medication training sessions by the state.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Department of Correction officials have canceled all visits and programs at a prison in Wilmington amid a possible flu outbreak.

Authorities said Wednesday that medical workers at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution have identified at least six inmates over the past 24 hours who may have the flu, and that 40 inmates who may have been exposed to the virus are being monitored.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced that a 61-year-old woman is the first confirmed influenza case in Sussex County.
The woman visited the emergency room Nov. 6 and is now recovering at home. She contracted the influenza B/Yamagata virus.
Information was not available on whether she had been vaccinated or if she had any underlying conditions that made her more susceptible to infection.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Public health officials say 13 cases of West Nile virus in humans have been confirmed in Maryland this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says that number is more than twice the number of West Nile virus cases reported in all of 2014.

The mosquito-borne virus also has been detected in mosquitoes and horses in the state this year.

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If you’re going to leave your pet at a doggie day care in Delaware it may not be licensed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there are around 100 licensed kennels in Delaware with more than half located in Sussex County.

But there are others that are not licensed such Dogtopia, a large day care for dogs in the northern part of Wilmington.

The owner Helen Jones told the News Journal that she was not aware that doggie day care would require a license like a kennel.

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A Delaware commercial lab has been closed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it is one of potentially nine facilities that may have gotten live anthrax spores from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The paper reports that state and federal officials refused to identify the facility.    

The announcement follows the Defense Department’s revelation that it sent out at least one and perhaps has many as nine shipments to facilities nationwide.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control has said that it does not believe there is any risk to the public.

No Ebola Case in Delaware

Oct 7, 2014

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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A Delaware legislative committee approved a measure yesterday that would bar minors from buying e-cigarettes.

And, that means it will go to the full state House of Representative.  

Currently, there is no reference in the law to e-cigarettes and minors.

WBOC reports that data shows there has been an uptick in the use of e-cigarettes by minors in the First State.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the state Division of Public Health, told the station that the state has seen a one year doubling in the use among middle and high school students.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware residents can turn in expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs at locations throughout Delaware this weekend.

The Drug Enforcement Agency is behind a nationwide drug take back event scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations in Delaware that are accepting the drugs include police and fire departments. The DEA has a list of collection sites on its website.

In Delaware, the Division of Public Health and other organizations throughout the state are helping to organize the event.

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Delaware public health officials says that they have no evidence that Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s Wilmington clinic withheld positive test results for sexually transmitted diseases from patients.

That was the claim made by Melody Meanor a former manager at the clinic during a legislative hearing yesterday. 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say there have been outbreaks of norovirus in the state this month.

The Division of Public Health received its first report of the gastrointestinal virus on Jan. 3 and has investigated several cases since then.

Norovirus typically occurs during the winter months. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Officials say the illness can be severe for elderly people or those with underlying health conditions.

Flu Surges in Delaware

Jan 11, 2013

There’s been an early surge of the flu season in the First State.

Delaware has seen 441 cases so far.

Last year at this time there was only three.

The Division of Public Health tells WDEL News that this represents just the tip of the iceberg.

So for, there have been no deaths but it is consider widespread.

State officials say that many of the local hospitals are being stretched thin because so many people are getting sick from influenza and other similar diseases.