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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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8:27 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ban on E-Cigarette Sales to Minors Inches Forward in Delaware Legislature

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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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8:58 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Getting Rid of Old Prescription Drugs in Delaware

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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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9:45 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Delaware Health Officials On Planned Parenthood Allegations

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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. 

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9:18 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Norovirus Outbreaks in Delaware

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.

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11:57 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Flu Surges in Delaware

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.