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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say 14 cases of flu have been confirmed in Delaware this this flu season, with five patients requiring hospitalization.

The Division of Public Health reports this week that all the patients who were hospitalized were over age 65; several had underlying health conditions.

The News Journal reports that as of Nov. 11, six cases were confirmed in Kent County; five in New Castle County and three in Sussex County.

Health officials say last season, 4,590 cases of flu were reported in Delaware. Fifteen people died from the flu.

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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.