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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware emergency rooms saw a total of 2,075 suspected overdose-related visits from July 2016 to September 2017.

The News Journal reports data from the Centers for Disease Control released Tuesday marks a 105 percent increase in suspected opioid overdoses, the second-highest percent change among the 16 states that participated in the enhanced data surveillance.

Delaware Flu Cases Soar

Feb 15, 2018
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say the flu has killed the first person in the state who didn't have an underlying condition.

The New Journal of Wilmington reports the 47-year-old woman who died this week did not have this year's flu shot and was infected with influenza B. The 10 other Delawareans who have died from the flu all had underlying conditions; Six of them had received a flu shot.

Director of the Division of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay says the woman's death is a solemn reminder the flu can kill otherwise healthy people.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Delaware in a single week, the most the state has ever recorded.

On a conference call with reporters Monday, officials said 995 lab-confirmed flu cases were recorded during the week ending Feb. 3. The previous high of 671 came during the 2009-2010 flu season.

Six flu deaths were reported during the week, bringing Delaware's total this season to 10.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has announced the state's third flu death of what's turned out to be a particularly bad season.

The state's Division of Public Health said in a statement Wednesday that a 76-year-old man from Sussex County died in a hospital over the weekend. His passing follows the deaths of an 83-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man. Both lived in New Castle County.

At this time last year, two people had died from the flu. But the state is seeing far more flu cases this season.

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The Delaware state animal welfare director has quit.

Former State Senator Patricia Blevins left after only being on the job for five months.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a statement was issued by Public Health director Karyl Rattay which said that Blevins retired to have more time with her family.

The Elsmere Democrat lost her reelection bid in November and was appointed to oversee the Office of Animal Welfare.

Blevins was instrumental in creating the office.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are proposing revisions to Delaware's insurance code to ensure that people struggling with opioid addiction get the treatment they need.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Wednesday also called for the creation of a new oversight committee to help identify and target medical providers who are over prescribing painkillers.

Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro and Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay expressed their support for the legislation, as did parents who have lost children to drug overdoses.

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Two top Delaware Republican legislative leaders are demanding to know how a former high ranking state senator got the job of heading the Office of Animal Welfare.

The demand revolves around former Senate Pro Tem Patricia Blevins who lost her seat in the November election.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that she headed the taskforce that led to the creation of the job she now holds.

Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson and Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle have written to the Health and Social Services Secretary Kara Walker demanding an answer.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Health officials say the first confirmed case of seasonal flu has been confirmed in Delaware.

Delaware's Division of Public Health announced Thursday that lab tests confirmed that a 27-year-old Kent County man had influenza A strain of the flu. The man was not hospitalized.

Health officials say in the last flu season, Delaware had 2,064 confirmed flu cases. Six were fatal.

DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay urged all Delawareans 6 months of age and older to get flu shots.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are rolling up their sleeves to fight the flu, and encouraging you to do so as well.

Gov. Jack Markell is joining Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf, and state Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in urging Delawareans to get their flu shots.

Markell planned to get his yearly flu shot at a press conference Thursday at which officials also will tout the first drive-thru flu clinic in Kent County.

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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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