Press Releases

Mosquito-Borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis Active This Summer

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis has infected one human and seven horses this summer in North Carolina, state health and agricultural officials report.

Statement on U.S. National Whitewater Center

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

As part of ongoing consultation between the Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health, Mecklenburg County health officials and other experts concerning the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, state health officials have reviewed and provided input on the revised operation and monitoring plans for re-opening the facility to the public. We believe these plans establish a well-reasoned approach to protecting the public’s health. We will continue to assist local public health officials as they monitor and evaluate facility operations.

Despite Mischaracterizations, North Carolina Is Protecting Drinking Water

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

After news reports and editorials inaccurately and unfairly characterized the state’s efforts to protect drinking water, the North Carolina departments of Health and Human Services and Environmental Quality release the following open editorial.

NC is Prepared for Zika Virus, Risk of Local Virus-carrying Mosquitoes Low

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

State health officials continue to encourage North Carolinians to take preventive measures against mosquito bites and to stay informed of the risk of Zika virus infection before traveling to areas with local, active transmission, now including Miami, Fla.

Statement from the Department of Health of Human Services

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 “Today, we have accepted the resignation of Dr. Megan Davies,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer. “We wish her well in her future endeavors.  

Statement from the Department of Health of Human Services

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In the partial deposition released by the SELC, Ken Rudo, an employee of DHHS, provided testimony inconsistent with the position the department has taken as a whole. Rudo questions the sufficiency of the federal safe drinking water standards for water across North Carolina and 49 other states.

Chapel Hill Creamery Recalls Cheese Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Friday, July 29, 2016

Chapel Hill Creamery in Chapel Hill, NC, has announced a voluntary recall of all Chapel Hill Creamery cheese products because of a potential association with an outbreak of Salmonella infections.

Health Officials Investigate Amebic Infection

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mecklenburg County and North Carolina state health officials received notification from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the June 19 death of an Ohio resident who recently visited North Carolina is suspected to be from an ameba that is naturally present in warm lakes during the summer.

Governor McCrory Signs Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Legislation

Monday, June 20, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory joined law enforcement officers, first responders, legislators and health care officials today at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office to sign legislation making naloxone, a life-saving opioid reversal drug that has already saved 3,300 North Carolinians, more accessible.

ICYMI: Secretary Brajer Talks Medicaid Reform on ‘Legislative Week in Review’

Monday, June 13, 2016 Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer talked Medicaid Reform during an appearance June 10, 2016 on UNC-TV’s Legislative Week in Review. His discussion with host Kelly McCullen focused on how the proposed shift from fee-for-service to person-centered care will result in improved patient outcomes. The interview begins at 12:21 into the program and runs to 18:42.
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