Press Releases

Test Results Show Highest Toxic Algae Levels Recorded in Chowan River this Year

Friday, August 16, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging the public to stay out of the Chowan River near Indian Creek because of an algal bloom producing the highest levels of toxin recorded this year. 

Three Hospitalizations Among Patients Who Reported Vaping

Friday, August 16, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating recent reports of severe lung disease after vaping. Three patients have been hospitalized in North Carolina since late July and similar cases have been reported from other states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, California and Minnesota. No deaths have been reported. 

High Temperatures Return to Parts of NC; Heat Illness-Related Emergency Department Visits Top 3,100

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

According to the Division of Public Health, there were 3,150 heat-related hospital emergency department visits reported from May 1 to Aug. 10, due to the combination of heat and humidity — particularly during periods of extreme heat. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging precautions, especially on hot days.

Make Sure Your Child Is Up-To-Date on Vaccines Before School Starts

Friday, August 9, 2019

As teachers, parents and students are preparing for the start of the 2019–2020 school year, public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are reminding North Carolinians to ensure their children, especially teens and preteens, are current on their vaccinations.

Reported Algal Bloom on West Side of Chowan River

Monday, August 5, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging the public to stay out of the Chowan River near Leary Landing because of an algal bloom producing a toxin called microcystin.

Rare Brain Infection, Death Linked to Swim in a Cumberland County Lake

Thursday, July 25, 2019

NC public health officials are reporting that an individual died after developing an illness caused by an amoeba that is naturally present in warm freshwater after swimming in Fantasy Lake Water Park in Cumberland County on July 12, 2019.

Test Results Indicate High Health Risk from Contact with Chowan River Algal Bloom

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is urging the public to stay out of the Chowan River near Arrowhead Beach because of an algal bloom producing a toxin called microcystin. 

Food Safety Tips for Independence Day

Monday, July 1, 2019

Because many Fourth of July celebrations include grilling, picnics and other outdoor food events, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is promoting easy steps everyone should take to avoid foodborne illnesses associated with summer heat.

Take Simple Steps to Practice Water Safety and Protect Against Drowning, Health Officials Say

Friday, May 24, 2019

Heading to a beach, lake, river or pool this holiday weekend? Officials at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services caution swimmers to take steps to ensure water safety, including keeping a close watch on children and young adults and avoiding rip currents at the coast.

North Carolina Offers Hepatitis A Vaccinations at Treatment Centers

Thursday, May 23, 2019

To help those struggling with substance use disorders and enhance public health prevention efforts, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is focusing efforts to reach patients at risk for hepatitis A in the state-operated Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers.