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Early Childhood Data Available for all NC Counties

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The NC Department of Health and Human Services has released county data for the 10 goals and more than 50 measures that are part of the state’s Early Childhood Action Plan. These new data reports are available for all 100 counties and cover issues such as infant mortality, food and housing security, emergency room visits, child health, foster care, early learning and early literacy.

NC Public Health and Emergency Management Officials Conducting Ebola Drill

Monday, November 4, 2019

Officials from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety will be participating with federal, state and local officials in a multi-state Ebola virus disease  emergency preparedness exercise Nov. 4–8, 2019. 

Lung Injury Cases Related to Vaping Increase; E-cigarette Use on the Rise

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The number of North Carolina cases of severe lung injury associated with e-cigarette use or vaping continues to rise with 61 cases in people ranging in age from 13 to 72. The North Carolina cases are among a rising outbreak reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of 1,604 cases and 34 deaths in the United States and the US Virgin Islands as of Oct. 22. The acute lung injury cases have occurred in the context of a rapid rise of e-cigarette use by young people.

State Health Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death of 2019-20 Season

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health today announced the first reported flu-related death of the 2019-20 flu season, which occurred the first week of October and involved an adult in the central part of the state. To protect the privacy of the family, the person's hometown, county, age and gender will not be released.

NC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Saving Lives

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in North Carolina, the NC Department of Health and Human Services Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NC BCCCP) announced that it has screened more than 89,000 women from 2013 through 2018.

North Carolina’s Infant Death Rate Reaches Record Low

Monday, October 21, 2019

Governor Roy Cooper today noted that North Carolina’s infant deaths in 2018 reached their lowest rate in the 31 years they have been tracked, decreasing for a third straight year to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births down 4.2 percent from the previous year’s rate of 7.1 per 1000 live births.

New Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Public health officials are reporting a case of Legionnaires’ disease in a person who did not attend the Mountain State Fair but was present at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center (WNC Ag Center) after the fair ended. 

NCDHHS Officials Advise North Carolinians to Get Vaccinated as Flu Season Begins

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging North Carolina residents to protect themselves, their families and other people around them by getting vaccinated against Influenza as the state enters flu season.

Health Officials Warn Residents of Exposure to Measles

Friday, October 11, 2019

RALEIGH — The Guilford County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are alerting residents of a potential exposure to measles in the Greensboro area. A patient with laboratory-confirmed measles traveled through Guilford County Oct. 2–3 while infectious. 
 

NCDHHS Releases New Information on the Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak in WNC

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health today released an interim report and FAQ related to the investigation into the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak associated with the NC Mountain State Fair.