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DHHS Reports State’s First Death This Year Related to West Nile Virus

Friday, July 20, 2018

State health officials are encouraging residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses following the death of a North Carolina resident from West Nile virus infection last week. This is the state’s first death from and first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2018.

As Back-to-School Season Approaches, Time to Ensure Immunizations Are Up to Date

Thursday, July 19, 2018

With back-to-school season approaching, health officials are reminding North Carolinians to ensure their preteens and teenagers are current on their vaccinations.

Limited Number of Residents Near Fayetteville Works Site to be Invited to Participate in Blood and Urine Testing

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Bladen and Cumberland county health departments to test the blood and urine of up to 30 residents living near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility for the presence of GenX and 16 other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS.

DHHS, Carolinas Poison Center Investigating Second Case of Severe Bleeding Related to Synthetic Cannabinoids

Monday, June 25, 2018

State health officials are warning the public about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids after a second case of severe bleeding following synthetic cannabinoid use was identified in North Carolina last week. 

Health Officials Urge Caution as Temperatures Rise

Monday, June 18, 2018

Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are urging people to take steps to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses with sweltering heat expected to impact parts of North Carolina this week.

DHHS, Carolinas Poison Center Investigating Case of Severe Bleeding Potentially Related to Synthetic Cannabinoids

Friday, June 8, 2018

North Carolina health officials are investigating the cause of severe bleeding in a patient following possible use of synthetic cannabinoids. The severe bleeding was caused by a condition that reduces the blood’s ability to clot.

Tobacco Use Rising Among NC High School Students; E-Cigarettes Remain Popular

Thursday, June 7, 2018

North Carolina teen tobacco use continues to climb, with youth use rising by 1.2 percent to 28.8 percent based on results of the 2017 N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey, released today by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

DHHS Dashboard Tracks Opioid Action Plan Progress; Data Show Reduction of Prescription Opioids, Increased Access to Care

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A data dashboard developed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows the state is beginning to see success in its efforts to combat the opioid crisis. The oversupply of prescription opioids is being reduced and access to treatment and recovery services has increased.

With Hepatitis Cases Trending Up, DHHS Encourages North Carolinians to Get Screened

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to speak with their physician or local health department about hepatitis A and B vaccine, viral hepatitis screenings and treatment options.

QuitlineNC Offering Free Nicotine Patches with Gum or Lozenges

Monday, May 14, 2018

QuitlineNC, North Carolina’s telephone service that helps people quit smoking and other tobacco use, is offering eight weeks of nicotine patches combined with either nicotine gum or lozenges for free until the end of the month or while supplies lasts.