Press Releases

North Carolina Recognizes World Rabies Day

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today is World Rabies Day and state health officials encourage North Carolinians to be aware of rabies and take preventive measures, including vaccination of their pets according to law.

Protect from Mosquitoes after Storms

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Public health officials remind everyone to “tip and toss” outdoor water containers after this weekend’s heavy rain. 

Back to School Means Time to Immunize

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The beginning of a new school year is upon many in North Carolina and the Department of Human Services’ Division of Public Health reminds parents and guardians of the importance of vaccinations for school-aged children.

Governor McCrory Celebrates Grand Opening of New Cherry Hospital

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Rick Brajer joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new Cherry Hospital today. Staff will begin transferring patients to the state-operated psychiatric hospital in late September.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.