December 10, 2014 5:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Center for Disease Control has named the week of December 7-13 National Influenza Vaccination Week.
Louisiana continued to report a high number of flu cases this week, according to the CDC. State officials took time Wednesday to tell people about the importance of getting a... more »
December 10, 2014 2:25 PM
WASHINGTON - The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. The Food and Drug Administration approved the company's Gardasil 9, which protects against nine... more »
December 2, 2014 11:24 AM
NEW YORK - Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Washington D.C.
In the... more »
November 12, 2014 2:28 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn't letting up. They are making that pitch as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease. Despite reports that the number of infections... more »
October 30, 2014 4:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- Convergence Equity, LLC, a company based out of Baton Rouge, is teaming up with medical supply partners to produce thousands of vital protective suits used in treating and dealing with patients infected by the deadly Ebola virus.
The company is currently ramping up production of the bright... more »
October 28, 2014 2:30 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States can't be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola. Obama did not directly criticize quarantine policies for returning health care workers implemented in New York and New Jersey. But he says the response to Ebola needs to be sensible and... more »
October 28, 2014 2:14 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says the Constitution prevents President Barack Obama from forcing all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients. A hodgepodge of state policies is sowing confusion about what's really needed to stop Ebola from spreading in the United States. While... more »
October 27, 2014 3:37 PM
NEW YORK - U.S. health officials are recommending that people who are at highest risk for coming down with Ebola avoid commercial travel or attending large public gatherings, even if they have no symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the updated advice to state and local officials... more »
October 27, 2014 2:03 AM
NEW YORK - The governors of New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as they back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa. The two governors late Sunday night emphasized separately that their policies permit home confinement for medical workers who've had contact... more »
October 23, 2014 6:16 PM
NEW ORLEANS - State health officials are monitoring a New Orleans man for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, but say the patient is at low risk and is only under observation out of an "abundance of caution".
Officials from Centers for Disease Control contacted state Department of Health... more »
October 23, 2014 2:18 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient. The Associated Press poll also finds that most Americans say the... more »
October 22, 2014 6:33 PM
COLUMBUS, OH - The family of a Texas nurse who flew to Ohio and was diagnosed with Ebola says doctors no longer detect the virus in her body. A family statement released Wednesday through a media consultant says officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and... more »
October 22, 2014 4:30 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S. Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been freed from quarantine. And he notes that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected... more »
October 22, 2014 10:59 AM
WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are significantly expanding the breadth of vigilance for Ebola, saying that all travelers who come into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for symptoms of illness for 21 days. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says... more »
October 17, 2014 6:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says two new cases of West Nile virus infections were reported in the state this week. One case was in Caddo Parish; the other, in East Baton Rouge Parish. West Nile can involve a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal... more »
October 14, 2014 11:48 AM
DALLAS - The Texas nurse infected with Ebola says in a statement that she's "doing well," and her hospital remains optimistic about her recovery. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas released a statement on Nina Pham's behalf Tuesday as she is treated for Ebola that she contracted while caring for... more »
October 13, 2014 11:35 AM
WASHINGTON - Federal health authorities are telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden is urging hospitals to watch for patients with fever or symptoms of Ebola who have traveled from the three Ebola-stricken African nations in the past 21 days. He... more »
October 12, 2014 1:00 PM
DALLAS - Texas health officials say a health care worker who provided hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition. Dr. Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, says the worker was in full protective gear when they... more »
October 9, 2014 9:05 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five major U.S. airports will soon begin an extra level of screening to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease. About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and Health officials expect false alarms from... more »
October 8, 2014 8:59 AM
OMAHA, NE - The first American flown back to the U.S. for treatment of Ebola this summer has donated blood to the most recent one to return from West Africa with the disease. The Nebraska Medical Center said Wednesday that it called Dr. Kent Brantly on Tuesday to tell him... more »
October 7, 2014 2:59 AM
NEW YORK - Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up... more »
October 6, 2014 8:57 AM
OMAHA, NE - An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated. The ambulance carrying 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo pulled up to a receiving bay at the Nebraska Medical Center's on Monday. The area isn't visible from the... more »
October 4, 2014 7:02 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - The state health department confirms five new cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana, bringing this year's total to 123 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday the new infections include one case of serious neuroinvasive disease in East Baton Rouge Parish. There... more »
October 3, 2014 5:58 AM
NEW YORK - An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment. NBC News President Deborah Turness said Thursday the rest of the NBC News crew including medical... more »
September 26, 2014 8:55 PM
GONZALES- A new case of West Nile in Ascension Parish is among the 15 total new cases state-wide the health department released Friday.
The additional cases bring the year's total to 118 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the new infections include five of the more... more »
September 25, 2014 4:00 AM
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone's government says a nationwide lockdown revealed that an Ebola outbreak is worse than thought and ordered three more "hotspots" of transmission to be cordoned off. It warned that unless more is done, "the situation will rapidly deteriorate." On Wednesday night, President Ernest Bai Koroma... more »
September 10, 2014 5:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - State experts said Wednesday that even though a respiratory virus that's hit other states hard hasn't appeared in Louisiana yet, people should still be on the look out.
The Enterovirus D68 has hit 12 states already and some fear Louisiana will be next. Doctors have some... more »
September 9, 2014 2:06 AM
ATLANTA, GA - A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to treat its third Ebola patient. Emory University Hospital said in a news release that a person who had contracted the disease was expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday. The hospital said the patient would be treated in its isolation... more »
September 5, 2014 2:14 AM
OMAHA, NE - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital for treatment. Dr. Rick Sacra was driven by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after landing a little after 6 a.m. Friday at Offutt Air Force Base just... more »
September 4, 2014 4:49 AM
LONDON, England - As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors. The evidence is mixed for using infection-fighting antibodies from survivors' blood for Ebola, but without any licensed drugs or vaccines for... more »
August 29, 2014 5:31 AM
DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says the past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak began, more evidence that the crisis is worsening. In an update Friday, the U.N. health agency said more than 500 cases were recorded over the past week, by... more »
August 22, 2014 3:51 AM
ATLANTA, GA - An American doctor who was released from an Atlanta hospital after surviving the Ebola virus says he's glad for any attention his situation brought to African countries fighting an epidemic. Dr. Kent Brantly spoke to reporters briefly Thursday after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at... more »
August 19, 2014 4:48 AM
GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people. The World Health Organization says the death toll has risen to 1,229 from among the 2,240 reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The latest figures Tuesday include... more »
August 19, 2014 2:05 AM
JACKSON, MI - State health officials say two more Mississippians have been infected with West Nile Virus. The state Department of Health said Monday that a Hinds County resident and a Rankin County resident have confirmed cases. So far this year, nine cases of West Nile have been reported, including... more »
August 15, 2014 6:59 AM
DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says beds in Ebola treatment centers in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided. Spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva Friday that the flood of patients to newly opened treatment centers shows that the outbreak's size is far larger... more »
August 9, 2014 10:28 AM
WASHINGTON - The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus." The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading. That's scary. But it also cries out for context. AIDS alone takes more than... more »
August 2, 2014 11:05 AM
ATLANTA - A doctor infected with Ebola in Africa has arrived in Atlanta for treatment. Dobbins Air Reserve Base spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson says a plane carrying the patient landed Saturday morning at the base. An ambulance from Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital left the base shortly afterward. Samaritan's Purse... more »
August 1, 2014 3:09 PM
ATLANTA - Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital. Dr. Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients... more »
July 30, 2014 6:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Chikungunya is a mosquito borne virus that comes from the Caribbean and it is spreading into the states including in Louisiana.
Chikungunya started to break out in the Caribbean last year, and has spread throughout the United States. The Center for Disease Control said there are six... more »
July 25, 2014 7:36 AM
SHREVEPORT - Louisiana health officials say a person in Shreveport has died from the West Nile virus. The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. The gender of the victim has not been released at this time. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, tells the... more »
July 22, 2014 2:05 AM
There is more good news about the HIV treatment pills that are used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus. Researchers say that taking these prevention pills does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses. The results come... more »
May 14, 2014 10:36 AM
NEWARK, N.J. - The Center for Disease Control is warning people traveling outside of the United States to be careful after two reported cases of the MERS Virus.
A pair of doctors who have recently treated patients abroad tested positive for the virus in Indiana and Florida. As a... more »
May 12, 2014 12:49 PM
NEW YORK - Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East. A news conference to discuss the case has been scheduled for Monday afternoon by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... more »
January 3, 2014 6:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is one of 25 states experiencing widespread flu activity as the season nears its peak.
Only ten states, including Louisiana, had widespread activity last week.
"Typically the flu season peaks in January or February, so we're still early on, and we're seeing a significant increase... more »
September 25, 2013 3:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - For the first time, a four-strain flu shot is available.
Doctors suggest getting the flu shot as soon as possible with flu season nearly here in October. Health professionals say the flu virus is very contagious.
"Just by being in the room with somebody who... more »
September 23, 2013 5:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Ann Zedlitz discussed a viral infection today which could leave nodules on people's skin.
It's called molluscum contagiosum, and is sometimes called "water warts." The virus causes raised nodules on the skin, and can be passed by skin-to-skin contact or touching a surface with... more »
August 30, 2013 2:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals reported eight new West Nile cases today, bringing the year's total number of cases to 21 so far.
This new infections include four cases of neuroinvasive disease, which is the most dangerous form of the infection. One case each... more »
August 23, 2013 1:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - State health officials are reporting four new West Nile cases, bringing the 2013 total so far to 13. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday that this week's new infections include two cases of neuroinvasive disease, both from Ouachita Parish. That's the most serious type... more »
March 11, 2013 6:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 11, 2013:
People in Louisiana are getting hit by a double-dose of the flu and seasonal allergies. The former is still lingering around the state while constant weather changes have caused the latter to show up early.... more »
January 24, 2013 11:40 AM
NEW YORK- Health officials say a new strain of stomach bug that's sweeping the globe is taking over in the U.S. In the last four months, more than 140 outbreaks in the U.S. have been caused by the new Sydney strain of norovirus. These kinds of contagious bugs cause bouts... more »
January 18, 2013 10:24 AM
ATLANTA - Health officials say nine more deaths of children from the flu have been reported, bringing the total this flu season to 29. In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu, so it is not known whether this year will be better or worse than usual.... more »
December 28, 2012 9:49 AM
MADRID - Rafael Nadal says he will not play the Australian Open because of a stomach virus, further delaying his comeback after being sidelined since June. The Spaniard also will skip the preceding Qatar Open. The Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament, begins Jan. 14. The same virus... more »
November 19, 2012 3:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The state health department says 15 new West Nile virus cases and one death from the virus have been reported in the past week. In addition, one patient's illness changed from flu-like West Nile fever to a dangerous "neuroinvasive" infection affecting the brain or spinal cord. State... more »
October 29, 2012 2:58 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The West Nile virus continues to infect and kill people in Louisiana's worst year since 2002. State health officials say people need to keep fighting mosquitoes. The health department says 139 people have come down with life-threatening neuroinvasive disease, and at least 13 of them have died.... more »
October 12, 2012 4:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - State health officials report one new West Nile virus death and nine new cases, bringing the total to 12 deaths this year and 312 cases. The Department of Health and Hospitals' weekly report shows five new neuroinvasive disease cases - the most serious type. Two were reported... more »
September 24, 2012 1:55 PM
SEATTLE - Novice beekeeper Mark Hohn in Kent found that his bees are infected with a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die. The Seattle Times reports it's the first time the bee infection has been found in the state, according to... more »
September 21, 2012 6:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - State health officials say in the past week one more person has died from the West Nile virus in Louisiana and the number of infections has risen to 251 for the year with 36 new cases reported. The death toll from the virus so far this year... more »
September 15, 2012 3:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - The number of West Nile virus infections in Louisiana has reached 215, with 39 new cases reported this past week. No new deaths were added in the latest report. The death toll from the virus so far this year stands at 10. Louisiana's health department says the... more »
September 4, 2012 10:23 AM
HOUMA - After Hurricane Isaac left a lot of water behind, south Louisiana residents may be dealing with swarms of mosquitoes. And with Louisiana experiencing the highest rate of West Nile virus infections in several years, state officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes. The Courier reports that... more »
August 24, 2012 4:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals said three more people died this week from the West Nile Virus, and 53 new cases were reported.
That brings the year's total deaths to nine, the most in recent years according to DHH. The most was in 2002,... more »
August 9, 2012 3:37 PM
LONDON - Computer security firm Kaspersky says it has discovered a new batch of malicious software linked to the infrastructure-wrecking Stuxnet virus. In a statement Thursday the Moscow-based company said it had found a virus dubbed "Gauss" which it said was aimed at stealing financial information from its mainly Middle... more »
August 3, 2012 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE- The latest West Nile Virus numbers come out today, and could follow a recent trend showing an increase in outbreaks around Louisiana.
So far in the state there are five human cases of West Nile Virus, 16 of which are the neuroinvasive form of the disease, the... more »
July 27, 2012 2:35 PM
Baton Rouge-The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed 19 additional human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 33, which includes 13 new cases of the potentially deadly neuroinvasive disease (NID).
The new NID cases were reported in Caddo, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson,... more »
July 17, 2012 11:28 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials are warning residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
David Matassa, director of the Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Department, said the number of mosquitoes with the West Nile virus in the parish is higher than last year at this time.
There have been no... more »
July 13, 2012 2:15 PM
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has confirmed six additional human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 10.
The six new cases come from East Feliciana, Jefferson, Rapides, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.
Health officials characterize West Nile infections three ways: neuroinvasive,... more »
June 13, 2012 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE- Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been found in several local parishes, according to mosquito abatement workers.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement office says virus-carrying bugs were found in East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, Livington Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, St. Tammany Parish,... more »
May 17, 2012 9:42 AM
WASHINGTON - People may soon be able to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their own homes.
However some advocates for more HIV/AIDS testing feel it may not be a good idea.
"While it's great that more people would be get tested;... more »
April 20, 2012 9:22 PM
WASHINGTON- Some people will have trouble doing anything on the Internet later this summer. That's because a safety system that's keeping many computers working even though software is infected with a virus will be turned off July 9th.
The problem started when international hackers ran an online advertising scam... more »
October 21, 2011 2:46 PM
BATON ROUGE, La.- State health regulators have confirmed two new cases of West Nile virus, bringing this year's total to 12.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on Friday said both new cases are from St. Tammany Parish.
One of the new cases is neuroinvasive disease, which... more »
September 23, 2011 4:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says a West Nile virus case in Calcasieu Parish is the tenth diagnosed statewide this year and the fifth dangerous infection of the brain or spinal cord.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says the last dangerous "neuroinvasive" case to be diagnosed also... more »
September 16, 2011 4:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Health officials reported today another case of West Nile virus had been found in western Louisiana, bringing the year's total up to nine reported cases so far.
According to Department of Health and Hospitals spokesperson Lisa Faust, the new case was reported in Calcasieu Parish and... more »
August 24, 2011 3:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Health officials reported today another case of West Nile virus had been found in Louisiana, bringing the year's total up to four reported cases so far.
Lisa Faust, a spokesperson with the Department of Health and Hospitals, said in a press release that the new case... more »
August 13, 2011 11:39 AM
KILLONA, La.- St. Charles Parish officials say a mosquito sample turned up with the dangerous West Nile virus.
The parish says its mosquito control teams are increasing spraying and taking other measures to knock down the mosquito population.
Because birds and mosquitoes throughout Louisiana carry the virus, the... more »
May 31, 2011 8:25 PM
The journal Science took the unusual step of saying any link between a virus and chronic fatigue is "seriously in question" making researchers who first found a possible link defend their work. It's another blow to people who suffer from the mysterious illness and who hoped finding a cause would... more »
May 31, 2011 8:17 PM
The Pony Express won't be delivering that mail next week as scheduled because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus blamed for the deaths of a dozen horses in nine Western states. The famous ride from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California is postponed until August. Its the first time... more »
November 5, 2010 10:44 AM
BATON ROUGE – A new human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Louisiana, this time in Ascension Parish. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said the case is also the most severe form of West Nile infection, called neuroinvasive. It typically results in a swelling of... more »
October 7, 2010 1:48 PM
Louisiana has had more West Nile virus diagnoses - and more serious infections - so far this year than in all of 2009. Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says cases in Iberia and Vermilion parishes bring this year's total to 27 - 12 in East Baton Rouge Parish and... more »
September 24, 2010 5:49 PM
There are two new human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year’s total to 25, according to The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The cases come from Iberia and St. Tammany Parishes and are reported in DHH’s weekly Louisiana Arbovirus Surveillance Summary, which can be found in the... more »
September 18, 2010 9:59 AM
State health officials have confirmed four new human cases of West Nile virus, bringing this year's total to 23. West Nile infections are characterized in three ways: neuroinvasive, West Nile fever and asymptomatic. All four new cases reported were neuroinvasive disease, with three from East Baton Rouge Parish and one... more »
August 4, 2010 10:44 AM
Cases of the West Nile Virus continues to rise in the Greater Baton Rouge Area.
Three cases of West Nile have been confirmed in the area over the last several weeks, one in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in Ascension Parish.
Officials say people should continue to... more »
April 15, 2010 4:46 PM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that recently tested samples submitted by state health officials contain a new strain of norovirus.
The CDC reports the new strain, like other norovirus strains, is transmitted person to person, and has been confirmed nationwide for about 50 percent... more »
September 12, 2009 9:58 AM
A North Louisiana resident is the seventh person in the state to die from the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. That's according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. DHH would only say the person was a male, living in the Shreveport area. No other details have been released.... more »