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Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health learned that the contracted operator for the Clayton water system in Concordia Parish is no longer operating the water system because the operator has not been paid by the town.

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The Louisiana Department of Health recently released its Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive Form as a new tactic in the fight against opioid abuse.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Health officials found no significant lead levels in the drinking water of a dozen of Louisiana's older public schools.

The Advocate reports some of the tests found some lead, but the results were below the 15 parts per billion that would've initiated action by state authorities.

Louisiana's health officer, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, cautioned that a dozen test results aren't enough to make sweeping statements. Guidry says school systems should test their own water.

Bats infest LaSalle Parish school

Sep 20, 2018

Furry flying mammals have caused the closure of an area school. An infestation of bats has caused the closure of Lasalle Parish Elementary School. The Louisiana Department of Health closed the Olla school on Monday.

LDH says the shutdown is because bats carry rabies and the bat guano can harbor disease. Bats have to be handled carefully. They are a protected species, it is illegal to kill them.

The school will reopen as soon as the bats are removed and the droppings are cleaned up. If the process takes too long, classes will be moved. 

The final act of this year’s special session trilogy is less than a week away, with the administration and many legislators scrambling to find some extra cash for programs like TOPS, which is facing a 30 percent cut. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the Department of Health is one place the state should look if it wants to plug the budget gaps.

 

Widespread Flu Activity In Louisiana

Jan 4, 2018
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Louisiana is seeing widespread and early flu activity. According to the CDC, Louisiana is among the states with the highest confirmed illness through symptoms and laboratory surveillance.  

 “In more severe seasons, the flu causes approximately 700 deaths and nearly 8,000 hospitalizations each year,” said Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary, Louisiana Department of Health. “In Louisiana and we are already on track to meet and possibly exceed these statistics for the current flu season.”

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Health officials are concerned that Louisiana might have a severe flu season.  There are more cases of flu here and in Alabama than elsewhere in the country.  Louisiana Department of Health Doctor Frank Welch says there are more medical visits for the flu than there should be this early in the season.

 

Some officials warn this year’s flu vaccine may only be ten percent effective against the “A” strain of the virus.  Welch is concerned that this influenza will cause several problems the current vaccine does not immunize against.

 

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Louisiana's attorney general is trying to take control of a lawsuit filed by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration accusing pharmaceutical companies of worsening opioid abuse in the state. 

     The Advocate reports that Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to expand the lawsuit. He also wants to hire Mike Moore, the former Mississippi attorney general who shepherded a national action against tobacco manufacturers in 1990's that settled for billions of dollars. 

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The State Department of Health is warning those who frequently visit indoor shooting ranges about toxic exposure to lead. There are at least 50 shooting ranges in Louisiana, a third of those are indoor. Dr. David Holcombe with Office of Public Health says there are no regulations in place to control dangerous exposure levels.

Over the past 40 years, the CDC says 36 studies show higher toxic lead levels among those who use gun ranges regularly.  Dr. Holcombe says people can take proactive measures to make sure they reduce lead exposure from affecting them.

The Louisiana Department of Health recently implemented new processes to ensure that managed care organizations are providing accurate and adequate provider information to the state and to individuals seeking specialized behavioral health services. 

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