News Releases

Stay Healthy and Stop the Spread of Infections (10/15/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is raising awareness about preventing infections to support International Infection Prevention week October 14-20, 2018. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand washing can prevent one in five diarrhea-related sicknesses and one in five respiratory infections.
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Tanker Truck Spill Reported in Dickey County (10/5/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a tanker truck rollover in Dickey County.
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Take Precautions to Prevent Rabies (9/28/2018)
Friday, September 28, 2018 is World Rabies Day, a global day of action to prevent rabies and promote awareness. Rabies is preventable through vaccination, yet nearly 60,000 people around the world die from the disease every year. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) are reminding the public to be aware of the risk of rabies. Rabies is a viral infection that affects mammals, including humans. In the United States, the virus circulates in wild animals and is most commonly found in bats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, and foxes. Rabid wildlife can transmit rabies to unvaccinated cats, dogs, and farm animals, which then pose a threat to people.
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North Dakota Medical Reserve Corp teams plan return from North Carolina (9/28/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) section deployed two Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) teams to North Carolina Wednesday, Sept. 12. The MRC teams are now preparing to return from their mission. Emergency medical personnel are scheduled to arrive back in North Dakota on Friday, Sept. 28. The nurse responders plan to return Sunday, Sept. 30. The response teams assisted North Carolina in shelters and ambulances.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards Loans to Three Cities (9/27/2018)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to three cities in September.
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Cannabis Use in Vaping Devices on the Rise in Youth (9/26/2018)
Nationwide, vaping has been increasing since its introduction in 2007 and is the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. Roughly 21 percent of North Dakota high school students identify as current vaping product users (ND Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2017). The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is encouraging parents and guardians to have conversations with the youth in their life to prevent the use of vaping products.
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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Selected for Bismarck/Mandan and Fargo Regions (9/24/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Medical Marijuana received final scores from the review panel tasked with evaluating and scoring complete dispensary applications. Two entities have been selected to move forward with the registration process. HOFB, LLC (Harvest of Bismarck) will locate their facility in Bismarck while the other entity, Acreage North Dakota, LLC, will be located in Fargo.
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Now is the time to get vaccinated for the flu (9/24/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding all North Dakotans to get vaccinated against influenza. According to Abbi Berg, Vaccines for Children Manager with the NDDoH Immunization Program, “Getting the flu vaccine is the easiest way to protect yourself, as well as your friends and family, from the flu.”
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Take Proactive Steps to Avoid Falls (9/21/2018)
In North Dakota, falls are the leading cause of preventable death for people 60 years and older; it threatens seniors’ safety and independence. In 2017, there were 62 fall-related deaths to North Dakotans 60 years and older.
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Produced Water Spill Reported in Dunn County (9/20/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a pipeline release in Dunn County.
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North Dakota medical response teams to assist North Carolina in hurricane aftermath (9/18/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response section will deploy two Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) medical response teams to Raleigh, N.C. this week. The teams are comprised of 28 registered nurses, paramedics and EMTs. They will assist the hurricane-impacted state in medical shelters supporting vulnerable populations. North Carolina requested the specialized teams through the EMAC.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Awarded to Arthur for Storm Sewer (9/18/2018)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded a $204,000 loan to the City of Arthur, North Dakota in September 2018. This loan will help the city replace two blocks of storm sewer that recently failed.
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Produced Water Spill Reported in Mountrail County (9/18/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a broken pipe connection at a salt water disposal (SWD) facility in Mountrail County.
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First West Nile Virus-Related Death Reported in North Dakota (9/17/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced today the state’s first West Nile virus-related death in 2018. The individual was a man, over 60 years old, who resided in the northwest region of North Dakota.
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Comment Period Extended for Proposed Swine Operation in Ramsey County (9/17/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has extended the public comment period on an application from Grand Prairie Agriculture, LLP for a swine operation in Ramsey County.
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NDDoH Accepting Dispensary Applications for Grand Forks and Williston Regions (9/12/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is accepting applications for entities interested in obtaining a registration certificate to operate a dispensary in the Grand Forks and Williston regions under the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program. Applications will be accepted through October 10, 2018 at 3 p.m. central time.
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Governor Burgum Proclaims September Suicide Prevention Month (9/10/2018)
Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encourages residents to know the warning signs of suicide, offer support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide and participate in one of several educational and awareness opportunities taking place across the state throughout September.
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Governor Burgum Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation (9/10/2018)
Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation
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September is National Preparedness Month (9/6/2018)
September is National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Disasters happen. Prepare now. Know how.” The North Dakota Department of Health encourages citizens to observe National Day of Action on September 15 by creating an individual or family emergency plan of their own. Visit www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for help on how to start your emergency plan based on the specific needs of your household. Most importantly, practice your plan.
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Individual from Burleigh County Thought to have Measles Tests Negative (9/6/2018)
On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that subsequent testing found the individual with measles in Burleigh County to be negative. Therefore, the NDDoH has determined that the threat of measles for this specific situation to be over. Children and employees who are currently being excluded from school and other activities, may return to school tomorrow, September 7, 2018. Other individuals contacted by the NDDoH about a potential exposure no longer need to watch for symptoms of measles.
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Measles Case Reported in Burleigh County (9/5/2018)
On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, a case of measles was reported to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), the first case of measles in the state since 2011. The individual resides in Burleigh County and most likely contracted measles out-of-state. This individual has recovered and is no longer contagious. Per North Dakota Administrative Codes 33-06-03-04 and 23-01.3-02, additional information about the individual is not being released to protect the individual’s privacy. The NDDoH is in the process of notifying people who were exposed to the measles case.
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Hantavirus-Related Death Reported in North Dakota (8/27/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced today that a resident of North Dakota has become sick and passed away from Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a rare but potentially fatal disease spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva. The individual, an adult female from the northeast portion of the state, did have possible contact with rodent urine or droppings or rodents in the environment.
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North Dakota Department of Health Warns Residents About Wildfire Smoke (8/17/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across North Dakota.
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NDDoH Releases Draft Dispensary Application for Grand Forks and Williston Regions (8/15/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) released draft dispensary application materials for the Grand Forks and Williston dispensary regions. The draft application materials, including instructions, can be found on the Division of Medical Marijuana’s website at www.ndhealth.gov/MM.
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Department of Health to Hold Public Hearings on Proposed Swine Operation in Ramsey County (8/10/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has received an application from Grand Prairie Agriculture, LLP for a swine operation. As proposed, the facility will house a maximum of 2,499 sows and be located in Ramsey County, about 10 miles west of the City of Devils Lake, ND.
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North Dakota Department of Health Warns Residents About Wildfire Smoke (8/9/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across North Dakota.
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North Dakota Health Officials Report Steep Increase in West Nile Virus Cases (8/8/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has seen a rise in reported West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the past week and are reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites that can cause WNV infection.
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Governor Doug Burgum Recognizes August 1-7 as Breastfeeding Week (8/6/2018)
Governor Doug Burgum has declared August 1-7, 2018 as Breastfeeding Week in the State of North Dakota. In honor, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is recognizing 25 businesses in North Dakota who have been designated as Infant Friendly in the past year. The Infant Friendly designation recognizes businesses who provide appropriate time and space for breastfeeding women returning to work who are separated from their infants.
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North Dakota Breastfeeding Week Proclamation (8/6/2018)
Governor Doug Burgum declares August 1-7 as Breastfeeding Week in the state of ND.
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Produced Water Spill Reported in Burke County (8/6/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a pipeline leak about 13 miles west of Kenmare in Burke County.
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Produced Water Spill Reported in Stark County (8/6/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a pipeline leak about 2 miles northwest of Dickinson in Stark County.
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Sixty Percent of North Dakota 16 and 17-Year-Old Students Unprotected from Bacterial Meningitis (8/3/2018)
The new school year is quickly approaching and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding parents to get their children up-to-date with school-required immunizations before school begins. Immunization requirements in North Dakota have changed with the 2018-2019 school year. Two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) will be required for students entering grades 11 and 12 this fall. According to the NDDoH, as of July 1 only 40 percent of North Dakota 16 and 17-year-olds have had the second dose of MCV4. This leaves a lot of students still unprotected.
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Department of Health Warns Residents About Wildfire Smoke in Eastern North Dakota (7/20/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across the eastern part of the state.
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NDDoH Responds to Questions Pertaining to Dispensary Application (7/19/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has received and responded to questions regarding the applications for dispensary registration in the Bismarck/Mandan region and the Fargo region under the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program. The question and answer document has been posted on the division’s website.
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State Health Council Special Meeting Scheduled for July 19, 2018 (7/17/2018)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a special meeting Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Conference Room 212 located in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 9 a.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2372.
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North Dakota Department of Health Seeks Comments on Volkswagen Mitigation Plan (7/17/2018)
On October 2, 2017, an environmental mitigation trust was finalized as part of the nationwide Volkswagen Settlement. Funding will be available to all states to mitigate negative air quality impacts caused by Volkswagen’s use of emissions testing defeat devices in vehicles sold and operated in the U.S.
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Application for Block Grant Funds Available for Public Comment (7/13/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health has completed the state's application for Federal Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant Funds for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2018 and ending Sept. 30, 2019. The application will be available for public comment starting July 16, 2018.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards Loans to Three Rural Water Districts (7/10/2018)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to three rural water districts in June.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Will Help Horace Replace Water Meters (7/10/2018)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded a $422,000 loan to the City of Horace, North Dakota in June 2018.
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NDDoH Accepting Dispensary Applications for Bismarck/Mandan and Fargo Regions (7/10/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is accepting applications for entities interested in obtaining a registration certificate to operate a dispensary in the Bismarck/Mandan and Fargo regions under the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program. Applications will be accepted through August 7, 2018 at 3 p.m. central time. In September, the NDDoH will open applications for the Grand Forks and Williston dispensary regions, resulting in four out of eight dispensaries being selected in 2018.
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North Dakota Department of Health Releases 2017 Drinking Water Compliance Report (7/5/2018)
Information about North Dakota’s public water systems is available in the newly released 2017 Drinking Water Compliance Report prepared by the North Dakota Department of Health.
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Residents Encouraged to Avoid Blue-green Algae (7/5/2018)
Hot summer weather contributes to the production of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in bodies of water that are used by people, pets and livestock. Blue-green algae discolors the water and can cause foam, scum, or mats to appear on the surface. In severe cases, the water can have the appearance of spilled green paint or green pea soup.
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North Dakotans Reminded to Stay Safe While Attending Summer Events (7/2/2018)
Summer fairs and outdoor festivals are important North Dakota traditions. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds people to take healthy precautions at fairs, festivals, carnivals and rodeos this summer. Certain germs, like Campylobacter, E. coli and influenza, can be passed back and forth between humans and animals.
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NDDoH Medical Marijuana Program Dispensary Application Timeline Announced (7/2/2018)
Beginning July 10, 2018, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Medical Marijuana Program will accept applications for entities interested in obtaining a registration certificate to operate a dispensary in the Bismarck and Fargo regions.
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North Dakota Department of Health Solicits Comments on Preventive Health Block Grant (6/25/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will hold a public hearing concerning utilization of funds for the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. The hearing will be held Tuesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. in Room 212 on the second floor of the State Capitol Judicial Wing, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, N.D.
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WIC Program Seeks Public Input for Planning (6/20/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health is requesting public input into the direction of the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for the coming year.
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ND Department of Health Responds to CDC Report on Suicide Rates (6/19/2018)
A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that suicide death rates have increased across the nation from 1999 to 2016. North Dakota has experienced the largest suicide rate increase within that time frame, with rates increasing 58 percent. Across the nation and North Dakota, suicide cuts across all ages, demographics and socioeconomic groups, with working-age white men, American Indians and veterans at highest risk. In 2016, 134 North Dakota residents died by suicide.
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NDDoH Reports First West Nile Virus Case This Season (6/18/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) disease for the season. Additionally, a pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for WNV in Grand Forks. “This first human infection is being reported earlier than what we usually see in North Dakota,” said Jenny Galbraith. “People need to take measures to avoid contracting the virus, by protecting themselves from mosquito bites,” Galbraith said.
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State Health Department Schedules Opportunity for the Public to Learn About and Comment on Emergency Preparedness Activities (6/15/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health has scheduled a public meeting designed to educate the general public about emergency preparedness activities and provide an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will be held Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. CST at 1720 Burlington Drive in Bismarck. Participants may also join via teleconference by dialing 1.855.361.4591. The public also can participate through video conference at participating local public health units throughout the state where video conference is available, or the meeting can be accessed online via live webcast.
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North Dakota Department of Health Issues Air Permit for Meridian Energy Davis Refinery (6/13/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has issued a Permit to Construct to Meridian Energy Group Inc. for the Davis Refinery to be located in Billings County, approximately two miles west of Belfield.
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Mother Raises Awareness of West Nile Virus (6/7/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and the parents of a child who became seriously ill from West Nile virus (WNV) have partnered together to raise awareness of how severe this disease can be for people of any age. Benny Howling Wolf was just three years old when he contracted WNV in 2016. Benny and his family have been working hard every day to overcome the remaining effects from his severe WNV infection.
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Produced Water Spill Reported in McKenzie County (6/6/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a pipeline leak about 15 miles southeast of Watford City in McKenzie County.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Two Loans (6/6/2018)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded loans to two North Dakota cities in May 2018.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards Six Project Loans (6/6/2018)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to four cities and one rural water district in May.
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Make Sure Your Children are Up-to-Date on Immunizations Before School Starts (6/4/2018)
Summer is just starting, but the new school year will be here before we know it. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is encouraging parents to get their children up-to-date with school-required immunizations now, rather than waiting until school starts in the fall.
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WIC Program Announces New Income Levels for Eligibility (5/24/2018)
Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) have increased. To qualify for WIC, families must reside in North Dakota, meet the income requirements and have a nutritional or medical need for WIC services, such as anemia or inadequate diet. Need is determined by measuring the child or woman’s height and weight, performing a hemoglobin test, and taking a health and dietary history. Effective May 1, 2018, a family of four can earn up to $3,870 each month (or $893 each week for the household) and still meet income eligibility requirements.
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Emergency Medical Services for Children’s Day Highlights Pediatric Response (5/22/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) recognizes Wednesday, May 23, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children Day. Over 30 million children receive emergency medical care each year due to illness or injury in the United States. Properly trained emergency personnel, sufficiently equipped ambulances, pediatric-ready emergency departments and well-defined pediatric treatment protocols and procedures improve health outcomes and survivability in children.
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North Dakota Awards Contract for Laboratory Services for Medical Marijuana Program (5/18/2018)
The state of North Dakota has selected a vendor to perform laboratory services for conducting compliance testing of marijuana and usable marijuana for the Medical Marijuana Program. Following the formal request for proposal process, the state has awarded a contract to Keystone State Testing (doing business as Dakota State Testing).
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State Health Council Special Meeting Scheduled for May 22, 2018 (5/18/2018)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a teleconference meeting Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Conference Room 212 located in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 9:00 a.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2372.
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Medical Marijuana Application Review Panel Selects Two Manufacturing Facilities (5/16/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Medical Marijuana has received final scores from the review panel tasked with evaluating and scoring complete manufacturing facility applications. Two entities have been selected to move forward with the registration process. One entity, Pure Dakota LLC, will locate their facility in Bismarck while the other entity, Grassroots Cannabis (legal name GR Vending ND, LLC), will be located in Fargo.
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Asbestos Inspection Required Before Demolishing or Renovating Buildings (5/14/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding building owners and operators that an inspection by a North Dakota-licensed asbestos inspector is required prior to demolition or renovation.
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State Health Council Meeting Scheduled for May 16, 2018 (5/11/2018)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a meeting Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Conference Room 212 located in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 9:00 a.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2372.
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Governor Burgum Proclaims Drinking Water Week (5/7/2018)
Governor Doug Burgum has declared May 6 through 12, 2018 as Drinking Water Week in North Dakota. This annual event highlights the value of the state’s water resources, recognizes the importance of having a safe and dependable supply of water now and in the future, and promotes water conservation.
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NDDoH Reports Case of E. coli Linked to Romaine Lettuce (5/4/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reports North Dakota’s first case of E. coli infection associated with romaine lettuce originating from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. The NDDoH has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other state and local health officials in this national investigation. A second case in ND possibly associated with the outbreak is still under investigation.
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New Income Levels for Eligibility of Treatment Services (4/30/2018)
Income eligibility guidelines for treatment services available through the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Special Health Services (SHS) have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels. The change increases the amount of income a family can make and still qualify for services. Effective May 1, 2018, a family of four will be able to earn up to $46,435 annually (or $3,870 monthly per household) and still meet income eligibility requirements.
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NDDoH Division of Medical Marijuana Releases Draft Dispensary Application (4/30/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) released draft dispensary application materials for the Medical Marijuana Program. The draft application materials, including instructions, can be found on the Division of Medical Marijuana’s website at www.ndhealth.gov/MM.
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Use Care While Cleaning to Avoid Hantavirus Disease (4/27/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds residents to protect themselves against hantavirus disease. As the weather warms, individuals will be cleaning cabins and other buildings that have been closed for the winter. These are places where exposure to hantavirus is most likely.
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Keep Infants Up-to-Date on Vaccinations to Prevent the Spread of Disease (4/23/2018)
During National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 21–28, 2018, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is emphasizing the need to fully immunize children 24 months and younger against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.
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North Dakota’s Air Quality Grade Explained (4/23/2018)
Every year the American Lung Association (ALA) releases its State of the Air report on air quality throughout the nation. This year the ALA assigned North Dakota a lower grade than it did in 2017.
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NDDoH Urges Caution During Tick Season (4/20/2018)
As the weather gets warmer, ticks and the diseases they carry become a concern for North Dakota residents. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encourages people to take precautions against tick bites when outdoors.
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NDDoH Extends Deadline for Manufacturing Facility Applications (4/20/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has made a change to the manufacturing facility application by extending the open application period for manufacturing facilities interested in obtaining a registration certificate until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. Because state offices are not open over the weekend, potential applicants have until 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time today, Friday, April 20, 2018 or from 8:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time to 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time on Monday, April 23, 2018 to hand deliver applications. Any applications mailed must be received by 10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time on April 23, 2018.
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Increase Your Understanding During STD Awareness Month (4/19/2018)
April is National Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Awareness Month, an observance created to increase awareness about STDs, including their transmission, prevention and treatment. STDs continue to be a major health threat in the United States, especially among adolescents and young adults. Each year, one in four teens contract an STD. In addition, one in two sexually active persons will contract an STD by age 25. If undetected and left untreated, STDs can potentially lead to severe health consequences, including ectopic pregnancy or infertility in females.
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North Dakotans Encouraged to Celebrate Earth Day (4/16/2018)
Earth Day will be celebrated worldwide on April 22, 2018. Throughout North Dakota, various events will be held to foster awareness of the state’s natural resources and demonstrate support for environmental protection.
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Stakeholder Meetings to Seek Input on Draft Nutrient Reduction Strategy (4/16/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Water Quality will hold two public stakeholder meetings to seek input on the recently completed draft North Dakota Nutrient Reduction Strategy for Surface Waters.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Six Loans (4/9/2018)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded loans to five North Dakota cities and the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District in March 2018.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards Five Project Loans (4/5/2018)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to four cities and one rural water district in March.
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Oil Emulsion Spill in Billings County (4/5/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an oil emulsion spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Billings County at a site operated by Hess Bakken Investments II, LLC.
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April 2-8 is National Public Health Week (4/2/2018)
April 2-8, 2018 is National Public Health Week and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and local public health units are highlighting how public and private partnerships protect and promote health equity for all North Dakotans regardless of where they are born, grow, live and age.
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Ethanol Spill in Stark County (3/29/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an ethanol spill in Stark County.
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NDDoH Provides Update to the Manufacturing Facility Application (3/28/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has received and responded to questions pertaining to the application for entities to apply for a manufacturing facility registration under the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program.
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Emulsion Spill in Bowman County (3/27/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an emulsion spill resulting from a flowline leak in Bowman County.
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NDDoH Warns Against E-cigarette Dangers After Recent Nicotine Poisoning Incident (3/27/2018)
A recent case of nicotine poisoning involving an administrator from Jamestown High School is underscoring the rapidly growing popularity of electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes) among North Dakota youth, as well as the dangers associated with them.
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NDDoH Cancels Public Hearings on Proposed Cottage Food Laws (3/20/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has closed the public comment period and cancelled three hearings inviting comment on proposed cottage food laws. The cancelled public hearings were scheduled to take place March 22, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the North Dakota Department of Health in Bismarck; March 22, 2018 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Southwestern District Health Unit in Dickinson; and March 23, 2018 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. at Fargo Cass Public Health in Fargo.
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North Dakota Observes Poison Prevention Week (3/19/2018)
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is discussing the facts behind some of the most common poison-related myths.
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NDDoH Accepting Applications for Manufacturing Facilities Under the Medical Marijuana Program (3/16/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is accepting applications from entities interested in obtaining a registration certificate to operate a manufacturing facility under the North Dakota Medical Marijuana Program. Applications will be accepted through April 19, 2018 at 4 p.m. CST.
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Dispose of Unused Pharmaceuticals Properly to Protect Environment (3/14/2018)
Disposal of unused or unwanted pharmaceuticals is an emerging and complex environmental issue in North Dakota.
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Crude Oil Spill in McKenzie County (3/12/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a crude oil spill in McKenzie County.
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Department of Health Hosts Public Hearings on Proposed Cottage Foods Rules (3/9/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Food and Lodging has scheduled three public hearings on proposed administrative rules for the production and sale of cottage food products. Written comments will be accepted through April 4, 2018.
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NDDoH Warns Against Consuming Kratom (3/2/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reporting North Dakota’s first case of kratom-associated Salmonella infection linked to a national outbreak. The individual consumed kratom purchased online. The NDDoH tested the remaining kratom provided by the individual and found the same strain of Salmonella. The NDDoH has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other state health departments to investigate the multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections associated with kratom.
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North Dakota Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Continue to Increase (3/1/2018)
Data from the 2017-2018 school immunization assessment shows that North Dakota’s kindergarten immunization rates have remained at about 94 percent for all required vaccines. In the last two years, rates have increased dramatically after spending previous years at or below 90 percent. The school immunization assessment is conducted annually by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).
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NDDoH Accepts Requests for Proposals for Compliance Testing Laboratory (2/28/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) for a laboratory to conduct compliance testing for the Medical Marijuana Program. RFPs will be accepted through April 19, 2018 at 3 p.m.
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Produced Water Spill in Divide County (2/26/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Divide County.
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State Health Council Meeting Scheduled for February 28, 2018 (2/21/2018)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a meeting Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in Conference Room 212 located in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 9:30 a.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2372.
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North Dakota Awards Contract for the Medical Marijuana Tracking System (2/15/2018)
The state of North Dakota has selected a vendor to implement a medical marijuana tracking system. Following the formal request for proposal process, the state has awarded BioTrackTHC a contract for an information management system that includes a seed-to-sale inventory tracking system, as well as a registration system.
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Court Decision Delayed for Reporting Emissions from Livestock Waste (2/12/2018)
On Feb. 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a motion from the U.S. Environmental Agency to delay the Court’s decision on reporting requirements for air emissions from farms that are animal feeding operations.
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Governor Burgum Declares February as American Heart Month in North Dakota (2/7/2018)
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States dies of heart disease – about 2,200 deaths each day. In North Dakota, more than 1,600 people die of heart disease and stroke each year. However, 80 percent of those deaths could be prevented. Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed February as “American Heart Month” to help raise awareness of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
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National Governors Association to Facilitate Emergency Medical Systems Meeting (2/2/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Emergency Medical Systems (DEMS) will host the National Governors Association to discuss best practices for EMS across the nation. The discussion will emphasize effective ways to distribute rural EMS grant funds. The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Pioneer Room located in the State Capitol Building. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2270.
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Tether Strap Essential to Reducing Head Injuries to Children (1/31/2018)
According to 2016 data collected from North Dakota car seat checkups, 50 percent of forward-facing car seats were not installed using the tether. Nationwide, the number is 64 percent. A tether is a strap that locks down the top portion of the car seat, so if involved in a crash, the car seat will not move dangerously forward. This protects a child from hitting their head on the vehicle’s interior. Tethers have been required on car seats since 1999.
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Semi-Truck Accident Causes Spill in Traill County (1/17/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a semi-truck and trailer accident in Traill County, resulting in the release of approximately 10 gallons of diesel fuel and an unknown amount of canola oil. The truck was operated by Darcol International.
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NDDoH Schedules Public Hearing (1/17/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health will hold a public hearing regarding utilization of funds for the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. The hearing will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 214A in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, N.D.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Two Loans (1/16/2018)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded loans to two North Dakota cities in December 2017.
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Produced Water Spill in Mercer County (1/16/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill in Mercer County resulting from a tank valve failure.
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NDDoH Division of Medical Marijuana Establishes Dispensary Regions (1/11/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has established eight regions for medical marijuana dispensaries within the Medical Marijuana Program. The regions include a 50 mile radius surrounding eight cities within the state. The cities include: Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston, Dickinson, Jamestown and Devils Lake. State law allows up to eight dispensaries to be registered by the NDDoH. A map can be found on the Division of Medical Marijuana’s website at www.ndhealth.gov/MM.
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State Clean Diesel Grant Application Now Available (1/11/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is pleased to release the annual State Clean Diesel Grant Program application. Cities, counties and other government agencies that conduct work for the benefit of the public and require diesel-powered vehicles or equipment are encouraged to apply for State Clean Diesel Grants.
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NDDoH Releases Draft Manufacturing Facility Application (1/9/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) released draft manufacturing facility application materials for the Medical Marijuana Program. The draft application can be found on the Division of Medical Marijuana’s website at www.ndhealth.gov/MM.
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State Health Council Special Meeting Scheduled for January 11, 2018 (1/5/2018)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a special teleconference meeting Thursday, January 11, 2018, in Conference Room 210 in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 1:30 p.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2408.
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NDDoH Urges Parents to Get Their Children Vaccinated Against Human Papillomavirus (1/3/2018)
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding the public that everyone between the ages of 11 and 26 should receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for the prevention of cervical, throat, and other cancers.
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NDDoH Recognizes January as Birth Defects Prevention Month (1/2/2018)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Teratology Society, and Mother to Baby to increase awareness on how to prevent birth defects. During National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a special emphasis is placed on the importance of preventing infections before and during pregnancy that can increase the risk of having a baby with a birth defect.
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NDDoH Announces Changes to Child Care and School Immunization Requirements (12/28/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) recently changed North Dakota Administrative Rules requiring children attending child care and students in grades kindergarten through 12 to meet a minimum number of required immunizations before they are allowed to attend. The child care changes are effective January 1 and the school changes are effective with the 2018 – 2019 school year.
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NDDoH Hosts Public Hearings on Proposed Rules for Medical Marijuana Program (12/21/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Medical Marijuana has completed six scheduled public hearings to obtain oral comments regarding the proposed administrative rules for the Medical Marijuana Program. Written comments will be accepted through December 26, 2017.
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Department of Health to Hold Public Information Meeting and Hearing on Davis Refinery (12/5/2017)
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health has scheduled a public information meeting followed by a public hearing on the draft Air Pollution Control Permit to Construct for the Davis Refinery. Meridian Energy Group, Inc. is proposing to locate this petroleum refinery approximately 2 miles west of Belfield in Billings County.
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Spread Holiday Cheer, not the Flu (12/4/2017)
During National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 3-9, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding all North Dakotans to get the flu vaccine before the holidays.
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North Dakota Observes World AIDS Day (12/1/2017)
In observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is urging all North Dakotans to know their HIV status. According to Lindsey VanderBusch, HIV program manager for the NDDoH, North Dakota has seen an over 200 percent increase in newly diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS over the past five years and one in seven individuals infected with HIV are unaware of their infection.
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Early Increase in Influenza Activity (11/22/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is seeing higher than normal influenza activity for this part of the season. Increases in the number of cases are typically reported to the NDDoH mid-December or later, and usually indicate that the flu season is starting to escalate.
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NDDoH Accepting RFPs for Medical Marijuana Tracking Program (11/22/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) for the Medical Marijuana Tracking System through December 27, 2017 at 3 p.m. The system will be used to develop, maintain and monitor the statewide Medical Marijuana Program.
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Increasing Reports of Anonymous Sexual Partners among Those Diagnosed with STDs (11/16/2017)
State health officials are advising individuals that engage in risky sexual behaviors, such as sex with an anonymous partner, to seek evaluation for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has received increased reports of anonymous sex among those diagnosed with STDs.
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Have a Positive Impact on Reducing Antibiotic Resistance (11/13/2017)
During National Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) asks providers and their patients to work together in the effort to fight the spread of antibiotic resistance.
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State Health Council Meeting Scheduled for November 14, 2017 (11/8/2017)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Conference Room 212 located in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 9:00 a.m.
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NDDoH Files Proposed Rules for Medical Marijuana Program (11/6/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has filed proposed rules to be adopted for the Medical Marijuana Program with the state’s Legislative Council. The proposed rules were drafted to implement the Medical Marijuana Program in a manner that protects the public’s health and safety. The proposed rules assist in regulating marijuana, usable marijuana, and medical marijuana waste in order to prevent unlawful use.
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Health Department receives $97,964 from the American Heart Association (11/2/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) received a $97,964 from the American Heart Association (AHA) at a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 2. The funds were made possible by donors who contributed to the Impact Foundation during Giving Hearts Day.
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With $50,000 boost, at-risk students to receive oral health treatment (10/31/2017)
Seal! ND, a school-based oral health program administered by the North Dakota Department of Health, has provided oral health education, dental screenings, dental sealants and fluoride varnish to thousands of children at risk for tooth decay over the past six years. The program just received a $50,000 grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota to help serve more North Dakota children.
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New stroke awards recognize top hospitals for rapid-response treatment (10/27/2017)
The North Dakota Stroke System of Care Task Force recently awarded several critical access hospitals for demonstrated quality excellence in stroke care. The task force recognized the awardees through data collected from hospitals by the North Dakota State Stroke Registry.
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North Dakota Department of Health Seeks to Raise Awareness During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (10/23/2017)
BISMARCK, N.D. -- To raise awareness about preventing lead poisoning in children, the North Dakota Department of Health is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 22-28, 2017.
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NDDoH Observes Infection Prevention Week (10/16/2017)
BISMARCK, N.D. – In conjunction with International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is raising awareness about antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are used to kill bacteria that cause illness. Antibiotic resistance is when an antibiotic does not affect the bacteria, and the bacteria is able to continue to multiply in the body.
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State Health Council Special Meeting Scheduled for October 20, 2017 (10/12/2017)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a special teleconference meeting Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Conference Room 212 located in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 9:00 a.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2372.
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Produced Water Spill in Williams County (10/6/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill in Williams County resulting from an accident of a truck operated by Wind River Oil Services. The spill occurred on Wednesday, October 4, near the intersection of State Highway 2 and 58th Street West in Williston and was reported the same day. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards Three Project Loans (10/4/2017)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to two cities and one rural water district in August and September 2017.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Two Loans (10/3/2017)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded loans to two North Dakota cities in August and September 2017.
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North Dakota Breastfeeding Coalition Finds Partnerships in Unique Locations (9/28/2017)
Moms on the go now have a place to breastfeed or pump across the state, thanks to the North Dakota Breastfeeding Coalition (NDBC). The NDBC received a grant from the North Dakota Department of Health to partner with five major airports, the FargoDome and all four zoos to provide private, clean and secure breastfeeding space for mothers. Over two million people fly through North Dakota airports, one half a million visit the zoos and over a million attend events at the FargoDome, on an annual basis, and many of these visitors are breastfeeding mothers.
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North Dakota Department of Health Records Significant Decline in Rate of Pregnant Women Smoking (9/27/2017)
Fewer pregnant women in North Dakota are smoking compared to 2015, according to the North Dakota Department of Health’s birth certificate records. In August, North Dakota reported the 2016 statewide pregnancy smoking rate at 11.6 percent, down from 13.8 percent the year prior. At its lowest point yet, the state has seen consistent declines over the last decade in the number of pregnant women smoking.
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North Dakota Department of Health Partners with UND Hockey to Encourage Annual Flu Vaccination (9/26/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encouraged everyone to get vaccinated for the flu this season at their flu vaccination kickoff event. During yesterday’s news conference, UND hockey players Cam Johnson and Johnny Simonson were immunized by UND’s student health. “UND student-athletes spend a large amount of time together during the season. Unfortunately, this increases the chances of spreading something like influenza. A flu vaccine is offered to student-athletes to protect themselves and the others around them. Everyone should consider a flu shot for the same reasons,” said Steve Westereng, Chair of the Department of Sports Medicine at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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North Dakota Department of Health Educates Seniors about Falls Prevention (9/22/2017)
Falls are the leading cause of death by injury for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. In 2016, there were 91 fall-related deaths to North Dakotans aged 60 years and older.
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North Dakota Observes Child Passenger Safety Week (9/18/2017)
Many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly or ride in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Even worse, many other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are misused. The NHTSA emphasizes Child Passenger Safety Week from September 17-23, to help promote correct usage. The campaign is dedicated to reminding parents and caregivers to make sure their children ride as safely as possible – every trip, every time.
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North​ ​Dakota​ ​Medical​ ​Response​ ​Teams​ ​Assisting​ ​Florida​ ​in​ ​Hurricane​ ​Aftermath (9/15/2017)
The​ ​North​ ​Dakota​ ​Department​ ​of​ ​Health,​ ​Emergency​ ​Preparedness​ ​& Response​ ​section​ ​has​ ​deployed​ ​Emergency​ ​Management​ ​Assistance​ ​Compact​ ​(EMAC)​ ​medical response​ ​teams​ ​to​ ​Florida​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​the​ ​hurricane-impacted​ ​state.​ ​The​ ​23​ ​team​ ​members, comprised​ ​of​ ​paramedics,​ ​registered​ ​nurses​ ​and​ ​EMTs,​ ​are​ ​currently​ ​supporting​ ​vulnerable populations​ ​shelters​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Florida​ ​Keys​ ​located​ ​at​ ​Island​ ​Christian​ ​School,​ ​Marathon​ ​High School,​ ​Sugarloaf​ ​School​ ​and​ ​Key​ ​West​ ​High​ ​School.​ ​Florida​ ​requested​ ​personnel​ ​through​ ​the EMAC.
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North Dakota Department of Health Urges Caution During Smoky Conditions (9/13/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across the region.
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Governor Burgum Proclaims September Suicide Prevention Month (9/7/2017)
Governor Doug Burgum proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encourages residents to take advantage of the many awareness events and survivor speakers scheduled across North Dakota throughout September.
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North Dakota Develops Syringe Exchange Programs (9/5/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has released a guide for new syringe exchange programs (SEPs). The passage of Senate Bill 2320 allows local health units, cities and other groups in areas at risk for HIV and viral hepatitis infections to apply for program approval. In communities where people inject drugs and share needles, these programs can provide sterile equipment, education and recommendations that will help to reduce the risk of disease transmission. SEPs are another tool that can be used to reduce the public health impact an increasing opioid epidemic.
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Youth Substance Use and Suicide Prevention Program Kickoff September 6 (9/1/2017)
High school and middle school “Sources of Strength Peer Leaders” from across North Dakota and North Dakota’s Tribal Lands are expected to present to over 200 of their Sources of Strength peers and adult educators next week. The Sources of Strength Kickoff will be held at the Bismarck Ramkota on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Student leaders will share their stories of resiliency and hope – explaining how they got through hard times and how they have helped others to do the same,” said Suicide Prevention Director, Alison Traynor. “This will be a day packed full of highly researched and proven activities shown to reduce risk factors for suicide, bullying, and substance use.”
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Rugby, Mayville-Portland and Valley City Achieve “Cardiac Ready Community” Designation (8/31/2017)
The Rugby, Mayville-Portland and Valley City communities achieved the Cardiac Ready Community designation, a community-led initiative that seeks to prepare the entire community to be ready to aid anyone in need of assistance in the event of a heart-related emergency.
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State Health Department Reports First West Nile Virus-Related Death in 2017 (8/24/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced today the state’s first West Nile virus-related death in 2017. The individual was a woman who resided in central North Dakota and was older than 60 years of age. She had underlying medical conditions and died while hospitalized.
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North Dakota Department of Health Reports First Variant Influenza Case (8/15/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reports a confirmed case of variant influenza A H3N2v in a child with exposure to pigs. Influenza viruses that normally circulate in pigs are called variant influenza when the virus is found in people.
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Department of Health to Hold Meeting on Proposed Swine Operation in Ramsey County (8/11/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has received an application for a 2,674-animal swine operation from Grand Prairie Agriculture, LLP. The proposed location is in Ramsey County approximately 10 miles west of the City of Devils Lake. The NDDoH is holding a public meeting to provide information about the environmental permitting process for the facility and to answer questions.
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Department of Health Requests Laboratory Letters of Intent to Test Medical Marijuana (8/7/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) - Division of Medical Marijuana requests that any laboratory interested in testing medical marijuana in North Dakota submit a Letter of Intent.
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Department of Health to Hold Meeting on Proposed Swine Operation in Ramsey County (8/2/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has received an application from Grand Prairie Agriculture, LLP for a swine operation. The facility would house 242 nursery pigs weighing less than 55 pounds and 2,432 swine weighing more than 55 pounds. The proposed location is in Ramsey County in the southeast quarter of Section 24, Township 154 North, Range 66 West, or approximately 10 miles west of the City of Devils Lake.
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North Dakota Recognizes Infant Friendly Businesses during World Breastfeeding Week (8/1/2017)
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) recognizes that 111 businesses in North Dakota have been designated Infant Friendly since 2011.
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Natural Gas Liquids Spill in McKenzie County (7/28/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a natural gas liquids (NGL) spill in McKenzie County resulting from a third-party impact on a pipeline owned by ONEOK NGL Pipeline, LLC. The spill occurred on Thursday July 27, approximately 9 miles southeast of Watford City and was reported the same day. NGL is a mixture of ethane, propane, butane, pentane and hexane. This liquid under pressure rapidly converts to a gas when the pressure is released.
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Deadline to submit letters of intent for proposed medical marijuana compassion centers is July 28, 2017 (7/26/2017)
Those interested in submitting proposals for medical marijuana compassion centers must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply to The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), Division of Medical Marijuana no later than 5:00 PM CST on July 28, 2017.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Three Loans (7/26/2017)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded loans to three North Dakota cities in May and June 2017.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards Two Project Loans (7/26/2017)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to two North Dakota cities in May and June 2017.
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State Health Department Plans Survey of New Mothers (7/20/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has started to mail a Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) survey statewide to a randomly selected group of new mothers. The survey collects information about a women’s experiences before, during and immediately after pregnancy. The PRAMS survey will provide data on these critical periods regarding issues such as access to prenatal care, safe sleep practices, barriers to breastfeeding and other challenges that new mothers in the state may be facing.
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North Dakota Department of Health Reports First 2017 West Nile Virus Cases in State (7/18/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed the first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) disease for the season. Additionally, three birds from Grand Forks County have tested positive for WNV. To help avoid contracting the virus, state and local health officials urge people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
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Changes to North Dakota’s Child Passenger Safety Law Effective August 1, 2017 (7/17/2017)
More children in North Dakota soon will be riding safely because of changes in the state’s child passenger safety law. Effective August 1, children younger than eight years of age will be required to ride in a child restraint (car seat or booster seat) unless they are 4’9” tall or greater. The restraints must be used correctly – following the manufacturer’s instructions. Children ages eight through 17 must be properly secured in a seat belt (or restraint, if needed). The law carries a penalty of $25 and one point against the driver’s license.
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Make Sure Immunizations Are on Your Back-to-School To Do List (7/13/2017)
The new school year will be here before you know it, and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) would like to remind parents to make sure their children are up to date on immunizations.
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Application for Block Grant Funds Available for Public Comment (7/7/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health has completed the state's application for Federal Title V Block Grant Funds for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2017, and ending Sept. 30, 2018. The application will be available for public comment starting Friday, July 14, 2017.
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Department of Health Requests Letters of Intent for Proposed Medical Marijuana Compassion Centers (7/7/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), Division of Medical Marijuana requests that any entity interested in submitting a proposal to become a registered compassion center submit a letter of intent.
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North Dakota Department of Health Releases 2016 Drinking Water Compliance Report (7/5/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health has released the 2016 Drinking Water Compliance Report providing information about the state’s public water systems.
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North Dakota Department of Health Offers Food Safety Tips for July Fourth Weekend (6/28/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds residents that proper food handling and preparation can help prevent foodborne illness. Each year one out of six Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key recommendations for safe food handling and preparation include washing hands and surfaces often and using a food thermometer to ensure meat, poultry, seafood and other items are thoroughly cooked.
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North Dakotans Reminded to Stay Safe While Attending Summer Events (6/28/2017)
Summer fairs and outdoor festivals are important North Dakota traditions. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds people to take healthy precautions at fairs, festivals, carnivals and rodeos this summer. Certain diseases, like E. coli and influenza, can be passed back and forth between humans and animals.
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Health Department Offers Free Youth Suicide Prevention and Wellness Training Program (6/22/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has partnered with Sources of Strength, an evidence-based suicide, bullying, and substance use prevention program, to put on a training event in Bismarck.
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State Departments of Health and Agriculture Urge Residents to Avoid Blue-green Algae (6/22/2017)
Hot summer weather can contribute to the production of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in bodies of water that are used by people, pets and livestock. Blue-green algae discolor the water and can cause foam, scum or mats to appear on the surface. When severe blooms occur, the water can have the appearance of spilled green paint or green pea soup.
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WIC Program Seeks Public Input on State Plan (6/21/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) invites the public to provide comment on the development of the 2018 State Plan of Program Operation and Administration for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
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North Dakota Department of Health Awards Grants for Suicide Prevention (6/20/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) recently awarded $500,000 to several suicide prevention programs throughout the state. The grants are part of a $1.2 million appropriation maintained by Governor Doug Burgum and the North Dakota State Legislature during the 2017 session.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards 10 Project Loans (6/6/2017)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to the following eight North Dakota cities and two water districts between February and April 2017.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Three Loans (6/5/2017)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded loans to three cities in North Dakota between February and May 2017.
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Preventing Mosquito Bites Is Key to Avoiding West Nile Virus (5/31/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds residents that preventing mosquito bites is the most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease. While there have not been any human cases of West Nile virus reported to the NDDoH so far this year, the department expects that it will be only a matter of time before the first case is identified.
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Produced Water Spill in Mountrail County (5/26/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill in Mountrail County resulting from a pipeline leak at a well pad owned by Oasis Petroleum. The spill occurred on Thursday, May 25, approximately 9 miles southwest of Powers Lake and was reported on May 26. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.
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Volume Updated for Oil Spill in Williams County (5/25/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an updated volume for an oil spill in Williams County, which resulted from a leak in a 4-inch diameter steel gathering line operated by Hiland Crude LLC.
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Emulsion Spill in Burke County (5/25/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified Sunday, May 21, of a 100-barrel oil emulsion spill in Burke County, about 6.5 miles southwest of Bowbells. The Saturday, May 20, spill resulted from an equipment failure at a well pad operated by Cornerstone Natural Resources LLC. Oil emulsion is a mixture of crude oil and brine produced from a well and before treatment.
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WIC Program Announces New Income Levels for Eligibility (5/24/2017)
Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels.
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North Dakota Department of Health Honors Emergency Medical Services Workers (5/22/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) honors all Emergency Services Workers Sunday, May 21, through Saturday, May 27, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in North Dakota. The NDDoH also recognizes Wednesday, May 24, as EMS for Children Day.
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North Dakota to Observe Public Works Week (5/19/2017)
North Dakota will observe Public Works Week May 21-27, 2017, to celebrate the contributions of public works professionals to communities throughout the state.
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Devils Lake Diesel Spill Cleanup Nears Completion (5/19/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to work with the North Dakota Army National Guard’s Camp Grafton on the response and cleanup of the diesel fuel spill. The spill occurred on Tuesday, May 16, at the camp, located approximately 6 miles south of Devils Lake in Ramsey County. Initial estimates indicated approximately 1,286 gallons of diesel fuel were released, with about 500 gallons of that volume migrating through the camp’s storm drain into Devils Lake.
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North Dakota Department of Health Holding Public Education Town Halls about HIV (5/18/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health, in collaboration with Family HealthCare, will hold public education sessions aimed to promote HIV awareness by providing information about HIV and STD prevention (including pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP), transmission of HIV and treatment. Family HealthCare provides HIV prevention education and outreach through an agreement with NDDoH.
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State Health Council Special Meeting Scheduled for May 23, 2017 (5/18/2017)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a special teleconference meeting Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Conference Room 212 in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 9:30 a.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2372.
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North Dakota Observes National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day (5/18/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) raises awareness about viral hepatitis in North Dakota by observing May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19 as National Hepatitis Testing Day. These observances provide opportunities to promote interventions to prevent viral hepatitis, from childhood and adult immunization to safer injection practices among persons who inject drugs.
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Produced Water Spill in Williams County (5/16/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill in Williams County resulting from a lightning strike at a saltwater disposal facility owned by Oasis Petroleum. The spill occurred on Sunday, May 14, approximately 15 miles northwest of Williston and was reported Tuesday, May 16. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.
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Diesel Fuel Release in Devils Lake (5/16/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a diesel fuel release at the North Dakota Army National Guard’s Camp Grafton, located approximately 6 miles south of Devils Lake in Ramsey County. The spill occurred Tuesday, May 16, and was reported the same day.
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Contained Oil Spill in McKenzie County (5/11/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified of an oil spill resulting from a tank leak at a transmission pipeline distribution point operated by Crestwood Midstream in McKenzie County, approximately 11 miles southeast of Keene. The spill was discovered Friday, April 28, and was reported to the National Response Center and the North Dakota Industrial Commission.
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North Dakota Department of Health Recognizes National School Nurse Day (5/8/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is recognizing the important role that school nurses play in children’s lives during National School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 10.
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North Dakota Urges HIV Testing Amid Increase in Reported Infections (5/5/2017)
State health officials are advising high-risk audiences of the importance of HIV testing, along with information about preventative and treatment methods, given a recent spike in the number of HIV infections in North Dakota.
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North Dakota Emergency Preparedness & Response Assembles Disaster Fatality Team (5/4/2017)
The Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) section of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) held a news conference Thursday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. to highlight the development of a new emergency unit, titled the North Dakota Disaster Fatality Team (DFT).
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North Dakota Emergency Preparedness & Response Mass Fatality Drill (5/2/2017)
The Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) section of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will hold a news conference to highlight the development of a new emergency team, titled the North Dakota Disaster Fatality Team (DFT). The DFT team is participating in an intensive training exercise this week. In the event of a true disaster, the DFT would be responsible for the collection of human remains, decontamination of human remains and the establishment of a family assistance center. The DFR consists of over 60 individuals from various disciplines including emergency responders, law enforcement, public health and forensic professionals.
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Children’s Special Health Services Announces New Income Levels for Eligibility (5/1/2017)
Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS) Specialty Care Treatment Program have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels.
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State Health Council Meeting Scheduled for May 9, 2017 (4/28/2017)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a meeting May 9, 2017, in Conference Room 212 in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 9 a.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701.328.2372.
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Parents Reminded to Keep Infants Up-to-Date on Vaccinations During National Infant Immunization Week (4/25/2017)
During National Infant Immunization Week, April 22 – 29, 2017, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds parents of the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.
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Oil Emulsion Spill in Bowman County (4/24/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an oil emulsion spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Bowman County. The pipeline is a buried 3-inch in diameter flow line operated by Continental Resources. The spill was discovered Saturday, April 22, approximately five miles southwest of Marmarth and was reported that same day. Oil emulsion is a mixture of crude oil and brine produced from a well.
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Governor Burgum Proclaims Saturday, April 22, Earth Day (4/19/2017)
Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed Saturday, April 22, 2017, as Earth Day in North Dakota. Earth Day is an opportunity for all North Dakotans to bring awareness to the natural resources of our state. North Dakotans are encouraged to take personal action to help preserve and conserve them for future generations.
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North Dakota Department of Health Reminds Residents to Use Care While Cleaning to Avoid Hantavirus Disease (4/13/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds everyone of the importance of protection against hantavirus disease. As spring begins, many people will be cleaning cabins and other buildings that have been closed for the winter. These are places where one is more likely to be exposed to the virus.
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North Dakota Department of Health Warns About Risk of Salmonella Infection from Baby Poultry (4/10/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) warns of the potential danger to people who come into contact with live poultry, especially chicks, ducklings and other baby birds. Contact with live poultry or their environments can be a source of human bacterial infections. Multistate outbreaks of salmonellosis, an illness caused by Salmonella bacteria, have occurred every year for the past five years.
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North Dakota Department of Health Urges Caution During Tick Season (4/7/2017)
Spring has arrived, and with the warmer weather comes the emergence of ticks, which can carry a variety of diseases. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encourages all individuals to take precautions against tick bites when outdoors.
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NDDoH Encourages Individuals to Become Educated During (4/5/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is encouraging individuals and health care providers to increase conversation about Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) prevention. April is National STD Awareness Month, an observance created to increase awareness about STDs, including their transmission, prevention and treatment.
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North Dakota Department of Health Celebrates Public Health Week (4/3/2017)
April 3-9, 2017, is Public Health Week in North Dakota which recognizes how the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and local public health units, along with worksites, coalitions, universities and other organizations, are working to protect and promote the health of all North Dakotans. The national Public Health Week theme is “Healthiest Nation in One Generation─2030.”
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Diabetes Alert Day: Are You at Risk? (3/28/2017)
Whether one chooses to lose weight to feel better, or look better, a weight loss of 5 to 7 percent can decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent! Weight loss can also help prevent complications for those already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. While there is no magic pill to whittle away and keep off the extra weight, there are two highly effective, proven options for either preventing diabetes for those who are at risk or managing blood glucose for those with diabetes.
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North Dakota Department of Health Receives National Accreditation (3/24/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Meeting rigorous national standards, this distinction demonstrates NDDoH’s commitment to its mission to protect and enhance the health and safety of all North Dakotans and the environment in which we live.
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Belle Fourche Pipeline Spill Information Updated (3/23/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) received an update on an oil spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Billings County. The pipeline is a buried 6-inch gathering line operated by Belle Fourche Pipeline. The spill discovered Monday, Dec. 5, is located approximately 16 miles northwest of Belfield.
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North Dakota Observes Poison Prevention Week (3/20/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) observes National Poison Prevention Week, March 19 through 25, 2017 as an opportunity to remind parents, grandparents, caregivers and the public about the dangers of poisoning and to provide some basic prevention strategies to help children and adults avoid a serious episode.
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - Know Your Options, Get Screened (3/9/2017)
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, co-led by the North Dakota Department of Health and American Cancer Society, encourages all North Dakota residents age 50 and older be screened for colorectal cancer.
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North Dakota Department of Health Piloting Adult Immunization Reminders in Three Counties (3/2/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is piloting immunization reminder letters and postcards for adults age 60 years and older that are 30 or more days past due for recommended immunizations according to the North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS). Reminder letters or postcards will be sent to residents in Grand Forks, Stutsman, and Morton counties on March 6, 2017, who are due for pneumococcal and shingles vaccines. Residents who receive reminders should ask about other vaccines they may be due for, including influenza and tetanus. The reminders will request individuals contact their primary health care provider, pharmacy or local public health unit to receive immunizations. “Immunizations are the best way to protect your health and prevent serious illness in our communities,” said Molly Howell, NDDoH Immunization Program Manager.
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Produced Water Spill in McKenzie County (3/2/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill in McKenzie County caused by a faulty gasket on a gathering line owned by Oasis Petroleum. The release occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 28, approximately 11 miles northwest of Arnegard and was reported the same day. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.
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North Dakota Department of Health Seeks Comments on Volkswagen Settlement Plan (3/1/2017)
On Oct. 25, 2016, a partial Consent Decree was finalized between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Volkswagen Corporation regarding the installation and use of emissions testing defeat devices in thousands of vehicles sold and operated in the United States beginning in 2009. These devices violated the federal Clean Air Act and increased air emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide (NOx).
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North Dakota’s Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Increase (2/27/2017)
Data from the 2016-2017 school immunization assessment indicate that North Dakota’s kindergarten immunization rates have increased from last year. The school immunization assessment is conducted annually by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH). Results from this year’s assessment show kindergarten vaccine rates have increased from about 91 percent last year to about 94 percent this year in North Dakota.
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State Health Department Schedules Opportunity for the Public to Learn About and Comment on Emergency Preparedness Activities (2/21/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health has scheduled a public meeting designed to educate the general public about emergency preparedness activities and provide an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will be held March 2, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. CST at 1720 Burlington Drive in Bismarck. Participants may also join via teleconference by dialing 1.855.361.4591. In addition, the public also can participate through video conference at participating local public health units throughout the state where video conference is available, or the meeting can be accessed online via live webcast.
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February Designated as Children’s Dental Health Month (2/17/2017)
According to the North Dakota Department of Health’s Oral Health Program, February has been designated nationally as Children’s Dental Health Month. Sponsored by the American Dental Association, the month-long health observance brings together dental professionals, health care providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others.
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North Dakota Department of Health issues a Consumer Advisory for Sauces Produced by Dukarani Food Processing (2/17/2017)
In response to the notification received from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the North Dakota Department of Health is issuing a consumer advisory for sauces produced by Dukarani Food Processing, Inc. of Minneapolis. These products have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. The advisory includes 8 oz. glass jars of Pepper Sauce, Ketele Sauce, and Benniseed Sauce produced and sold by Dukarani Food Processing. The products were produced and sold through Friday, Feb. 9, 2017.
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Governor Burgum Declares February as American Health Month in North Dakota (2/15/2017)
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States dies of heart disease – about 2,150 deaths each day. In North Dakota, more than 1,600 people die of heart disease and stroke each year. However, 80 percent of those deaths could be prevented.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Three Loans (2/13/2017)
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program awarded loans to two cities and one water resource district in North Dakota between September of 2016 and January of 2017.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards Six Project Loans (2/9/2017)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to six North Dakota cities and rural water districts to help them maintain and improve their water supplies.
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State Health Council Meeting Scheduled for February 22 (2/8/2017)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health, will hold a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be located in Conference Room 212, on the second floor of the Judicial Wing in the North Dakota Capitol Building at 600 E. Boulevard Ave., in Bismarck. Anyone who needs special accommodations for the meeting should call the Department of Health at 701.328.2372.
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Produced Water Spill in Mountrail County (2/7/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill in Mountrail County resulting from a tank leak at a central tank battery owned by Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation. The spill occurred on Friday, Feb. 3, approximately 7 miles north of New Town and was reported that same day. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.
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North Dakota Department of Health to Hold Red River Basin Water Quality Meetings (1/27/2017)
To kick off its Red River Basin water quality management planning process, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will be holding two public stakeholder meetings. The meetings will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2017, at the AmericInn Hotel in Valley City and March 1, 2017, at Lake Region College in Devils Lake.
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Governor Burgum Proclaims January Birth Defects Prevention Month in North Dakota (1/23/2017)
This January, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is increasing awareness of the role infection prevention before and during pregnancy can play in protecting babies from birth defects. The theme for 2017 is “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection.”
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Emulsion Spill in Billings County (1/23/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an emulsion spill resulting from a flow line leak in Billings County at a site operated by White Rock Oil and Gas. Emulsion is a mixture of oil and salt water that comes out of the well prior to treatment. Flow lines transport emulsion from the wellhead to the treater unit. The spill occurred Saturday, Jan. 21, approximately 16 miles northwest of Belfield.
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Produced Water Spill in Bowman County (1/17/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Bowman County. The pipeline is a gathering line owned by Luff Exploration Company. The spill was discovered on Friday, Jan. 13, approximately 11 miles south of Bowman and was reported on Monday, Jan. 16. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.
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North Dakota Department of Health Reminds Residents to Test for Radon (1/10/2017)
During National Radon Action Month in January, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds residents that January and other cooler weather months are a great time to test their home for radon, a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
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Agencies Encouraged to Apply for State Clean Diesel Grants (1/5/2017)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is pleased to release the annual State Clean Diesel Grant Program application. Cities, counties, and other government agencies that conduct work for the benefit of the public and require diesel-powered vehicles or equipment are encouraged to apply for State Clean Diesel Grants.
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North Dakota Department of Health Reports Increase in Influenza Activity (12/30/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reporting that influenza activity for the 2016-17 influenza season has increased in recent weeks, according to Jill Baber, influenza surveillance coordinator for the NDDoH.
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Fresh Water Spill in McKenzie County (12/28/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a fresh water spill 4 miles southwest of Keene in McKenzie County. Fresh water is used for drilling and has minimal environmental impacts.
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State Health Department Schedules Public Hearing for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (12/21/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will hold a public hearing concerning utilization of funds for the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. The hearing will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 214A on the second floor of the State Capitol Judicial Wing, located at 600 East Boulevard Avenue in Bismarck.
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Belle Fourche Pipeline Spill Information Updated (12/13/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has issued an update on an oil spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Billings County. The pipeline is a buried 6-inch gathering line operated by Belle Fourche Pipeline. The spill discovered Monday, Dec. 5, is located approximately 16 miles northwest of Belfield.
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National Influenza Vaccination Week Highlights the Importance of Flu Vaccination (12/5/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds all North Dakotans of the importance of receiving the flu vaccine as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, observed Dec. 4-10, 2016.
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Truck Accident Causes Produced Water Spill in Dunn County (12/5/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a truck accident in Dunn County. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development. The spill occurred Friday, Dec. 2, approximately 6 miles north of Killdeer and was reported by Creek Energy Services on Saturday, Dec. 3.
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Oil Spill in Billings County (12/5/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified today of an oil spill resulting from a pipeline leak. The location is in Billings County approximately 16 miles northwest of Belfield. The 6-inch in diameter pipeline is operated by Belle Fourche Pipeline.
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Source Water Spill Reported in Bowman County (12/2/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified that a 2,000-barrel source water spill occurred approximately 12 miles southwest of Rhame in Bowman County. Source water is used for enhanced oil recovery and is higher in dissolved solids and minerals than fresh water, but does not carry the same environmental implications as produced water. The well is owned by Denbury Onshore.
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North Dakota Department of Health Takes Steps Toward Implementing Medical Marijuana (11/28/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been meeting regularily to take steps towards implementation of Measure 5, otherwise known as the Compassionate Care Act, which was recently approved by North Dakota residents. The measure will legalize marijuana use for qualifying patients suffering from certain medical conditions. Qualifying patients will be able to obtain marijuana for medical use through a network of designated caregivers and dispensaries, known as compassion centers. The Compassionate Care Act places the registration, licensing, regulation and enforcement functions with the NDDoH.
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Produced Water Spill in Burke County (11/23/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a saltwater tank rupture in Burke County at a site operated by Condor Petroleum, Inc. Produced water is a byproduct of oil and gas extraction. The spill occurred on Friday, Nov. 18, approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Lignite and was reported on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
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Pumpkin Pie, Turkey, Football, Diabetes, Oh My! (11/16/2016)
Pumpkin pie, turkey, football, diabetes, oh my! Wait, diabetes? Thanksgiving may take the spotlight for November, but November is also Diabetes Awareness month. With more than 1 in 11 North Dakota adults living with diabetes and more than 1 in 3 at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, increasing awareness is crucial.
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Sniffle. Snort. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Please. (11/14/2016)
In conjunction with Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, November 14-20, 2016, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is spreading the message that “antibiotics aren’t always the answer,” says Faye Salzer, HAI Activities Coordinator.
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REVISED: State Health Council Meeting─Room Change (11/4/2016)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health, will meet Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Conference Room 212, located on the second floor of the North Dakot Capitol Building at 600 E. Boulevard Ave., in Bismarck. Anyone who needs special accommodations for the meeting should call the Department of Health at 701.328.2372.
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North Dakota Department of Health Rescinds Remaining Blue-green Algae Advisories (10/28/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have rescinded the remaining blue-green algae advisories which were issued for lakes and reservoirs in the state this year. The NDDoH and NDDA issued a warning or advisory for a total of 15 lakes and reservoirs and one river (Des Lacs River) this year. Last year the NDDoH and NDDA issued one advisory which was for Homme Dam.
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NDDoH Rescinds Blue-green Algae Warnings for Green Lake and Froelich Dam (10/21/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have rescinded the blue-green algae warnings which were issued for Green Lake, located east of Wishek in McIntosh County, and Froelich Dam, located north of Selfridge in Sioux County. The warning for Green Lake was issued Thursday, Aug. 4 while the warning for Froelich Dam was issued Thursday, Aug. 18. Both warnings were issued following monitoring by the NDDoH that showed the presence of blue-green algae and very high levels of microcystin in the water of the lakes. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals.
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Produced Water Spill in Mountrail County (10/19/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from equipment failure in Mountrail County at a site operated by 1804 Operating, LLC. The spill occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 18, approximately 7 miles northeast of New Town.
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North Dakota Department of Health Urges Everyone to Get Vaccinated This Flu Season (10/18/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) highlighted the need for influenza vaccination for everyone at North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) annual flu vaccination event, held Monday, Oct. 17. Each year NDSU student athletes file into the Fargodome to receive their annual flu shots.
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Oil and Brine Spill in Mountrail County (10/18/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an oil and brine spill resulting from a treater leak in Mountrail County at a site operated by Arsenal Energy USA, Inc. The spill occurred on Monday, Oct. 17, approximately 3.5 miles southeast of Stanley. A treater is a vessel used to separate and condition oil-gas-salt water emulsions so the oil may be accepted for transport.
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It Takes a Team to Break the Chain of Infection! (10/14/2016)
International Infection Prevention week is October 16-22, and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds consumers and providers that it takes a team to break the chain of infection. Approximately one in 25 people in the United States will get an infection while in the hospital. But germs are everywhere ─in schools, places of work, public transportation, and even homes! Germs can spread directly from one person to another, through environmental surfaces or from objects to people.
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North Dakota Department of Health Rescinds Blue-green Algae Advisories for Lake Darling and Des Lacs Lake (10/14/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have rescinded the blue-green algae advisories which were issued for Lake Darling, located northwest of Minot, and Des Lacs Lake, located near Kenmare. The advisories for both lakes were issued in early July following monitoring conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the NDDoH that showed the presence of blue-green algae and elevated levels of microcystin in the water at several areas around the lakes. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals.
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Natural Gas Spill Reported in McKenzie County (10/13/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified Tuesday, Oct. 11, that a blowout preventer valve malfunctioned at a well site owned by Continental Resources, located in McKenzie County earlier that day. The valve failure resulted in the release of an unknown volume of natural gas and other hydrocarbons. The well was stabilized later that evening. Cleanup began yesterday.
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Department of Health Accepting Applications for Title X Family Planning Funds (10/7/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is accepting applications from organizations interested in applying for Title X Family Planning funds, according to Cora Rabenberg with the department’s Family Planning Program.
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Start the Conversation About Breast Cancer Risk (10/5/2016)
In observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encourages women to start the conversation about breast cancer risk with their healthcare provider. About one in eight North Dakotan women will get breast cancer during their life. Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the state. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2016, 530 women will be diagnosed and 80 women will die from breast cancer in North Dakota. However, early detection, better treatment, and better follow-up care have made it possible for more women to survive breast cancer.
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North Dakota Department of Health Rescinds Blue-green Algae Advisory for Lake Ashtabula (10/4/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Division, have rescinded the blue-green algae advisory which was issued for Lake Ashtabula, located near Valley City in Barnes County. The advisory was issued for Lake Ashtabula on August 31, 2016, following the report of a dog death. Follow up monitoring by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the NDDoH had previously showed high levels of microcystin in the water at several recreational areas around the lake. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals.
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North Dakota Department of Health Rescinds Blue-green Algae Advisories for Patterson Lake, Twin Lakes, and Lake LaMoure (9/30/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have rescinded the blue-green algae advisories which were issued for Patterson Lake, located near Dickinson, and Twin Lakes and Lake LaMoure located near LaMoure in LaMoure County. Advisories were issued for Patterson Lake on July 11, 2016, and for Twin Lakes and Lake LaMoure on July 15, 2016, due to high levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals.
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North Dakota Department of Health Encourages Everyone to Get Vaccinated Against Flu (9/29/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds North Dakotans that everyone six months and older should get vaccinated against influenza. According to Lexie Barber, Epidemiologist with the NDDoH, “Getting the flu vaccine is the easiest way to protect yourself, as well as your friends and family, from the flu.”
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North Dakota Department of Health Rescinds Blue-green Algae Advisory (9/23/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have rescinded the blue-green algae advisory previously issued for the Des Lacs River, located northwest of Minot in Ward County, due to high levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals.
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North Dakota Department of Health Rescinds Blue-green Algae Advisories for Cottonwood Lake and Harvey Reservoir (9/22/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have rescinded the blue-green algae advisories previously issued for Cottonwood Lake, located near Alamo in Williams County (on Aug. 1), and Harvey Reservoir, located near Harvey in Wells County (on Aug. 12) due to high levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals.
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Department of Health Educates North Dakota Seniors about Preventing Falls (9/19/2016)
Falls are the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence, and generate enormous economic and personal costs. In 2015, there were 88 fall-related deaths to North Dakotans age 60 years and older.
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State Health Department Reports Second West Nile Virus-Related Death in 2016 (9/19/2016)
Today the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced the state’s second West Nile virus-related death in 2016. The individual was a man who resided in central North Dakota and was older than 60 years of age.
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Give Your Child a Safe Ride, Every Trip, Every Time (9/16/2016)
Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly or are the wrong car seats for their age and size. Other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 59 percent of car seats are misused. To help combat the issue, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced today its participation in Child Passenger Safety Week, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible, every trip, every time. Child Passenger Safety Week runs Sunday, Sept. 18, to Saturday, Sept. 24, and is sponsored by NHTSA.
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Blue-green Algae Identified in the Des Lacs River (9/16/2016)
The North Dakota Departments of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have issued a blue-green algae advisory for the Des Lacs River, in Ward, and Renville Counties located northwest of Minot. An advisory means that people and animals should avoid contact with the river water, especially in areas where there is a green or blue-green appearance.
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Governor Proclaims September as HUNGER ACTION MONTH (9/13/2016)
To encourage continued action to ending hunger and to support groups dedicated to ending hunger in our communities, Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed September 2016 as Hunger Action Month in North Dakota. The proclamation acknowledges that persistent problems such as hunger and food insecurity can be addressed with cooperation and collaboration.
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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (9/12/2016)
One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems usually seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented.
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September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month (9/7/2016)
September is Newborn Screening Awareness month. Newborn screening is a simple blood test done shortly after birth by taking a few small drops of blood from a baby’s heel. Newborn Screening Awareness month is an opportunity to educate about the importance of this test, which can make a big impact on the lives of all babies.
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Governor Dalrymple’s Proclaims September Suicide Prevention Month (9/2/2016)
Governor Jack Dalrymple proclaimed the month of September Suicide Prevention Month in North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encourages residents to take advantage of the many awareness events and speakers scheduled across North Dakota throughout September.
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North Dakota Reports First West Nile Virus-Related Death in 2016 (9/1/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health announced the state’s first West Nile virus-related death in 2016. The individual was a man who resided in the eastern region of North Dakota and was older than 60 years of age.
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Blue-green Algae Identified in Lake Ashtabula (8/31/2016)
The North Dakota Departments of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have issued a blue-green algae advisory for Lake Ashtabula, located in Barnes County north of Valley City. An advisory means that people and animals should avoid areas in Lake Ashtabula where blue-green​ algae blooms are occurring. The NDDoH, Barnes County Emergency Management, and the US Army Corps of Engineers are posting signs around the lake to advise swimmers, fishermen, water skiers and others to avoid contact with bloom areas.
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Produced Water Spill in Billings County (8/29/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water (a byproduct of oil and gas extraction) spill resulting from a tank leak in Billings County at a site operated by Denbury Onshore, LLC. The spill occurred on Friday, August 26, approximately 4.8 miles southwest of Fryburg.
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No Shots? No Record? No School! (8/22/2016)
The beginning of the new school year is here, and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) would like to remind parents to make sure their children are up to date on immunizations! North Dakota state law requires students in grades kindergarten through 12 to meet a minimum number of required immunizations before they are allowed to attend school. If children are not up to date within 30 days of the start of the school year, they will be excluded from school. It is important to get your child vaccinated now in order to protect them and other students from preventable diseases and so they do not need to be excluded from school.
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Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards Three Project Loans (8/22/2016)
In June and July 2016, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program awarded loans to the following five North Dakota cities to help them maintain and improve their water supplies.
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High Levels of Blue-green Algae Toxins Identified in Cottonwood Lake (8/12/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have issued a blue-green algae warning for Cottonwood Lake, located near Alamo in Williams County, due to high levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals. The Cottonwood Lake is a popular recreational area that is used for fishing. “While fishing is still allowed with the proper precautions, activities such as swimming or consuming water from the lake should be curtailed until further notice,” says Mike Ell with the NDDoH’s Division of Water Quality. Boating should be done with caution so water is not accidentally ingested.
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Oil and Produced Water Spill in Billings County (8/12/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified of a 2-barrel oil spill in Billings County on Tuesday, July 19 (that had occurred Monday, July 18). Further investigation of the release site by the NDDoH determined the spill was larger than first reported.
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State Health Department Releases 2015 Vital Events Information (8/10/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health today released “North Dakota Fast Facts 2015,” a document with information about vital events in the state, according to Darin Meschke, director of the Division of Vital Records.
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Produced Water Spill in Bottineau County (8/10/2016)
A produced water spill occurred Wednesday, Aug. 10, as a result of a damaged injection line. The incident occurred in Bottineau County, approximately 3.5 miles north of Mohall. The line is operated by Enduro Operating, LLC.
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Source Water Spill Reported in Bowman County (8/9/2016)
A 4,000-barrel source water spill occurred Tuesday, Aug. 9, at a well site owned by Denbury Onshore. The incident occurred in Bowman County approximately nine miles southwest of Rhame and is a result of a pipeline leak.
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Blue-green Algae Identified in Lake Tschida; Public Advised to Avoid Algae Blooms (8/5/2016)
The North Dakota Departments of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have issued a blue-green algae advisory for Lake Tschida, also known as Heart Butte Dam, located in Grant County south of Glen Ullin. An advisory means that people and animals should avoid areas in Lake Tschida where blue-green​ algae blooms are occurring. The NDDoH, Custer Health District, and the US Bureau of Reclamation are posting signs around the lake to advise swimmers, fishermen, water skiers and others to avoid contact with bloom areas.
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North Dakota Department of Health Issues Permit to Hog Farm (8/5/2016)
Based on their application and other supporting documentation, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has issued an approval to operate permit to Rolling Green Family Farms RE, LLP, for a 9,056 animal hog operation in Cass County southeast of Buffalo, ND. The NDDoH added conditions to the permit to address concerns with odors, surface water, and groundwater. The NDDoH received comments from about 150 people during the public comment period, and reviewed and prepared a response to each one.
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McKenzie County Vehicle Accident Results in Concrete Spill (8/5/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health has been notified of a concrete release from a truck operated by Knife River Company. The spill occurred on Wednesday, Aug. 3, approximately 17 miles north of Watford City due to a vehicle accident.
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High Levels of Blue-green Algae Toxins Identified in Green Lake (8/4/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, has issued a blue-green algae warning for Green Lake located near Wishek in McIntosh County due to high levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals. The Green Lake is a popular recreational area that is used for boating and swimming. Swimming or consuming water from the lake should be curtailed until further notice. Boating should be done with caution so water is not accidentally ingested.
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Blue-green Algae Identified in Harvey Reservoir (8/2/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have issued a blue-green algae advisory for Harvey Reservoir (located in Wells County) due to the presence of blue-green algae bloom on the lake and the risk of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals.
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North Dakota “Infant Friendly” Businesses on the Rise (8/1/2016)
Since 2011, the Department of Health has given the designation of “Infant Friendly” to North Dakota businesses who adopt a policy supporting nursing mothers in the workplace. Since the inception of this program, 73 businesses in North Dakota, representing over 18,000 employees, have been designated Infant Friendly.
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Produced Water Spill in Dunn County (8/1/2016)
– The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a truck rollover in Dunn County. The spill occurred on Saturday, July 30, approximately seven miles north of Halliday. The truck is owned by High Ball Transport.
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Are You At Risk for Prediabetes? (7/26/2016)
It could be the person next to you. It could be your mother, brother, spouse ─or even you. One in three adults has prediabetes. The diagnosis of prediabetes should be a serious wake-up call because it can lead to type 2 diabetes. Risk factors include being overweight or obese, having a family history of type 2 diabetes, and having had gestational diabetes. The North Dakota Department of Health Diabetes Program encourages North Dakota residents to take the online screening test located at www.diabetesnd.org to assess their level of risk for diabetes.
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Bring Home Memories, Not Zika, If Attending Olympics (7/25/2016)
With the Summer Olympic Games fast approaching, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds attendees that Brazil is an active Zika transmission area and caution is required to prevent acquiring Zika virus disease. The NDDoH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that pregnant women do not travel to Brazil because of the risk Zika poses to the fetus. Both men and women, particularly those of child-bearing age, who do travel must be diligent about avoiding mosquito bites.
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Blue-green Algae Identified in Bowman-Haley Reservoir; Health Officials Warn Public to Avoid Contact with Water (7/22/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health and Agriculture, Animal Health Division, have issued a blue-green algae warning for Bowman-Haley Reservoir, located near Bowman, due to high levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals. Bowman-Haley Reservoir is a recreational area that is used for boating and swimming. Swimming or consuming water from the dam should be curtailed until further notice. Boating should be done with caution so water is not accidentally ingested.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Loans for Three Projects (7/21/2016)
In June 2016, three projects have received loans from the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) Program, administered by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).
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North Dakota Department of Health Reports Recent Hantavirus Case (7/20/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health announced today that a resident of northeast North Dakota was hospitalized with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a rare, but potentially fatal disease spread by infected rodent droppings, urine, and saliva. The case is a school-aged child who had contact with rodent-infested buildings.
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State Health Council Schedules Meeting with Room Change (7/20/2016)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Pioneer Room of the State Capitol Building in Bismarck. Anyone who needs special accommodations for the meeting should call the Department of Health at 701.328.2372.
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North Dakota Department of Health Hosts State Immunization Conference (7/19/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will host the 2016 North Dakota Immunization Conference Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4, in Bismarck. Health care providers who work with immunizations are encouraged to attend. Registration for the conference is available for $150 per registrant. More than 250 health care providers are expected to participate. Subject-matter experts will be speaking throughout the two-day event, including Dr. Gary Marshall, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine, who will give a keynote presentation on vaccine hesitancy. Dr. LJ Tan, Immunization Action Coalition; Kylie Hall, North Dakota State University Center for Immunization Research and Education; and Dr. Terry Dwelle, NDDoH, are also keynote speakers. Topics at the conference include improving adult immunization rates, recent immunization recommendations, health care provider best practices, vaccine storage and handling, and information on school immunization requirements. ​
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NEWS RELEASE: State Health Council Schedules Meeting (7/19/2016)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health, will meet Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in AV Room 212 in the Judicial Wing of the State Capitol Building in Bismarck. Anyone who needs special accommodations for the meeting should call the Department of Health at 701.328.2372.
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Second Case of Zika Virus Reported in North Dakota (7/19/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed a second case of Zika virus illness reported in a North Dakota resident. The individual who tested positive for Zika virus is a man who traveled to Costa Rica. This case was not hospitalized for his illness.
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Blue-green Algae Identified in Lake LaMoure and Twin Lakes; Health Officials Advise Caution When Recreating (7/15/2016)
The North Dakota Departments of Health (NDDoH) and Agriculture (NDDA), Animal Health Division, have issued a blue-green algae advisory for Lake LaMoure and Twin Lakes (located in LaMoure County) due to detectable levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals. Although the level of cyanotoxin was below the state threshold for issuing warnings, the algae can reproduce rapidly, with a corresponding rise in the cyanotoxin levels. With the upcoming warm weekend ahead, the NDDoH and NDDA urge residents to err on the side of caution and avoid waters that look discolored or scummy, or that have a foul odor in these lakes.
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Case of Zika Virus Reported in North Dakota (7/13/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health NDDoH recently received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC that a woman who traveled to Jamaica has tested positive for Zika virus. The woman is not pregnant and was not hospitalized for her illness.
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Oil and Produced Water Spill in Billings County (7/12/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an oil and produced water spill resulting from equipment failure in Billings County at a site operated by Hess Bakken Investments II, LLC. The spill occurred on Monday, July 11, approximately four miles west of Fryburg.
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Blue-green Algae Identified in Patterson Lake (7/11/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health and Agriculture, Animal Health Divison, have issued a blue-green algae​ warning for Patterson Lake near Dickinson due to high levels of microcystin in the water. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin caused by blue-green algae. When present in water, cyanotoxins are dangerous for both people and animals. The Patterson dam is a recreational area that is used for boating and swimming. Swimming or consuming water from the dam should be curtailed until further notice. Boating should be done with caution so water is not accidentally ingested.
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WIC Program Seeks Public Input on State Plan (7/11/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health invites the public to provide comment on the development of the 2016 State Plan of Program Operation and Administration for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
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A Baby’s First Test – The Answers Might Save a Life (7/5/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce that July 1 marked an important step in saving the lives of babies born in North Dakota. The state newborn screening program expanded their newborn screening panel to include a disorder called Severe Combined Immune Deficiency.
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Application for Block Grant Funds Available for Public Comment (7/5/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health has completed the state's application for Federal Title V Block Grant Funds for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2016, and ending Sept. 30, 2017. The application will be available for public comment starting July 5, 2016.
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North Dakota Department of Health Releases 2015 Drinking Water Compliance Report (7/1/2016)
North Dakota public water systems maintain an excellent Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) compliance record with 97 percent of public water systems meeting all health-based standards, according to the newly released 2015 Drinking Water Compliance Report prepared by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH). In 2015, the NDDoH issued certificates of compliance to 265 public water systems.
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First 2016 Case of West Nile Virus Reported in North Dakota (7/1/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) disease in North Dakota this year. Additionally, two crows and one mosquito pool from Grand Forks County and one crow from Richland County have tested positive for WNV. To help avoid contracting the virus, state and local health officials urge people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
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New Report Will Assist Department of Health with Health Disparity Efforts (6/28/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) recently received a report from the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC), Region VIII, that identifies barriers to health and social support systems that low-income and minority populations experience in the region, including North Dakota. The report notes in particular that for the 439,000 Native Americans who live in the region, access to health care and the prevalence of chronic illness creates health disparities that must be addressed by states in order to close the gaps in health care.
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ND Department of Health Awards Grants for Youth Suicide Prevention Programs (6/24/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) awarded $588,870 for evidence-based suicide prevention projects in schools and communities across North Dakota. The grants are part of a $1.2 million appropriation recommended by Governor Jack Dalrymple and approved by the legislature during the 2015 session.
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State Departments of Health and Agriculture Urge Residents to Avoid Blue-green Algae (6/17/2016)
Hot summer weather can contribute to the production of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in bodies of water that are used by people, pets, and livestock. Exposure from ingested water contaminated by blue-green algae can cause illness and can result in death. There are no known antidotes for the toxins produced by blue-green algae. Recent reports of a blue-green algae bloom in Homme Dam near Park River have prompted local officials to issue exposure warnings for the water at that recreational site.
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Produced Water Spill in Renville County (6/16/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a valve/piping connection leak in Renville County approximately seven miles south of Mohall. The spill occurred Tuesday, June 14, at a site operated by Zargon Oil Inc.
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North Dakotans Reminded to Take Safety Precautions While Attending Summer Events (6/13/2016)
Summer fairs and outdoor festivals are important North Dakota traditions. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds people to take healthy precautions at fairs, festivals, carnivals, and rodeos this summer. Certain diseases, like E. coli and influenza, can be passed back and forth between humans and animals.
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NDQuits Smoking Cessation Program Receives Three-to-One Return on Investment (6/13/2016)
Professional Data Analysts, Inc. (PDA) recently conducted a return on investment (ROI) analysis for the NDQuits tobacco cessation program. The ROI assesses the cost benefit accrued to the state but does not adjust for lost revenue caused by quitting, such as loss of tobacco tax revenue and loss of hospital profits.
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Health Department Urges Public to Take Steps to Prevent West Nile Virus (6/3/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds residents of the importance of protecting themselves and their families from mosquito bites. While there have not been any human cases of West Nile virus reported to the NDDoH so far this year, the department expects that it will be only a matter of time before the first case is identified.
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North Dakota Department of Health Reminds Residents to Use Care While Cleaning to Avoid Hantavirus Disease (5/27/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds residents of the importance of protecting themselves and their families from mosquito bites. While there have not been any human cases of West Nile virus reported to the NDDoH so far this year, the department expects that it will be only a matter of time before the first case is identified.
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The North Dakota Department of Health Observes “Don’t Fry Day” on May 27, 2016 (5/25/2016)
May is National Melanoma Awareness Month, and Friday, May 27, is National “Don’t Fry Day.”
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Produced Water Spill in Bowman County (5/19/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an oil and produced water spill resulting from a tank overflow in Bowman County at a site operated by Denbury Onshore, LLC. The spill occurred Wednesday, May 18, approximately 8 miles south of Marmarth.
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North Dakota Observes National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day (5/18/2016)
In observance of National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day, Thursday, May 19, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is encouraging individuals to know their hepatitis C status.
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Governor Proclaims Public Works Week in North Dakota (5/17/2016)
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed Sunday, May 15, through Saturday, May 21, 2016, as Public Works Week in North Dakota.
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World Hypertension Day: Health Leaders Urge North Dakotans to Check, Change, and Control High Blood Pressure (5/17/2016)
In recognition of World Hypertension Day, Tuesday, May 17, representatives from the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) North Dakota State University (NDSU), and University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences held a news conference at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks to highlight the importance of regular blood pressure screening in North Dakota. Home and clinical blood pressure monitoring was demonstrated. This simple procedure can reduce premature death and may stop heart disease from progressing.
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Oil Spill in Mountrail County (5/13/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an oil spill in Mountrail County at a site located 11.5 miles northwest of Parshall that is operated by EOG Resources, Inc. The spill was due to a piping connection leak on a well pad.
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