News Releases

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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Governor Proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week and EMS for Children Day in North Dakota (5/11/2016)
Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed Sunday, May 15, through Saturday, May 21, 2016, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in North Dakota, and Wednesday, May 18, as EMS for Children Day.
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North Dakota Department of Health Recognizes National School Nurse Day (5/10/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health is recognizing the important role that school nurses play in children’s lives during National School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 11.
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Altru Health System selected as 2015 Million Hearts Champion (5/10/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce that Altru Health System has been named a 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion. The 2015 Hypertension Control Champions were chosen for using evidence-based strategies and patient engagement to help their patients achieve blood pressure control rates at or above the Million Hearts target of 70 percent.
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The North Dakota Department of Health Encourages Women to Make Their Health a Priority During Women’s Health Week (5/9/2016)
The 17th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 8, and is celebrated until May 14, 2016. During May 8-14, 2016, the North Dakota Department of Health would like to encourage women to make their health a priority and help them understand what steps they can take to improve their health.
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North Dakota Department of Health to Host Injury Prevention Conference (5/9/2016)
Registration is open for the fifth North Dakota Conference on Injury Prevention and Control titled “Bringing the Pieces Together.” The conference will take place Wednesday, August 10, through Thursday, August 11, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. Anyone interested in preventing or responding to injury in North Dakota is encouraged to participate. Resources and training will be geared toward those working in law enforcement, mental health, education, youth services, emergency medical services, traffic safety, public health, and domestic/sexual violence advocacy. The purpose of the conference is to promote awareness, prevention, and intervention of unintentional and intentional injuries. Registration is now open at http://www.ndhealth.gov/injury/Trainings.htm.The cost is $150 for entire conference or $75 each day.
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WIC Program Announces New Income Levels for Eligibility (5/4/2016)
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. Effective May 1, 2016, a family of four can earn up to $3,747 each month (or $865 each week for the household) and still meet income eligibility requirements.
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NEWS RELEASE: Governor Dalrymple Proclaims Drinking Water Week (5/3/2016)
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared Sunday, May 1 through Saturday, May 7, 2016, as Drinking Water Week in North Dakota.
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Governor Jack Dalrymple Proclaims May as Stroke Awareness Month (5/2/2016)
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has officially proclaimed May 2016 as American Stroke Awareness Month in North Dakota. In recognition of this important observance, the North Dakota Department of Health is working to raise awareness about the importance of stroke prevention, early recognition of signs and symptoms of stroke, and the need to act fast by dialing 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke.
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Children’s Special Health Services Announces New Income Levels for Eligibility (5/2/2016)
Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Children’s Special Health Services Specialty Care Treatment Program have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels. This change increases the amount of income a family can make and still qualify for services. Effective May 1, 2016, a family of four will be able to earn up to $44,955 annually (or $3,746 monthly per household) and still meet income eligibility requirements.
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May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month (4/29/2016)
May is National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month and the North Dakota Department of Health Division of Chronic Disease wants residents to know their blood pressure numbers and work to keep their blood pressure under control.
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North Dakota Resident Tests Positive for Zika Virus (4/28/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health recently received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that a woman who traveled to Puerto Rico while pregnant has tested positive for Zika virus. While Zika is associated with microcephaly and other birth defects, none have been identified in the infant. As a precaution, the NDDoH plans to monitor the infant for a year. The woman is the first North Dakota resident to test positive for Zika.
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Condensate Spill in Billings County (4/26/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health has been notified of a condensate spill from the Russian Creek Gathering pipeline operated by Oneok Rockies Midstream in Billings County. The spill occurred Monday, April 25, approximately thirteen miles north and four miles east of Belfield, N.D.
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Governor Dalrymple Proclaims April 22 Earth Day in North Dakota (4/21/2016)
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed Friday, April 22, 2016, as Earth Day in North Dakota. Earth Day is an opportunity for all North Dakotans to raise awareness to the natural resources of our state and to take personal action to help preserve and conserve them for future generations.
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North Dakota Department of Health Holds Full Scale Exercise of Emergency Response (4/19/2016)
On April 12 and 13, 2016, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) hosted a number of federal and state agencies in a simulated disaster exercise. Local public health units were also involved by holding their own exercises in Dickinson and Elgin in conjunction with the state exercise. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) personnel attended the exercise to observe NDDoH in action and assess the response.
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North Dakota’s Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Decline (4/13/2016)
According to an annual school immunization assessment, North Dakota’s kindergarten immunization rates have declined when compared to last year, and that decline has health officials concerned. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges all parents to make sure their child is up to date on immunizations and to make appointments now, if necessary, to ensure their child has important immunizations before entering school.
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State Health Council Schedules Meeting (4/11/2016)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health, will meet Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. in AV Room 212 in the Judicial Wing of the State Capitol Building in Bismarck, N.D. 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 Encourages TALK. TEST. TREAT. During STD Awareness Month (4/5/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health encourages individuals and health care providers to talk about sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention during April, STD Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately 20 million new cases of STDs occur each year in the United States, half of them among people ages 15 to 24. “Individuals and health care providers need to know that preventing STDs can be achieved with these three steps: Talk. Test. Treat.,” according to Sarah Weninger of the NDDoH.
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Governor Proclaims April 4-10 as PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK (4/4/2016)
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed April 4-10, 2016, as Public Health Week in North Dakota to recognize 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 2030.”
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Outbreak of Mumps in North Dakota (4/1/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health has received 14 reports of mumps since Feb. 24, 2016. Eight of the cases were reported from Ward County. The age range of cases is 14 to 86 years. The NDDoH is urging North Dakotans to be sure they have received their MMR vaccine. Anyone with symptoms of mumps should be evaluated by a health care provider, and, if they have mumps, stay home for five days after symptoms started, and avoid contact with others.
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Hepatitis C Outbreak Investigation in Minot was Completed and Will Not Be Re-Opened (3/31/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) finalized its investigation of the hepatitis C outbreak in Minot several years ago and will not be re-opening the investigation. The NDDoH has received requests to re-open the hepatitis C investigation in Minot. These requests claimed that there is new information in the case or that further investigation should be done. The NDDoH holds the health and welfare of the public as the first consideration in this outbreak investigation, and if new information were received that indicated ongoing transmission of the disease or otherwise altered the data or findings from the prior investigation, NDDoH would review that information. After careful consideration, the Department has determined that there is no new information in the case and that the investigation is complete and will not be re-opened.
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North Dakota Unites to End Tuberculosis (3/24/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health encourages all North Dakotans to observe Thursday, March 24, as World TB Day. World TB Day raises awareness about the enormous burden tuberculosis (TB) causes for individuals, families, communities and countries. TB is now the number one infectious killer in the world, with 1.5 million TB-associated deaths per year.
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North Dakota Observes American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day (3/22/2016)
Spring has sprung and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is inviting North Dakotans to take a fresh look at physical activity and nutrition habits on Diabetes Alert Day observed Friday, March 25!
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North Dakota Observes Poison Prevention Week (3/21/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) observes National Poison Prevention Week, March 20 through March 26, 2016 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 avoid a serious episode.
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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Awards Loans for Three Projects (3/18/2016)
In March 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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Pistachio-associated Salmonella Case Reported in North Dakota (3/11/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (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 a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo (S. Montevideo) infections associated with Wonderful Pistachios.
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Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program (3/8/2016)
The North Dakota State Legislature has provided funds to establish a loan repayment program for Health Care Professionals, including clinical psychologists, licensed addiction counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, psychiatric nurse specialists, and registered nurses when practicing in the area of behavioral health. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) contracts with University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Science’s Department of Family & Community Medicine’s Office of Primary Care for the loan administration program.
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Produced Water Spill in Williams County (3/7/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water spill resulting from a faulty valve in Williams County at a site operated by Zavanna, LLC. The spill occurred on Sunday, March 6, approximately 4 miles northeast of Williston.
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Decision to pass up flu shot nearly cost Rolla man his life (3/1/2016)
A decision to pass up a free flu shot nearly cost Nathan Neameyer his life. “Getting that shot would have taken less than five minutes,” Neameyer said. “It would’t have cost anything and it could have saved me from being laid up for four months of my life.”
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Gasoline Release in McKenzie County (3/1/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a gasoline release at Patriot Fuels LLC, located near Alexander, N.D., which resulted from a structural failure of a 20,000 gallon (compartmented 12,000/8,000) underground storage tank. The release occurred on Thursday, Feb. 25.
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Emulsion Spill in Billings County (2/29/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an emulsion (oil and salt water) spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Billings County at a site operated by White Rock Oil and Gas. The spill occurred on Friday, Feb. 26, approximately 18 miles northwest of Belfield.
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Produced Water Spill Reported in Dunn County (2/24/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified Tuesday, Feb. 23, of a 149 barrel brine spill as a result of a pipeline release. The spill occurred at a well owned by Marathon Oil located in Dunn County, approximately six miles north of Killdeer. There is no evidence of the spill impacting wetlands at this time.
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State Health Council Schedules Meeting (2/17/2016)
The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health, will meet Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at 9 a.m. in AV Room 212 in the Judicial Wing of the State Capitol Building in Bismarck, N.D. 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 Provides Zika Virus Guidance for Travelers (2/11/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) offers guidance for residents who are contemplating or planning to travel to areas of the world where the Zika virus is being transmitted. Zika virus has been of special concern to pregnant women. An up-to-date list of destinations with confirmed Zika transmission can be found at www.ndhealth.gov/disease/zika. People are encouraged to check this website frequently when they are planning travel because these areas are likely to change over time.
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Source Water Spill Reported in Bowman County (2/8/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a 200 barrel source water spill used for enhanced oil recovery that occurred Saturday, Feb. 6, as a result of a pipeline leak. The spill occurred at a well owned by Denbury Onshore located in Bowman County, approximately eight miles south of Marmarth. Released fluids entered a stock dam. Source water is higher in dissolved solids and minerals than fresh water.
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North Dakota Department of Health’s Lead Surveillance Programs Protect the Public (2/5/2016)
The news from Flint, Michigan, regarding lead in drinking water has drawn national attention to adverse health effects related to lead exposure. The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) assures residents that the lead problems facing Flint are not likely to happen in North Dakota, although North Dakota residents can be exposed to other sources of lead that are of concern. Regardless of the source of lead, the NDDoH has several systems in place to monitor, test, and remediate lead problems.
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Governor Jack Dalrymple Proclaims February Heart Health Month in North Dakota (2/5/2016)
Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed February 2016 as American Heart Month in North Dakota. In recognition of American Heart Month, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to raise awareness about the importance of prevention, early detection, and treatment of heart disease.
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North Dakota Department of Health Cautions Those Who Plan Travel to Areas Where Zika Virus is Being Transmitted (2/4/2016)
BISMARCK, N.D. – Zika virus has recently been transmitted in numerous areas of the Americas and the Caribbean, many of which are popular winter vacation and wedding destinations for North Dakotans. Zika virus has presented particular concern for women who are or plan to become pregnant and their babies, but the virus has the potential to make others ill as well. Although the mosquitos that are known to carry the virus are not found in North Dakota, travelers to affected areas can become infected there and bring the disease back with them.
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Emulsion Spill in Billings County (1/29/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health has been notified of an emulsion (oil and salt water) spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Billings County at a site operated by White Rock Oil and Gas. The spill occurred on Thursday, Jan. 28, approximately 16 miles northwest of Belfield.
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Agencies Encouraged to Apply for State Clean Diesel Grants (1/21/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health 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, according to Keith Hinnenkamp, environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health.
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North Dakota Department of Health Urges Parents to Vaccinate Their Children Against Human Papillomavirus (1/20/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) reminds the public that everyone, girls and boys, between the ages of 11 and 26 should receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for the prevention of cervical and other cancers during National Cervical Health Awareness Month in January.
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Planning For Pregnancy Can Reduce the Risk of Birth Defects (1/19/2016)
In January, as part of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Family Planning Program encourages women who may become pregnant and men who may become fathers to adopt healthy practices now to decrease the risk that a child will be born with birth defects.
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North Dakota Department of Health Reminds Residents to Test for Radon (1/15/2016)
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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Kitten Found in Fargo Davies Parking Lot in November Tests Positive for Rabies (1/15/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) and the State Veterinarian’s Office are requesting assistance from the public in locating kittens that were in or near the Fargo Davies High School parking lot around November 18, 2015. Anyone who may have knowledge of kittens is asked to call the NDDoH immediately.
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Salt Water Spill in Williams County (1/8/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a brine (salt water) spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Williams County. The spill occurred Thursday, Jan. 7 at a site operated by Meadowlark Midstream Company, LLC, located approximately 15 miles north of Williston.
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Salt Water Pipeline Leak in Stark County (1/6/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a brine (salt water) spill resulting from a pipeline leak in Stark County at a site operated by C12 Energy North Dakota LLC.
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Governor Dalrymple Proclaims January Birth Defects Prevention Month in North Dakota (1/5/2016)
In proclaiming January as Birth Defects Prevention Month, Gov. Dalrymple recognizes the importance important steps women can take to avoid birth defects.
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Air Pollution Control Advisory Council Schedules Meeting (1/4/2016)
The North Dakota Air Pollution Control Advisory Council will meet Thursday, Jan. 7, at the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) offices located at 918 East Divide Avenue in Bismarck.
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State Health Department’s Annual Meeting Raises Funds for ‘The Banquet’ (12/24/2015)
The North Dakota Department of Health held its annual meeting on December 14, but it was not just a learning event for staff. The meeting is often the only event during the year that most of the department’s staff is together at one time. Traditionally, department employees use this meeting to raise money for a charitable cause. The charitable cause that was chosen to receive the funds from this year’s meeting is The Banquet, a free community meal that takes place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck.
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Water and Bentonite Clay Spill Reported in McKenzie County (12/14/2015)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified that there is an active cleanup of a 990 barrel water and bentonite spill in McKenzie County approximately 11 miles north of Keene.
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New Rockford Water Main Replacement Project Receives Funding from Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (12/11/2015)
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program has awarded a loan to the city of New Rockford for a water main replacement project. This is the second loan awarded from the DWSRF Program administered by the North Dakota Department of Health.
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Celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week by Getting Your Flu Vaccine (12/7/2015)
The North Dakota Department of Health reminds all North Dakotans of the importance of receiving the flu vaccine as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which is being observed from Dec. 6 to 12.
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Collins Receives 2015 Appreciation Award from N.D. Conservation District Employee’s Association (12/7/2015)
Jim Collins, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Water Quality, received the 2015 Appreciation Award from the North Dakota Conservation District Employee’s Association (NDCDEA). The award was presented at the 77th annual North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts Convention. The NDCDEA Appreciation Award is presented at the annual convention to honor an individual who stands out for contributing their time and effort to provide guidance and leadership to soil conservation districts.
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Source Water Spill Reported in Bowman County (12/7/2015)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a source water spill at a well owned by Denbury Onshore in Bowman County. The site is located approximately six miles south of Marmarth. Out of the 213 barrels spilled, approximately 33 barrels of water were not contained within the site.
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Governor Dalrymple Proclaims Birth Defects Prevention Month in North Dakota (1/2/2015)
Governor Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed January 2015 as National Birth Defects Prevention Month in North Dakota. In recognition, the North Dakota Department of Health continues to raise awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur in the United States and the steps that can be taken to prevent them.
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