News

Be aware of meningococcal meningitis

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 09:00 am

Categories: all, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has received reports of three individuals diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in the past couple months; two have been confirmed by laboratory testing. Meningococcal meningitis is rare in North Dakota and the United States. Prior to 2019, the last cases were reported in 2014. Meningococcal meningitis is a severe infection of the bloodstream and meninges (the thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord) caused by the bacteria, Neisseria meningitidis.


State Health Council special meeting scheduled for October 28, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 02:00 pm

Categories: all, State Health Council

The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a special meeting Monday, October 28, 2019, in Conference Room 212 located in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 3:30 p.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, please call the NDDoH at 701-328-2372.


Rural ND physician finds satisfaction and success

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, General

Dr. Gary Ramage, a physician who has practiced rural, community medicine for McKenzie County Healthcare Systems for over 23 years, was recognized with the Physician Community and Professional Services Award from the North Dakota Medical Association (NDMA) in early October. The award recognizes and honors physicians for outstanding leadership and services to the people of North Dakota and to the profession of medicine.


Possible cluster of vaping-related illness reported in North Dakota

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Healthy Living, Vaping-related Illness

North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed three cases of e-cigarette, or vaping-related illness in northeast North Dakota in the last week, indicating a potential cluster. Individuals across North Dakota experiencing symptoms who have a history of vaping or e-cigarette use should call the NDDoH at 866-207-2880 or visit ndhealth.gov/vaping to take a confidential survey.


Breast cancer screenings can save lives

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, General, Healthy Living

October is breast cancer awareness month. About one in eight North Dakota women will get breast cancer during their lifetime. For those who are diagnosed, early detection greatly increases the chances of survival.


Vital Records walk-in closed October 10-11 for construction

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, General

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Vital Records will begin a construction project on October 10, 2019 that will increase the size of the counter service area and add an automatic door to the main entrance.   The construction project will require the division to suspend client walk-in service for October 10 and 11, reopening the client counter on Monday, October 14 at 7:30 a.m.  Online and regular mail requests will still be accepted during this time.


No shots? No record? No school.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

October 1 will be here before you know it and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on immunizations.


NDDoH recommends all North Dakotans get vaccinated against the flu

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reminding all North Dakotans to get vaccinated against influenza. In an event held at the State Capitol, Governor Doug Burgum highlighted the importance of vaccination, stating, “Getting the flu vaccine is the easiest way to protect yourself, as well as your friends and family, from the flu.”


Preventing falls starts with you

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Healthy Living, Injury and Violence Prevention

In North Dakota, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for people 60 years and older. In 2018, 80 seniors living in North Dakota died from a fall.


North Dakota car seat misuse rates improve

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Injury and Violence Prevention

Over the past nine years, the misuse of car seats has improved by 14% in North Dakota. The rates, which were as high as 86% in 2009, have fallen to 72% in 2018. While the trend is positive, there is still room for improvement.  During the last five years in North Dakota, 8 children died and 1,037 children age 12 and younger were injured due to motor vehicle crashes.