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Health officials prepare for spread of new coronavirus, or COVID-19

Friday, February 28, 2020 at 02:00 pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to proactively and carefully monitor travelers from China in North Dakota daily and plan for community spread of COVID-19. Currently, nine individuals are being monitored and zero cases of COVID-19 have been reported in North Dakota. The term “monitoring” means the individual has a travel history from China but does not currently have any symptoms.


Encourage healthy oral health habits early in life

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 01:00 pm

Categories: all, General, Healthy Living

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning.


State Health Council meeting scheduled for February 26, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020 at 01:00 pm

Categories: all, State Health Council

The State Health Council, the advisory body of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), will hold a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Conference Room 212 located in the Judicial Wing of the North Dakota Capitol Building in Bismarck at 8:30 a.m. If special accommodations are needed for the meeting, call the NDDoH at 701-328-2408.


North Dakota health officials report preliminary influenza vaccine effectiveness data

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Categories: all, Immunization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published interim estimates of vaccine effectiveness data for the 2019-2020 seasonal influenza vaccine. The overall vaccine effectiveness against any influenza virus was 45%. This means that overall, the seasonal flu vaccine reduced the risk of getting sick and having to go the doctor from flu by about half.


North Dakota Department of Health Monitors Novel Coronavirus

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to provide surveillance to more quickly identify people infected with coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The NDDoH has received notifications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding people arriving in North Dakota from China and is actively monitoring these individuals daily.


Early prenatal care improves outcomes for moms and babies

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 09:00 am

Categories: all, Healthy Living

According to the North Dakota Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (ND PRAMS), about 1 in 10 pregnant women in North Dakota do not start prenatal care until after the first three months of pregnancy and for women from ethnic minority groups, it’s about one in four. Women who have unintended pregnancies, who account for about half of the pregnancies in North Dakota, are also less likely to seek timely prenatal care. The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding all pregnant women in North Dakota to seek early prenatal care, ideally in the first trimester.


State health officials continue to monitor coronavirus

Friday, January 31, 2020 at 09:00 am

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to engage in a coordinated statewide response with local, state and private partners to prepare for a potential coronavirus outbreak. The risk of coronavirus infection for people in the United States remains low. Currently there are no persons under investigation in North Dakota.


State health officials prepare for new coronavirus

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 01:00 pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Healthy Living, Infectious Disease

With recent cases of 2019 novel coronavirus being reported in several countries, including the U.S., North Dakota health officials are working in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the situation. There are no suspect or confirmed cases in North Dakota at this time. So far in the United States there have been five people from four states reported to be infected.  No fatalities have been reported and all five people had traveled to the Wuhan area.


Regular screenings critical for prevention of cervical cancer

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10:00 am

Categories: all, Healthy Living, Immunization

Over the past several decades, rates of cervical cancer have decreased significantly, largely due to the increase in regular screenings and prevention efforts. This includes an increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization rates, a virus that most often is the cause of cervical cancer.


Health experts emphasize five effective ways to prevent birth defects

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Categories: all, Healthy Living, Immunization

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is joining with leading prenatal health experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Teratology Society, and Mother To Baby, to increase awareness and emphasize five ways to prevent birth defects.