News Releases

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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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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