DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Three Cases of Meningococcal Meningitis in North Dakota

The three have been diagnosed within the past couple of months

BISMARCK, N.D. — Health officials say three people have been diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in North Dakota the past couple of months. The state’s Department of Health says two of those cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing. The disease is rare in North Dakota and in the U.S. Before this year, the last cases reported in North Dakota were…

Officials Link Many Sudden Baby Deaths to Unsafe Sleeping

The Department of Health says its research shows 82 percent of 90 sudden infant deaths in 2016 and 2017 involved unsafe sleeping.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota health officials say the majority of sudden unexplained infant deaths reported in the state in recent years are related to an unsafe sleeping environment. The Department of Health says its research shows 82 percent of 90 sudden infant deaths in 2016 and 2017 involved unsafe sleeping. Most involved babies were not sleeping in cribs, or were sleeping…

ND Department of Health Investigating Six New Probable Cases of Vaping-Related Illnesses

According to the CDC, 36 states have reported cases of vaping–related illnesses

NORTH DAKOTA — Doctors nationwide are getting more patients complaining of wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. But when they run the normal tests, the results are out of the ordinary. “We’re not finding any pneumonia, we’re not finding any strep, we’re not finding any legionella when we’re doing all of these medical tests. What could be causing it?” said North…

First Vaping-Related Illness Reported in North Dakota

It joins 25 other states who have reported severe respiratory illness cases linked to vaping

FARGO, N.D. — Recent reports of people nationwide complaining of pneumonia–like symptoms are becoming more and more common. “Coughing, difficulty breathing, respiratory, upper respiratory issues,” said Fargo Cass Public Health Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Melissa Markegard. But they’re not being diagnosed with a cold or the flu. “A lot of those symptoms can sometimes look like something else, but when you…

First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in North Dakota

The person is from McHenry County and was not hospitalized.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The first case of West Nile virus has been reported in North Dakota for the season. The department of health says the person is from McHenry County in the central part of the state. The infected person was not hospitalized. The West Nile virus surveillance coordinator says this is the second year in a row where the…

Abortions in Minnesota See 2% Decline in 2018

The vast majority of abortions were performed in a woman's first trimester.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Statistics released by the state Department of Health show there were 9,910 abortions performed in Minnesota in 2018, a 2% decrease from the year before. While the overall numbers declined, the number of people who traveled to Minnesota for an abortion increased by 8% over 2017, with the bulk of out-of-state residents traveling from Wisconsin….

ND Department of Health Warns of Blue-Green Algae

If you think you see blue-green algae, you should report it to the Department of Health

NORTH DAKOTA — Before you head out to the lakes, make sure you’re aware of a dangerous type of algae: blue-green algae. If you see blue-green algae, you don’t necessarily have to avoid the water, but make sure you and your animals stay clean. “Blue-green algae blooms are usually caused by weather conditions— heat, lots of sunlight, and excessive nutrients. It…

Fargo And Bismarck Entities Selected To Manufacture Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana should be available in North Dakota by the end of the year

BISMARCK, N.D. — It’s a major milestone in the medical marijuana program in North Dakota. The state’s Department of Health has selected two entities as manufacturing facilities. Grassroots Cannabis will be located in Fargo while Pure Dakota LLC will locate their facility in Bismarck. They’ll be responsible for growing marijuana and converting it into a medical marijuana product. They are…

Cases of E. Coli Linked to Romaine Lettuce Reported in N.D.

One person was hospitalized, and the second case is under investigation

NORTH DAKOTA — One case of E. coli has been reported in North Dakota in connection to romaine lettuce that came from Yuma, Ariz. The person was hospitalized, and a second case is under investigation. Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. To reduce the risk of infection, people should wash produce, cook foods at the correct temperature,…