NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

2018 Traffic Fatalities Down from Previous Years in North Dakota

Grand Forks County had the most road deaths with 14.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Traffic fatalities were down last year according to the 2018 North Dakota Crash Summary. North Dakota documented over 15-thousand motor vehicle accidents last year, resulting in 105 deaths. The fatality count has been falling each year since the modern-day high of 170 in 2012. Of the 105 road deaths, 48-percent were not wearing their seat-belt and 32-percent were alcohol-related….

NDDoH Raising Awareness about Safe Antibiotic Use

November 18-22 is Antibiotics Awareness Week.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health is raising awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use. The NDDoH says about two million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection every year, and at least 23,000 of those people die. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria in the body develop an immunity to the antibiotics designed to kill them. The Department of Health…

North Dakota Department of Health Reports Increase in Syphilis Cases

There have been 72 confirmed reports of syphilis in North Dakota this year.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting multiple clusters of syphilis in Stark and Cass Counties. The increase in reports show infections among pregnant women, which increases the risk for syphilis among newborn infants that could result in malformations or stillbirth. There have been 72 confirmed reports of people with syphilis in North Dakota this year. Twenty-five of…

Possible Cluster of Vaping-Related Illness Reported in North Dakota

The NDDoH has received seven confirmed, five probable and three suspected reports of vaping-related illness.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed three cases of vaping-related illness in northeast North Dakota in the last week, indicating a potential cluster. The NDDoH has received seven confirmed, five probable and three suspected reports of vaping-related illness. Similar to nationwide trends, most, but not all confirmed or probable cases in North Dakota reported using THC products….

Grand Forks Public Health to Begin Syringe Service Program

the program seeks to reduce the spread of infectious disease related to injection drug use

GRAND FORKS, N.D.–Grand Forks Public Health is set to begin operation of their Syringe Service Program on Friday, October 18 at 1 p.m. The program will operate as “The Any Positive Change (APC) Project” and seeks to reduce the spread of infectious disease related to injection drug use, provide positive connections to clients in active substance use, and prevent opioid…

NDDoH Reminds Parents to Vaccinate Children Before October 1

Children who are not in compliance by October 1 will be excluded from school for not meeting requirements.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on immunizations. North Dakota state law requires students in grades K-12 to meet a minimum number of required immunizations before they can attend school. Children who are not in compliance, either up-to-date or have a signed exemption form, by October 1 will be…

Meningococcal Meningitis Case Under Investigation At Grand Forks Air Force Base

They are working to identify and notify close contacts to ensure they receive appropriate antibiotics

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE — North Dakota Department of Health and Grand Forks Air Force Base are investigating a case of meningococcal meningitis. They are working to identify and notify close contacts to ensure they receive appropriate antibiotics. There is no risk to those who were not in close contact with the infected individual, who has not been identified….

North Dakota Confirms Severe Vaping Illness, Investigating 6

Seven deaths have been reported from six states.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health says the state has one confirmed case of severe vaping-related lung illness and six probable cases under investigation. Health officials say the state is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the agency continues to investigate the vaping illness cases. The CDC says 36 states and 1 U.S. territory…

North Dakota Car Seat Misuse Rates Improve

September 15-21 is National Child Passenger Safety Week.

NORTH DAKOTA–The North Dakota Department of Health reports the misuse of car seats has improved by 14 percent over the past nine years. The rates in 2009 were as high as 86 percent and have fallen to 72 percent in 2018. The NDDoH says while the trend is positive, there is still room for improvement. During the last five years…

Vaping-Related Illness Reported in North Dakota

North Dakota now joins 25 other states who have reported more than 200 potential cases of respiratory illness from e-cigarettes.

NORTH DAKOTA–The North Dakota Department of Health has received the first report of severe respiratory illness related to vaping. North Dakota now joins 25 other states who have reported more than 200 potential cases of severe respiratory illness from e-cigarettes among teenagers and adults. The NDDoH is asking health care providers to watch for cases of severe respiratory illness and…