Delaware Public Media

Division of Public Health

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

The state has launched a publicly accessible data tool to help Delawareans track health and environmental risks in their neighborhoods.


Courtesy of the CDC

The CDC has confirmed that an insect that bit a child’s face in Kent County last July was a “kissing bug.”

Lt. Governnor's Challenge

Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long recently kicked off the “Lieutenant Governor’s Challenge,” which aims to build a stronger and healthier Delaware.


Indian River School District

The state Division of Public Health and Indian River School District report about 50 individuals may have been exposed to someone with active tuberculosis at Georgetown Elementary School.

James Morrison / Delaware Public Media

Advocates at the state and local level are working to get the lifesaving drug naloxone to first responders and citizens in Wilmington.

But the Wilmington Police Department is among a dwindling number of municipal law enforcement agencies not stocking the medication through a state-funded program.

Centers for Disease Control

As the weather gets warmer and people spend more time outdoors - diseases passed to people through by tick, mosquito and flea bites become a bigger concern.


Among those at the top of the list is Lyme Disease.  The Centers for Disease Control lists Lyme disease as the state’s top tick borne disease.

With that in mind, Delaware’s Division of Public Health has launched a new Lyme Disease Awareness Campaign.



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State environmental and health officials are working together to sample wells at homes near Mountaire Farms’ poultry processing plant in Millsboro.


Fentanyl suspected in string of six overdose deaths

Jul 28, 2017
Delaware Public Media

Delaware saw a string of six overdose deaths over the past three weeks. Five were in New Castle County and one was in Sussex.

Delaware Public Media

The number of flu related deaths in Delaware this season is now into double digits.

The state’s Division of Public Health reports three new deaths linked to the flu.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware has its first indication that West Nile Virus is present in the state this year.


Seven sentinel chickens tested positive for the virus in August, according to Delaware’s Division of Public Health Laboratory.


Division of Fish & Wildlife Mosquito Contrl Section Administrator Dr. William Meredith said all of the chickens were from New Castle County locations north of the C&D Canal.