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Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit focuses on reducing negative consequences of illegal drug use

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A crowd of more than 500 came from throughout the Commonwealth to Covington last week for the 2019 Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit. The list of speakers included Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Adam Meier, Department for Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Jeff Howard and other public health representatives, harm reduction experts and response...

KY residents affected by national Salmonella outbreak, public advised to discard pre-cut melons

The Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that 16 Kentuckians have tested positive with a strain of Salmonella Carrau that has been linked by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pre-cut melon including cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew. DPH is advising that the public should discard any pre-cut melon or fruit salads that contain pre-cut melon. Caito Foods from Indianapolis,...

DPH continues to promote Hepatitis A vaccination; statewide outbreak continues, more deaths reported

People who are considered high risk for exposure to the Hepatitis A virus should get vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid contracting the virus and lessen the spread of the disease. High risk groups include individuals who use illicit drugs, close contacts of illicit drug users, and homeless people. The Department for Public Health (DPH) is making this recommendation as part of its efforts to respond...

Dept. for Public Health warns of contaminated vaccinations supplied by KY’s Location Vaccination

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Department for Public Health is investigating infections from contaminated vaccinations from a Kentucky supplier, which have been reported in three states. 
According to the DPH, the infections are associated with vaccinations given by Location Vaccination at various businesses in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana since Sept. 1, 2018.  The Mt. Sterling-based vaccine...

DPH offers tips to stay safe this season from carbon monoxide, hypothermia, foodborne illness

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reminds Kentuckians of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, hypothermia and foodborne illness from possible power outages and cold weather conditions. “When temperatures drop significantly below normal such as during a cold spell or during a long-term power outage, staying warm and safe can...

April is Minority Health Month in Kentucky; health status report reveals alarming statistics

Governor Matt Bevin has proclaimed April as Minority Health Month in Kentucky. The Department of Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) joins Governor Bevin, public health professionals and advocates in heightening awareness of health issues affecting minority populations in Kentucky. During Minority Health Month, DPH’s Office of Health Equity releases the 2017...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Kentucky Oral Health Program paying big benefits for rural youth

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is honoring the Kentucky Oral Health Program in recognition of National Dental Hygiene Month. The Oral Health Program consists of 11 public health dental hygiene teams providing services in 28 Kentucky counties. These teams visit local schools to...

Stay Healthy: Avoid Salmonella by following these tips for handling your backyard chickens

Over the past few years, outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with live poultry in backyard flocks have become more common in Kentucky and around the United States. In 2016 alone, Kentucky has had more Salmonella cases associated with live poultry outbreaks than in the previous five years (2011-15) combined.   “Salmonella bacteria can be found in the intestines of poultry and animals. The...