This cold and rainy weather may be reminiscent of autumn, but it is time to think about mosquitoes. It is the time of year when most cases of West Nile Virus are reported. The Minnesota Department of Health says West Nile was found in four Minnesotans who donated blood over the summer.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that a Minnesota child, Hunter Boutain, did not die from suspected Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) as was reported in early July, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday.
A new report states the risk of Lyme disease is rapidly growing. Minnesota is one of 17 that carry the highest risk for Lyme disease in the U.S., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are more high-risk areas in Minnesota than before.
Minnesota officials will be able to start signing up qualified patients for medical marijuana Monday. It’s the first day doctors are able to certify and register patients with conditions like cancer and epilepsy for the program. About 5,000 people are expected to be eligible.
Minnesota health officials confirmed Friday morning that two more Minnesota children have died from the flu. The cases happened a few weeks ago, but were just confirmed as being flu-related.
Health officials say a sixth child has died of the flu this season in Minnesota. The latest report from the Minnesota Department of Health says 13 people were hospitalized in the last week of February, down 29 from the week before.
A nurse from a Maple Grove home care facility is being investigated after allegedly touching a patient inappropriately last June. According to the complaint, during a visit on June 9, 2014 the nurse was helping the patient get ready for bed when the nurse offered to give the patient a back rub that led to alleged inappropriate touching.
An annual report on patient safety shows more errors but fewer deaths in Minnesota hospitals in the past year. The Department of Health found 277 so-called “adverse events” in categories long been tracked, such as wrong-site surgery or foreign objects left in a patient.
Regulators of Minnesota’s new medical cannabis program are seeking to certify laboratories to test the marijuana cultivated for medicinal use. The Department of Health advertised Tuesday for specialized labs to test for “content, contamination and consistency” of the drug. Applications are due next month and labs should be chosen by mid-April.
Potential users of medical marijuana have about one week to participate in a survey that could help the state get a picture of the likely demand for the drug. The Minnesota Department of Health has been conducting a voluntary survey of prospective medical marijuana patients since Jan. 20. The survey closes Friday.
Fewer Minnesotans are getting sick with the flu. The CDC downgraded the flu in Minnesota from widespread to regional on Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Health says 21 people were hospitalized with the flu this week. There were 80 last week.
A report from the Minnesota Department of Health reveals that about 83,000 Minnesotans undergo procedures to treat chronic pain each year. The three-year study conducted by the MDH utilized the All Payer Claims Database, created in 2008 under Tim Pawlenty’s administration.
State health officials say they won’t be done watching for the spread of Ebola for at least another year. The Minnesota Department of Health is currently monitoring 47 residents who traveled from the West African countries ravaged by the deadly virus. As of Sunday, the state had cleared 216 travelers after a 21-day monitoring period. No cases have been confirmed in Minnesota.
A fourth child has died from influenza in Minnesota since late September, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The flu still remains widespread throughout the state, although hospitalizations and school outbreaks were significantly lower than last week.
A third Minnesotan under the age of 18 has died of the flu. The Minnesota Department of Health officials confirmed the death Wednesday. It’s the third pediatric death since flu season began.
Minnesota health officials are stressing hand hygiene to combat the outbreaks of norovirus – commonly called the stomach flu – that have been hitting the state recently
December marks the start of peak flu season. State Health officials warn every-day spots like grocery store are common places to pick up the virus. “Going to mall, going to store, going to church,” said Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Health Department.
A Twin Cities home health care agency says it has taken corrective steps following the death of a man who was in the care of one of its nurses.
A Twin Cities home health care provider is being accused of neglect after a patient died of malnutrition. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, a staff member of Interim Health Care of the Twin Cities allegedly neglected a patient who had a change in condition.
Six recent cases of salmonellosis have been linked to raw, frozen chicken entrees, according to state health and agriculture officials.
The threat of Ebola in the United States has hospitals in the Twin Cities making sure they’re prepared for a potential case here. Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. began making an Ebola plan right after they heard about the outbreak in West Africa this summer.
Minnesota Department of Health officials have confirmed that a traveler returning to Minnesota from West Africa tested positive for the Lassa fever. The man, who flew in to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on March 31, went to a doctor soon after arriving, complaining of a fever. Due to his travel history, his blood samples were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he tested positive for the viral disease on April 3.
Reportable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have increased in Minnesota, according to a report from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Minnesota Department of Health announced 12 more people in the state died last week as a result of the flu, bringing the season’s total to 148 deaths.
The Minnesota Department of Health said that there were 15 more deaths in the last week as a result of the flu outbreak.