LDH Emergency Preparedness

The Department of Health, in conjunction with the Governor's Office and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, makes available up-to-date information during times of emergency. Our goal is to help keep you and your family safe.

Healthy Louisiana

Medicaid Expansion is now a reality in Louisiana. July 1, 2016 marked the first day that adults who have enrolled in expanded income eligibility requirements for Medicaid were able to start using their new coverage to pay for care. On his first full day in office last January, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order to make Medicaid available to more than 375,000 adults living in Louisiana who previously did not qualify for coverage.

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is an infectious disease spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

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August 26, 2016
This week, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed three additional cases of Zika virus. This brings the total to 26 cases of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. There are no known locally transmitted cases here. Local transmission occurs when an infected mosquito in the area bites another person in the area and transmits the virus. This local transmission is much more likely in the parishes around Lake Pontchartrain than other areas of the state.
August 25, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will reopen molluscan shellfish growing areas 26, 27 and 28, located in Vermillion and Iberia Parishes, thirty minutes before sunrise Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
August 25, 2016
For residents who are returning to homes that have been affected by recent flooding, mold removal is a top priority.
August 21, 2016
Children with special medical needs are especially vulnerable
August 20, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is providing the guidance below for individuals concerned about the need for a tetanus vaccine.
August 19, 2016
The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf is collaborating with the officers of the Louisiana Association of the Deaf and deaf organizations throughout Louisiana to ensure that people who are deaf and who have been displaced by the floods have communication access to all state and federal services. At the following locations, people may utilize VRS/TRS (video relay service/telecommunication relay service) for communication access; apply for FEMA; file claims with insurance; and apply for Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP) and WIC.