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Jul 31, 2015, 14:13 ET

August is the Height of Hurricane Season, State Agencies Urge Preparedness

August starts the height of hurricane season and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Department of Health and Insurance urge residents to...

Jul 30, 2015, 15:09 ET

Department of Health Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus In Pennsylvania In 2015

 Pennsylvania's first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2015 has been detected. A Venango county woman was hospitalized...

Jul 28, 2015, 15:45 ET

Department of Health Urges Pennsylvanians to Take Safety Precautions When Outside this Summer

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today urged residents of Pennsylvania to take special precautions if they plan to spend extended periods of...

Jul 24, 2015, 11:27 ET

PA Department of Health Calls for Increased Awareness to Strengthen Lyme Disease Detection

 With Pennsylvania leading the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease, PA Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy today called for...

Jul 24, 2015, 11:02 ET

Department of Health Distributing Free Potassium Iodide on August 6 to Pennsylvanians Near the State's Nuclear Power Plants

 The Department of Health will offer free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets Thursday, August 6, to Pennsylvanians who are within 10 miles of one...

Jul 22, 2015, 17:43 ET

Health Concerns Close Lake at Cowans Gap State Park to Swimming; Park Remains Open

The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Conservation and Natural Resources today announced that the beach at Cowans Gap State Park, Fulton...

Jul 21, 2015, 14:54 ET

PA Secretary of Health Convenes Achieving Better Care by Monitoring the All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Board Meeting

Secretary of Health Karen Murphy today convened the third meeting of the ABC-MAP Board, created under Act 191 of 2014. The goal of this board is to...

Jul 20, 2015, 17:59 ET

Pennsylvanians Reminded to Follow Important Safety Tips during Summer Heat Waves

Some areas of Pennsylvania are experiencing their first excessively hot, humid, and dangerous temperatures of the summer, prompting the departments...

Jul 15, 2015, 15:28 ET

PA Physician General, Merck officials meet to discuss childhood immunization rates

Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine joined top officials at Merck & Co. today to discuss the need to boost childhood immunization...

Jul 01, 2015, 15:02 ET

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Issues Statement on Attorney General's Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Chain

Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said she was deeply concerned by the allegations of inadequate care in 12 nursing homes operated by Golden Senior...

Jun 26, 2015, 15:15 ET

Secretary of Health Urges HIV Testing for All Pennsylvanians

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy is reminding Pennsylvanians that June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and urges all Pennsylvanians to get...

Jun 24, 2015, 11:25 ET

Men, Take Charge of Your Health!

In observance of National Men's Health Month, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy is reminding men to take charge of their health and make their...

Jun 15, 2015, 14:07 ET

Pennsylvania Releases Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Dentists

The departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Health today released its third set of prescribing guidelines to address the prescribing of...

May 29, 2015, 16:18 ET

West Nile Virus-Carrying Mosquito Sample Detected in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Health are reporting the confirmation of the first 2015 detections of West Nile...

May 29, 2015, 09:18 ET

Pennsylvania State Departments Urge Vigilance to Prevent Harming Children in Hot Vehicles

The departments of Human Services (DHS) and Health today reminded Pennsylvanians to never leave children alone in cars, which could prove deadly...

May 26, 2015, 13:20 ET

Pennsylvania Department of Health Launches Lyme Disease Awareness Campaign

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today reminded Pennsylvanians that that they should take the proper precautions to protect themselves against...

May 22, 2015, 11:11 ET

Citizens of the Commonwealth Urged to Prepare During Hurricane Preparedness Week

 The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency today urged residents to prepare for possible severe weather during Hurricane Preparedness Week,...

May 20, 2015, 12:15 ET

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Convenes Second Achieving Better Care by Monitoring the All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Board Meeting

Secretary of Health Karen Murphy today convened the second meeting of the ABC-MAP Board, which was created under Act 191 of 2014. The goal of this...

May 18, 2015, 13:08 ET

Department of Health Reminds Pennsylvanians about the Importance of Finding a Vaccine for HIV

 In observance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today stressed the importance of finding a vaccine that...

May 15, 2015, 14:53 ET

Pennsylvania Department of Health Reminds Women to Stay Healthy

In observance of National Women's Health Week, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy reminded women of the manageable steps they can take today and...