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Division of Public Health reports two elderly men with underlying health conditions died from flu-related causes this month. One man was from New Castle County and the other from Kent County.

Supplied by Katie Goerger / Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Delaware’s Center for the Inland Bays and the Department of Health and Social Services' Stockley Center are working to reduce stormwater runoff into Cow Bridge Branch.

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Last year – lawmakers approved expansion of the state’s syringe exchange program. That expansion is now underway in Kent and Sussex counties.


File photo courtesy of USDA.

The Delmarva Peninsula lies under the Atlantic Migratory flyway, a path waterfowl migrate through. As Europe deals with recent outbreaks of a severe strain of Avian Influenza, some local poultry growers worry that just one infected bird passing through the region could contaminate and kill whole flocks of chickens.

 

That’s why poultry growers across Delmarva take precautions to avoid the possibility of the virus traveling from outside of the farm to the respiratory systems of their chickens. And research is being done that could help farmers better understand waterfowl patterns so they can prepare for when the virus surfaces.

 


This recent bout of warm weather in the First State doesn’t seem to be slowing the spread of the flu virus.

 

The state saw 385 lab confirmed cases of influenza last week (February 12-18), which is a 60 percent jump from 238 cases the week before

 


Courtesy of NASA

 

It isn’t always easy for astronauts to answer nature’s calls, and the longer the mission, the harder it can be to deal with.

Crisfield, on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore, is probably best known for the annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, a political schmooze fest of legendary proportions. But the town soon will have another claim to fame. It’s about to be the first municipality in the Delmarva region powered by a windmill.

 

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Delaware nearly tripled over the last year, and a University of Delaware professor believes the problem centers on a national demand for painkillers.

 

The number of fentanyl-related deaths in Delaware jumped from 42 in 2015 to 120 in 2016, which UD sociology professor Tammy Anderson said is not surprising. She said the trend is not limited to Delaware. Overdose-related deaths - particularly fentanyl - are on the rise across the country. 

 

 

Delaware saw an alarming uptick in overdose-related deaths in 2016, and about one-third are fentanyl-related.

 

And that’s why people like Dave Humes, a board member on Delaware’s atTAck addiction, want to see an increase in education about opioids and access to care.

 

Humes’ son, Greg, overdosed on heroin five years ago.

 

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The Division of Public Health is reminding Delawareans it’s not too late to get a flu shot. DPH announced the first Sussex County flu-related death of the season and third overall. 

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