Vermont Department of Health

West Nile virus found in three Vermont towns

The Vermont Department of Health says mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile virus in three Vermont municipalities. Mosquitoes collected in Hardwick, Weathersfield and Brattleboro were found to be infected with the virus. West Nile is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus has been found in every county of […]

Grieving mother questions state morgue’s openness to visitors

A dispute between the woman and her late daughter’s fiance over jewelry he removed from the body highlights the state’s lack of a policy on who has access to people’s remains.

Protect yourself from cyanobacteria

News Release — Vermont Department of Health June 28, 2017 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Protect Yourself from Cyanobacteria this Summer Knowing what cyanobacteria looks like is key to enjoying your time on Vermont’s waters BURLINGTON – To help Vermonters and visitors enjoy themselves at the beach and on the water this summer, […]

Howard Center pushes back on one dose policy for Narcan

A state official says that in most cases one dose is sufficient.

UVM doctors prescribing fewer opiates in advance of new rules

A record number of Vermonters died from opiate overdoses last year. Experts say reducing the number of prescription opiates in circulation could, over time, drive down that number.

Ariel Brewer Louis: Health department information should be accurate

I am concerned that the Department of Health is not portraying an accurate picture of vaccination and certain disease trends in Vermont.

Fentanyl takes a deadly toll on Vermont

The potency and stealth quality of fentanyl add a dangerous dimension to the heroin epidemic.

Health Department Survey: 65% of Vermont Adults Believe Flavored Tobacco Products Should Be Illegal

News Release — Vermont Department of Health May 31, 2017 Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Survey shows flavored tobacco, especially fruit and candy flavors, appeals to youth BURLINGTON – High school youth activists joined community tobacco coalition volunteers and state health officials today in releasing the results of a public opinion survey that […]

Event featuring vaccine skeptics creates dilemma for officials

Andrew Wakefield, whose paper on autism was found to be fraudulent, will speak at Stowe High School. School officials are rethinking their policy on events put on by the public.

Liz Edsell: A wish for my first Mother’s Day

This week the Vermont Senate has one last chance to protect kids from toxic chemicals in 2017.

New addiction treatment facility opens in Vergennes

A new substance abuse treatment facility is up and running in Vergennes. Valley Vista, which operates a 72-bed facility in Bradford, began taking patients at the new 19-bed residential treatment location in late April. The opening of the new facility was streamlined after Underhill’s Maple Leaf Treatment Center abruptly ceased operations in February, sharply curbing […]

Rare virus gives Vermonters another reason to avoid ticks

The Powassan virus has a mortality rate of 10 percent, and researchers are looking into whether it might also play a role in Lyme disease patients who don’t recover well.

Vermont’s Residential Drug Treatment Centers Expand Capacity

News Release — Vermont Department of Health May 3, 2017 Media Contacts: Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 Valley Vista Rick DiStefano 802-318-5499 Recovery House Network Dale Robb 802-446-2640 BURLINGTON – Vermont’s two residential drug treatment providers have increased the number of available beds for inpatient treatment and are taking referrals, filling the need brought about […]

Vermonters dispose of more than 2.5 tons of unused medications for national prescription drug take back day

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2017 Media Contacts: Rebecca Kelley, Office of the Governor 802-828-6403 [email protected] Scott Waterman, Department of Public Safety 802-241-5277 [email protected] Bennett Truman, Department of Health 802.951.5153 [email protected] VERMONTERS DISPOSE OF MORE THAN 2.5 TONS OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS FOR NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY Montpelier, Vt. – As part of National […]