Public Health

September 18, 2019
A bat found in downtown Minneapolis tested positive for rabies last week. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), a group of people found the bat at Marquette Avenue and 6th Street on Tuesday, September 10, around 1 p.m., and brought it to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory while it was still alive. Rabies was confirmed two days later.
September 10, 2019
Several state health departments, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. The multidrug resistant outbreak strains include Cerro, Derby, London, Infantis, Newport, Rissen. 143 people were infected in 35 states, including Minnesota, and investigators linked the infection to pig ear dog treats.
September 3, 2019
A new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) report says Minnesota must cut the sediment levels in the Minnesota River by half, a 25-year undertaking with an an estimated $360 million cost to stakeholders. The high sediment levels are suffocating fish, killing vegetation, and are the bulk of the sediment pollution flowing into the Mississippi.
August 29, 2019
Water is the world’s most valuable resource, but 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water. On August 26, The United Nations announced that by 2025, nearly two billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity and average supply of water per person will drop by a third in the next two decades.
August 13, 2019
Hepatitis A outbreaks have been occurring nationwide since 2016 affecting 23,000 people and causing 233 deaths. Since May, Minnesota has had an increased number of cases and, now, an official outbreak has been declared affecting nine counties. About 57% (13/23) of the reported cases have required hospitalization.
August 7, 2019
An independent study conducted by the United States Agricultural Research Service and the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History found 32 of 35 private wells in three counties in southwestern Wisconsin contaminated with fecal matter. The majority of the contaminated wells contained fecal matter from humans, followed by cattle, then swine.
July 23, 2019
After the smoke settled from the 4th of July fireworks, health officials started receiving calls reporting vomiting and diarrhea after boating near a popular gathering spot on Lake Minnetonka. State and Hennepin County public health investigators have interviewed 225 people. 172 of those interviewed reported symptoms.
July 18, 2019
In veterinary school, I was among a handful of peers interested in pursuing nontraditional veterinary career paths. We often rallied our classmates to recognize the application of One Health frameworks in our future careers; we were trained in a unique profession in which we could become advocates for or experts in food safety, regulatory medicine, One Health, ecosystem health, and the human-animal bond even within the walls of a small animal clinical exam room.
July 16, 2019
Hennepin County Public Health and Minnesota Department of Health officials are investigating illnesses among Lake Minnetonka boaters who reportedly became sick following Fourth of July celebrations. Officials have responded to over 200 calls from individuals who reported vomiting and diarrhea after spending the holiday on the lake. At least half of these individuals spent time around Big Island and several sought treatment for dehydration.
July 9, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will offer two free workshops later this month to explore mental health issues unique to farm youth and equip attendees with the tools to support rural families impacted by the financial and emotional stresses of farm life.