State Government Press Releases

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The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers of potential undeclared eggs in certain cases of Laromme brand Vanilla Rugelach. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
07/19/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA) are issuing a joint heat advisory to remind people of precautions to take in extreme heat. High temperatures are predicted through the weekend, so it is especially important that all Rhode...
07/15/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has received a report of a laboratory-confirmed case of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection in a male in his 70s who ate raw clams earlier this month. HEALTH is not certain where the clams were harvested. The man was treated and is recovering. HEALTH...
07/06/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), Office of Vital Records reminds Rhode Islanders that as of July 2, 2011, the State of Rhode Island enacted a law (R.I. Gen. Laws Section 1-15-3.1) that recognizes and legalizes civil unions. A license for a civil union must be obtained from a city...
06/24/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers of Dole Italian Blend Salad that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Food and Drug Administration initially reported that the affected salads were not distributed in Rhode Island; however, it was determined that the...
06/24/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announces that the Whitmarsh Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic located at 557 Broad Street in Providence will be closing as of June 30, 2011. For years, the Whitmarsh Clinic has been funded by HEALTH and managed by the Providence Community...
06/21/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is advising school and municipal officials to institute “smart scheduling” of outdoor activities during the summer and fall months to avoid mosquito bites and tick bites. Any outdoor activity planned for dawn, dusk or evening should be relocated or...
06/03/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH)’s recent Provider Immunization Awards Breakfast was highlighted by the presentation of a Director’s Award to Dr. Paul Del Guercio, a family physician who practices in Middletown. Dr. Del Guercio’s swift diagnosis of a case of the measles in his office...
06/01/2011
Just as every individual’s fingerprint is unique, the genetic fingerprint and management of each case of cancer is also unique. Slight differences can determine how well a patient’s cancer might respond to a specific treatment. Physicians in Rhode Island and across the country are now utilizing...
05/23/2011
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) informs consumers that the FDA has advised parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to not feed SimplyThick, a thickening agent used for management of swallowing disorders, to infants born before 37 weeks. Use of this product may cause...