St. Louis Department of Health

West Nile Virus
2:38 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

St. Louis County boosts anti-mosquito efforts

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A big jump in human cases of West Nile Virus in Illinois, Texas and Arkansas is prompting St. Louis County to boost its spraying to combat mosquitoes.

"An extra team of vector control employees will spray strategic areas in the early morning hours this week to reduce the number of breeding adult mosquitoes and knock down any that may be carrying West Nile Virus," Vector Control Operations Manager Drew Hane said. That team is a supplement to evening and overnight spraying efforts.

The county health department is urging residents to take the following steps:

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Teen Pregnancy
1:25 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Health Department: Teen birth rate down in St. Louis, follows national trend

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A new release out from the St. Louis Department of Health today says teen birth rates are down in the city of St. Louis. Here are a few by-the-numbers details for you from the Department:

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, October 27, 2011

Very little traffic surrounds Busch Stadium as a steady rain falls in St. Louis on October 26, 2011. Game 6 of the 2011 World Series was postponed due to the inclement weather. Game 6 will be play Thursday night.
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World Series Game 6 tonight at Busch after being postponed due to rain

Last night, Major League Baseball officials postponed Game 6 of the World Series because of the rainy forecast. The Texas Rangers and the Cardinals will play tonight at Busch Stadium starting at 7:05 CST.

Texas leads the Series 3-2. If Game 7 is necessary, it will be played tomorrow night at Busch.

E. coli outbreak in St. Louis County

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Product recalls
8:27 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Mo. included in four recalls

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Consumers in Missouri and Illinois are being asked to check their pantries, refrigerators and freezers for four products that have been recalled by their producers.

According to information distributed by the St. Louis Department of Health, the recalls include:

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Morning news round-up
9:22 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Morning headlines: St. Louis County's anti-smoking campaign, new safeguards at Lincoln County prison, Express Scripts new facility

The St. Louis County smoking ban takes effect Jan. 2. The county is launching an anti-smoking ban next week.
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  • St. Louis county will┬ábegin it's anti-smoking campaign next week, just as the the countywide smoking ban is about to take effect Jan. 2. The Post-Dispatch says in March┬áthe county was awarded a $7.6 million federal stimulus grant to fight smoking. The county's first effort will be a 15 month, $2 million media campaign urging people to stop smoking and to explain the ins and outs of the forthcoming ban. Dr. Delores Gunn, director of the St. Louis County health department says that until now, Missouri has been 48th in the nation on spending for smoking prevention and cessation programs.

"We spend $400 million a year in Medicaid in Missouri to treat illnesses related to smoking and secondhand smoke." -Dr. Delores Gunn in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

  • Express Scripts is planning to announce today that it will build a third office building at its headquarters complex in north St. Louis county. The company says the project will increase its economic impact in the region, which was more than $986 million in 2010. Express Scripts says it will also release an independent academic study on its economic impact in Missouri.
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly $190 dollars in safeguards have been installed at the Lincoln County jail. This after two federal prisoners escaped last month. Among the new safeguards is a new camera system. The Sheriff's department hopes the changes will allow them to resume housing federal prisoners. John Wesley Jones, a suspect in the multimillion-dollar ATM Solutions robbery in St. Louis, and Corey Durand Cross escaped through a drop ceiling. They were recaptured within days of the jail break.