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NH DHHS - Recall of Frozen Chicken Product

Concord, NH – The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection

Service (FSIS) has announced that the Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats

(Chicago, IL) is recalling 28,980 pounds of chicken products as they may be

contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. These products were distributed

to Shaw’s stores in New Hampshire. The recalled product includes partially

prepared Chicken a la Kiev products sold by retailers under the Antioch

Farms brand name, with “sell by” dates of October 1, 2015 and October 7,

2015. A total of 6 persons were identified in Minnesota with the same

strain of Salmonella, and all reported Chicken Kiev consumption prior to

illness onset. This product has been removed from all Shaw’s stores in New

Hampshire and no cases of Salmonella linked to this outbreak have been

identified in New Hampshire.

The implicated products were produced on July 2, 2014 and July 8, 2014, and

bear the establishment number “P-1358 inside the USDA mark of inspection.”

The product is identified as:

· Single 5-ounce plastic packets of Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded,

Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat “A La Kiev.”

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division

of Public Health Services is conducting surveillance to identify possible

cases associated with this product and following the national investigation

closely should the list of involved products expand.

“Even though the product has been removed from stores, it is important that

all consumers check their freezers for this product,” said Dr. José

Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Most people recover from

salmonellosis, but it has serious implications for young children, seniors,

and the immune compromised.”

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal

infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with

weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often

experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and

abdominal pain. Some cases may be more severe and people may even need to

be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread

from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other parts of the

body and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with


If consumers have any of these products at home they are advised to discard

them immediately and not eat them. DHHS reminds consumers of the importance

of properly handling raw poultry to prevent contamination from spreading to

other foods and food contact surfaces. Additionally, following package

cooking instructions for frozen or fresh chicken products is critical.

Consumers should be aware that actual time may vary depending on the

cooking method (broiling, frying, or grilling) and the temperature of the

product (chilled versus frozen), so it is important that the final

temperature of 165 °F must be reached for safety.

This may be an evolving situation so consumers are advised to check the

USDA website at

for updates. For questions about salmonellosis, call the DHHS Division of

Public Health Services, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at (603)



NH DHHS Collaborates to Bring National Diabetes Prevention Program to NH

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is partnering with health

care and community partners throughout the State to bring the National

Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) to New Hampshire. In honor of National

Diabetes Month, an updated DHHS website will feature prediabetes

information. DHHS will also utilize Facebook and Twitter to spread

messaging about prediabetes to the public.

“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention

has never been greater,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health

at DHHS. “The National Diabetes Prevention Program offers a proven approach

to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest

lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

Prediabetes is defined as having a blood glucose (sugar) level that is

higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People

are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they are:

· 45 years of age or older

· Overweight

· Have a family history of type 2 diabetes

· Physically active fewer than three times per week

· Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during a pregnancy or

gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds.

CDC estimates that 37% of adults have prediabetes. However, only 11% of

people with prediabetes know they have the condition. Without intervention,

15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within

five years.

NDPP uses an evidence-based curriculum approved by the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC). As part of a group, participants work with a

trained lifestyle coach for 16 weeks and learn to:

· Eat healthy

· Increase their level of physical activity

· Manage stress

· Stay motivated, and

· Solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

Nationwide implementation of NDPP could save the U.S. health care system

$5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes, a

serious condition that can lead to: heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney

failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

NDPP can be found at hospitals and YMCAs around the state. For more

information or to locate a program near you visit: or

For information about prediabetes and the Diabetes Education Program at

DHHS visit


NH DHHS - Deputy State Epidemiologist Contributes to the Global Ebola Control Effort 

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

announced today that Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, Deputy State Epidemiologist,

will be going to Liberia at the end of next week.

Dr. Talbot, who is also a physician with the Geisel School of Medicine at

Dartmouth, will be in Liberia for four weeks and will play a leading role

in training clinical teams of physicians, nurses and other staff to conduct

Ebola control activities. She will work with International Medical Corps, a

non-governmental organization. Just as in New Hampshire, her primary goal

is to protect those on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic. Upon her return

to New Hampshire, her colleagues at the Division of Public Health Services

will conduct her post-arrival monitoring.

“We are very proud of Dr. Talbot,” said Dr. José T. Montero, Director of

the Division of Public Health Services. “She exemplifies the dedication of

the many public health and medical professionals and organizations working

to end this serious medical crisis in West Africa. She will take with her

our best wishes and we will await her return.”

“I am very proud of the preparedness work we are doing in New Hampshire,”

said Dr. Talbot. “The timing is right and I am grateful for this

opportunity to contribute to the effort.”


NH DHHS - Healthy Smiles–Healthy Growth Report

Comparison Findings of the New Hampshire 2013–2014 Healthy Smiles–Healthy

Growth Third Grade Survey Show Dramatic Decrease in

Obesity and Tooth Decay

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has compared the results

of the 2013–2014 Healthy Smiles–Healthy Growth Third Grade Survey with the

2008–2009 survey and finds improvements have been made. The statewide

survey was funded by the HNH Foundation and Northeast Delta Dental. The

data show a marked improvement over the last five years and demonstrate

progress in reducing health disparities in both obesity and oral health

status. Data were collected at public elementary schools in each county

throughout New Hampshire. The Nashua Division of Public Health and

Community Services coordinated data collection for the City.

When compared with the 2008–09 survey DPHS found:


- 30% decrease statewide in obesity prevalence

- 34.8% decrease in obesity among students in schools that have more than

50% of students eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch

- 46% reduction in schools that have 25% or less students who qualify for

Free or Reduced Lunch

- 37% decrease in boys

Oral Health

- 54.4% decrease in untreated decay in Coos County

- 31.7% decrease in untreated tooth decay statewide

- 32.5% decrease in children with immediate dental needs

- 20.4% increase in dental sealants in schools with more than 50% of

students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch

“The findings support the collaborative efforts that took place across the

State beginning in 2008,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health

at DHHS. “We are very excited to see large improvements in obesity and

dental sealants in schools that have high eligibility for Free or Reduced

Lunch and a decrease in untreated tooth decay in Coos County. In order to

sustain these improvements and further reduce health disparities,

businesses, private foundations, community organizations, and government

are working together to target resources and strategies. This will have a

collective impact and improve the health of the people in New Hampshire.

This is exciting progress and is the result of efforts by many partners

from parents to schools to dental health professionals, nutrition and

physical activity advocates, all designed to target efforts in areas where

worse health outcomes exist.”

Beginning in 2008, DPHS was awarded a five-year $2.2 million CDC grant to

establish an Obesity Prevention Program (OPP). OPP supported Healthy Eating

Active Living (HEAL) NH by providing assistance and resources to schools,

worksites, and communities. Additionally OPP focused efforts in child care

settings training over 300 child care providers to improve nutrition and

physical activity in their programs. Other key partners included HEAL NH,

the Foundation for Healthy Communities, the NH Department of Transportation

Safe Routes to School Program, NH Regional Planning Commissions, and the NH

Child Development Bureau.

The Oral Health Program in the Division of Public Health Services has

worked with many external partners to target interventions in areas with

oral health disparities found in the 2008–2009 survey. The 54.4% decrease

in untreated decay in Coos County and the 20.4% increase in dental sealants

in schools with more than 50% of students who qualify for Free or Reduced

Lunch demonstrate that targeted efforts can result in significant


The HNH Foundation and Northeast Delta Dental Foundation provided funding

for data collection, while the Association of State and Territorial Dental

Directors contributed technical assistance for the sampling and data

analysis of the Third Grade Survey. The purpose of the survey was to gather

representative data on oral health and height/weight status for third grade

students statewide.

The complete New Hampshire 2013–2014 Healthy Smiles–Healthy Growth Third

Grade Survey is available on the DHHS website.


NH DHHS - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Agrees to Be Ebola Referral Hospital

Concord, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, New

Hampshire, has expressed willingness to accept patients with Ebola

infection from other New Hampshire hospitals who require ongoing care and

treatment. In some cases ongoing care may be managed at DHMC, while in

others, referral to a designated national center may be the plan. The New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of

Public Health Services (DPHS), in coordination with the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC), will help to identify the optimal location of


While all hospitals in the State are capable of initially identifying and

appropriately isolating any patient presenting with signs and symptoms of

Ebola infection who also have a consistent travel history (to Liberia,

Sierra Leone, or Guinea), we do not expect all hospitals to have the same

capabilities in managing a patient with Ebola and the possible

complications. DPHS has been in conversation with hospital leadership

around the State and will continue working with all hospitals. Any suspect

or identified Ebola patient will be closely managed in coordination with

DPHS. DHHS continues to work closely with the medical community to ensure

the State is prepared for the possibility of a patient with Ebola

presenting to a New Hampshire healthcare facility.

There are currently no suspect Ebola patients in New Hampshire and there

have been no patients in the United States identified outside of Dallas,

Texas, after a man travelling from Liberia developed Ebola and transmitted

the infection to two healthcare workers caring for him.

“We are grateful that Dartmouth Hitchcock has stepped forward and agreed to

be the referral hospital for New Hampshire,” said Dr. José Montero,

Director of Public Health at DHHS. “As we learn more about this outbreak

and this virus it makes sense to adapt our plans and procedures to better

serve Granite Staters and focusing advanced preparations on one hospital is

one way to do this.”

American Medical Response Ambulance (AMR) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced

Response Team (DHART) have also agreed to provide ground transport for any

Ebola patients identified in New Hampshire from the hospital or healthcare

facility they arrive at to DHMC. DPHS continues to work closely with our

public health partners and the healthcare providers in the State to ensure

preparedness. We are providing training webinars for healthcare providers

and hospitals, assisting healthcare providers with their preparedness

efforts, assessing the resources in the State, and creating and posting

materials to the DHHS website at

For further information on Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention at  or the World Health Organization at .

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