The Department of Public Health is comprised of ten bureaus and hundreds of programs, each dedicated to a particular component of promoting and protecting the public’s health. While DPH staff are on the forefront of countless efforts to promote wellness for residents across the Commonwealth, there is some less visible, yet equally important, work being done every day by the staff of the State Lab.
The Bureau of Laboratory Sciences, housed at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory in Jamaica Plain, provides diagnosis, surveillance, investigation and prevention for a wide range of substances and diseases including foodborne illness, lead poisoning, tuberculosis and HIV.
Moving forward, we are going to use this space to highlight what happens behind the scenes at the state Lab – like how we test a bat for rabies, run tests for STDs, or figure out if that hamburger you ate last night is what gave you food poisoning.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014