Ohio Department Of Health

The Ohio Department of Health says a record number of Ohioans died from heroin-related overdoses in 2013.

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Ohio Department of Health officials say the likely source of the Lancaster botulism outbreak is home-canned potatoes used in a potato salad. 

The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by an abortion rights group over a public records request seeking communication between the Ohio Department of Health  and an anti-abortion organization.

Ohio Department of Health officials say they are closer to finding the source of botulism that killed one person and sickened many more after a church picnic in central Ohio last weekend. 


Improperly canned food is suspected of causing the Lancaster botulism outbreak. 

Ohio Department of Health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations fell to 92 last week as an unusually severe season comes to an end.

The Ohio Department of Health reports flu-related hospitalizations dropped slightly last week, saying the flu season appears to be tapering off.

The Ohio Department of Health reports a drop in the number of flu-related hospitalizations.

The Ohio Department of Health reports a decrease in the number of flu-related hospitalizations.

Raising Radon Awareness

Jan 20, 2015

This is National Radon Action Month. Radon-related lung cancer claims the lives of an estimated 20 thousand Americans every year.

Cuyahoga County health officials say eight people died from the flu in one week.

The Ohio Department of Health says four people have died from the flu this season as hospitalizations continue to rise.

A group that identifies itself as pro-choice is suing to get the Ohio Department of Health to turn over any communications it’s had with a leading  group that identifies itself as pro-life. 

Columbus Public Health officials say 101 people were hospitalized for the flu from December 20 through December 27, the largest weekly number since the agency started keeping records in 2009.

Ohio Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing On ODH Director Nominee

Nov 13, 2014
Ohio Public Radio

An Ohio Senate Committee yesterday approved Governor John Kasich's nominee for state health director, paving the way for a floor-vote.

As the Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa and reports  a second health care worker in Dallas has tested positive for the disease have emerged-- fear among Ohioans seems to be mounting. 

Response To Heroin Use Becomes Campaign Issue

Oct 9, 2014

Heroin has become a campaign issue in Ohio this year as politicians disagree over who has done the most to tackle the epidemic of overdose deaths blamed on the narcotic.

The annual number of abortions reported in Ohio has dropped below 24,000, its lowest level since the state began tracking the data in 1976. 

Health Officials Confirm Respiratory Virus In Ohio

Sep 24, 2014

Health officials say two hospitals in Ohio have confirmed cases of an uncommon virus causing severe respiratory illness for children in about two dozen states.  

The state veterinarian says four horses in northeast Ohio have died of eastern equine encephalitis, a mosquito-borne illness that also can affect humans. 

Measles Outbreak Over?

Sep 9, 2014

State health officials say the measles outbreak that helped push the number of cases to a two-decade high appears to have ended.

First Human West Nile Virus Cases Reported

Aug 21, 2014

Ohio health officials report two women have been hospitalized with encephalitis resulting from infection with West Nile virus.

No New Measles Cases Since Mid July

Aug 16, 2014

Local and state health officials say no measles cases have been reported since mid-July, while mumps cases continue to be tallied.

Ohio Turnpike Commission

For the first time in 16 years, the director of the Ohio Department of Health won’t be a doctor.

ODH Chief Revokes Toledo Abortion Clinic License

Jul 31, 2014
Toledo Blade

The interim director of the Ohio Department of Health has signed an order to revoke the license of Toledo's last abortion clinic, effective August 12th.

Ohio's measles outbreak appears to be coming to an end. 

The Mumps and measles outbreaks continue to expand through central Ohio.

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About 80 more measles cases have been confirmed over the past week, bringing the total for an Ohio outbreak to about 240 cases across six counties. 

Number Of Confirmed Measles Cases Doubles

May 23, 2014

Ohio Department of Health officials have confirmed 143 cases of measles in six counties, with the number of confirmed cases doubling in the past two weeks.

Confirmed Mumps Cases Exceed 300

May 2, 2014

Public health officials have confirmed 303 cases of mumps in an outbreak that started at Ohio State University earlier this year.