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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's maternity hospitals have made the decision to no longer give new moms a free bag of formula at discharge.
WDEL-FM reports that the decision follows steps being taken nationwide after a 2013 Centers for Disease Control study found that most U.S. hospitals were abandoning the decades-old practice.
The decision also promotes the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation that all babies receive only breast milk for their first six months.

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A Delaware commercial lab did receive live anthrax in an accidental shipment from the Department of Defense.

State health officials say they were told by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it was a low concentration of the bug.

The Delaware Division of Public health emphasized that there is no danger to the public and that the state is working closely with the CDC on decontamination of the facility.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials also declined to identify which lab was involved.

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A commercial Delaware lab may be able to reopen by next week after possibly getting some live anthrax spores from the Department of Defense.

State health officials say it will take a few days to decontaminate the facility.

The lab was ordered closed last Saturday after the military announced that it may have sent a shipment of anthrax to as many as nine labs across the country.

In addition, state health officials say a worker who is believed to have come into contact with a sample has not displayed any symptoms.

Enterovirus Case Confirmed in Delaware

Sep 29, 2014
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The Delaware Division of Public Health has confirmed that a child has tested positive for Enterovirus.

There have been reports of 15 children with the respiratory viral illness.

State officials say that the number of illnesses is slightly above normal but not high enough to raise concerns.     

The children range from one to 17 years of age.

Officials recommend washing your hands with soap and water frequently for 20 seconds as well as covering coughs and sneezes to avoid spreading the virus.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has given final approval to a bill requiring members of Delaware's Public Service Commission to file financial disclosure statements for public review.

House members voted unanimously for the bill Thursday. The legislation was approved unanimously by the Senate last May and now goes to the governor.

The legislation adds the commissioners to a long list of other state officials who must file financial disclosure statements, including lawmakers, judges and cabinet officials.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials are reporting the state's first death from the West Nile virus.

State health department spokeswoman Dori Henry said Thursday that the department is not releasing any details on the death. Maryland has had 13 cases of West Nile virus so far this year. Nineteen cases were reported last year and 23 the year before in Maryland.