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November 2014

Statement from Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett on FDA Calorie Labeling Rules

We commend the FDA for taking this important step to inform the public about the calorie content of foods and beverages at the point of purchase in food service establishments.

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Health Department and HHC Update on Individual Tested for Ebola

An individual who traveled to the United States from Mali, a country with limited Ebola transmission, was taken to HHC Bellevue Hospital Center and an Ebola test was performed. The test result is negative. Patient will remain in isolation. Because in early Ebola Virus Disease initial tests may be negative, the patient will have further Ebola tests in the coming days to confirm the negative result.

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Bellevue Patient Update: Joint Statement by NYC Health Department and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation

An individual who came to the United States from Mali, a country with limited Ebola transmission, was taken to HHC Bellevue Hospital Center. Due to the individual’s travel history and symptoms, the patient has been isolated, and an Ebola test will be performed. Results are expected later today (11/20/14).

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Health Department Update on Ebola Test Results

An individual who came to the United States 18 days ago from one of the West African countries with ongoing Ebola transmission died suddenly of an apparent heart attack. Before death, this individual showed no symptoms of Ebola. However due to travel history within the 21 day incubation period and an abundance of caution, an Ebola test was performed on this individual's remains. The test results came back negative.

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Health Department Statement on Ebola Testing

An individual who came to the United States 18 days ago from one of the West African countries with ongoing Ebola transmission died suddenly of an apparent heart attack. Before death, this individual showed no symptoms of Ebola. However due to travel history within the 21 day incubation period and an abundance of caution, an Ebola test will be performed on this individual's remains. Test results are expected early tomorrow morning.

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Health Department Update on Individual Under Quarrantine

The City is announcing that, after a careful physician review, the last individual under quarantine because of contact with Dr. Craig Spencer – the patient discharged from Bellevue Hospital Nov. 11, 2014, after being treated for Ebola – will be subject to direct active monitoring. The individual poses no public health threat and is showing no symptoms.

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Joint Ebola Statement by NYC Department of Health and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation

The City announces several updates on the Ebola situation in New York City.

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Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett on Ebola Patient at Bellevue Hospital

EMS HAZ TAC Units transported a patient to Bellevue Hospital who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. The patient, a minor, developed a fever while under observation at the hospital..

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October 2014

Joint Statement by NYC Department of Health and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation on Patient at Bellevue Hospital

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducted a test for the Ebola virus on a minor patient who had been transferred to HHC Bellevue Hospital Center last night. This patient developed a fever this morning while under observation at the hospital, and had been in one of the three Ebola epidemic countries in ‎West Africa within the past 21 days.

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Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett on Ebola Patient at Bellevue Hospital

EMS HAZ TAC Units transported a patient to Bellevue Hospital who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. The patient, a minor, developed a fever while under observation at the hospital..

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Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett on Ebola Patient at Bellevue Hospital

EMS HAZ TAC Units transported a patient to Bellevue Hospital who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. The patient is a health care worker who returned to the U.S. from one of the three countries facing the outbreak of this virus.

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June 2014

Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett on Court of Appeals Decision on Sugary Drink Case

The ruling does not change the fact that sugary drink consumption is a key driver of the obesity epidemic, and we will continue to look for ways to stem the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes by seeking to limit the pernicious effects of aggressive and predatory marketing of sugary drinks and unhealthy foods.

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Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett and Supporters of New York City’s Sugary Drink Portion Rule

The link between sugary drinks and obesity is no longer in question. What we do need to question is the beverage industry's continued promotion of these unhealthy products in communities most burdened by obesity and diabetes.

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Timeline: Board of Health’s Response to Health Crises in New York City

May 2014

Health Department Updates New Yorkers on Measles Outbreak

No new cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City for third straight week - keeping the total number of confirmed cases at 26 since February. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and others.

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April 2014

Health Department Updates New Yorkers on Measles Outbreak

No new cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City for second straight week - keeping the total number of confirmed cases at 26. While the outbreak appears to be slowing down, it is too son to declare over.

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Amicus Brief Filed In Support Of NYC’s Sugary Beverage Rule

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health and nine other organizations today filed a brief in support of the city's portion cap rule for sugary drinks.

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Health Commissioner On Proposed FDA Rule For E-Cigarettes

Proposed rule is an important first step towards protecting the next generation from a lifetime of nicotine addiction.

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Health Department Updates New Yorkers on Measles Outbreak

No new cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City. While the outbreak appears to be slowing down, we may continue to see new cases in the coming weeks.

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Health Department Confirms 26 Cases of Measles in NYC

Two new cases of measles have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 26. The outbreak remains centered in Northern Manhattan, with 12 pediatric and 14 adult cases confirmed to date. One of the new cases is unrelated to the outbreak and was associated with foreign travel. After more than two weeks since the last confirmed case, this is a reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant.

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Health Department Updates New Yorkers on Measles Outbreak

Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett announces that the total number of confirmed cases of measles in New York City has been lowered to 24. The Health Department has confirmed 11 pediatric cases and 13 adult cases since February. If you suspect you have measles, please call your medical provider before seeking medical attention to avoid exposing others to the measles virus.

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Health Department Confirms 25 Cases of Measles in NYC

Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett announced that 25 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City. The Health Department has confirmed 12 pediatric cases and 13 adult cases since February. If you suspect you have measles, please call your medical provider before seeking medical attention to avoid exposing others to the measles virus.

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