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Friday, September 7, 2007
BROOKLYN WOMAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS
The Health Department confirmed the season’s first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a 41-year-old Brooklyn woman. So far this season, the Health Department has identified WNV in 139 mosquito pools citywide – eastern Queens, southeastern Bronx and Staten Island have had significant activity. WNV has been detected in all five boroughs. The agency is continuing mosquito surveillance, responding to standing water complaints, and conducting larviciding and spraying as needed.
PRESS RELEASE # 077-07




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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
ONE IN EIGHT WTC RESCUE AND RECOVERY WORKERS DEVELOPED POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
Thousands of World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers were still suffering serious mental health effects three years after the disaster. New findings released from the World Trade Center Health Registry show that one in eight rescue and recovery workers (12.4%) likely had post-traumatic stress disorder when they were interviewed in 2003 and 2004.
PRESS RELEASE # 076-07




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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
MORE THAN TWO THIRDS OF SEXUALLY ACTIVE YOUTH USE CONDOMS, BUT OTHER FORMS OF BIRTH CONTROL LAG, SURVEY FINDS
More than two thirds (69%) of sexually active New York City teens use condoms, compared to 63% nationwide, according to a new survey of public high school students. But too few sexually active girls are using the pill and other hormonal contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
PRESS RELEASE # 075-07




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Monday, August 27, 2007
SURVEY FINDS ELEVATED RATES OF NEW ASTHMA AMONG WTC RESCUE AND RECOVERY WORKERS
Findings released today by the Health Department shed new light on the health effects of exposure to dust and debris among workers who responded to the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. The data, drawn from the World Trade Center Health Registry, show that 3.6% of the 25,000 rescue and recovery workers enrolled in the Registry report developing asthma after working at the site. That rate is 12 times what would be normally expected for the adult population during such a time period.
PRESS RELEASE # 074-07




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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
700,000 NEW YORKERS WITH JOBS DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE
Having a job is not necessarily a passport to health insurance in New York City. One million New Yorkers – some 17% of the adult population – lacked coverage in 2005, according to a new Health Department report, and 700,000 of them were employed. The complete report, Health Care Access among Adults in New York City, is available online at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/hca/hca-nyc-adults.pdf.
PRESS RELEASE # 073-07




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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
NEW REPORT ON SMOKING SHOWS WHO’S QUITTING, AND WHO’S NOT
Quitting smoking is not easy, but thousands of New Yorkers succeed at it every year. Who’s trying to kick the habit, and who’s succeeding? In a new report titled Who’s Still Smoking, the Health Department sheds light on both questions.
PRESS RELEASE # 072-07




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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
PREVENT WINDOW FALLS THIS SUMMER: MAKE SURE WINDOW GUARDS ARE IN PLACE
Open windows are one of summer's small pleasures, but for kids in a vertical city, they also pose hazards. In the hope of preventing needless falls, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers to make sure their window guards are firmly in place. "Properly installed window guards save lives," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Health Commissioner. "Landlords and tenants must each do their part to make sure window guards are in place to keep kids safe."
PRESS RELEASE # 070-07




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Monday, August 13, 2007
HEALTH DEPT. TO CONDUCT ADDITIONAL MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN QUEENS THIS WEEK
To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will conduct another spraying in Queens this week, in addition to the one scheduled for tonight. While the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in several boroughs, no human cases of West Nile virus have been identified to date.
PRESS RELEASE # 069-07




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Monday, August 13, 2007
HEALTH DEPT. TO TREAT MARSH AND OTHER NON-RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF STATEN ISLAND, QUEENS AND BRONX WITH MOSQUITO LARVICIDE
To control mosquitoes, the Health Department will apply larvicide by helicopter to marsh and other non-residential areas of Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx. Larvicide will be applied on Thursday, August 16; Friday, August 17; and Monday, August 20 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day.
PRESS RELEASE # 068-07




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Friday, August 10, 2007
HEALTH DEPT. TO CONDUCT MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN QUEENS AND THE BRONX
To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide in Queens and the Bronx in the coming week. While the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in several boroughs, no human cases of West Nile virus have been identified to date.
PRESS RELEASE # 067-07



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