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Thursday, August 9, 2007
NEW YORK CITY REACHES 2008 TARGETS FOR LOWERING SMOKING AND INCREASING COLONOSCOPY SCREENING
The Health Department reported significant progress today in helping New Yorkers live healthier lives. In its third annual report on the City’s Take Care New York health policy, the agency reports that the New Yorkers met the programs for reducing smoking and increasing colonoscopy screening some two years ahead of schedule. Launched in 2004, the TCNY policy aims to tackle the main causes of preventable illness and death in New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 066-07




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Monday, August 6, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN QUEENS
To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Queens from Wednesday August 8, 2007 at 8:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, spraying will be delayed until Thursday, August 9 or the next possible night. No human cases of West Nile virus have been identified to date.
PRESS RELEASE # 065-07




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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REMINDS FAMILIES TO MAKE SURE THAT KIDS GET REQUIRED VACCINATIONS BEFORE THEY GO BACK TO SCHOOL
The Health Department is reminding parents that all children must receive certain vaccinations before they begin or return to school or day care this fall. Childhood vaccinations required for school entry protect against potentially life-threatening diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, pertussis (whooping cough) and chicken pox. All children entering school must also show proof of having received a complete medical evaluation.
PRESS RELEASE # 064-07




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Monday, July 30, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT 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. Weather permitting, larvicide will be applied on Thursday, August 2, Friday, August 3, and Monday, August 6, 2007 from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. each day.
PRESS RELEASE # 063-07




WNV Detected in Queens


Friday, July 27, 2007
WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTED IN MOSQUITOES IN QUEENS
For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes. No human cases have been reported in NYC this year, but people have been stricken in 19 states. The Health Department reported today that a pool of mosquitoes collected in the Flushing section of Queens has tested positive for the virus. The Health Department has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control efforts in the affected area.
PRESS RELEASE # 062-07




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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REACHES OUT TO DOCTORS AND COMMUNITY FOLLOWING AN INCREASE IN LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE
Following an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Parkchester area of the Bronx over the past year, the Health Department is asking doctors to test for the condition when examining patients with respiratory symptoms. Legionnaires’ disease is a serious but treatable respiratory infection. Healthy people are not generally susceptible, but the illness can be fatal in older people and in those with lung disease or weakened immune systems.
PRESS RELEASE # 061-07




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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
NEW DIABETES REPORT DOCUMENTS DEVASTATING EFFECTS IN NEW YORK CITY
The diabetes epidemic is taking a large and growing toll on New York City, a new Health Department report shows, as death rates, debilitating complications, and hospitalization costs soar. Some 500,000 New Yorkers – one out of eight adults – have been diagnosed with diabetes. Another 200,000 have diabetes but don’t yet know it. The death rate from diabetes rose by 71% between 1990 and 2003.
PRESS RELEASE # 060-07




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Monday, July 23, 2007
ONE IN FOUR NYC ADULTS HAS ELEVATED BLOOD MERCURY LEVELS
A quarter of adult New Yorkers have elevated blood mercury levels, according to survey results released by the Health Department, and the elevations are closely tied to fish consumption. Asian and higher-income New Yorkers eat more fish, and have higher average mercury levels, than others both locally and nationally. These mercury levels pose little if any health risk for most adults, but may increase the risk of cognitive delays for children whose mothers had very high mercury levels during pregnancy.
PRESS RELEASE # 059-07




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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES NEW YORKERS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES DURING WEST NILE VIRUS SEASON
A steamy summer is in full swing in New York City, and with it comes mosquitoes. The Health Department today reminded New Yorkers to mosquito-proof their homes and wear mosquito repellent when spending time outdoors. New Yorkers can also help prevent the spread of West Nile virus by eliminating standing water, where mosquitoes breed, from their property. While there have been no indications of West Nile virus in humans, animals or mosquitoes yet this season, now is the time to start taking precautions.
PRESS RELEASE # 058-07




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Monday, July 16, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO TREAT MARSH AND OTHER NON-RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF STATEN ISLAND, QUEENS, AND BRONX WITH MOSQUITO LARVICIDE
Application to Take Place Wednesday, July 18 – Friday, July 20, 2007 between the Hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M., Weather Permitting
PRESS RELEASE # 057-07



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