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Friday, August 15, 2008
Two New Yorkers Test Positive for West Nile Virus
The Health Department today confirmed the season’s first human cases of West Nile virus in a 73-year-old Queens woman and a 60-year-old man from the Bronx. In response to the cases and the growing number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus, the Health Department urged resident to take steps to prevent infection.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Protect Themselves against West Nile as Monitoring Shows Increase in Virus among Mosquitoes
The Health Department reported that a growing number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus since mid-June – prompting a reminder to New Yorkers to take steps to avoid contracting the illness. Through routine surveillance in all five boroughs, mosquitoes with the virus have been found in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx, with the most positive tests in Queens and Staten Island. While there have been no human cases of West Nile virus yet this season, infections normally occur in late summer. Eighteen New Yorkers contracted West Nile last year – with the first cases occurring in August.
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Monday, August 11, 2008
Health Department Reminds Parents to Make Sure Kids Get the Required Vaccinations before School Starts
The Health Department is reminding parents to get their kids the required vaccinations before the first day of school. City public schools open on September 2 this year. Vaccines can prevent many serious illnesses, such as diphtheria, measles, and whooping cough. Children who do not meet the City’s immunization requirements can be excluded from daycare, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-through-12th-grade schools.
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Monday, August 4, 2008
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Frieden Launch Online Dog Licensing That Will Cut Time To Get or Renew Dog Licenses in Half
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden announced the launch of a new online dog licensing system that will make it easier not only for dog lovers to protect their pets, but also for them to comply with the law. The new application cuts the wait time for new licenses and renewals more than in half to approximately 10 to 14 business days.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Prevent Window Falls This Summer: Make Sure Window Guards Are In Place
Open windows offer relief from the summer heat, but for kids in a vertical city, they also pose hazards. To prevent needless falls, the Health Department is urging New Yorkers to make sure their window guards are in place. City law requires apartment building owners to install window guards in units with children under age 11. Likewise, anyone caring for kids age 10 and under must inform the landlord and install approved window guards.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Health Department Study Shows Doctors Are Often In the Dark About Patients’ Sexual Behavior
Don’t ask, don’t tell. That impulse may help prevent awkward conversations, but it’s a losing strategy for slowing the spread of HIV. When health care providers know about their patients’ sexual behavior, they can help prevent infection through testing, counseling and other services. But a new study from the Health Department suggests that those opportunities are often missed. In a survey of New York City men who have sex with other men, researchers found that 39% had not disclosed their sexual orientation to their doctors – a lapse that greatly reduced their odds of being tested for HIV. African-American, Hispanic, and Asian men who had sex with men were far less likely to disclose their sexual activities.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
After Cigarette Price Increase, Calls to 311 for Help to Quit Smoking Tripled
When the price of cigarettes topped ten dollars a pack at some city outlets last month, thousands of smokers knew it was time to quit. More than 2,700 New Yorkers called for help in the week starting June 2nd compared to about 850 in the same period in 2007. In addition to the callers, about 1,600 smokers got free nicotine patches on June 3rd at sites across the five boroughs.
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Monday, July 7, 2008
Health Department Launches MySpace Campaign to Help Young New Yorkers Cope
The Health Department has announced a new online campaign to engage teenagers grappling with depression, drugs, and violence, and to encourage them to seek help. NYC Teen Mindspace, posted on MySpace, is the agency’s first effort to promote health through Web-based social networking – a medium with great potential because of its popularity with young people.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Staying Safe on the 4th of July
Fireworks are festive and fun, but trying to put on a show at home can be dangerous. A review of the 69 fireworks-related hospitalizations that occurred in New York City between 2000 and 2005 shows two-thirds (67%) of the patients were children. School-aged boys were four times more likely than girls to get hurt. More than half of the child injuries (60%) occurred in Staten Island and Queens, even though only 32% of school-age children live in these boroughs.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
New Data Show that Child Lead Poisonings Fell by 15% in New York City Last Year
Childhood lead poisoning declined by 15% last year, reaching the lowest rate ever recorded in New York City. The 2007 caseload – 1,970 poisonings among children between 6 months and 6 years of age – marks a 90% decline since 1995, when nearly 20,000 children were identified with lead poisoning.
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