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Friday, June 12, 2009
Community Transmission of H1N1 Flu Appears to Decline in New York City
Community transmission of the H1N1 virus appears to be declining in New York City, as emergency departments report lower numbers of visits due to influenza-like illness, the Health Department reported today. As expected, however, hospitalizations and fatalities continue to occur. As of June 11, the Health Department had recorded 567 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. The latest death occurred in a person aged 40-49.
PRESS RELEASE # 042-09







Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Health Department Survey Suggests that 7% of New Yorkers Had Flu-like Illness in May
The Health Department released preliminary findings from a household survey designed to estimate the prevalence of flu-like illness in New York City during the first three weeks of May. Some 6.9% of the New Yorkers surveyed said they had experienced flu-like illness between May 1 and May 20. Flu-like illness was defined as having a fever accompanied by either cough or sore throat – symptoms that can reflect a range of different illnesses. “The findings don’t tell us exactly how many New Yorkers have had H1N1 influenza,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner. “But they suggest it has been widespread, and mild in most affected people.”
PRESS RELEASE # 041-09







Monday, June 8, 2009
Health Department Launches a New Campaign to Show How Children are Affected When Parents Smoke at Home
Second-hand smoke is unsafe at any dose. This is the message of a new campaign the Health Department launched to highlight the hazards of environmental tobacco smoke and the importance of having a smoke-free home, especially for children. The developing lungs of young children are severely affected by second-hand smoke, and kids are easily exposed because they have higher breathing rates and little control over their environments.
PRESS RELEASE # 040-09







Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Health Department Reports that more than 80% of New Yorkers Hospitalized with H1N1 Flu Have Had One or More Underlying Risk Factors
Illness from H1N1 influenza continues to occur throughout New York City, with most people experiencing only mild illness. Emergency room visits have declined somewhat after spiking dramatically during the third week of May. As anticipated, however, the infections have caused hospitalizations and deaths. More than 300 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with H1N1 flu since late April, and the Health Department provided the first detailed breakdown of risk factors among those hospitalized. A preliminary analysis of 152 hospitalized patients shows that at least 82% have belonged to one or more groups at higher risk of severe illness or complications from influenza.
PRESS RELEASE # 039-09







Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Health Commissioner Frieden and Schools Chancellor Klein Announce City Will Close Two More Schools in Response to Increased Flu-like Symptoms
Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing two more schools - P.S. 15, which is co-located with the PAVE Academy Charter School in Red Hook, Brooklyn - after documenting an unusually high amount of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The schools will be closed as of Wednesday, June 3. The schools will reopen on Monday, June 8.
PRESS RELEASE # 038-09







Monday, June 1, 2009
Health Commissioner Frieden and Schools Chancellor Klein Announce City Will Close One More School in Response to Increased Flu-like Symptoms
Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing one more school - P.S. 209 in the Bronx - after documenting an unusually high amount of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The school will be closed as of Tuesday, June 2. The school will reopen on Monday, June 8.
PRESS RELEASE # 037-09







Friday, May 29, 2009
Health Commissioner Frieden and Schools Chancellor Klein Announce City Will Close One More School in Response to Increased Flu-like Symptoms
Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing one more school - P.S. 1 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn - after documenting an unusually high amount of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The school will be closed as of Saturday, May 30. The school will reopen on Thursday, June 4 for staff because of Chancellor’s Conference Day, a citywide professional development day when classes are not in session for students. The school will reopen for students on Friday, June 5.
PRESS RELEASE # 036-09







Thursday, May 28, 2009
Health Commissioner Frieden and Schools Chancellor Klein Announce City Will Close Six More Schools in Response to Increased Flu-like Symptoms
Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing six more schools - four in East Harlem, and two in Brooklyn - after documenting unusually high levels of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The six schools will be closed as of Friday, May 29, and will reopen on Wednesday, June 3.
PRESS RELEASE # 035-09







Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Health Commissioner Frieden and Schools Chancellor Klein Announce City Will Close One More School in Response to Increased Flu-like Symptoms
Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing one more school, P.S. 161 in Morningside Heights after documenting an unusually high amount of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The school will be closed as of Thursday, May 28. The school will reopen on Tuesday, June 2.
PRESS RELEASE # 034-09







Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Health Commissioner Frieden and Schools Chancellor Klein Announce City Will Close Five More Schools in Response to Increased Flu-like Symptoms
Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced that the City Health Department has recommended closing five more schools, one in Queens, one in Manhattan, two in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx after documenting an unusually high amount of influenza-like illness over a number of days. The five schools will be closed as of tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27. All schools will reopen on Monday, June 1.
PRESS RELEASE # 033-09



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