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Monday, May 4, 2009
H1N1 (SO) Cases Continue to Be Mild in New York City
Intensive investigation of the newly identified H1N1 virus shows that the illness continues to be mild in New York City so far. “We have looked daily at every hospital and every intensive care unit in the city within the past 10 days,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Health Department Commissioner, “and we have yet to find a single patient with severe illness from H1N1 (SO).” The Health Department also reported that testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 11 more cases of H1N1 (SO) infection in New York City. The new results bring the number of confirmed cases to 73. The CDC is currently testing six more probable cases from New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 022-09




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Saturday, May 2, 2009
Health Department Updates Flu Status
The Health Department today updated the flu situation in New York City, reporting 13 more confirmed cases of the newly identified flu virus known as H1N1 (SO), bringing the City's total to 62 confirmed cases. The agency is now awaiting confirmatory results for 17 probable cases from the Centers for Disease Control. To date, nearly all confirmed and probable cases have been mild, and all of the affected people have recovered or are recovering. No deaths have been associated with the illness in New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 021-09




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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Health Department Updates Flu Status; Survey Reveals that 1 in 3 St. Francis Prep Students Had Flu-Like Symptoms
The Health Department has updated the flu situation in New York City, reporting five more probable cases of infection with the newly identified flu virus known as H1N1 (SO). The agency has sent specimens from the five affected people to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing. The agency is now awaiting confirmatory results for 33 probable cases. To date, nearly all confirmed and probable cases have been mild, and all of the affected people have recovered or are recovering. No deaths have been associated with the illness in New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 020-09




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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Health Department Updates Swine Flu Status; So Far, Symptoms Remain Similar to Usual, Seasonal Flu
The Health Department has updated the swine-flu situation in New York City, adding five new confirmed cases to the city-wide total. The new confirmations bring the city-wide total to 49. All 49 have had links to a known area of high transmission – Mexico or the St. Francis Preparatory school in Queens. Most have suffered only minor illness – and as far as is known, all of the affected people, including a 19-month-old child from the Bronx, are recovering.
PRESS RELEASE # 019-09




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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Health Department Continues Investigation of Swine Flu Cluster; Symptoms Remain Mild
Swine flu is in New York City and, at least initially, appears to spread in patterns resembling a seasonal influenza. Additional cases are likely to emerge in coming weeks. The agency will continue to investigate possible clusters. “We suspect that swine flu is the predominant strain of influenza in New York City right now,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Health Commissioner. “We will monitor apparent clusters, and investigate cases of severe illness. So far, virtually all confirmed and suspected cases have been mild and all the patients we know of have recovered or are recovering.”
PRESS RELEASE # 018-09




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Monday, April 27, 2009
Investigation of New York City Swine Flu Cluster Continues; Symptoms Remain Mild
The Health Department announced that four days of close monitoring has yet to show any increase in reports of severe respiratory illness in New York City. The agency is investigating a cluster of illness at the St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, where 100 students missed classes because of flu-like illness last week. Daily calls with hospitals and monitoring of admissions have yet to suggest a wider or more severe outbreak.
PRESS RELEASE # 017-09




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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Testing Confirms Swine Influenza at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens
Tests conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed cases of human swine flu among students at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens. The school is suspending classes on Monday. The affected students have experienced only mild symptoms and many are already improving, but a similar virus has recently caused deaths in Mexico.
PRESS RELEASE # 016-09




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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Health Department Testing Finds Probable Cases of Swine Influenza in Students at a Non-Public School in Queens
The Health Department is investigating a cluster of respiratory illness in a non-public school in New York City and has determined that at least 8 students have probable human swine influenza. More than 100 of the school’s students were absent several days this week due to fever, sore throats and other flu-like symptoms. The Health Department has interviewed more than 100 students or their families, and all students have had mild symptoms; none have been hospitalized. Some family members have developed similar symptoms, suggesting spread in the family.
PRESS RELEASE # 015-09




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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Health Department Launches Two-Week Giveaway of Nicotine Patch and Gum
The Health Department announced it will launch a two-week Nicotine Patch and Gum Giveaway Program on April 22 to help New Yorkers quit smoking. The campaign features new TV spots in which Marie, a former Bronx smoker, recounts losing portions of her fingers, a leg and a part of one foot to smoking-related illness.
PRESS RELEASE # 014-09




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Friday, April 17, 2009
Health Department Warns that Cosmetic Injections from Unlicensed Practitioners Can Cause Serious Health Effects and Death
New Yorkers are being warned about the dangers of receiving body-enhancement injections from unlicensed practitioners. The Health Department has been notified of five such cases in the past two years involving injections of various oils to the hips, thighs, breasts and buttocks for cosmetic purposes; similar cases have been reported in other cities and states. These practices are illegal and unsafe, and effects can occur shortly after the procedure or many years later.
PRESS RELEASE # 013-09



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