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Mosquito Prevention: Officials Handing Out Free Dunks To Kill Larvae In Westchester Mosquito Prevention: Officials Handing Out Free Dunks To Kill Larvae In Westchester
Mosquito Prevention: Officials Handing Out Free Dunks To Kill Larvae In Westchester To help combat the spread of mosquitos in Westchester, officials will give out free dunks to residents meant to kill off larvae. On Friday, May 17 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the Westchester County Health Department will hand out free mosquito dunks for placing in bird baths, rain barrels, unused pools, lined ornamental ponds, and other areas with standing water. The dunks will be available at the Westchester County Department of Public Works in White Plains at 198 Lake St.  To kill mosquito, blackfly, and fungus gnat larvae, the dunks contain a bacterium called Bacillus Thu…
Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination: View Labels Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination: View Labels
Nationwide Recall Issued For Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Contamination: View Labels A nationwide recall has been issued for ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. Cargill Meat Solutions, headquartered in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is recalling approximately 16,240 pounds of the raw ground beef products, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday, May 1. The raw ground beef items were produced on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, 27.  The following products are subject to recall: 2.25-lbs. plastic-wrapped trays containing "93% LEAN 7% FAT ALL NATURAL LEAN GROUND BEEF" with lot code 117 and estab…
Westchester To Hold Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic For Pets: Here's When Westchester To Hold Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic For Pets: Here's When
Westchester To Hold Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic For Pets: Here's When To help residents protect their four-legged friends against potential contact with rabid animals, Westchester County will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic for pets, officials announced.  The free vaccinations will be given to dogs, cats, and ferrets on Sunday, May 5 at Stamen Animal Hospital in New Rochelle at 61 Quaker Ridge Rd., Westchester officials announced.  Vaccinations will be given out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and no appointments will be needed. Cats and ferrets are required to be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Additionally, aggressive dogs must be muzzled.&n…
Nationwide Recall Issued For Prosciutto Made In Germany, Distributed In US Nationwide Recall Issued For Prosciutto Made In Germany, Distributed In US
Nationwide Recall Issued For Prosciutto Made In Germany, Distributed In US A recall has been issued for a brand of deli meat that authorities say was uninspected. The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that ConSup North America Inc., based in Lincoln Park, New Park, is recalling approximately 85,984 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) sliced prosciutto ham produced in Germany without the benefit of equivalent inspection. The RTE sliced prosciutto ham item was produced on various dates from Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, through Wednesday, March 6, 2024, and shipped to retail locations nationwide. FSIS said it is concerned th…
Botched Botox Causes Illness For 19 People In 9 States Including New Jersey, New York: CDC Botched Botox Causes Illness For 19 People In 9 States Including New Jersey, New York: CDC
Botched Botox Causes Illness For 19 People In 9 States Including New Jersey, New York: CDC Nineteen people in nine states, including New Jersey and New York, reported illness after injections from a "counterfeit or mishandled" injection of botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. As of April 15, a total of 19 people from 9 states reported harmful reactions after receiving botulinum toxin injections from unlicensed or untrained individuals or in non-healthcare settings, such as homes and spas, the CDC said.  Counterfeit Botox packages. FDA States reporting these reactions include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, K…
Measles Outbreak: Cases Surpass 2023 Numbers, NY Among Dozens Of States Reporting Sickness Measles Outbreak: Cases Surpass 2023 Numbers, NY Among Dozens Of States Reporting Sickness
Measles Outbreak: Cases Surpass 2023 Numbers, NY Among Dozens Of States Reporting Sickness Less than a month since a case of measles showed up outside of New York City, the number of cases has more than doubled across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Friday, April 12, the CDC announced that the total number of measles cases in the US in 2024 has reached 121 — far surpassing last year’s number of 58 — with cases being reported in 18 states and jurisdictions, including New York State. The update comes after a Nassau County child under the age of 5 was announced as the state’s first measles case to be reported outside of New York C…
Largest Egg Producer In US Halts Production After Bird Flu Found In Chickens Largest Egg Producer In US Halts Production After Bird Flu Found In Chickens
Largest Egg Producer In US Halts Production After Bird Flu Found In Chickens Production has been halted at the largest producer of fresh eggs in the United States after bird flu was discovered in chickens. Cal-Maine Foods reported that one of the company’s facilities located in Parmer County, Texas, tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), resulting in depopulation of approximately 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets, or approximately 3.6 percent of its total flock. "Production at the facility has temporarily ceased as the company follows the protocols prescribed by the USDA," Cal-Maine said in a statement, noting that it is working to s…
Bacterial Infection With Unusual, Serious Symptoms Prompts CDC Warning Bacterial Infection With Unusual, Serious Symptoms Prompts CDC Warning
Bacterial Infection With Unusual, Serious Symptoms Prompts CDC Warning A bacterial infection is appearing nationally with unusual and serious symptoms according to federal authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just issued a Health Alert warning that the rare illness, caused by a strain of Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, has a higher fatality rate than normally seen with meningococcal infections. As of Monday, March 25, 143 cases have been reported to CDC for the current calendar year, an increase of 62 cases over the 81 reported as of this date in 2023.  Cases caused by this strain are disproportionately occurring i…
2 People Exposed To Rabid Cow In Upstate NY 2 People Exposed To Rabid Cow In Upstate NY
2 People Exposed To Rabid Cow In Upstate NY A rare case of people being exposed to a cow with rabies occurred in a hamlet in upstate New York. It happened late last week in Lee Center, located near the city of Rome in Oneida County. The cow was sent to a New York State Department of Health center for testing and the test results came back positive, the Oneida County Health Department said.  Two people were exposed to the cow and have received post-exposure prophylaxis, the department said. Signs of rabies include: Animal acting strangely Animal acting mad Animal acting shy The animal may get unusually close Drooling or…
COVID-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says COVID-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says
Covid-19: Those Infected With Virus 4 Times More Likely To Develop Chronic Fatigue, CDC Says Those who have had COVID-19 are about four times more likely to develop chronic fatigue compared to those who haven't been infected, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers analyzed electronic health records data collected from the University of Washington that included three hospitals and over 300 primary care and specialty clinics providing healthcare services across the state, totaling 4,589 patients. Patients, who consisted of adults over age 18 having either a positive test result for COVID or a clinical diagnosis of COVID …
Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA
Deadly Cheeses Prompt Massive Recall Nationwide: CDC, FDA, USDA Dairy products linked to deaths and serious illness — sold nationwide at many major retailers — are being recalled, the Center for Disease Control, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Food And Drug Administration announced in multiple releases over the first week of February.  Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. is recalling over 50 products after 26 illnesses, 23 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths, according to the CDC.  The California-based company issued the recall following the report of Listeria monocytogenes contamination causing illnesses in 11 states. Listeria monocytogene…
Supplements Sold Nationwide Being Recalled Due To Presence Of 'Gas Station Heroin' In Products Supplements Sold Nationwide Being Recalled Due To Presence Of 'Gas Station Heroin' In Products
Supplements Sold Nationwide Being Recalled Due To Presence Of 'Gas Station Heroin' In Products Federal Health officials are cautioning consumers to avoid certain products that may contain an ingredient known as "gas station heroin."  Neptune Resources LLC announced a voluntary recall of all lots of "Neptune's Fix Elixir," "Neptune's Fix Extra Strength Elixir," and Neptune's Fix Tablets due to the possible presence of tianeptine, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Tianeptine, which has been called "gas station heroin" by some, is not FDA-approved for any medical use, and its presence in the products prompted the nationwide recall. "The presence of tianepti…
Update: 2 More People Bit By Rabid Fox In Northern Westchester Come Forward Update: 2 More People Bit By Rabid Fox In Northern Westchester Come Forward
Update: 2 More People Bit By Rabid Fox In Northern Westchester Come Forward Officials have revealed that two more people were bitten by a rabid fox that was killed in Northern Westchester.  In an announcement on Friday, Jan. 19, the Westchester County Department of Health said two more people bitten by the rabid fox, which was killed in Peekskill, came forward and are now under a doctor's care.  The fox was previously reported as biting two residents in Peekskill on Saturday, Jan. 13 before being killed.  Earlier Report - Rabid Fox Killed After Biting 2 People In Peekskill The fox was seen in the following areas in Peekskill: Roma Orcha…
Rabid Fox Killed After Biting 2 People In Northern Westchester Rabid Fox Killed After Biting 2 People In Northern Westchester
Rabid Fox Killed After Biting 2 People In Northern Westchester Officials are alerting residents to be wary of wild animals after a fox that bit two people in Northern Westchester tested positive for rabies.  New, updated report - Update: 2 More People Bit By Rabid Fox In Peekskill Come Forward The warning came after an incident on Saturday, Jan. 13, when a fox bit two people in Peekskill, according to the Westchester County Department of Health. The exact location of where this happened was not revealed by officials.  The fox has since been killed after testing positive for rabies, health officials said, adding that the two victims, who…
RSV Cases Spike Past COVID-19, Flu In NY RSV Cases Spike Past COVID-19, Flu In NY
RSV Cases Spike Past Covid-19, Flu In NY Health officials are urging New Yorkers to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations as cases of RSV have skyrocketed past cases of the flu and COVID-19. On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the New York State Department of Health urged eligible New Yorkers to get vaccinated against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The recommendation was published alongside data comparing the number of RSV cases alongside COVID-19 and flu cases across the state. From Saturday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Nov. 25, COVID-19 cases dropped from around 200 cases to just over 150, while the flu increased from under 50 to around…
Woman Sues After Finding Severed Finger In Salad At Northern Westchester Eatery, Lawsuit Says Woman Sues After Finding Severed Finger In Salad At Northern Westchester Eatery, Lawsuit Says
Woman Sues After Finding Severed Finger In Salad At Northern Westchester Eatery, Lawsuit Says A Connecticut woman has filed a lawsuit against a restaurant company in New York after allegedly finding herself chewing on part of a severed human finger while eating a salad served at one of the company's locations within the county.  Fairfield County resident Allison Cozzi, of Greenwich, filed the suit against Rye Brook-based Chop't Creative Salad Company LLC on Monday, Nov. 27 after allegedly finding part of a severed finger inside her meal bought at a Chop't location in Northern Westchester County at 53 South Moger Ave. in Mount Kisco.  According to the lawsuit complaint file…
COVID-19: Symptoms Now Number 11; Here's Latest Rundown From CDC COVID-19: Symptoms Now Number 11; Here's Latest Rundown From CDC
Covid-19: Symptoms Now Number 11; Here's Latest Rundown From CDC When COVID-19 cases first were identified in the United States in March 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed just three symptoms for the novel coronavirus: Fever Cough Shortness of breath Now, nearly five years later, the virus remains an everyday part of American life, with about 1,000 deaths from the disease nationwide each week. As COVID has evolved, mainly from the highly contagious Omicron strain and several of its subvariants, the CDC's updated list of symptoms for the virus now numbers 11. They are: Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficu…
Long Island Restaurant Announces Closure After Foodborne Illness Incident Sickens Dozens Long Island Restaurant Announces Closure After Foodborne Illness Incident Sickens Dozens
Long Island Restaurant Announces Closure After Foodborne Illness Incident Sickens Dozens A Long Island restaurant is permanently closing two weeks after dozens of people were sickened from a foodborne illness incident. The last day in business for Kumo Sushi & Steakhouse in Stony Brook will be Sunday, Sept. 24. "In light of the recent events, we have made the very difficult decision to permanently close the restaurant," the eatery said in a statement released on Saturday, Sept. 23. Located on Nesconset Highway, it had been in business for 10 years. Twelve of the 24 people sickened on Saturday, Sept. 9 were hospitalized. Of the 28 people sickened, 12 were hospitalized.&nb…
COVID-19: FDA Approves Updated Booster Shots Targeting New Variants COVID-19: FDA Approves Updated Booster Shots Targeting New Variants
Covid-19: FDA Approves Updated Booster Shots Targeting New Variants Health officials are one step closer to rolling out updated COVID-19 vaccines just in time for a rise in cases heading into the fall and winter months. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved new vaccines on Monday, Sept. 11, that are meant to better target currently circulating COVID-19 variants and provide better protection against hospitalization and death, the agency announced. Monday’s move affects vaccines manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer. The updated mRNA vaccines are each approved for people ages 12 and older and are authorized under emergency use for children ages 6 mo…
Heat Advisory Issued In Westchester As Temps Climb: This Beach To Remain Open Heat Advisory Issued In Westchester As Temps Climb: This Beach To Remain Open
Heat Advisory Issued In Westchester As Temps Climb: This Beach To Remain Open As temperatures continue to rise in a late-summer heat wave, Westchester officials have issued an advisory lasting several days and are even keeping one beach open later than usual to help residents cool off.  The Westchester County Health Department issued a heat advisory that will last until Friday, Sept. 8, officials announced on Wednesday, Sept. 6.  The advisory follows forecasts of high heat and humidity that will make it feel over 95 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 7, with the sweltering temperatures continuing into Friday as well.  Related Report: Separ…
24-Year-Old Fairfield University Grad Killed In Crash ID'd As Daughter Of Ex-NBA Player 24-Year-Old Fairfield University Grad Killed In Crash ID'd As Daughter Of Ex-NBA Player
24-Year-Old Fairfield University Grad Killed In Crash ID'd As Daughter Of Ex-nba Player A young woman killed in a horrific Connecticut crash earlier this week was the first child and only daughter of a former NBA player. Tiara Wheeler was 24 years old. Her father, Tyson Wheeler, played for the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team as point guard from 1994 to 1998 when the Rams advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before being drafted by the Toronto Raptors. He later appeared in an NBA game as a member of the Denver Nuggets in 1999. The crash took place in New London County on Monday, Aug. 28 at around 9:30 p.m. in Groton at the intersection of Long Hill Road and t…
Discovery Of Bacteria Prompts Closure Of Beaches In Westchester: Here's Full List Discovery Of Bacteria Prompts Closure Of Beaches In Westchester: Here's Full List
Discovery Of Bacteria Prompts Closure Of Beaches In Westchester: Here's Full List Several beaches in Westchester along Long Island Sound have been closed indefinitely following the discovery of bacteria in the water, officials said.  The eight beaches, located in New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, and Rye, were shut down on Tuesday, Aug. 29 based on the bacteriological results of beach water samples collected the day before, the Westchester Health Department announced.  These beaches include:  Glen Island VIP Club in New Rochelle; Greentree Club in New Rochelle; Davenport Beach Club in New Rochelle; Surf Club in New Rochelle; Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck; …
Largest-Ever Illegal, Underage Vape Sales Bust Made In Westchester Largest-Ever Illegal, Underage Vape Sales Bust Made In Westchester
Largest-Ever Illegal, Underage Vape Sales Bust Made In Westchester With the help of a task force consisting of numerous police departments, Westchester health officials were able to crack down on the largest illegal vape sales bust ever discovered in the county.  The bust was made during the week of Monday, Aug. 21 with the help of the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Taskforce, which consists of police agencies from Ardsley, Greenburgh, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and North Castle, County Executive George Latimer announced on Monday, Aug. 28. As a result of the bust, county officials confiscated all of the pr…
Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found In Westchester: Here's How To Protect Yourself Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found In Westchester: Here's How To Protect Yourself
Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found In Westchester: Here's How To Protect Yourself Two batches of mosquitoes in Westchester have tested positive for carrying the West Nile Virus, officials announced.  The two virus-carrying batches of the insects were caught in Rye and Mamaroneck and were this season's first batch to test positive, the Westchester County Department of Health announced on Friday, Aug. 25.  Following this discovery, the Health Department will now inspect the areas surrounding the positive mosquito batches and treat any catch basins holding standing water to prevent mosquito breeding if necessary.  The two batches to carry the virus were the…
Ouch, Swimmer's Itch Reported At Greenwich Beaches Ouch, Swimmer's Itch Reported At Greenwich Beaches
Ouch, Swimmer's Itch Reported At Greenwich Beaches If you've been swimming at a Greenwich beach and are itching all over don't worry, it's an allergic reaction to a parasite from snails. On Monday, July 31, the Greenwich Department of Health announced that they have been informed of incidents involving swimmers’ itch at several Greenwich beaches. Swimmer’s Itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, appears as a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to microscopic parasites that are released from snails into fresh and salt water, Michael Long, of the Greenwich Health Department said. Swimmers itch is found throughout the world and…
Extreme Temps: Heat Advisory Declared In Westchester For Multiple Days Extreme Temps: Heat Advisory Declared In Westchester For Multiple Days
Extreme Temps: Heat Advisory Declared In Westchester For Multiple Days As blistering temperatures and high humidity threaten to arrive in the area, Westchester officials are declaring a heat advisory that will last for numerous days.  The advisory, announced on Wednesday, July 26, will be in effect from Thursday, July 27 through Saturday, July 29, according to Westchester County officials. The decision to declare the advisory was made in preparation for extreme heat and humidity that will likely make it feel well over 100 degrees all three days. A spate of severe storms is also expected to strike the county as well.  Related Story - Strong Sto…
Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Ground Beef Bought In NY Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Ground Beef Bought In NY
Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Ground Beef Bought In NY Federal officials are warning residents in four states in the Northeast about a salmonella outbreak that is suspected of spreading through ground beef purchased in a specific supermarket chain.  The outbreak, which was announced by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, July 25, has been linked to lean ground beef, which is the only common food eaten by those who became ill.  According to officials, all of the affected people who remembered the type of ground beef they ate and where they had purchased it reported that they bought 80 percent lean ground …
New Update: Sewage No Longer Being Released In Hudson River In Westchester, Advisory Remains New Update: Sewage No Longer Being Released In Hudson River In Westchester, Advisory Remains
New Update: Sewage No Longer Being Released In Hudson River In Westchester, Advisory Remains New, updated report: Advisory Lifted: Hudson River Safe For Swimming Again In Westchester Although sewage is no longer being released into the Hudson River in Westchester following the repair of a force main break at a sewer pump station, residents are still being asked to avoid contact with the water.  An advisory warning swimmers and recreational boaters to stay out of the Hudson River between Peekskill and Yonkers will remain in effect until at least Thursday morning, July 13, Westchester Department of Health officials said.  Earlier Report - Sewage Threat: Resident…
'Small Mammal' Infestation Prompts Village To Declare State Of Emergency In Westchester 'Small Mammal' Infestation Prompts Village To Declare State Of Emergency In Westchester
'Small Mammal' Infestation Prompts Village To Declare State Of Emergency In Westchester A village in Westchester has declared a local emergency following an investigation into an infestation that is causing safety and health issues for residents, officials said.  A local emergency was declared by Mamaroneck Village Manager Jerry Barberio on Thursday, July 6 after a small mammal infestation was discovered in the Washingtonville neighborhood area and the Fenimore Industrial area.  According to Barberio, this "emergency condition" poses a health, safety, and welfare issue for village residents.  The infestation will now be combated by various control methods,…
Severe Drug-Resistant Skin Infection Never Before Seen In US Detected In NY Severe Drug-Resistant Skin Infection Never Before Seen In US Detected In NY
Severe Drug-Resistant Skin Infection Never Before Seen In US Detected In NY A severe drug-resistant skin infection has been detected for the first time in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The cases of tinea caused by Trichophyton indotineae were diagnosed in women ages 28 and 47 in New York City who experienced lesions on their neck, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks, the CDC said. "A New York City dermatologist notified public health officials of two patients who had severe tinea that did not improve with oral terbinafine treatment, raising concern for potential T. indotineae infection," the CDC said in a…
New Item Added To Recall Of Spinach, Kale, Collard Green Products Due To Listeria Risk New Item Added To Recall Of Spinach, Kale, Collard Green Products Due To Listeria Risk
New Item Added To Recall Of Spinach, Kale, Collard Green Products Due To Listeria Risk A new item has just been added to a recall announced late last week for brands of vegetable products due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Lancaster Foods announced the recall of Robinson Fresh, Lancaster, and Giant brand Kale, Spinach, and Collard Green products produced at the company’s Jessup, Maryland facility and distributed through retailers and distributors in the states of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.  The recall was initiated after notification that a random sample of a single bag of Chopped Kale Gree…