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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…
COVID-19: Change In Isolation Guidelines For Those Infected With Virus Announced By CDC COVID-19: Change In Isolation Guidelines For Those Infected With Virus Announced By CDC
Covid-19: Change In Isolation Guidelines For Those Infected With Virus Announced By CDC New isolation guidelines for those infected with COVID-19 or other respiratory infections have just been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency said there is no longer a need to isolate for five days before returning to work or school in a statement issued Friday, March 1. The CDC said it's making updates to the recommendations now because the US is seeing "far fewer hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19 and because we have more tools than ever to combat flu, COVID, and RSV." Three "core prevention tips" were also detaile…
Case Of Measles Confirmed In Maryland Resident Who Recently Traveled: Health Officials Case Of Measles Confirmed In Maryland Resident Who Recently Traveled: Health Officials
Case Of Measles Confirmed In Maryland Resident Who Recently Traveled: Health Officials The Maryland Department of Health has confirmed a positive case of measles in a Montgomery County resident who recently traveled internationally and through the area.  An alert was issued late on Thursday, Feb. 1, when a person tested positive for the virus after traveling through the region. Anyone who was in these locations at these times may have been exposed, according to the Department of Health:  Washington Dulles International Airport between 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27; Claridge House on Lyottonsville Road in Silver Spring between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on J…
Traveler With Measles Passed Through Dulles, Reagan Airports In Virginia: Health Officials Traveler With Measles Passed Through Dulles, Reagan Airports In Virginia: Health Officials
Traveler With Measles Passed Through Dulles, Reagan Airports In Virginia: Health Officials Health officials are cautioning about potential measles exposure in Northern Virginia airports.  The Virginia Department of Health was notified about a person who returned stateside after an international trip and traveled through Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport earlier this month and may have exposed other travelers to the virus. VDH was notified of a confirmed case of measles in a person who traveled through Northern Virginia when returning from international travel. Out of an abundance of caution, VDH is informing people who were at vari…
Potential Measles Exposure In Montgomery County: Health Officials Potential Measles Exposure In Montgomery County: Health Officials
Potential Measles Exposure In Montgomery County: Health Officials Public health authorities in Montgomery County are warning of potential exposure to the measles virus.  There are currently eight confirmed cases of measles in Philadelphia, and while there are no known cases in Montco, the Office of Public Health says residents may have been exposed at two times and locations:  Holy Redeemer Pediatric Urgent Care-Meadowbrook, 1648 Huntingdon Pike, Meadowbrook on Jan. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jefferson Abington Hospital Emergency Department, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, Jan. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9:40 p.m.  OPH reco…
Cedar Grove's Aaron Rodgers Declines To Apologize To Jimmy Kimmel Over Epstein Claims Cedar Grove's Aaron Rodgers Declines To Apologize To Jimmy Kimmel Over Epstein Claims
Cedar Grove's Aaron Rodgers Declines To Apologize To Jimmy Kimmel Over Epstein Claims Aaron Rodgers does not believe Jimmy Kimmel is a pedophile. That was about the nicest thing the Essex County resident had to say about the late night talk show host. Rodgers appeared on his weekly spot on ESPN's "The Pat McAfee Show," on Tuesday, Jan. 9, where he attempted to clarify his previous comments where he implied Kimmel was a patron of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier and a convicted sex offender. The New York Jets quarterback, who purchased a mansion in Cedar Grove following his trade to Gang Green, said by saying Kimmel didn't want Epstein's client list to be released, he w…
Jimmy Kimmel Unloads On Cedar Grove's Aaron Rodgers Over False Epstein Claims Jimmy Kimmel Unloads On Cedar Grove's Aaron Rodgers Over False Epstein Claims
Jimmy Kimmel Unloads On Cedar Grove's Aaron Rodgers Over False Epstein Claims Jimmy Kimmel has hit back at New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers after Rodgers implied the late-night talk show host was a patron of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. During his opening monologue on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday, Jan. 8, Kimmel called for Rodgers, a New Jersey resident who bought an Essex County mansion in Cedar Grove after his trade to Gang Green, to apologize for saying on ESPN's "The Pat McAfee Show" last week that Kimmel would be on a list of clients who flew on the disgraced financier's private jet. Aaron Rodgers warns ESPN's audience about "the alphabet g…
Five More Possible Measle Exposures Reported In Philadelphia Five More Possible Measle Exposures Reported In Philadelphia
Five More Possible Measle Exposures Reported In Philadelphia City health officials are warning of five more places and times where city residents may have been exposed to the measles virus in December.  The announcement comes weeks after a potential exposure incident was reported at the Jefferson Health building in Center City.  Possible exposure sites include:  The Multicultural Education Station Day Care at 6919 Castor Avenue on Dec. 20 and 21;  The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Emergency Room at 3401 Civic Center Boulevard on Dec. 28;  The Christopher’s Hospital for Children Emergency Department from…
Flu Cases Up, Now Deemed 'Prevalent' By NY Health Officials Flu Cases Up, Now Deemed 'Prevalent' By NY Health Officials
Flu Cases Up, Now Deemed 'Prevalent' By NY Health Officials If you haven’t gotten your flu shot this year, now’s the time to do so. New York State Health Commissioner James McDonald declared that influenza is “now prevalent” in the state on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The declaration requires healthcare workers who have not received this year’s flu vaccine to wear masks in places like hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. "Health care personnel who are not vaccinated against the flu this season need to take extra precautions and wear a mask in health care facilities, as they are exposed to sick patients and come into close contact with those most vulnerab…
Measles In Montogomery County: Officials Measles In Montogomery County: Officials
Measles In Montogomery County: Officials Montgomery County officials are investigating a case of measles in the area.  The patient is an unvaccinated child, and the Office of Public Health is conducting contact tracing "in coordination with (...) the child’s guardian," authorities said in a release Friday, July 28.  "Identified individuals will be contacted and notified of potential exposure to measles and assess each individual’s vaccination status and risk for infection," said MCOPH.  The measles virus can remain infectious on surfaces and in the air for up to two hours after exposure, authorities note.  Th…
Case Of Measles Confirmed In Montgomery County Tied To Area Ice Skating Rink, Officials Say Case Of Measles Confirmed In Montgomery County Tied To Area Ice Skating Rink, Officials Say
Case Of Measles Confirmed In Montgomery County Tied To Area Ice Skating Rink, Officials Say For the first time since 2019, a measles case has been reported in Maryland. Health officials issued an alert over the weekend when a case of measles was confirmed in Montgomery County that was tied to a visit to the Cabin John Ice Rink on Westlake Drive in Bethesda and a separate business days later. In an alert to the community, officials said that anyone who was at the rink on Wednesday, May 24 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and a business at 16220 Frederick Road in Gaithersburg on Tuesday, May 30, may have been exposed to the virus. The latest case is the first since five were confirmed in …
Dog Bite Report Leads To Arrest Of Owner In Yorktown: Police Dog Bite Report Leads To Arrest Of Owner In Yorktown: Police
Dog Bite Report Leads To Arrest Of Owner In Yorktown: Police A 62-year-old Northern Westchester woman faces charges after a dog bite led to officers discovering her pet was unlicensed and unvaccinated, police said. Yorktown resident Patricia Sauber, age 62, was served a criminal summons for failing to license and vaccinate her dog on Tuesday, May 23, according to the Yorktown Police Department. The summons stemmed from an incident on Wednesday, April 26 just before 6 p.m., when Yorktown officers received a report of an alleged dog bite. An investigation revealed that the dog, owned by Sauber, was allegedly not licensed and had not been vaccinate…
'It Takes Two': NYers Urged To Get Mpox Vaccine; Here’s Where To Find Capital Region Clinics 'It Takes Two': NYers Urged To Get Mpox Vaccine; Here’s Where To Find Capital Region Clinics
'It Takes Two': NYers Urged To Get Mpox Vaccine; Here’s Where To Find Capital Region Clinics Health officials in New York are hoping that a new campaign encouraging residents to complete their mpox vaccine will help prevent another outbreak ahead of summer. The statewide campaign kicked off Monday, May 1, and includes digital ads on websites, posters in stores and communities, and social media posts, according to the New York State Department of Health (DOH). Earlier Report: NY Declares Monkeypox 'Imminent Threat To Public Health' Amid New Rise In Cases Images center around two themes: “It takes two” and “Know the skin you’re in.” Mpox is a rare, viral infection that spreads thr…
Rabid Raccoon Reportedly Found In Anne Arundel County Rabid Raccoon Reportedly Found In Anne Arundel County
Rabid Raccoon Reportedly Found In Anne Arundel County The Anne Arundel County Health Department is cautioning residents that a rabid raccoon has been reported in the region. On Wednesday, April 26, health officials issued an alert advising the rabid animal was found near the 1700 block of Mayapple Way in Gambrills. ALERT: Rabid raccoon found near the 1700 block of Mayapple Way in #Gambrills. If you or your pet had contact with the raccoon, or your pet has unexplained wounds, call 410-222-7254 weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or 443-481-3140 after business hours. https://t.co/gZ7xDqMEks pic.twitter.com/qcdDw8rcGi — Anne Arundel Health (@AAHealth…
COVID-19: Highly-Infectious 'Arcturus' Variant Detected In Maryland COVID-19: Highly-Infectious 'Arcturus' Variant Detected In Maryland
Covid-19: Highly-Infectious 'Arcturus' Variant Detected In Maryland A new COVID-19 variant first detected in New York in January has now been identified in 27 states, including Maryland. The so-called Arcturus strain — officially known as XBB.1.16 — is believed to be one of the most infectious versions of Omicron to date.  Shortly after the World Health Organization began monitoring the variant in late March, cases had been reported in about two dozen countries. The WHO says Arcturus is a "recombinant" of COVID subvariants BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75. In addition to New York, XBB.1.16 has also been confirmed in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virgi…
COVID-19: Highly-Infectious 'Arcturus' Variant Detected In VA COVID-19: Highly-Infectious 'Arcturus' Variant Detected In VA
Covid-19: Highly-Infectious 'Arcturus' Variant Detected In VA A new COVID-19 variant first detected in New York in January has now been identified in 27 states, including Virginia. The so-called Arcturus strain — officially known as XBB.1.16 — is believed to be one of the most infectious versions of Omicron to date.  Shortly after the World Health Organization began monitoring the variant in late March, cases had been reported in about two dozen countries. The WHO says Arcturus is a "recombinant" of COVID subvariants BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75. In addition to New York, XBB.1.16 has also been confirmed in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Penns…
COVID-19: Amityville Nurse Sold Fake Cards, Submitted Bogus Oxy Scripts: DA COVID-19: Amityville Nurse Sold Fake Cards, Submitted Bogus Oxy Scripts: DA
Covid-19: Amityville Nurse Sold Fake Cards, Submitted Bogus Oxy Scripts: DA A 50-year-old pediatric nurse faces over 30 counts in two different indictments for money laundering, providing fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, and creating false oxycodone prescriptions for people who were not her patients, authorities said. Amityville resident Julie DeVuono, owner of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare, was indicted on Wednesday, April 12, for multiple felonies involving forged vaccination records and prescriptions, the Suffolk County DA announced. It is alleged that DeVuono, acting in conjunction with employees Brooke Hogan and Marissa Urraro, abused her position as a hea…
Stay Safe During Pneumonia Season With Help From Sun River Health Stay Safe During Pneumonia Season With Help From Sun River Health
Stay Safe During Pneumonia Season With Help From Sun River Health As cold and flu season continues, the last thing you want to deal with is pneumonia. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to prevent getting pneumonia, and some great at-home treatments to eliminate it if you’ve already been diagnosed. Prevention The number one action step to help you prevent getting pneumonia is to get your flu shot every year. Seasonal influenza (the flu) is a common cause of pneumonia, so getting your flu shot is a great way to help prevent it. It’s also important to remember to wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, using the bathroom…
Friends, Family Of Ana Walshe Face Grim Reality As Husband Faces Murder Charges Friends, Family Of Ana Walshe Face Grim Reality As Husband Faces Murder Charges
Friends, Family Of Ana Walshe Face Grim Reality As Husband Faces Murder Charges Ana Walshe disappeared early on New Year's Day, and while her family and friends have held out hope, as the weeks have passed and evidence mounts against her husband, they are forced to face a grim truth. They will likely never see her again.  Norfolk County prosecutors charged Brian Walshe, 47, with Ana Walshe's murder and explained during his arraignment on Wednesday that he likely killed and dismembered her body. Police have found blood in their Cohasset basement, a bloody hatchet, blood on several trash bags, and her Covid-19 vaccination card, authorities have said.  They also found Br…
COVID-19: 'Kraken' Subvariant XBB.1.5 Gaining More Ground Nationally, CDC Warns COVID-19: 'Kraken' Subvariant XBB.1.5 Gaining More Ground Nationally, CDC Warns
Covid-19: 'Kraken' Subvariant XBB.1.5 Gaining More Ground Nationally, CDC Warns Omicron strain called XBB.1.5 which accounts for a large majority of COVID-19 cases from the New York tristate area through New England, is gaining more ground nationally. Nicknamed the "Kraken" subvariant, it now makes up 43 percent of cases nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  "XBB.1.5 is the most transmissible form of COVID-19 that we know of to date and may be more likely to infect people who have been vaccinated or already had COVID-19," the CDC said in a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, Jan. 13. According to updated CDC data released …
COVID-19: Subvariant XBB Rapidly Spreading Statewide, Prompting NY Health Department Warning COVID-19: Subvariant XBB Rapidly Spreading Statewide, Prompting NY Health Department Warning
Covid-19: Subvariant XBB Rapidly Spreading Statewide, Prompting NY Health Department Warning As the new COVID-19 variant named XBB.1.5 rapidly spreads through New York, officials are urging people to receive their booster shots to protect themselves.  Earlier Report - COVID-19: Subvariant XBB Accounts For 70% Of Tristate NY Cases, Sparking Concerns Of New Wave The variant, which spreads more quickly than other currently circulating strains of the virus, is already making up more than 50 percent of cases in the state, making it the predominant strain, according to the New York Department of Health.  Although it is not yet clear if the XBB.1.5 variant is more se…
Polio Detected In Orange County Wastewater For First Time In Weeks Polio Detected In Orange County Wastewater For First Time In Weeks
Polio Detected In Orange County Wastewater For First Time In Weeks For the first time in weeks, polio has been detected in wastewater in New York. Testing done in December 2022 revealed two new positive samples in Orange County, the Department of Health announced Friday, Jan. 6. Related Report: NY Declares Polio State Of Emergency After Virus Found In Wastewater On Long Island Health officials said the samples are genetically linked to the case of paralytic polio that was identified in Rockland County in July 2022, which marked the first time the disease had been seen in the United States in nearly a decade. In our latest polio wastewater report, 2 …
Mask Mandate Follows Suffolk County's 'High' COVID Rating Mask Mandate Follows Suffolk County's 'High' COVID Rating
Mask Mandate Follows Suffolk County's 'High' COVID Rating College students in Boston may be having flashbacks to 2020, as soaring COVID-19 infections are causing a reinstatement of mask regulations.  The current COVID-19 community level for Suffolk county is "high," according the the CDC COVID Data Tracker. The case rate per 100,000 residents is 138.7, as of Thursday, Jan. 5. The spike may be the reason behind the University of Massachusetts Boston's decision to reinstate a mask regulation.  Masks will be required indoors beginning Monday, Jan. 9, the university said in an online message. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to monitor the…
COVID-19: Here's When Boosters For Infants, Toddlers Will Be Offered By Westchester County COVID-19: Here's When Boosters For Infants, Toddlers Will Be Offered By Westchester County
Covid-19: Here's When Boosters For Infants, Toddlers Will Be Offered By Westchester County As cases of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 rise, Westchester County is offering booster shots for young infants and toddlers.  The county began offering Bivalent COVID-19 boosters for children aged 6 months to 3 years old on Friday, Jan. 6, according to county officials.  Related Story - COVID-19: Subvariant XBB Accounts For 70% Of Tristate NY Cases, Sparking Concerns Of New Wave The boosters will be available by appointment on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the County Clinic in White Plains located at 134 Court St. Children who have already received their…
COVID-19: Cases Rising In Suffolk County, Wastewater Testing Reveals COVID-19: Cases Rising In Suffolk County, Wastewater Testing Reveals
Covid-19: Cases Rising In Suffolk County, Wastewater Testing Reveals State leaders are urging people to take precautions ahead of holiday gatherings as new data shows COVID-19 cases are rising on Long Island. Wastewater testing shows that COVID-19 cases are climbing in Suffolk County, the county’s health department revealed Thursday, Dec. 22. Testing found “substantial to high” levels of the virus at sewage treatment plants near Babylon, Gordon Heights, and Mount Sinai, according to a graphic shared by the health department on Twitter. COVID-19 Alert: Wastewater surveillance has indicated COVID-19 is rising in Suffolk County. Increases in wastewater ca…
Child From New Haven County Dies Of Flu In State's First Pediatric Fatality Of Season Child From New Haven County Dies Of Flu In State's First Pediatric Fatality Of Season
Child From New Haven County Dies Of Flu In State's First Pediatric Fatality Of Season Health officials confirmed that a child from Connecticut has died of influenza. The child, a resident of New Haven County, died in December in what is the first pediatric influenza death in the state this flu season, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said. Officials said the child was between the ages of less than a year old and 9 years old. They did not report the child's exact age. “The flu continues to circulate and is particularly dangerous to the very youngest and the oldest people in your life,” DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani said. “The holidays are just around the corner…
Get Vaccinated: Influenza Cases In Putnam County Jump 'Dramatically,' Health Department Says Get Vaccinated: Influenza Cases In Putnam County Jump 'Dramatically,' Health Department Says
Get Vaccinated: Influenza Cases In Putnam County Jump 'Dramatically,' Health Department Says A Hudson Valley Health Department is urging folks to receive their vaccinations as cases of respiratory viruses skyrocket.  Cases of influenza have jumped "dramatically" for the second straight week in Putnam County, with 404 reported cases between Sunday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 3, compared to 186 cases the previous week, according to the Putnam County Health Department.  Half of the reported cases are children aged 5 to 17, health department officials said.  Additionally, the department is reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases in Putnam County, with 267 reported cases reported the …
CDC Encouraging Americans To Mask Up For The Holidays Amid Tripledemic Of COVID-19, Flu, RSV CDC Encouraging Americans To Mask Up For The Holidays Amid Tripledemic Of COVID-19, Flu, RSV
CDC Encouraging Americans To Mask Up For The Holidays Amid Tripledemic Of Covid-19, Flu, RSV The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging Americans to wear masks during the holiday season to help prevent the spread of the so-called tripledemic of COVID-19, influenza, and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). It's especially important for people living in areas with high levels of COVID transmission to mask up, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Monday, Dec. 5. “The past several years have certainly not been easy, and we now face yet another surge of ailments, another moment of overstretched capacity, and really one of tragic and often preventab…
Massachusetts Residents Can Get $75 For Getting Vaccinated, Boosted: Report Massachusetts Residents Can Get $75 For Getting Vaccinated, Boosted: Report
Massachusetts Residents Can Get $75 For Getting Vaccinated, Boosted: Report COVID-19 vaccinations can help prevent hospitalizations and death, and now they also get you a $75 gift card. As part of a program called Get Boosted, Massachusetts residents can receive a gift card to local retailers now through Dec. 31 when they receive a first or second dose of the COVID vaccine, or a booster, while supplies last. The program is designed to improve vaccine access in communities that are most affected by COVID, working with the Vaccine Equity Initiative to target high-need areas with the lowest booster rates and highest BIPOC populations. The Vaccine Equity Initiative…
CDC To Test Philly Wastewater For Polio Virus CDC To Test Philly Wastewater For Polio Virus
CDC To Test Philly Wastewater For Polio Virus The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are partnering with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to collect and test wastewater for the polio virus, officials say.  In a statement on Wednesday, Nov. 30, the CDC said Philadelphia is one of several communities taking part in wastewater analysis testing. The findings will help public health officials identify "communities of concern" which may be at risk for contracting polio, and will guide their future vaccination efforts, the agency said.  Polio has resurfaced as a public health concern since July, when officials in…
Triple Threat: Health Department In Hudson Valley Warns Of RSV, COVID-19, Flu Triple Threat: Health Department In Hudson Valley Warns Of RSV, COVID-19, Flu
Triple Threat: Health Department In Hudson Valley Warns Of RSV, Covid-19, Flu A health department in the Hudson Valley is warning people to be cautious as cases of respiratory viruses rise.  Earlier Report - 'Tripledemic' Concerns Grow As Surge In Flu Activity Strikes Amid Ongoing RSV, COVID-19 Cases The warning comes after a rise in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Putnam County, which has been accompanied by a similar rise in COVID-19 and flu cases, according to an announcement by the Putnam County Health Department from Monday, Nov. 21.  "Residents hearing stories on the news about high levels of respiratory illness around the cou…