December 28, 1997 |
The Florida Department of Health has lifted its 27-county medical alert for St. Louis encephalitis, a mosquito-born disease that was reported in a handful of people and detected in "sentinel chickens" in south-central parts of the state, including key tourist areas. The alert was ended because there had been no new human cases since late October and monitoring showed a decline in mosquitoes bearing the virus. Officials had predicted that would happen with the cooler, drier weather of late fall and early winter.
September 10, 1999 |
In New York City, where three people have died of mosquito-borne encephalitis, health workers continued to spray pesticide yesterday to stem a possible epidemic, while plans were made upstate for burial today of a 3-year-old girl who died in an E. coli outbreak that may have infected nearly 500 people. State health officials in Albany said there have been 497 unconfirmed cases of the E. coli infection, which causes abdominal cramps and severe bloody diarrhea, and in the worst cases can lead to kidney failure and death.
September 11, 1999 |
Amid scenes of diving helicopters, New York City is locked in a sudden air war against a deadly mosquito. The city is bombing its five anxious boroughs with bug spray. And as New York's tally of cases of St. Louis encephalitis grows, officials in Philadelphia and New Jersey are working to prevent the whole astounding crisis from moving close to home. "There's no way a wind current is going to carry them here from New York City," said Philly's environmental health director, Randall Hirschhorn.
April 2, 2013 |
In hindsight, Susan Wendel thinks her daughter was sick months before she wound up in a coma. Charlotte's second-grade teacher that fall complained that she was disruptive. That was a big change from first grade, but her mother wrote it off as growing pains. Other behavior was a little odd, too. "She did things like wear her sweater backwards and pull her pockets inside out," Wendel said. Still, Charlotte was 7. Eccentricity isn't unusual at that age. But, as 2009 ended, Charlotte crashed.
October 15, 1999 |
Tests have been completed on eight New Jerseyans with fevers and other symptoms associated with encephalitis, and none has the virus that is blamed for at least six deaths in New York, state health officials said yesterday. That does not mean the people tested aren't, or weren't, stricken with encephalitis, which has many possible causes, or an unrelated condition. But in terms of an airborne viral epidemic transmitted by mosquitoes, there is no indication yet that New Jersey has cause for worry, said Dennis McGowan, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services.
August 14, 2010
Delaware County environmental officials said mosquito spraying is scheduled for Tuesday evening to fight the West Nile virus. If it rains, the spraying will be moved to Wednesday. Spraying will be done in open spaces of residential and recreational areas in parts of Aldan, Clifton Heights, Collingdale and Darby Boroughs, officials said. Adult mosquitos in those areas have tested positive for the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.
September 7, 1990 |
ENCEPHALITIS New Jersey residents, beware: Two potentially deadly types of viral encephalitis have reached unusually high levels among virus-carrying mosquitoes in New Jersey and at least four other states, federal health officials warn. The Centers for Disease Control reports high levels of transmission of encephalitis viruses in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas, "indicating a potential risk for epidemic transmission. " LIVING WILLS Doctors should encourage you to write down whether you want life-sustaining treatment stopped if you become hopelessly ill and can't speak for yourself.
January 26, 1989 |
A federal judge delayed the resumption of the racketeering trial of reputed mob leader Gaetano Vastola until Feb. 13 yesterday after consulting with a doctor who is treating Vastola for encephalitis at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. After a telephone conference call with the doctor, Judge Stanley Brotman denied a motion by Vastola's attorney for a mistrial and instead continued the month-long recess in the case. "Mr. Vastola appears to be on the mend," Brotman said in court after he and the attorneys in the case completed the conference telephone call from his chambers.
September 11, 1999 |
In the wake of an outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis that has killed three people in New York City, Philadelphia officials are stepping up efforts to control mosquitoes, which can carry the disease. Each year, the city treats standing water to kill mosquito larvae during the summer. This year, it is doing a second round of treatments in the city's thousands of sewer inlets and catch basins "just to be on the safe side," said Randall Hirschhorn, director of environmental health services for the Philadelphia health department.
October 10, 1990 |
Florida health officials are maintaining a vigil for new cases of St. Louis encephalitis, while state residents and tourists are altering their lifestyles to hide from mosquitoes that spread the potentially deadly disease. The state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services has confirmed at least 28 cases of St. Louis encephalitis and listed 10 more likely cases involving the often disabling disease - all in central and south Florida. "Where it goes from here is anybody's guess," department spokesman Ernie Durfee said in Tallahassee.