December 19, 1995 |
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating whether a hemophilia medicine, recalled by the manufacturer last week, is to blame for at least three cases of hepatitis A, the agency said yesterday. One lot of the clotting drug, called Alphanate, has been implicated in all three cases, one each in Ohio, Massachusetts and Colorado. In a written notice, the CDC asked physicians to help identify any other possible cases by testing for hepatitis A any patients who received the recalled medicine, and reporting positive results to the government.
February 11, 1987 |
Two years ago, a Camden firefighter pulled a charred man from a Liberty Street fire, leaving blood on the firefighter's hands and face. The firefighter, who now suffers from Hepatitis B, suspects he may have contracted the disease from the victim's body fluids and blood. But, because the fire victim died, there is no way to prove that the firefighter contracted the disease on the job. And the firefighter, who declined to be identified, still has relapses of the disease, becoming jaundiced and weak.
February 12, 1989 |
Chester County health officials are looking out for a potential outbreak of hepatitis A after an alarming increase in cases reported last year. Hospitals, food-service handlers and physicians have been asked to look for the telltale signs of the disease, also known as infectious hepatitis, which afflicted 72 people in the county last year. Health officials say they normally see 20 to 25 cases a year. Only 14 were reported in 1987. "If a large outbreak from a common source occurs, we would begin testing all drinking supplies and eating facilities that the group encountered, either at home or in public places," said Sally Sivila, a nursing supervisor with the county Health Department.
January 25, 1990 |
The plot thickens, and the medical detectives have scarcely a clue. After months of probing a puzzling rise in infectious hepatitis, city and state health officials have no answers about the cause. And the outbreak goes unabated in Philadelphia and the rest of southeastern Pennsylvania, new figures from city and state Health Departments show. Last year, 852 Philadelphians had confirmed cases of hepatitis A, a liver inflammation believed to be spread by poor hygiene. That's 35 times the number of cases in the city two years before.
October 24, 1996 |
St. Louis Cardinals players, coaches and staff might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus after eating a postgame meal served by a suburban St. Louis restaurant. The team said yesterday no one has reported being ill, but it recommended those who ate the meal to get shots of immune globulin, a strong dose of antibiotic that can fight the disease if given within two weeks of contact. Bartolino's South catered a celebration in the Cardinals' clubhouse following their 4-3 victory in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Oct. 13. Four employees of the St. Louis County restaurant were diagnosed Tuesday with hepatitis A. St. Louis County Health Department officials said anyone who ate the restaurant's food between Oct. 9 and Sunday might have been exposed to the virus.
December 1, 2002 |
Mary Kohler won the battle but is losing the war with hepatitis C, which threatens her life. Two years ago, Kohler, a Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic about to lose her job because she had exhausted her sick leave, staged a two-week sit-in outside Mayor Street's City Hall office. She did so to call attention to the plight of firefighters who had contracted the blood-borne virus that causes chronic liver disease or failure. Though the mayor largely ignored her, Kohler wouldn't budge.
February 25, 1988 |
Sexually active young adults who may be at risk for hepatitis B should seek vaccination against the potentially deadly disease, Dr. Miriam J. Alter, chief of hepatitis surveillance for the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, told students at Temple University today. Temple is included as part of a pilot program to encourage students to take the vaccine. Alter said current data directly links the amount of a person's sexual activity with an increase in hepatitis B and infection rates.
March 10, 1999 |
Experts on liver disease will meet today in Philadelphia to promote workplace screening for hepatitis B and C, diseases that can cause liver failure and cancer but often have no symptoms for years. So far, such screening, which costs $40 a person, has been done primarily for workers in high-risk occupations such as health care, said Deborah Katz, director of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. She argues that other types of businesses should be offering the blood tests, as well.
January 18, 1989 |
A total of 79 cases of Hepatitis A has been reported in Gloucester County since June 6, according to a semimonthly report sent Jan. 1 to municipal officials by the Gloucester County Department of Health. The bulk of these cases - 53 - have been reported in Paulsboro, according to the report. Other municipalites with more than one case include Greenwich and Woodbury, both of which reported six cases; Mantua, which reported three cases and Westville and Monroe, both of which reported two cases.
July 18, 2011
Merck said it received approval from the European Commission for doctors to prescribe Victrelis (chemical name boceprevir) to patients with hepatitis C. The drug is used with two other drugs to treat adults with liver diseases caused by the virus. An estimated four million people in Europe have hepatitis C. The commission decision allows Merck to market the drug for the specified purpose in 27 European Union countries and European Economic Area members Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.