August 23, 2012 |
ATLANTA - The current West Nile outbreak could be one of the largest in U.S. history, with four times the usual number of cases for this time of year, federal health officials said Wednesday. It's still too early to say how bad the year will end up because most infections are reported in August and September. But never before have so many illnesses been reported this early, said Dr. Lyle Petersen, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, 1,118 illnesses have been reported, about half of them in Texas.
August 11, 1991 |
A recent outbreak of viral meningitis in Montgomery County means that Bucks County residents should be more careful but should not be gripped with fear, said Dr. Lewis D. Polk, director of the Bucks County Health Department. "I don't think it's justified to have panic in the streets," Polk said. "The kind that we're having here apparently is not the kind that kills you and not the kind that causes serious problems. Other kinds can. " The state health department issued a public warning Wednesday after confirming about 150 cases of meningitis in Berks, Dauphin, Delaware, Montgomery and York Counties since mid-June.
November 21, 1988 |
You can officially add the outbreak of Trojan Measles to the lore of the USC-UCLA football bash. While some Los Angeles health officials were suggesting that Saturday's game should be postponed because Rodney Peete could transmit measles to everyone in attendance in the Rose Bowl, USC's senior quarterback instead gave the 100,741 in the stands and a national television audience a dose of Heismanitis by leading the second-ranked Trojans to a...
June 1, 2011 |
BERLIN - A large and unprecedented outbreak of bacterial infections linked to contaminated vegetables claimed two more lives in Europe on Tuesday, driving the death toll to 16. The number of sick rose to more than 1,150 people in at least eight nations. Nearly 400 people in Germany were battling a potentially fatal version of the infection that attacks the kidneys and kills up to 5 percent of patients. A U.S. expert said doctors had never seen so many cases of the condition, hemolytic uremic syndrome, tied to a foodborne outbreak.
April 10, 1987 |
A 14th death in the Philadelphia area since December has been attributed to the sometimes-fatal disease listeriosis, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said yesterday. Dr. Benjamin Schwartz said, however, that he thought it was "unlikely" that the local outbreak would claim any more deaths. "Virtually every" hospital in the area already has been canvassed, he said. Schwartz said the 14th death occurred in February but was diagnosed as listeriosis yesterday.
March 18, 1989 |
An outbreak of the deadly AIDS virus among several dozen young children in a southern Russian city has caused panic among local residents, some of whom wanted to burn down the homes of those who had been infected, Soviet officials disclosed yesterday. Since the outbreak was first reported in January, 49 people - 41 of them children - have contracted the AIDS-causing HIV virus in the city of Elista, in the Russian Republic near the Caspian Sea, Deputy Health Minister Alexander Kondrusev said at a news conference.
September 4, 2012
Months after Mayfair residents were plagued by slashed tires, two more Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods have been victimized by a similar outbreak. Philadelphia police are investigating vandalization of almost a dozen cars Saturday night in Port Richmond and six more vehicles Sunday night in the area of Rosalie and Bingham Streets in Lawncrest. Police have not said if the latest tire slashings are related and no arrests have been made. In the previous outbreak, Mayfair residents were stunned in April when one of their neighbors, David Toledo, 44, was charged with vandalizing 55 tires.
February 28, 1989 |
Camden's schools superintendent, Dr. Arnold Webster, said last night that an outbreak of hepatitis type A among four Camden students last week had not spread and was under control. He said the outbreak was reported about a week ago at Lanning Square and Yorkshire Elementary Schools, after parents of the four students took the ill children to local health clinics. The disease has flulike symptoms and causes a yellow discoloration of body tissues and fluids. Webster said that the students who contracted the disease had been staying at the Anna Samples Home, a shelter for the homeless that is operated by the Volunteers of America.
June 7, 1990 |
An outbreak of measles in Gloucester County has public health officials scrambling to contain the contagious disease. Since March, 84 measles cases have been reported in the county; 24 have been confirmed, health officials said. No deaths have been reported, but 22 people have been hospitalized, including three in the last week. Last week, 375 students and faculty at Paulsboro High School received immunization shots after a third case was confirmed at the school. Three other schools - including Woodbury and Deptford high schools - each have two confirmed cases, but a third is needed before health officials immunize students and staff at a school.
January 25, 1986 |
Sixteen cases of chancroid, a rare and contagious sexually transmitted disease, have been reported in Southeastern Pennsylvania since November, according to the state Department of Health. Denise Johnson, assistant program director in the division of sexually transmitted diseases, said yesterday that the cases had been limited to Chester and Berks Counties. "It's considered an outbreak because we just don't see much chancroid around," Johnson said. She said that in 1983 a total of 847 cases were reported in the United States, with most of them in New York, Georgia, Florida and California.