July 16, 2016 |
The Wolf administration is distributing free kits for pregnant women to protect against the Zika virus. The kits contain small amounts of federally approved insect repellent for skin, permethrin spray repellent for treating clothing and shoes, standing water tablets for killing mosquito larva, condoms to prevent sexual transmission of Zika, and educational materials in English and Spanish, the state Department of Health said Thursday. They will be available in "limited quantities" to pregnant women from local health departments, community health centers, offices of the Women, Infants, and Children federal nutrition program, and nonprofit organizations that primarily serve low-income or homeless women, the state said in a news release.
June 6, 2016 |
A 38-year-old Philadelphia man came in to the emergency room in mid-September 2015 with achiness, headache and a faint rash. He had a low-grade fever, but it was no higher than 100°F. Until this point, he was a healthy man, and his physical exam was completely normal except for a faint rash on his torso and extremities. Because of the rash, I admitted him for monitoring. The rash faded within a couple of days, but he continued to have the same symptoms, joined by loss of appetite, nausea and profound weakness.
February 6, 2016 |
The most telling information at a Philadelphia Department of Public Health staff briefing about the Zika virus on Thursday was this slide: "Stay tuned: With the dynamic nature of this situation, updates . . . are expected. " Two dozen epidemiologists, mosquito-control staffers, and emergency planners got the latest on the virus, which has spread with astonishing speed through Central and South America. Every confirmed case in the continental United States has been linked to travel (or sex with someone who traveled)
January 31, 2016
Most of what is known about the mosquito-borne Zika virus comes from its explosive spread in Central and South America. The Philadelphia region is different. Who should be worried? For now, public health officials say they are mainly concerned about pregnant women who recently traveled to any of the affected countries. A small number of cases there have been linked to birth defects. Women who are pregnant have been advised to postpone travel to those areas. Pregnant women who recently returned from infected areas should consult their health-care provider.
June 25, 2014 |
Summer is here, and so are the first positive reports of West Nile virus in mosquitoes. A mosquito carrying the virus was reported in Aldan Borough last week, said Maureen Hennessey, director of the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health. It was the second case reported this year. A mosquito trap in Chadds Ford Township had a positive test result earlier in the month, she said. "We are finding a lot of our traps are pulling in big numbers" of mosquitoes, Hennessey said.
November 10, 2013 |
'Mom, how long has this been going on?" the woman asked as she helped her 75-year-old mother back into bed. The woman had never seen her mother so unsteady on her feet. She walked as if drunk. "My left side feels so weak. I even have a hard time feeling my leg on that side," the mother said. "It started last night. " The daughter was alarmed on hearing her mother's slurred speech and learning how long the symptoms had been present. Worried that her mother might have suffered a stroke, she called 911. The responding EMTs shared her concern and rushed the elderly woman to the hospital.
September 16, 2013 |
A Bucks County man was reported dead Friday of West Nile virus, officials at the state Department of Environmental Protection said. The man, whose name and address were not released, began exhibiting symptoms Aug. 20. Human cases of the virus were also reported last week by a woman in Philadelphia and a woman in Delaware County. The state has reported seven human cases of the virus in five counties; the other cases have been in York and Montgomery Counties. There are no medications to treat the virus, and no vaccine will prevent it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop symptoms.
March 28, 2013 |
Nearly a third of the state's West Nile Virus Control grants are coming to Southeastern Pennsylvania, where last year 26 people got sick with the virus and two died. Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, and Bucks Counties will receive a total of $727,010 for West Nile surveillance and prevention in 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday. Counties begin monitoring for West Nile in early April, but infections in mosquitoes and birds usually are not detected until mid-June.
September 20, 2012 |
Camden County officials will take the war on the West Nile virus to the enemy Wednesday evening. As part of efforts to combat the mosquito-borne illness, the Camden County Mosquito Commission will spray pesticides at numerous locations across the county. Three county cases are among at least 22 across the state this year. In Pennsylvania, 20 residents have tested positive for the virus. Camden County workers have been regularly checking several thousand suspected mosquito breeding sites across the county and are now spraying.
September 17, 2012 |
A 64-year-old Camden man and a 50-year-old Collingswood woman have been confirmed as the second and third cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in Camden County this year, health officials reported Friday. The county's first case - involving a 42-year-old Voorhees man - was confirmed Sept. 7 to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services. The three are among at least 22 with West Nile virus in New Jersey; one of the victims, a Burlington County man, died last week.