Thursday, April 18, 2013
Here's a list of some quick-and-easy ways to deal with items that should not be sent to landfills or recycled at the curb.
Although April 22 is officially Earth Day, it's not too early for residents of Pine and Richland townships to begin to look at ways to be more environmentally friendly. One way is by recycling items at an event this weekend. The other is to make the effort to recycle items that are not collected in curbside recycling or are banned from landfills. The Pennsylvania Resource Council and partners will hold a Hard to Recycle collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, off Route 28 in Frazer Township. For the first time, the event will accept hard, white, molded Polystyrene packing material for free, thanks to a partnership with NOVA Chemicals and Appliance Warehouse. Fees apply to some items. See …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Dixon became a consultant to the health department in 1979 and was hired in 1992 by Allegheny County.
Dr. Bruce Dixon, the former Allegheny County Health Department head, died overnight at UPMC Presbyterian, the Post-Gazette reports. The county medical examiner's office said Dixon, 74, a Forest Hills resident, died of a blood infection caused by an inflammation of his gallbladder. He was ousted from his job in March 2012 by the county Board of Health, acting at the request of Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald, according to the Post-Gazette. “For over 20 years, Dr. Bruce Dixon was the ultimate public servant, dedicating his life to serving the needs of the residents of Allegheny County through his direction of the Allegheny County Health Department," Fitzgerald said in a statement issued this morning. "The time and dedication…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Patch has list of places to get flu shots in Pine-Richland area.
With more flu cases popping up, it's time to get serious about your flu shot if you haven't gotten it yet. Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho and her family, who live in the Pine-Richland community, recorded a public service announcement encouraging people to get their flu vaccine. "You’re not too old, too healthy or too late to get your flu vaccine," Jackie says at the conclusion of the 30-second spot. Flu shots are available in the Pine-Richland area at many locations, including: To find more flu shot locations in the Gibsonia area, click on this link. For the Wexford area, click here. The Allegheny County Health Department also offers flu shots at its walk-in clinic at 3441 Forbes Ave. in Oakland. No Appointment necessary: • …
Friday, December 14, 2012
After a slow start, the number of flu cases in the Pittsburgh area has started to rise.
The flu may have passed you by this holiday season, but if you haven't had a flu shot yet, you are at risk. After a slow start, the number of flu cases in the Pittsburgh area has started to rise and is now approaching moderate to high levels. According to the Allegheny County Health Department, as of Dec. 4, there were 30 confirmed cases of the flu in Allegheny County, with the actual number predicted to be three to four times higher, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported. Last flu season, the number of cases in Pennsylvania reached its highest level in the last week of December and first week of January. This year, Pennsylvania has already hit last year's peak. Flu shots are available in the Pine-Richland area at many locations, …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Individuals who had close contact with man need to take precautions.
Allegheny County Health Department officials issued a rare public health notice Friday following the bacterial meningitis death of a Squirrel Hill resident. Joseph Christopher Cecchini, 29, died from meningococcal meningitis on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, according to Dr. Ron Voorhees, acting director of the Allegheny County Health Department. Cecchini, who also went by the name Joe Christopher, worked and lived in Pittsburgh and was the president and publisher of Cue magazine. “We want to make sure that people who have had close contact with Mr. Cecchini between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5 take precautions and get antibiotics to prevent the onset of symptoms," Voorhees said. "They also should seek care promptly if they become ill. “People who were …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
With a record number of infected mosquitoes recorded locally this year, Allegheny County Health Department takes steps to kill adult mosquitoes to prevent spread to humans.
New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that the recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever in the United States. CNN is reporting the number of cases so far this year is the highest recorded through August since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999. As of Tuesday, 38 states had reported human infections. "Here in Pennsylvania, there've already been some human cases," said Guillermo Cole, Allegheny County Health Department spokesman. Cole said, though, none of the approximately eight cases have been from western Pennsylvania. Since 2002, when the first case appeared here, there have been 21 humans infected and "a few deaths," he said. There was one human case reported last …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Pine-Richland residents urged to eliminate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Pine-Richland residents are urged to check their property for standing water that could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. Since May, the Allegheny County Health Department has caught 10 mosquitoes in various neighborhoods, which have tested positive for the virus, the Post- Gazette reported. “Mosquitoes breed in standing water, even in small amounts, so people should make every effort, especially after wet weather, to seek and eliminate accumulations of water,” said Interim Health Director Dr. Ronald E. Voorhees in a statement on the health department’s website. Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile Virus will not show any symptoms at all, according to the Centers for Disease…
Friday, August 19, 2011
Rabies-vaccine-baiting program for raccoons wraps up this week.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Prompted by recent incidents in which people or pets were potentially exposed to rabid bats, the Allegheny County Health Department is urging residents to report all bats found in the home because of the risk of rabies. The health department emphasized the importance of reporting bats that are found in areas where people sleep, even when a person is not sure if he or she has been bitten and exposed to the bat's saliva. Bat bites can be so tiny they may leave no marks visible to the naked eye and so painless they may not even be felt by someone while sleeping, a health department press release said. Bat encounters should be reported to ACHD immediately by calling 412-687-ACHD (2243). Health officials will evaluate the risk and test the bat…
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Giant Eagle and Shop 'n Save have pulled products and alerted customers because of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 70 people, including four in Allegheny County.
Grocery retailers in the Pine-Richland community and around Western Pennsylvania are among those pulling Cargill ground turkey products from their shelves and reaching out to customers to prevent more outbreaks of illnesses linked to salmonella. Cargill Value Added Meats Retail, a division of Cargill Meats Solutions Corp., on Wednesday voluntarily recalled approximately 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey produced at the company’s Springdale, AR, facility between Feb. 20 and Tuesday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The packaged turkey produced by the Wayzata, MN-based meat company has been linked to a salmonella outbreak in 26 states that has been blamed for at least 76 …
Friday, July 29, 2011
Allegheny County Health Department employees will start distributing the bait Aug. 15.
Friday, July 29, 2011
In a proactive move to fight rabies, Allegheny County will begin distributing raccoon bait containing rabies vaccine Aug. 15 . Employees with the Allegheny County Health Department will distribute the bait by hand, on foot and from vehicles in all the county's municipalities. Two types of bait will be used: one in which vaccine contained in a plastic sachet is enclosed in fishmeal pellets and a second in which the plastic sachet is coated with fish oil scent. The vaccine, when consumed by the raccoons, helps them develop antibodies to the rabies virus. The baits pose no threat to humans or pets, according to the health department. Rabies is a viral infection that can affect the nervous system of any mammal, including humans. It is …