Friday, May 24, 2013
E. coli is a marker for fecal contamination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A study of public swimming pools performed during last summer’s swim season found that feces are frequently introduced into pool water by swimmers. Through the study, released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found 58 percent of the pool filter water samples collected in public pools tested positive for E. coli, bacteria normally found in human feces. The E. coli is a marker for fecal contamination, the CDC said. The CDC reports that a high percentage of E. coli-positive filters indicates that swimmers frequently contaminate pool water when they have a fecal incident in the water or when feces rinse off of their bodies because they do not shower thoroughly before getting into the water. “People, …
Monday, January 14, 2013
A Pine-Richland parent discovers a video on his child's cell phone showing teens participating in the dangerous activity, also known as the Pass-Out Game.
First in a Series "It looked like she was dying right in front of us." That's what a Pine-Richland father said after recently watching a video of his daughter playing the Pass-Out Game with a group of friends from middle school. He saw his child hyperventilating, then someone grabbing his daughter from behind and squeezing until she passed out. The PR parent said it took only seconds for his teenage daughter to wake up, but watching it felt like an eternity. The father, who asked for his name and that of his daughter to be withheld, said he recently found the recording during a routine check of the teen's cell phone. Also known as the Choking Game, the Pass-Out Game is anything but a game. It is more aptly described as a strangulation …
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…
Monday, March 26, 2012
Health officials warn hookah is not safe alternative to cigarettes.
Hookah is very popular on college campuses, and now hookah lovers have a new place to smoke and socialize in Wexford. Heavenly Hookah opened its doors March 2, and according to owner Joshua Helfer, has enjoyed brisk business, particularly on the weekends. Heavenly Hookah is located at 11883 Perry Highway, across from the Aldi’s grocery store. There is seating for 60, mostly on leather sofas and chairs. The hookah bar is divided into three smoking areas; one featuring big screen televisions, another with just music, and a third, private VIP room. “We wanted it to be upscale, no one sitting on egg cartons, and attract not only young people but older professionals,” said Helfer. “Some of our clientele have included physicians and fortunate …
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 …