West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes

Everyone knows that familiar buzzing sound. Everyone knows that awful itch that only gets better for like a second before it comes back even worse.

MOSQUITOES: the bane of every summer.

While we might not like mosquitoes, they are actually a lot more than just annoying. They are actually disease spreaders. That’s right, they can get you sick.


July 20 – 21, 2018 Overdose Cluster 3

The health department reported additional test results late Friday on drug packets related to last weekend’s overdose spike, concluding, “The Department of Public Health now believes that 5F-ADB was the primary cause of the cluster of patients with these adverse drug reactions.”


By Joel Wolfram

Pizza Restaurant Complaints 2

A representative for the city’s Department of Public Health told the outlet that the restaurant was indeed visited on Monday, but the “sanitarian” was unable to contact an inspection as it had already closed.

“Our sanitarian spoke with the owner and confirmed that this establishment will be inspected when they re-open,” said James Garrow of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health.


By Michael Bartiromo

July 20 – 21, 2018 Overdose Cluster 2

“We don’t want to make a definite confirmation until we know more,” said James Garrow, spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Garrow stated the heroin tested by the Willow Grove lab came from an independent purchase, not from an overdose victim, and that the samples were sold outside city limits, and not near where the bulk of the overdoses occurred in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood.

“That said, the reactions that victims displayed upon being revived is consistent with the synthetic cannabinoid being present. We don’t want to make a definite confirmation until we know more,” Garrow wrote in an email.


By Aubrey Whelan

Heat Islands Within Philadelphia

In the last 10 years, there have been 104 heat-related deaths in Philadelphia, according to the Department of Public Health, the most recent one occurring this month. But according to James Garrow, a spokesman for the Health Department, “deaths that are considered heat-related are the product of … investigation and pathologist examination and are not simply yes-or-no heat-related definition,” so that definition varies.


By Catalina Jaramillo

Pizza Restaurant Complaints

James Garrow of the Department of Public Health confirmed that a “Health Department sanitarian” visited the location on Monday “in response to online complaints.”

“The sanitarian was unable to conduct an inspection of the establishment. This facility was last inspected on March 27, 2017 and found in compliance,” he said. “Our sanitarian spoke with the owner and confirmed that this establishment will be inspected when they re-open.”


By Brian Hickey

July 20 – 21, 2018 Overdose Cluster

Between Friday and Saturday, at least 165 people around the city overdosed — an unprecedented number, health officials said, and thought to have been driven by the drug Freeman bought. Health officials believe it may have been heroin cut with an anticholinergic, a substance found in muscle relaxers and the antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) that causes dangerous side effects.


By Aubrey Whelan