Temple Mumps Update

Inquirer

As health officials feared, the mumps outbreak that began at Temple University last week is spreading.

As of Tuesday, the Philadelphia Health Department confirmed 16 students had the contagious disease.

https://www.philly.com/health/mumps-temple-university-outbreak-montgomery-county-contagious-20190305.html

By Aneri Pattani

Fox News

Health officials at Temple University have recorded 16 confirmed cases of mumps, a highly infectious disease that causes symptoms similar to the flu. While Philadelphia’s health department said it expects the number to remain at 16, anyone with potential symptoms is encouraged to contact the student health department.

https://www.foxnews.com/health/officials-confirm-16-cases-of-mumps-linked-to-temple-university

By Alexandria Hein

Fox29

Sixteen people tied to Temple University have tested positive for mumps, health officials confirmed Wednesday.

Philadelphia’s health department expects the total number of cases to remain at 16.

http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/officials-7-temple-university-students-test-positive-for-mumps-1

By Staff

AP

The Department of Public Health for Philadelphia said Thursday the effectiveness of the mumps vaccination tends to wane over time so it’s not necessarily a case of unvaccinated people.

Spokesman James Garrow says the outbreaks tend to be more common on college campuses where people are more closely in contact.

https://www.apnews.com/d7d77b5076fd4c39ac7795f33fedcc51

By Staff

Philly Voice

The Department of Public Health for Philadelphia said Thursday the effectiveness of the mumps vaccination tends to wane over time so it’s not necessarily a case of the disease being spread by people who are unvaccinated. Spokesman James Garrow adds that outbreaks tend to be more common on college campuses where people are more closely in contact, CBS affiliate WSBT reports.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/temple-university-mumps-outbreak-cases-montgomery-county-measles-vaccination/

By Bailey King

WHYY

Despite its location in the middle of North Philadelphia, Temple’s mumps outbreak doesn’t present an increased risk to city residents at large, said Kristen Feemster, medical director for the immunization and acute communicable diseases program at the city’s Department of Public Health.

The flulike illness spreads easily among people living in close quarters, she said, so college campuses are particularly vulnerable.

“A college campus is a setting where there are a lot of social events and a lot of opportunities for close contact and potential transmission,” Feemster said.

https://whyy.org/articles/after-mumps-outbreak-temple-will-require-new-students-to-be-vaccinated/

By Joel Wolfram

Buprenorphine Ad Campaign

Release

Earlier today, the Commissioners of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services and Philadelphia Department of Public Health jointly announced a new mass media and digital advertising campaign intended to encourage people suffering from opioid use disorder, and their family and friends, to learn about medication-assisted treatment.

https://mailchi.mp/phila.gov/press-releasecity-announces-new-bupe-works-ad-campaign-to-encourage-people-to-get-into-treatment?e=[UNIQID]

NBC10

The Philadelphia Health Department has launched a new campagin to fight the opioid epidemic. The ads show the real faces of people in recovery. Ronald McAdams, who is featured in the campagin, says he hopes he can help others get help by sharing his story.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/New-Campaign-To-Fight-Opioids_Philadelphia-506755272.html

WHYY

City officials don’t have a good sense of how many people use heroin every day in Philadelphia. Their lowest estimate is 50,000, and it could be as many as double that. Farley said this campaign is designed for all people who use heroin, not just those who are homeless on the streets of Kensington.

“That’s not your typical people who are using heroin,” he said. “Most of the people who are injecting drugs are living at home, many are employed, so they are in many ways a hidden population.”

https://whyy.org/articles/philadelphia-promotes-buprenorphine-for-opioid-addiction-treatment/

By Nina Feldman

Philly Voice

“We need a media campaign to reach all the people in Philadelphia who might not be aware of this,” Department of Public Health Commissioner Tom Farley said.

The $200,000 ad campaign will include television and radio spots, print ads, social media posts and ads placed at Frankford Transportation Center and on bus shelters. It also includes three billboard advertisements – two along I-95 and another on Route 1.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/philly-launches-media-campaign-touting-medication-assisted-treatment-opioid-addiction/

By John Kopp

Inquirer

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said that despite an encouraging decline in deaths, Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic is still at crisis levels. The new campaign is being aimed at the estimated 50,000 to 100,000 heroin users in Philadelphia.

“Although our public image of people who are using heroin is people who are homeless on the street in Kensington, that’s not your typical people who are using heroin,” he said. “Most of the people who are injecting drugs are living at home, many are employed — they’re in many ways a hidden population. A hidden population we need to reach.”

https://www.philly.com/health/opioid-addiction-buprenorphine-treatment-philadelphia-20190305.html

By Aubrey Whelan

KYW

Advertising has proven effective at getting people to consume things. But will it work to get people to stop consuming drugs? Philadelphia health officials are hoping the answer is yes.

Officials have launched an ad campaign proclaiming “BUPE works.” BUPE, or buprenorphine, is medically assisted treatment for addiction and the target audience is drug users who are ready to give it a try.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/ad-campaign-hopes-get-drug-addicts-medically-assisted-treatment

By Pat Loeb

Inquirer Editorial Board

That’s why the Departments of Public Health and Behavioral Health are launching a $200,000 ad campaign in English and Spanish to raise awareness about the availability of medications that treat opioid addiction. The ads feature Philadelphians in recovery who use buprenorphine, or “bupe,” with the slogan, “Bupe works.” (The campaign directs people interested in treatment to call 888-545-2600 or visit www.BupeWorks.org.)

https://www.philly.com/opinion/editorials/awarness-campaign-bupernorphine-methadone-access-medication-assisted-treatment-mat-20190308.html

By Editorial Board