Ruth Abaya ICYMI

In case you missed it, Dr. Ruth Abaya has joined the City of Philadelphia as Injury Prevention Program Manager in order to build injury prevention program focused on the prevention of injuries and deaths due to gun violence, alcohol, and crashes. Her work will initially focus on the prevention of shootings and firearm homicides by using a public health approach to gun violence prevention. Gun violence today causes nearly 60% of the deaths among young Black men in the city. The full text of her recent OpEd in the Inquirer about the complexities of violence in Philadelphia is below.

https://mailchi.mp/phila.gov/icymithere-is-no-silver-bullet-to-fighting-violence

Howland St Rats Follow-up

CBS3 1

The Philadelphia Health Department is planning another inspection of the city’s Lawncrest neighborhood on Wednesday after reports of rats running rampant. The health department told Eyewitness News the city rebaited the neighborhood on Tuesday.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/07/31/philadelphia-health-department-inspection-planned-wednesday-in-lawncrest-neighborhood-infested-with-rats/

By Staff

CBS3 2

 The Philadelphia Health Department tells Eyewitness News the city set out more bait boxes in a Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood again on Tuesday. It’s an attempt to put an end to the rats running rampant in the city’s Lawncrest section.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/07/30/health-department-sets-out-more-bait-boxes-to-put-end-to-rampant-rat-problem-in-lawncrest/

By Staff

Hepatitis A Van Clinic

CBS3

The spike in Hepatitis A cases has been seen mainly among the homeless and people who use drugs. The liver infection is caused by fecal contamination.

“It’s from not washing your hands properly after you’ve used the bathroom or gone to the bathroom, not washing your hands properly and touching food items,” Dr. Steven Alles of Philadelphia’s Department of Health said.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/07/29/hepatitis-a-outbreak-in-pennsylvania-has-health-officials-issuing-new-warnings/

By Stephanie Stahl

NBC10

In an effort to combat the spread of Hepatitis A in Kensington, the Philadelphia Health Department will offer free mobile vaccination clinics on Tuesday. Residents and community activists point to the opioid epidemic as a contributing factor to the spread of the virus.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Hepatitis-A-Outbreak-Health-Department-Clinic-Free-Vaccines_Philadelphia-513353652.html

by Cydney Long

PhillyVoice

While some cities with similar HAV concerns have taken on more serious sanitation efforts, an emphasis on vaccines is the route Philadelphia is currently taking. Those with health insurance can obtain the disease-preventing vaccine from their doctor, or the health department is holding a free vaccine pop-up at McPherson Square in Kensington on Tuesdays and Thursdays between July 30 and August 8 as an effort the combat the illness locally, per Billy Penn.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/hepatitis-a-outbreak-philadelphia-kensington/

By Bailey King

Hepatitis A in Kensington Residents

NBC10

The Philadelphia Health Department says they’re seeing an increase of Hepatitis A cases in the Philly area. NBC10’s Steven Fisher speaks to a community leader who believes she got the virus while simply cleaning up her neighborhood.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Philly-Deals-With-Increase-in-Hepatitis-A-Cases_Philadelphia-513316262.html

By Steven Fisher

Howland Street Rats

NBC10 1

Philadelphia is currently at the height of rat season, which runs roughly from April to October, according to Philadelphia environmental health program administrator Raymond Delaney.

He became aware of the “rat issue” on Howland Street earlier this week and deployed staffers to the neighborhood immediately, he said.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Northeast-Philadelphia-Rat-Infestation-Howland-Street-513254431.html

By Alicia Victoria Lozano

NBC10 2

The Philadelphia Health Department is trying to stop a rat infestation plaguing a block in Northeast Philadelphia.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Rats-Invade-Neighborhood-in-Philadelphia_Philadelphia-513247192.html

By Miguel Martinez-Valle

CBS3

The bait boxes could take several days to be effective according to the health department, if you spot any rats, you are asked to contact the city health department.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/07/27/it-gave-me-the-critters-lawncrest-residents-fearful-frustrated-with-rats-running-rampant/

By Staff

6ABC

The Health Department says there is no immediate fix.

They released a statement Friday, saying in part, “Inspectors were scheduled to revisit the baited burrows today, due to the 3-5 day lag time before they start to see results from the baiting. Inspectors were out there this morning checking the baited burrows, and investigating more. They found burrows on two additional properties and baited them and put down bait boxes. Inspectors will be out there tomorrow to check the bait boxes, as is protocol, as well as following up early next week on the burrows, as is protocol.”

https://6abc.com/pets-animals/rats-take-over-philadelphia-neighborhood/5421763/

By Maggie Kent

Lower Sodium Hoagie Rolls

Drexel

“Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most dangerous threats Philadelphians face. Most people don’t know that breads, like hoagie rolls, are major contributors to the amount of salt that we eat,” said Thomas Farley, MD, commissioner of the Department of Public Health. “I applaud this effort to develop new, tasty, lower-sodium choices that will make eating a healthy diet easier.”

https://drexel.edu/now/archive/2019/July/Drexel-Food-Lab-Lower-Sodium-Roll/

By Annie Korp

Inquirer

Three years ago, the health department received a five-year, nearly $2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to partake in the Sodium Reduction in Communities Program. One project was to work with Asian buffet restaurants that served lower-income youths, seniors, and adults to serve healthier meals.

The department also looked to purchase foods for city agencies that were lower in sodium, but had trouble finding certain items in the marketplace, said Catherine Bartoli, a nutrition and food service coordinator with the department.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/hoagie-amoroso-reduced-sodium-roll-low-salt-philadelphia-school-cdc-grant-20190726.html

By Mari Schaefer