Drop in Life Expectancy

“Every day, too many young people in Philadelphia and across the nation are dying early from preventable causes,” said Raynard Washington, chief epidemiologist for the city Department of Public Health. “Substance use, gun violence, and smoking- and obesity-related chronic illnesses are the primary causes of premature death among Philadelphians.”

https://www.inquirer.com/health/dying-young-overdoses-alcoholism-suicide-liver-death-pennsylvania-philadelphia-study-20191126.html

By Rita Giordano

 

Youth Vaccinations in School District

City health centers do allow minors as young as 14 to consent for vaccines, said James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The school nurses, however, said that students have already been turned away from health centers on the “field trips.”

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-school-nurses-medical-vaccination-20191122.html

By Kristen Graham

Drexel Mumps Cases

Philadelphia Department of Public Health spokesman James Garrow said the department was working closely with Drexel officials as they monitor the situation.

“We’re in constant communication with them. We think that Drexel has a pretty good handle on this right now,” Garrow said.

https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/drexel-university-s-mumps-cases-add-to-state-s-/article_659106e2-082d-52af-940a-51f443e6768f.html

By Ayana Jones

Food Economy Report

Release

PHILADELPHIA–Mayor Jim Kenney, with representatives from the Economy League and Health Department, announced the release of a report detailing opportunities to grow the “good food” economy. The report assessed the size and scope of the Philadelphia food economy to discover opportunities to reap the benefits of “good food” businesses and policies. The report showed that Philadelphia is home to 6,500 businesses that grow, manufacture, distribute, sell, or serve food, or eliminate food waste. The food economy employs 79,000 people, comprising 12% of all jobs in the City.

https://www.phila.gov/2019-11-21-city-issues-first-ever-report-on-philadelphias-food-economy/

Billy Penn

The info comes from a year-long project by the Health Department and the Economy League to quantify the restaurant industry’s growing contribution to the Philly landscape.

https://billypenn.com/2019/11/20/more-than-1-in-10-jobs-in-philly-are-related-to-food-and-the-industry-is-growing-fast/

By Michaela Winberg

KYW1060

Meanwhile, Cheryl Bettigole with the Philadelphia Health Department says the bright spots here are that there are lots of small businesses focusing on healthy and quality food.

“We are starting to see reports come out about the burgeoning vegan food movement, healthy food movement in Philadelphia,” she said.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/some-key-findings-in-report-of-phillys-food-economy

By Hadas Kuznits

 

Ristorante La Buca Hepatitis A Warning

Release

 

Fox29

Health officials are warning of possible Hepatitis A exposure at a Center City restaurant.

According to officials, they recently confirmed that a person who works at Ristorante La Buca, located at 711 Locust Street has acute Hepatitis A.

https://www.fox29.com/news/health-officials-warn-of-possible-hepatitis-a-exposure-at-center-city-restaurant

By Staff

CBS3

Anyone who dined at the restaurant between Monday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Nov. 15 should receive a Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible, officials warn.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/11/15/health-officials-warn-of-potential-hepatitis-a-exposure-after-ristorante-la-buca-restaurant-worker-confirmed-to-have-disease/

By Staff

Patch.com

Those who have previously received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine or have had Hepatitis A in the past do not need to be vaccinated, the department said.

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/philadelphia/center-city-retaurant-worker-has-hepatitis-health-department

By Max Bennett

PhillyVoice

Anyone who dined at the restaurant between Oct. 28 and Nov. 15 would have been potentially exposed, according to health officials. The Health Department advises that people who haven’t already received two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine and dined at the restaurant should receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Those who’ve already received two doses of the vaccine or have had Hepatitis A in the past don’t need to be vaccinated, health officials said.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/center-city-hepatitis-a-exposure-philadelphia-health-department-warning-ristorante-la-buca/

By Adam Hermann

6ABC

Officials recommend anyone who visited Ristorante La Buca between October 28 and November 15 receive a Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible after a person who works at the restaurant contracted the virus.

https://6abc.com/health/officials-warn-of-possible-hepatitis-a-exposure-at-center-city-restaurant/5700079/

By Staff

Two-Year-Olds Death Ruled Homicide

Inquirer

The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the boy’s death was a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma.

https://www.inquirer.com/crime/philadelphia-police-homicide-investigation-2-year-old-child-boy-died-20191114.html

By Ellie Silverman

6ABC

Police said the autopsy reports details blunt force trauma injuries. The cause of death has been ruled a homicide.

https://6abc.com/police-2-year-olds-death-was-a-homicide-no-arrests/5697152/

By Maggie Kent

NBC10

The medical examiner determined the boy suffered blunt force trauma injuries. His death was ruled a homicide.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Boy-Death-Homicide-Philadelphia-Oxford-Circle–564953182.html

By David Chang and Dan Stamm

CBS3

On Wednesday, the Medical Examiner’s Office determined the young child’s death was criminal.

By Greg Argos

Antibiotic Resistance Report

The CDC did not provide state-level data. But roughly 300 drug-resistant infections were reported by Philadelphia hospitals in 2018, said Kristin Privette, surveillance coordinator for the city Department of Public Health.

Philadelphia’s is one of six large city health departments tasked by the CDC to track drug-resistant infections in local hospitals, and help arrange for sophisticated laboratory testing where needed, said Steve Alles, the department’s director of disease control.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/superbugs-cdc-infections-antibiotic-resistance-20191113.html

by Tom Avril and Dylan Purcell