Measles Exposure at PHL Airport

CBS3

Anyone who visited the Philadelphia International Airport last week may have been exposed to the measles, health officials announced Friday. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the exposure occurred on Oct. 2 in Terminal F from 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Oct. 3 in Terminal F from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Terminal A from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Terminal A/B shuttle bus from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/10/11/health-officials-warning-pennsylvania-residents-of-measles-exposure-at-philadelphia-international-airport/

By Staff

Philly Voice

The state’s Department of Health joined the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for a public health alert Friday, warning of “possible exposure” to the disease for travelers who visited the airport on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/measles-philadelphia-international-airport-travelers-exposed-disease-cdc-outbreak/

By Adam Hermann

NBC10

Anyone who visited certain terminals at the Philadelphia International Airport on Oct. 2 and 3 may have been exposed to measles, state health officials warned Friday.

A person with a suspected case of measles walked through the parts of the airport. Possible exposure locations and times are:

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Some-Passengers-at-Philadelphia-International-Airport-Oct-2-and-3-May-Have-Been-Exposed-to-Measles-Health-Department-Says-562830341.html

By Staff

Patch

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Philadelphia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said those who visited the Philadelphia International Airport on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 they may have been exposed to measles.

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/philadelphia/philly-airport-flyers-may-have-been-exposed-measles

By Max Bennett

Inquirer

The disease was declared officially eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. But this year, the United States is dealing with its worst measles outbreak since 1992, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting more than 1,200 cases confirmed in 31 states. The includes 15 cases in Pennsylvania, as of Oct. 11; and 19 cases in New Jersey, as of Oct. 3.

If you believe you may have been exposed to measles and experience symptoms, the health department advises contacting your healthcare provider or calling its toll-free hotline: 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/measles-outbreak-philadelphia-airport-exposure-20191011.html

By Oona Goodin-Smith

Hospital Closure Bill

Health Commissioner Tom Farley said this bill would force hospital owners to make their intention to close more explicit.

“While this enforcement mechanism has its limits, the safeguard will definitely make it more difficult for irresponsible owners to just walk away from a hospital,” Farley said.

He echoed Gym’s assertion that local authorities are better suited to oversee the hospitals in their region than state regulators are, especially when it comes to a transfer of patients and their medical records to other local health care providers.

https://whyy.org/articles/helen-gym-has-a-plan-to-prevent-another-hanhemann/

By Nina Feldman

2018 STD Rates

In Philadelphia, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis cases was more than twice that high, at 26 cases per 100,000 people. Health experts have connected the city’s numbers in part to men who have unprotected sex with men, though the rates in women have climbed lately. Drug use and poverty also are factors.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/syphilis-gonorrhea-chlamydia-std-cdc-20191008.html

By Tom Avril

Heavy Oil Bill

“With this change, there was a dramatic change in air quality, reduction in sulfur dioxide, as well as fine particle pollution,” said Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, who directed New York’s health department at the time the ordinance passed.

Farley said only a few buildings in Philadelphia currently use these dirty oils, so the impact here will be far less.

“But these fine particles from these fuel oils tend to stay near the site … so for the people who might be exposed, this is clearly a benefit.”

https://whyy.org/articles/philadelphia-wants-to-ban-highly-polluting-oils-burned-to-heat-buildings/

By Catalina Jaramillo

Cocaine and Methamphetamines

“We still don’t have a full, complete understanding of stimulant use on the ground. There seem to be all kinds of mixed messages flying around,” said Kendra Viner, the opioid surveillance program manager for Philadelphia’s Public Health Department. “There definitely seems to be a disconnect between what people think they’re buying and what’s found in their toxicology if they die, or their drugs are tested. There are a lot of really dangerous cutting agents on the scene.”

https://www.inquirer.com/health/opioid-addiction/philadelphia-pennsylvania-meth-cocaine-stimulant-use-rising-20191001.html

By Aubrey Whelan

Health Center 1 Sale

WHYY

A $150 million, 300,000-square-foot mixed-use development is planned for 500 S. Broad St., where Philadelphia’s premier public sexual-health clinic once operated.

https://whyy.org/articles/150m-mixed-use-development-planned-for-ex-health-clinic-at-broad-and-lombard/

By Jake Blumgart

Philly Tribune

An estimated 9,928 patients used the District Health Center No. 1 through the first six months of this year before the services were moved, according to the city’s Department of Health.

https://www.phillytrib.com/news/local_news/black-owned-firm-to-help-transform-south-broad-street-site/article_660fc231-bdb3-5547-8abe-30802496878a.html

By Mike D’Onofrio