Hepatitis A Van Clinic


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.


By Stephanie Stahl


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.


by Cydney Long


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.


By Bailey King

Hepatitis A in Kensington Residents


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.


By Steven Fisher

Howland Street Rats

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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.


By Alicia Victoria Lozano

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


By Miguel Martinez-Valle


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.


By Staff


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.”


By Maggie Kent

Lower Sodium Hoagie Rolls


“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.”


By Annie Korp


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.


By Mari Schaefer

Change in Overdose Deaths from 2017 to 2018

“What I was really struck by was how big the drop was in Kensington — that’s the site of the Resilience Project, the site of the most drug activity. It’s the hot spot in the city,” said Tom Farley, the city’s health commissioner. “It’s an encouraging sign that we are really making progress in the area. But the rest of the city is following different trajectories.”


By Aubrey Whelan

Sugary Snacks Campaign Controversy

James Garrow, city health department spokesperson, said efforts are being made to apologize for any hurt feelings, as well as to thank commenters for helping to clarify the difference between Type 1 and 2 diabetes.

However, Garrow said, “Nearly every comment that we’ve received has been appreciative of the underlying goal of the campaign: to fight childhood obesity.”


By Rita Giordano


A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health apologized for “any hurt” that the campaign caused. He also stated that the campaign was focused on Type 2 diabetes rather than Type 1.

“Given that 17% of children in Philadelphia today are overweight and 22% are obese, which is a sign that they are already at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, we felt that something had to be done,” the spokesperson wrote.


By David Chang and Keith Jones


Health officials say they apologize to anyone who is offended by the language on the billboards. They say the focus is on childhood obesity and its connection to diabetes.


By Dave Kinchen

First Heat-Related Death of 2019


The Philadelphia Department of Health said Monday that the death of a man in his 70s in West Philadelphia on Saturday was attributed to the heat. No other details were provided.


By Staff


This is the city’s first heat-related death of 2019. By comparison, during July 1993 in Philadelphia, the medical examiner’s office determined 118 deaths were heat-related, the CDC reported. And officials in Chicago reported two heat-related deaths over the weekend, bringing that city’s total to three for the year.

By Emily Rolen


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has confirmed a heat-related death in the city’s West Philadelphia section. A man in his 70s was found dead on Saturday.

By Staff


In 2011, 35 people died from heat-related causes in Philadelphia, the largest number of such deaths in the last 10 years. That’s a decrease from the 1990s which saw 361 deaths over the decade, said James Garrow, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Health.

By Ximena Conde