The Boston Board of Health voted today to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in the city from 18 to 21. That includes e-cigarettes.
The Daily Free Press reports on the misfortunes of a BU grad student who ventured to Cleveland Circle for some chicken tacos and tortilla chips at the now shuttered Chipotle last weekend.
Boston College's University Health Services reports:
More than 120 BC students have reported to BC Health Services with symptoms consistent with the Norovirus. Nearly all cases are related to students who ate at the Chipotle restaurant in Cleveland Circle during the past weekend.
In response to the spread of the virus, BC has taken several steps, including shutting down all on-campus salad bars and other self-service food offerings.
The Boston Public Health Commission reported yesterday that several people not affiliated with BC also show symptoms of the illness. City inspectors shut the burrito place in part because a sick employee was allowed to continue on the job.
UPDATE: It's norovirus, Boston Public Health Commission reports
When news broke of an apparent foodborne illness striking down BC students who ate at the Cleveland Circle Chipotle, the chain issued a press release that made it sound like it had closed the outlet voluntarily.
In fact, Boston health inspectors ordered the place shut yesterday, both because of those ailments and for two other key reasons:
"There was an employee that was sick during their shift on Thursday."
"Chicken on the service line is 128F and steak is 124F. Provide proper hot holding of 140F or above."
Public-health official say that there have been 65 cases so far - some among people not affiliated with BC.
That includes the new vaping stuff, Walsh said today:
We know the consequences of tobacco use are real and can be devastating. These proposed changes send a strong message that Boston takes the issue of preventing tobacco addiction seriously, and I hope that message is heard throughout Boston and across the entire country.
The Boston Public Health Commission will hold a public hearing on Dec. 3 and then vote on Dec. 17.
WBUR posts statistics from Boston EMS about responses to drug overdoses in the city - with the odd fact that most overdose deaths happen between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Flu-fighting staffers at Beth Israel get down to this. sick. beat.
H/t Nick McNulty.
A resident cleaning up leaves at the Langone Park bocce courts had to spend a night at Mass. General after being pricked by a discarded needle Monday evening, City Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) said today. Read more.
The City Council yesterday approved an ordinance banning the use of smokeless tobacco at all professional and amateur sports venues in the city. The measure needs the signature of Mayor Walsh, but since he originally proposed it, he'll probably sign it.
At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty said the measure is a step towards helping young people avoid oral cancer and other problems the stuff can cause.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) thinks local schools need to educate students on what to do if they find syringes, needles and similar implements in public spaces.
Boston Magazine reports there's a drug that can cure the infectious liver disease - but it costs $84,000 for a full course.
Results from Monday testing of Jamaica Pond water show cyanobacteria levels more than three times higher than the maximum considered safe for people and their pets, the Boston Public Health Commission reports. Read more.
A city health inspector shut Little Haiti International Cuisine, 1184 Hyde Park Ave., yesterday for a series of health violations.
The "rodent droppings on serviceware stored as clean," were only ranked as "non-critical," which, by themselves, are not enough to get a place shut down. But the inspector also found:
Live adult and nymph roaches observed on multiple surfaces throughout kitchen shelves by hand wash , floor, behind equipment, on serviceware plates.
That was a "critical" infraction.
The Boston Public Health Commission reports an increase in flu and flu-like cases over the last few weeks in Boston.
City health officials and police are trying to figure out what's causing a sharp increase in drug overdoses in Boston this year.
The Boston Public Health Commission said today the city had 32 suspected overdoses this past weekend - concentrated downtown and in East Boston and Dorchester. The same period last year saw just 8 overdoses.
In a statement, the commission said samples from street purchases by Boston Police "have not indicated more potency or drugs laced with particular potentially-fatal substances."
City officials will meet with residents tomorrow evening to discuss their plans for the Radius Specialty Hospital on Townsend Street.
The Bay State Banner reported last week the Boston Public Health Commission is thinking of using the facility for 265 beds in "closed campus" programs - participants would be bused in and out and would not be allowed to leave the Radius campus during their stays.
Harvard bans smoking in Harvard Yard.
The Globe reports the Boston Public Health Commission is warning doctors about chikungunya after four area residents returned from Caribbean trips with it - barely a year after it first showed up in the Caribbean. The commission isn't concerned about the disease taking hold here because the kind of mosquito that spreads it doesn't live around here - it can't tolerate our winters.