public health

By - 3/13/15 - 9:11 am

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

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By - 2/3/15 - 2:59 pm
Flu on the increase in Boston

ILI="Influenza-like illness." Source: BPHC.

The Boston Public Health Commission reports an increase in flu and flu-like cases over the last few weeks in Boston.

There have been 728 documented influenza cases reported to BPHC, and hundreds of people have visited Emergency Departments for influenza-like illness since October. Additionally, 23% of those cases have resulted in hospitalization, and there have been 4 deaths, the majority of which were individuals with

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By - 12/23/14 - 6:12 pm

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...Read more

By - 12/3/14 - 1:27 pm

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...Read more

By - 7/4/14 - 7:42 pm

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....Read more

By - 9/4/13 - 8:39 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on the confirmed cases in the last half of August.Read more

By - 2/19/13 - 12:55 pm

The MetroWest Daily News alerts us:

The state Department of Public Health issued a consumer advisory about possible gasoline odors in 3- and 5-gallon jugs of Poland Spring bottled at the company's Framingham plant that sickened at least one person.

The state blames people who used Poland Spring bottles after Sandy to transport gasoline, then returned them to the company.

State advisory....Read more

By - 1/18/13 - 3:40 pm

Stats for last week show Boston experienced the same number of flu cases as the week before - and that ER visits for flu like symptoms actually went up.

Statewide, the number of flu cases dipped from the week before....Read more

By - 1/11/13 - 11:24 am

Confirmed flu cases (l) and rates of ER visits for flu-like symptoms. Source: BPHC.Confirmed flu cases (l) and rates of ER visits for flu-like symptoms. Source: BPHC.

City statistics for the week ending Jan. 5 show Roxbury and...Read more

By - 1/10/13 - 1:48 pm

The city plans to ring the phones - more than half belonging to senior citizens - following yesterday's declaration of a public-health emergency. A transcript:

Hi. This is Dr. Anita Barry calling from the Boston Public Health Commission. Yesterday, Mayor Menino declared a public health emergency because of the high number of influenza cases in the City of Boston.

Residents who have not already

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By - 1/10/13 - 9:05 am

Why, some are rolling up their sleeves and getting flu shots (although probably not in Somerville) on air. And then shooting footage of their syringes.Read more

By - 1/9/13 - 12:27 pm

Weekly ER visits due to flu-like symptoms, week ending 12/29. Source.Weekly ER visits in Boston due to flu-like symptoms, week ending 12/29. Source: BPHC.

Keep Calm and Wash Hands...Read more

By - 11/9/12 - 8:38 am

Brian Benoit, 40, of South Boston, faces arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on charges he stole the contents of 106 vials and syringes loaded with painkillers and sedatives in late summer, 2011, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The city offered drug screening to 57 people who received shots from the tampered containers, which contained fentanyl, lorazepam, midazolam or morphine. Benoit was suspended...Read more

By - 10/15/12 - 9:25 pm

Have you seen the new Boston Public Health Commission ads with the guy with the blood-drenched face? Boston Biker has, and is not amused:

Helmets are good, and people should wear them. But showing a kid who looks like someone took a bat to his face is not going to get more people to ride their bike, and I think we would all be

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By - 10/1/12 - 6:32 am

The Boston Public Health Commission has notified 57 people that they received "compromised" painkillers during ambulance rides in the summer of 2011 with a now suspended paramedic - or in his ambulance.

All 57 patients have been offered free screening for infectious diseases, and the Boston Public Health Commission is running an incident hotline staffed by

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By - 7/12/12 - 3:42 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports a mosquito sample from West Roxbury has tested positive for West Nile Virus, a couple weeks after Roslindale won this year's honors for first infected neighborhood.

There have been no confirmed human cases of the infection, but health officials say the sampling means it could only be a matter of time. They urge people to wear long sleeves...Read more

By - 6/7/12 - 3:16 pm

A student at Boston Latin School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and a small number of students and teachers who had been in close contact with him or her will be tested next week.

Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta informed students about the case today:

TB is both a curable and preventable disease. TB is not transmitted by brief contact (such as passing in the

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By - 2/15/12 - 2:08 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission has a new PSA seeking volunteers for its Boston Medical Reserve Corps, which helps out with large events and disasters. You don't have to have medical experience to apply....Read more