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By adamg - 4/4/24 - 1:05 pm

The Revere Journal reports that the city public-health director said last week a resident had been diagnosed with brucellosis, a bacterial infection more commonly seen in farm animals, but which people can get by drinking unpasteurized milk. She urged residents to be aware that's a risk of drinking the stuff.

By adamg - 3/13/24 - 11:30 am

WFXT reports a "small number" of cases of the highly infectious virus were discovered last month at the temporary shelter at the Melnea Cass recreation center, but that there have been no new cases since public-health workers began vaccinating people there on March 1.

By adamg - 1/11/24 - 10:48 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a Milton Hospital office manager's suit over getting fired for refusing Covid-19 shots because the woman initially failed to provide any details about her religious beliefs and why those barred her from getting vaccinated, but that even after she did, she failed to prove her right to practice her religion outweighed the hospital's right to do everything it could to protect its patients and other staffers from a deadly pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 12/27/23 - 2:04 pm
Chart of Covid-19 particles in sewage from southern half of MWRA system

Covid-19 particles in sewage from southern half of MWRA system, showing a spike, if nowhere as large as at the end of 2021. Source.

The Boston Business Journal reports that with both Covid-19 and flu numbers spiking in the Boston area, Mass General Brigham will be requiring health-care workers to wear masks if they interact with patients starting Jan. 2. Read more.

By adamg - 10/30/23 - 11:24 am

The Boston Public Health Commission reports that starting Wednesday, the city will offer free Covid19 vaccinations noon to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St. in Nubian Square and in the 2nd-floor Haymarket room at City Hall, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Although free, the city requests people register for the shots.

By adamg - 8/18/23 - 1:28 pm

Boston Animal Care and Control reports five rabid raccoons have been recovered of late in Boston - most recently on Mission Hill: Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/23 - 10:45 pm

A federal magistrate judge today dismissed most of a lawsuit by 20 nurses, technicians and other workers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and related institutions over their firings for refusing to get Covid-19 shots in 2021. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/23 - 9:14 am

The Boston Public Health Commission reports the number of fatal opioid overdoses in Boston increased 7% in 2022, and that the 352 deaths is a 36% increase over the number in 2019 - more than double the increase seen statewide. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/23 - 9:09 am

Los Amigos, 366 Washington St. in Brighton Center is shut again, this time over a variety of problems a health inspector found on June 23 - just two weeks after it was cleared to re-open following its salmonella outbreak in May. Read more.

By adamg - 5/22/23 - 3:58 pm

A woman who says she ate at the Brighton Center Los Amigos last Wednesday today sued the restaurant for the salmonella infection that hit her full force on Friday - one day after a city health inspector ordered the 366 Washington St. restaurant shut due to a salmonella outbreak linked to it. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/23 - 10:12 am

The Boston Public Health Commission reports that some raw sewage got into the inner harbor early this morning through combined sewer outflow pipes in East Boston and the South End: Read more.

By adamg - 5/20/23 - 12:01 am

NBC Boston reports city and state health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to Los Amigos, 366 Washington St. in Brighton Center. Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/23 - 2:02 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission announced today that it's shutting its vaccination sites at the Hyde Park community center and the Fiorentino center in Allston and the Lena Park CDC in Dorchester on May 13, because so few people are now showing up for shots. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/23 - 1:22 pm

City officials are organizing a pilot for stocking libraries, community centers, schools, shelters and other municipal buildings with menstrual products for women who might otherwise have trouble getting them, City Councilor Gabriela Coletta says. Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/23 - 10:29 pm
Flaherty holds 'crack and meth pack'

Flaherty with a "meth and crack pack" he pulled out of his jacket pocket.

City officials from Chelsea traveled across the Mystic today to tell Boston city councilors how a ban on 50-mil liquor bottles has meant fewer drunken incidents for police and EMTs to respond to and cleaner and even safer streets. Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/23 - 10:02 am

Constantin Takacs, an assistant professor of biology at Northeastern who specializes in studying the local ticks that spread Lyme disease, tells Northeastern Global News that ticks start looking for blood (i.e. yours) when the temperature approaches 40, so that's bad news in general as our winters get less cold, but also something to keep in mind if you go traipsing through the woods or meadows on warmer winter days. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/23 - 2:52 pm

The Scope takes a look at plans by the city and Fenway Health to open a facility where drug users could inject themselves with medical help just a step away - and with access to information about treatment programs.

By adamg - 1/6/23 - 3:37 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission relays the news, based on growing numbers of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Boston, Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop.

Also at high numbers: Covid-19 viral particles in sewage at the MWRA's Deer Island plant, which has become a predictor of new cases in the coming couple of weeks. Read more.

By adamg - 12/30/22 - 10:11 am
Latest Covid-19 numbers for the northern half of the MWRA district

The latest numbers from the MWRA's Deer Island treatment plant are out and they're not looking good.

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