Detectan ocho casos de contagio con bacteria legionario en el Alto Manhattan

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EL NUEVO DIARIO,NUEVA YORK._ Las autoridades de salud y el concejal dominicano Ydanis Rodríguez, confirmaron que se han detectado ocho casos de contagio con la peligrosa bacteria legionaria en edificios con aires acondicionados centrales en el Alto Manhattan.
Siete de los afectados siguen hospitalizados y uno fue dado de alta.

El concejal Rodríguez, que llamó a los residentes del Alto Manhattan, jurisdicción dentro del distrito 10 que representa en el ayuntamiento, llamó a no alarmarse, diciendo que él y las autoridades están trabajando en todas las medidas posibles para evitar que se produzca un brote como ocurrió en El Bronx recientemente.

La bacteria, cuyos principales síntomas, fiebre, mareos, nausea, diarrea y otros en principio similares a los de una gripe común, se puede contener con antibióticos comunes, si los afectados se tratan a tiempo, de lo contrario, la bacteria arroparía todo el cuerpo causando estragos en órganos vitales.

“No hemos confirmado casos específicos de algún dominicano que haya sido afectado, aunque los ocho contagiados, residente entre las calles 145 a la 170, área mayormente poblada por dominicanos y afroamericanos”, dijo anoche el concejal en una entrevista telefónica con este reportero.

“Esa área cubre la parte sur de Washington Heights (Alto Manhattan) y la parte norte de Hamilton Heights y nos estamos asegurando que no cunda el pánico en esta situación, y que se tomen todas las precauciones, exhortando a las personas que viven en esa franja que tengan síntomas similares a los de la gripe, acudir al médico para ser chequeados y asegurarse de que no han sido contagiados”, agregó el concejal Rodríguez.

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Health Department Probes Community Cluster Of Legionnaires’ Disease In Upper Manhattan

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Health Department confirmed Wednesday it was investigating a community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in upper Manhattan.

The department says eight people throughout Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights have been diagnosed with the disease in the past week. All but one of the patients was hospitalized, and one of the hospitalized patients has already been discharged according to the department.

The individuals infected range from 40 to over 80 years-old, but the department says most of them were over 50 and above.

The health department says they’re investigating the eight cases and testing water from nearby cooling tower systems.

A community meeting will be held at Saint Luke’s AME Church located at 1872 Amsterdam Ave. Thursday night.

New Yorkers with flu-like symptoms, cough, fever, or difficulty breathing should contact a doctor immediately. The disease isn’t contagious and can be treated by antibiotics if caught early, but can be spread if people breathe in water vapor that contains Legionnaires’ bacteria.

There have been no deaths associated with the current cluster.

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Legionnaires’ disease outbreak reported in Washington Heights

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An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has hit Washington Heights, with eight residents sickened by the bacteria-borne illness over the past week, officials reported Wednesday.

Seven of the eight patients have been hospitalized, and one has been discharged, officials said.

No deaths have been reported from the cluster.

Ages of the patients range from under 40 to over 80.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by the bacteria Legionella, which grows in warm water. Symptoms resemble other types of pneumonia and can include fever, chills, muscle aches and cough.

Most cases of Legionnaires’ disease can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks and condensers for large air-conditioning systems.

Investigators are testing water towers in the northern Manhattan neighborhood where the cluster occurred to identify the source.

“While most people exposed to Legionella don’t get sick, individuals ages 50 and above, especially those who smoke and have chronic lung conditions, are at a higher risk. This disease is very treatable with antibiotics. I encourage anyone with symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease to seek care early,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.

Manhattan Council member Mark Levine, the Health Committee chairman who represents the area said, “In the past Legionnaires’ outbreaks have led to fatalities. We take this very seriously.”

The Health Department will hold a community meeting at Saint Luke’s AME Church, 1872 Amsterdam Ave., on Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss the outbreak.

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Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak In Washington Heights Sickens 8

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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — The New York City Health Department is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' Disease reported in Washington Heights.

Eight people fell ill with Legionnaires' Disease in the past seven days in Washington Heights, city health officials said. All but one of the people who contracted the disease were hospitalized and one person has since been discharged from the hospital, officials said.

None of the cases have proved deadly, health officials said.

"The Health Department has identified a cluster of Legionnaires' disease in the Lower Washington Heights area," said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. "While most people exposed to Legionella don't get sick, individuals ages 50 and above, especially those who smoke and have chronic lung conditions, are at a higher risk. This disease is very treatable with antibiotics. I encourage anyone with symptoms of Legionnaires' disease to seek care early."

The ages of people sickened in Washington Heights range from 40- to 80-years-old, but a majority of the cases were people older than 50, health officials said.

The city Health Department will test water samples from cooling towers in buildings near the outbreak, officials said. The department listed the area of the outbreak as "lower Washington Heights," but did not provide details as to what that area entails. A Health Department spokeswoman told Patch that the department does not disclose the specific locations of outbreaks.

A community meeting will be held at Saint Luke's AME at 1872 Amsterdam Ave., located between West 152nd and 153rd streets, to discuss the outbreak. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., health officials said.

Legionnaires' symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea and generally surface two to 10 days after contact with the bacteria Legionella. Common culprits in the spread of the Legionella bacteria include cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks, and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems, the Department of Health said.

The disease cannot be spread from one person to another, the Department of Health said in a statement.

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New Yorkers sleeping less and eating more takeout, studies find

AMNY.pngBy Lisa L. Colangelo, Abigail Weinberg and Grace Moon

We really are the city that never sleeps — and that’s not the half of it!

New Yorkers are having trouble sleeping, eating more takeout food and spending at least three hours a day staring at screens, according to a series of health studies being released on Tuesday.

Researchers from the NYU School of Medicine and the city Health Department looked at issues including sleep, obesity, depression and diabetes using data from a citywide survey.

“In general, people who live in cities tend to fare worse than people who don’t live in cities,” said Lorna Thorpe, professor and director of the Division of Epidemiology at NYU Langone Health. “You see that in other studies because there are more people in poverty and a diverse population.

“But in some instances we are doing better than the national average,” added Thorpe, who is also vice chair of the Department of Population Health. “New York City has lower obesity levels. We’ve really seen a decline in secondhand smoke.”

The number of city dwellers deemed obese jumped from 27.5 percent in 2004 to 32.4 percent in 2013-14, according to the studies. But nationwide the increase was over 31 percent compared to roughly 15 percent in the city.

Black adults in New York City had the highest incidence of obesity at 37.1 percent, while Asian adults marked the largest increase, from 20.1 percent to 29.2 percent.

“In South Korea, meat is extremely expensive compared to here in the states,” said Sara Soonsik Kim, director of public health for the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York. “As a result, when immigrants arrive in the U.S., they tend to consume a lot of beef, pork, chicken, rather than vegetables. This increased meat consumption leads to being overweight, higher levels of cholesterol and health issues.”

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How Monica is making it happen this week

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NEW YORK — City officials say 21 public housing developments with 2,400 apartments will get $400 million in renovations, paid for by the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and new federal Section 8 funding.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement at Campos Plaza I, a 875-apartment complex on the Lower East Side that recently underwent renovations under the Section 8 plan.

The 2012 initiative, called the Rental Assistance Demonstration, promises to upgrade 15,000 NYCHA apartments by 2025.

“All New Yorkers deserve to live in safe and decent housing, which is why we’ve been investing in NYCHA since the first day of my Administration to reverse the decades of neglect,” de Blasio said. “The City is leveraging every tool available to deliver critically needed repairs without raising the rent. We will never stop fighting to improve the quality of life for NYCHA residents.”

NYCHA will begin resident engagement this summer at the 21 developments across Manhattan and Brooklyn:

Manhattan sites:

  • 335 East 111th Street
  • Manhattanville Rehab (Group 2)
  • Manhattanville Rehab (Group 3)
  • Park Avenue-East 122nd, 123rd Streets
  • Public School 139 (Conversion)
  • Samuel (MHOP) I
  • Samuel (MHOP) II
  • Samuel (MHOP) III
  • Washington Heights Rehab (Groups 1&2)
  • Washington Heights Rehab Phase III
  • Washington Heights Rehab Phase IV (C)
  • Washington Heights Rehab Phase IV (D)
  • Fort Washington Avenue Rehab
  • Grampion

Brooklyn sites:

  • Armstrong I
  • Armstrong II
  • 572 Warren Street
  • Berry Street-South 9th Street
  • Marcy Avenue-Greene Avenue Site A
  • Marcy Avenue-Greene Avenue Site B
  • Weeksville Gardens
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Volunteers needed as donations pour in for immigrant children in NYC

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NEW YORK — When Councilmember Mark Levine asked for donations of clothes, diapers, and toys for more than 300 immigrant children in NYC, he was overwhelmed by the generosity of New Yorkers.

“We are so touch by all the bags and bags donated. It keeps on coming,” said Levine’s Chief of Staff, Aya Keefe.

At first, Levine’s office started collecting and placing items in his district office, but the space quickly became too small.

“This could take over our church yes, but we don’t mind. It’s a great way for New Yorkers to help,” said Rev. Kevin wright, who opened up Riverside Church, in Morningside Heights, to store donations.

Now, there is a need for volunteers to sort and deliver these items to the children.

If you want to volunteer or give, visit http://www.marklevine.nyc/childrefugees?splash=1

The ride sharing company Via has been donating their services to move donations.

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Neoyorquinos se vuelcan en ayuda a niños separados de sus familias

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Muchos neoyorquinos han seguido la cobertura en la prensa de los niños separados de sus padres en la frontera, y de entre estos los que han sido enviados por el gobierno federal a New York.

En total son más de 200 de estos niños que están en guarderías y otros centros en la ciudad.

Lo que llama la atención es que muchos neoyorquinos han ido más lejos de simplemente mostrar su sorpresa o molestia ante la separación de estos niños de sus padres: han pasado a la acción donando víveres o colaborando como voluntarios.

"Gracias a la increíble muestra de generosidad de los residentes no solo de nuestra ciudad, pero de todo el país, hemos recolectado una enorme cantidad de ropa, diapers, juguetes, productos de higiene personal y mucho más", explicó el concejal de Manhattan Mark Levine, quien inició el llamado para que la gente donara.

Han sido tales las cantidades de los víveres y otros productos donados, que para el lunes la oficina de Levine pedía que mejor ya no se donara nada y que quien quisiera ayudar que lo hiciera con contribuciones financieras a las organizaciones humanitarias que ayudan a los refugiados. 

"Pedimos que las donaciones físicas ya no sean enviadas a nuestra oficina", escribió Levine en su página de Facebook. 

Lo sucedido es un ejemplo de la época actual que se vive en el país en la que las redes sociales juegan un tremendo papel en la movilización del público. Levine básicamente consiguió las montañas de donaciones gracias a su página de Facebook y a su sitio de internet.

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President Trump Pushes Back On Immigration, Stands With So-Called ‘Angel Families’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNewYork) – Capping off a contentious week over the more than 2,000 migrant children separated from their families at the southern border, President Donald Trump fired back at critics Friday.

The president stood alongside so-called “Angel Families” and introduced them as “the other side” of the immigration story. He said the families are the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

Laura Wilkerson’s 18-year-old son was murdered in 2010.

“We weren’t lucky enough to be separated for five days or 10 days, we’re separated permanently,” she said. “Any time we want to see or be close to our kids we go to the cemetery.”

Earlier this week, Trump signed an executive order to keep children with their parents who cross the border illegally. Details of the order are still being sorted out.

U.S. officials told CBS News most children separated from their families by U.S. Customs and Border Protection would be reunited by the end of the day Friday. The directive, though, did not apply to the more than 2,000 children being held by the Department of Health and Human Services.

One reunion took place Friday morning at Baltimore–Washington International Airport in Maryland. Beata Mejia-Mejia’s 7-year-old son had been taken from her in May after they arrived from Guatemala. She sued to regain custody and the Department of Justice agreed to release the boy.

At a rally outside a federal immigration detention center in New Jersey, Sen. Bob Menendez spoke by phone to an immigrant separated from his family.

“He was going to be here, but he was threatened to lose his job,” said Menednez.

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In New York, Even a Count of Separated Children Proves Elusive

WRAL_Logo.pngBy Liz Robbins and Annie Correal

NEW YORK — On Friday, officials in New York still did not have answers to even the most basic questions about the children who had been separated from their parents at the southern border and relocated 2,000 miles away: How many were there, and where had they been placed?

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio sent letters demanding that information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When it was not forthcoming, Cuomo threatened the 10 agencies that had accepted the separated children, and which the state also regulates, to turn over the children’s names or lose their operating certificates.

But because they are bound by their contracts with the federal government not to disclose information about children in their care, the agencies said they could not share it, even with the state.

So faith leaders and local elected officials pieced together the numbers: About 60 children each at Catholic Guardian Services, Lutheran Social Services and Abbott House, all in the Bronx, according to officials who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information. Another 19 had been at the Westchester children’s residence visited by Cuomo on Thursday. And there were 243 at Cayuga Centers in East Harlem, according to the latest figures from the mayor’s office. Officials seemed to be learning new numbers every few hours, as they tried to account for the 700 children Cuomo spoke of Thursday.

The confusion underscored just how chaotic the situation was, with lawyers frantically scrambling to figure out how to represent the children, and Cayuga, which had the most children, urgently looking for staff and asking for more Spanish-speaking volunteers to serve as foster parents.

De Blasio blamed the Trump administration for the mess. “This was thrown together, this family separation policy, with no preparation for trying to figure out where kids would go that made any sense,” he said on WNYC radio Friday.

The mayor said it made sense to Cayuga officials that children were sent to New York, because there were “not a lot of places near the border that had this ability, as organizations, to provide the social services and provide a setting for these kids, or had enough foster care placements.”

The president ended the policy of separating children from their parents at the border with an executive order Wednesday, but there was not yet any plan in place to reunite them.

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