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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 9, 2009 at 3:47pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus. The County’s sixth death was confirmed today in a 33 year old female. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.
Health Department Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of this woman. I am also asking all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen.”
Experience with this virus so far is limited and influenza is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.
At this time, the Health Department along with the CDC recommends businesses, schools, day cares and the like remain open if a case of H1N1 is identified. These facilities should follow the protocols they have in place for any ill person.
Dr. Alonso recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 2, 2009 at 7:38pm
Public Notice to Water System Customers of the City of Delray Beach

September 2, 2009: To ensure that the City's drinking water remains safe and compliant with all State and Federal water quality requirements, the City is required to implement preventive measures that are safe and approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). As a result, the City is preparing for its semi-annual water distribution line disinfection program which will begin on Monday, October 5, 2009 and continue to Monday, November 2, 2009.

The City's routine maintenance program will include a "system burn," which utilizes free chlorine as the primary disinfectant. During this preventive maintenance activity, water customers may notice an increased chlorine odor and taste in their tap water. This is a normal occurrence and will cause no adverse health effects.

During this time period, customers with special needs should be aware of potential problems with their equipment and systems (e.g., kidney dialysis machines). In addition, tropical fish aquariums and holding tanks for fish and shellfish (i.e., stores and restaurants) should be aware that this temporary change in our disinfection process may be toxic to aquatic life if not properly addressed. Any such side effects will diminish when the City reverts to the normal disinfection method on November 3, 2009. Users are encouraged to contact an appropriate professional for guidance on how to use their equipment during this period.

The City will also flush fire hydrants during this period as part of the enhanced disinfection procedure. Customers may notice flowing water in streets and swales, localized lower water pressures and a slight discoloration of their tap water. This is a safe and normal occurrence during this process and will cause no adverse health effects. If you notice flushing activities in your immediate area, please refrain from using laundry machines until activities have ceased.

Please be assured that this is a routine preventive maintenance procedure. The City's public drinking water remains perfectly safe and compliant with all State and Federal requirements for primary water quality.

If you would like further information, please contact the Public Utilities Department at (561) 243-7312 between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm - Monday through Friday.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2009 at 3:36pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus throughout the summer. The County’s fourth death was confirmed today in a 90 year old female. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.
With the 95 confirmed cases in the past week the county total is now 342
Health Department Acting Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of this woman. I am also asking all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen.”
Experience with this virus so far is limited and influenza is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.
At this time, the Health Department along with the CDC recommends summer camps, businesses, schools, day cares and the like remain open if a case of H1N1 is identified. These facilities should follow the protocols they have in place for any ill person.
Dr. Alonso recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home.
Three websites are also updated regularly www.pbchd.com , www.cdc.gov, www.doh.state.fl.us locally information can be obtained by calling 211.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on July 23, 2009 at 10:09am
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus throughout the summer. The County’s second death was confirmed today in a 42 year old male. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.
With the 49 confirmed cases in the past week the county total is now 247.
Health Department Acting Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of this gentleman. I am also asking all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen.”
WHO’s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. It’s uncertain at this time how serious or severe this novel H1N1 pandemic will be in terms of how many people infected will develop serious complications or die from novel H1N1 infection. Experience with this virus so far is limited and influenza is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.
Dr. Alonso recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid
spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home.
Three websites are also updated regularly www.pbchd.com , www.cdc.gov, www.doh.state.fl.us locally information can be obtained by calling 211.

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Timothy O'Connor
Public Relations Manager
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 13, 2009 at 12:12pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY - 6/13/09

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus throughout the summer. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.

The latest information shows there have been 417 confirmed cases in Florida and no reported deaths. Palm Beach County has had 18 confirmed cases and today is adding its first probable cluster as 21 from a camping group of 41 became ill after arriving at their North Carolina destination. Nine of the sick returned to Palm Beach County Wednesday, and six more from the group are being treated in North Carolina and are expected to return with the remaining campers this weekend. The North Carolina Department of Health confirmed two of the six as H1N1 and with additional test results pending locally it is presumed all 21 became ill from the virus.

WHO’s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. It’s uncertain at this time how serious or severe this novel H1N1 pandemic will be in terms of how many people infected will develop serious complications or die from novel H1N1 infection. Experience with this virus so far is limited and influenza is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.

Health Department Director, Dr. Jean Malecki said, “We will continue to monitor the number of H1N1 and other flu cases in our county throughout the summer months.

Dr. Malecki recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly www.pbchd.com , www.cdc.gov, www.doh.state.fl.us locally information can be obtained by calling 211.

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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on May 20, 2009 at 3:23pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: TIM O’CONNOR

MAY 18, 2009 561-355-3576 FAX 355-3035

H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY



PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—The Florida Department of Health Laboratory has now confirmed a total of six cases of H1N1 Influenza in Palm Beach County. The latest three confirmations were a 36 year-old female, 7 year-old female and 6 year old female. All were isolated incidents diagnosed in early May and have since recovered by staying home during their illness and following the course of treatment.



In an effort to expedite the confirmation process all four Department of Health laboratories have received testing supplies from the Centers for Disease Control and now can test samples to confirm H1N1 Swine Flu. This expansion streamlines the process and probable cases will no longer be listed awaiting CDC confirmation.

Florida has 101 confirmed cases from areas throughout the state.

CDC no longer recommends that communities with a laboratory confirmed case of influenza A H1N1 consider adopting school dismissal or childcare closure measures.

A public health emergency has been declared by the State Surgeon General.

Flu information can be obtained in Spanish and English at 1-800-775-8039.



Health Department Director, Dr. Jean Malecki said, “We continue to monitor the number of H1N1 and other flu cases in our county.”



Dr. Malecki recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid
spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.


§ Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.



§ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.



§ Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly www.pbchd.com , www.cdc.gov, www.doh.state.fl.us locally information can be obtained by calling 211.

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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on May 14, 2009 at 9:15am
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL — The Florida Department of Health Laboratory confirmed two cases of H1N1 Influenza in Palm Beach County today. The probable case in the 75 year old male was confirmed and the second is in an 18 year old male who was symptomatic and treated earlier this month.
In an effort to expedite the confirmation process all four Department of Health laboratories have received testing supplies from the Centers for Disease Control and now can test samples to confirm H1N1 Swine Flu. This expansion streamlines the process and probable cases will no longer be listed awaiting CDC confirmation.

Florida has 60 confirmed cases in the following counties: one in Osceola, Alachua, Indian River, Marion, Clay, Collier, Lake, Manatee, Flagler, Seminole, Okeechobee, and Duval, two in Orange, Brevard and Sarasota, 3 in Pinellas, 7 in Lee, 8 in Hillsborough, 2 in Palm Beach, and 11 in Dade and Broward each.

New confirmed cases are:

Broward: a 14 year-old female

Dade: a 10 year-old female

Palm Beach: a 75 year-old male and 18 year-old male.

We have 2 probables in the following county: Okaloosa

CDC no longer recommends that communities with a laboratory confirmed case of influenza A H1N1 consider adopting school dismissal or childcare closure measures.

A public health emergency has been declared by the State Surgeon General.

Flu information can be obtained in Spanish and English at 1-800-775-8039.

Health Department Director, Dr. Jean Malecki said, "The two confirmed cases have responded to treatment and are well." The Health Department acted immediately on the suspicion that these persons may have H1N1. The early detection and treatment has proven effective in these cases.

Dr. Jean Malecki recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid
spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

§ Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.

§ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

§ Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their physician.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly www.pbchd.com , www.cdc.gov, www.doh.state.fl.us locally information can be obtained by calling 211.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on April 30, 2009 at 5:56pm
Gulf Stream Commissioners are looking for an alternate member of the Architectural Review and Planning Board. The alternate, a volunteer position, attends monthly meetings. You must be a Gulf Stream resident. If interested, call Town Hall at 561-276-5116.
--Margie Plunkett
 

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