Below are selected alerts for residents to take note of:
July 26, 2013
Rabies warning for residents who recently visited Rhode Island
The Health Department is alerting residents who traveled to Rhode Island recently that if they had contact with a calf in a pasture adjacent to Gray’s Ice Cream at 16 East Road in Tiverton, Rhode Island, there is the potential that they may have been exposed to rabies.
The calf, named Oreo, bit a visitor to the ice cream parlor on July 15, the Rhode Island State Departments of Health and Environmental Management said. The Tiverton animal control officer, following standard procedure, ordered the animal quarantined for 10 days to determine whether it would develop rabies and require that the victim be vaccinated. The three-month-old calf died on July 21. However, officials did not learn of the death until three days later and the carcass had decomposed to the point where it was not possible to determine whether the animal had the disease.
Out of an abundance of caution, public health officials in Rhode Island are considering that this animal may have died from rabies and are viewing anyone that had contact with the animal’s saliva from July 5 through July 21 as potentially at risk for being exposed to rabies. Anyone from Westchester who visited this area of Rhode Island during this time period and had contact with this calf should call the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000 to be evaluated for post-exposure rabies treatment.
July 17, 2013
Boater and swimmer advisory lifted for Long Island Sound near Milton Harbor in Rye and Mamaroneck Harbor
The advisory cautioning against contact with the Long Island Sound near Milton Harbor in Rye and Mamaroneck Harbor has been lifted by the Westchester County Department of Health. The advisory is being lifted based on the results of water samples which show that the water does not pose a public health risk. People who use the Long Island Sound in this area for recreational purposes are free to resume direct contact with the water and swimming at the following beaches is now permitted: Beach Point Club, Orienta Beach Club, Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, Shore Acres Pointe and Harbor Island Park Beach, all in Mamaroneck; and American Yacht Club, Shenorock Shore Club, Coveleigh Club and Greenhaven Association, all in Rye.
The advisory had been issued as a precaution because an underground force main break near Blind Brook had released sludge close to where the Blind Brook empties into the Long Island Sound. The Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities took the force main out of service at about 2:15 p.m. on Monday, but repair efforts were hindered by high tide.
Repairs to the force main were completed Tuesday evening and water was pumped through the pipe during the night while workers checked the air relief valves along the force main. Crews finished backfilling this morning and the line has now resumed normal pumping operations.
October 2012 -- FDA widens Meningitis Outbreak
The FDA has widened the scope of its investigation into medications produced by New England Compounding Center. It is recommending medical providers reach out to patient by letter if they received sterile site injections or ophthalmic treatment with NECC products. For the latest information visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or New York State Department of Health.