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05 January 2017

Nassau Gym's Pool Closed After Health Department Finds Legionnaires' Disease

By Alex Costello (Patch Staff) - January 5, 2017 4:10 pm

The pool and spa of a gym in Garden City Park were shut down after water samples tested by the Nassau County Health Department tested positive for Legionnaires' disease, and more than one person may have been infected.
LA Fitness, located at 2350 Jericho Turnpike, had its pool and hot tub shut down on Dec. 30. A case of Legionnaires' disease was reported to the county health department, and after investigating and interviewing the patient, it was determined that the patient may have been exposed to the bacteria at the gym. The DOH tested many samples of water and found two that tested positive for legionella bacteria, which causes the disease.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia. Symptoms include cough, shortness of...

24 April 2015

Mold: What You Need to Know - Practical tips to limit breathing trouble

It can be found anywhere – on shower curtains, house siding or tree trunks. It grows in almost any color, and it thrives in damp, warm, humid places, sprouting up year-round.

It’s mold, and if you’re exposed to it, you could develop breathing problems, from mild to severe.

According to critical care pulmonologist Lamia Ibrahim, MD, mold, a fungus that reproduces through spores, can be responsible for breathing problems in almost anyone.

“There’s sufficient evidence to link mold exposure with upper respiratory tract symptoms – coughing and wheezing – in otherwise healthy people, as well as linking it to asthma symptoms in people with asthma,” she says.

“Other research suggests a potential link of early mold exposure to the development of asthma in some children, especially those with a genetic susceptibility to developing the condition.”

However, mold-induced breathing problems are temporary for the most part, and symptoms usually fade with less...

17 February 2015

Authorities still trying to determine how measles outbreak began at Disney parks

California public health authorities have conducted genetic tests on the virus that caused the measles outbreak sweeping the country, but that has not led them to the source of the outbreak so far. Writing in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state public health officials said they had genotyped the virus from 30 of 110 California residents who contracted the disease but still cannot determine the source of the outbreak, which began in late December in two adjacent Disney theme parks in Southern California.

All the specimens "were measles genotype B3, which has caused a large outbreak recently in the Philippines, but has also been detected in at least 14 countries and at least six U.S. states in the last 6 months," they wrote. The Philippines had more than 53,000 confirmed cases of the measles last year.

"International travel to countries where measles is endemic is a well-known risk factor for measles, and measles importations continue to occur in the United States," they wrote in the report, which was released late Friday. "However, U.S. residents also can be exposed to measles in the United States at venues with large numbers of international visitors, such as other tourist attractions and airports. This outbreak illustrates the continued importance of ensuring high measles vaccination coverage in the United States."

The CDC said last week that 121 people in 17 states and the District of Columbia had come down with the measles. Authorities have blamed the spread of a disease that was eliminated in 2000 largely on people who, for personal or religious reasons, are choosing not to have their children vaccinated or are delaying their immunizations...

03 February 2015

Mold has many ill health effects

Mold is a kind of microscopic fungus. There are many types and they are present throughout the environment, indoors and out. Tiny mold particles, known as spores, are always present in the air and can germinate and grow in a moist or damp environment on any surface that contains organic matter. A home that's been flooded can provide ideal conditions for the growth and proliferation of mold.

Why is mold a health concern?

Indoor mold can trigger allergies or allergy-like symptoms affecting the upper respiratory system. Although other, more serious problems may occur if people are exposed to very high levels of mold, the most common
complaints are:

• Nasal and sinus congestion.
• Cough.
• Wheeze/breathing difficulties.
• Sore throat.
• Skin and eye irritation.
• Upper respiratory infections (including sinus infections) ...