Monday, December 10, 2012
Surgical masks now required for all unimmunized healthcare workers.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The following information was provided by the Rhode Island Department of Health PROVIDENCE – Michael Fine, MD, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), has issued a Declaration of Widespread Flu Incidence Statewide. This declaration triggers Rhode Island’s new regulations requiring all healthcare workers who have not been immunized against influenza to wear a surgical mask during all times of direct patient contact. “Flu is here in Rhode Island, and all signs indicate that this flu season is expected to be more severe than those in recent past,” said Dr. Fine. “We encourage all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves and those around them by being immunized against influenza. Our healthcare workers have an obligation to …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Protect yourself and family against mosquito bites - colder temperatures haven't killed off Tiverton's infected mosquitoes yet.
The Department of Environmental Management announced yesterday that samples from a northern Tiverton mosquito pool tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The positive EEE result was from a Culex species that feeds on birds and mammals. The positive EEE finding came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff on Sept.24 and tested at the RI Department of Health (HEALTH) laboratory. The results were confirmed on Monday. According to Alan Gettman, Ph.D., DEM's mosquito abatement coordinator, even though evening temperatures have gotten cooler, there are still infected mosquitoes in the environment. Therefore, all Rhode Islanders should take extra care to protect themselves, particularly when mosquito-biting activity is high. Both …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
With multiple pools of mosquitoes testing positive for EEE and WNV, health officials are urging schools and towns to reschedule outdoor sports.
The state Department of Health (DOH) is urging towns and schools to practice "smart scheduling" of outdoor sports amidst the rising threat of mosquito-borne illnesses. So far this year, five pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) while another four have tested positive for West Nile Virus across the state. Earlier this month, mosquitoes from a test pool near Wickford tested positive for Highlands J virus. Though the virus does not affect humans, it is an indicator environmental conditions are appropriate for the transmission of other mosquito-borne viruses. Officials at the DOH are now encouraging towns and schools to avoid scheduling sports practices, games and activities around early morning or …