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September 12, 2014

NYS Department of Health Confirms Cases of Serious Respiratory Virus

The New York State Department of Health is again advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness, which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State. EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory illness among children and other individuals, sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.

September 10, 2014

New York State Department of Health Monitoring Progress of Respiratory Virus Causing Illness Among Children in Midwest

With several states in the Midwest recently reporting clusters of an enterovirus, EV-D68, that is causing some cases of severe respiratory illness among children and other individuals, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is monitoring for the illness in New York and advising health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the virus. While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, which are very common viruses causing respiratory illness, EV-D68 is a type that is less common.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with health departmentsin several states to investigate suspected clusters of respiratory illness.

August 26, 2014

The Town of Rotterdam Wins the Title of Best Tasting Drinking Water in New York State

Acting Health Department Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D. today announced that the Town of Rotterdam, Schenectady County, has claimed the top spot in the New York Tap Water Taste Contest, held at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The Village of Remsen in Oneida County was the runner-up.

August 21, 2014

State Health Department Releases New Reports Detailing 30-day Readmission Rates for PCI and CABG

Approximately 11 percent of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and 15 percent who have coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, according to two new reports released today by the New York State Department of Health.

August 15, 2014

Inaugural Class Awarded Master’s in Laboratory Science Degrees from Wadsworth Laboratory at NYS DOH

The New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) Wadsworth Center today conferred Master of Laboratory Science (MLS) degrees upon its first class of graduates from the program. The MLS Program, established in 2012, is the brainchild of Wadsworth Center Director Emeritus Dr. Lawrence Sturman, who delivered remarks at the ceremony.

July 18, 2014

State Health Department Using DNA Sequencing to Combat Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

Pinpointing the source of a salmonella outbreak may soon take less time and be more accurate, thanks to next generation DNA sequencing techniques being used at the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Laboratories.

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