Dr. Mary Bassett
A team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to be in New York City on Friday to meet with state and city officials regarding an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea. Symptoms appear between 2-10 days after exposure to Legionella bacteria.
Declaring “New York City is Ebola free,” Mayor Bill de Blasio hugged Dr. Craig Spencer after he walked out of Bellevue Hospital Tuesday as medical team members cheered and applauded.
On day five in the isolation unit, doctors said Dr. Craig Spencer is still showing symptoms of the virus and having gastrointestinal problems.
The mayor convened a meeting of city agencies at City Hall on Thursday as a display of readiness against the spread of the deadly virus.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Wednesday was celebrating the success of the city’s Shop Healthy program, one year after it was expanded to three new South Bronx neighborhoods.
There will still be a bulls eye on over-sized sugary drinks and tobacco, but Dr. Mary Bassett said she wants city residents to be on board with those restrictions.