Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,12:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Health Commissioner to Residents: Know about Hepatitis, Know Your Status

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According to WHO, nearly 400 million people are living with chronic viral hepatitis and 1 million people die each year from causes related to viral ...

Suffolk County, NY - July 25, 2014 - July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, one of only four World Health Organization (WHO) disease-specific days. According to WHO, nearly 400 million people are living with chronic viral hepatitis and 1 million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis
 
Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, MD, MPH, MBA, MSW, asks Suffolk County residents to take a moment to learn about the various kinds of hepatitis, how hepatitis is transmitted, how it may be prevented and how it may possibly be treated once diagnosed.
 
Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A, B, C, D, or E viruses. The most common types in the United States are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
  • Hepatitis A (HAV) is typically caused by drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food. Hepatitis A does not lead to chronic disease.
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) occurs as a result of sexual contact or any contact with infected blood or body fluids.
  • Hepatitis C (HCV) is spread through contact with infected blood found in contaminated needles, razors, tattoos and body piercing tools. 
Immunizations are available for both hepatitis A and B. Both hepatitis B and C are blood-borne viruses that attack the liver and cause inflammation. They can be chronic and very serious.
 
While hepatitis A and hepatitis B can be prevented through immunization, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. The risk of infection can be reduced by avoiding: 
  • unnecessary and unsafe injections;
  • unsafe blood products;
  • unsafe sharps waste collection and disposal;
  • use of illicit drugs and sharing of injection equipment;
  • unprotected sex with HCV-infected persons;
  • sharing of sharp personal items that may be contaminated with infected blood; and
  • tattoos, piercings and acupuncture performed with contaminated equipment.
The symptoms of all viral hepatitis are similar and include yellowing of the skin, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. Hepatitis C is referred to as the ‘silent epidemic’ because most people have no symptoms and do not know they are infected. The disease often lies undetected for 20-30 years and is a leading cause of liver cirrhosis and liver failure.
 
“Chronic hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation” said Dr. Tomarken. ‘Yet most who are living with chronic hepatitis do not know they are infected and many do not even know how they were infected. We urge residents to talk to their health care providers and get tested.”
 
Knowing one’s infection status can prevent health problems that may result in infection and prevent transmission to family and close contacts. The most common routes of transmission for hepatitis B or C viruses are blood transfusions and blood products using unscreened blood (in most countries, but not all, blood has been screened since about 1990); medical or dental interventions without adequate sterilization of equipment; mother to infant during childbirth; sharing equipment for injecting drugs; sharing straws for snorting cocaine; sharing razors, toothbrushes or other household articles; tattooing and body piercing if done using unsterilized equipment. Hepatitis B infection can also occur as a result of unprotected sex or any exchange of body fluids with an infected person.
 
Suffolk County residents who think they may be at risk for either hepatitis B or C should contact their health care providers for testing and counseling on options for treatment as well as regular monitoring for early diagnosis of chronic liver disease.
To find out more about hepatitis, visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis.

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