Thursday, February 28, 2013
David Mueller, a pre-nursing student at Lehigh Carbon Community College, died Wednesday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
A 31-year-old Lehigh Carbon Community College pre-nursing student has died following a bout with the flu and pneumonia, according to a memo from a LCCC official to students and staff. David Mueller, 31, died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to his obituary posted on the Heintzelman Funeral Home webpage. He was employed as an insurance agent at Geico in Whitehall Township, but he was working toward a degree in nursing at LCCC. He graduated in 2000 from Emmaus High School and was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Orefield. More people have died of the flu in Pennsylvania this season than any other flu season since 2003, when the state began tracking cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
There have been more flu-related deaths this season than any other season since 2003, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state health department.
More people have died of the flu in Pennsylvania this season than any other flu season since 2003, when the state began tracking cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Tuesday. Also, there have been more lab-confirmed cases and hospitalizations this season. Of the 154 flu-related deaths from Oct. 2 through Feb. 16, five were in Lehigh County and four were in Northampton County, according to the latest flu statistics released by the state health department. Most of the deaths were among those 65 and older. Though the flu remains widespread in Pennsylvania, there was good news -- the number of reported flu cases, hospitalizations and emergency room visits were down from the previous week. A total of 1,082 flu cases were …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
More than 3,500 cases of flu, including seven deaths, have been reported in Lehigh Valley through Feb. 5.
Flu-related emergency department visits and doctor visits continued to decline last week, but the number of reported flu cases remained above average, according to the latest flu statistics released Feb. 5 by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The flu is still considered to be widespread in Pennsylvania. Across the state, a total of 1,974 flu cases were reported last week, down from 3,683 the previous week. In the Lehigh Valley, the number of confirmed flu cases this season is 3,554, from Oct. 2 through Feb. 5: No one was reported to have died from flu-related complications in the Lehigh Valley last week, though there were 21 flu-related deaths across the state. That brings to 123 the total number of flu-related deaths this season, …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
More than 3,200 cases of flu including eight deaths have been reported in Lehigh Valley through Jan. 26.
Flu-related emergency department visits continued declining last week, but current activity remains above average, according to the latest flu statistics released Jan. 29 by the Pa. Department of Health. This season's flu outbreak in Pennsylvania is still described as "widespread." Eight flu-related deaths -- four in Lehigh and four in Northampton counties -- have been documented in the Lehigh Valley. That number is up from two deaths last week. Westfield Hospital in South Whitehall Township will hold a free flu shot clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Statewide, 27 influenza-related deaths were reported last week, including one death of a child. Altogether, 102 flu-related deaths have been reported season-to-date. A majority (…
Monday, January 28, 2013
A new norovirus strain that was detected last year in Australia has reached the United States.
Monday, January 28
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds this season, a new strain of the highly contagious norovirus has reached the U.S. from Australia. Often referred to as the stomach flu, norovirus is unrelated to influenza but often occurs during flu season. Symptoms of the norovirus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that GII.4 Sydney strain is currently the leading cause of norovirus outbreaks in the U.S. In the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Jan. 25, the norovirus is described as the leading cause of epidemic gastroenteritis, including foodborne outbreaks, in the U.S. Of norovirus cases reported from September to December, 54 percent have …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Statistics released Tuesday show 35 flu-related deaths last week, including two in Lehigh County. But health officials say the number of reported flu cases is going down.
Two people died from flu-related complications in Lehigh County in the past week, as the number of flu cases statewide declined, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday. No deaths were reported in Northampton County. Also, Lehigh Valley Hospital spokesman Brian Downs said Tuesday that an infant who died at the hospital earlier this month did not have the flu, as earlier believed. Initial indicators had pointed to the flu, Downs said, but test results were "negative for flu." Read More: Flu Outbreak Leads to Visitor Restrictions at Hospital in Lehigh Valley Statewide, there were 35 flu-related deaths in the past week, bringing to 75 the total number of flu-related deaths this season, from Oct. 2 through Jan. 19. Confirmed flu …
People under 18 are not permitted to visit Lehigh Valley Hospital or St. Luke's Hospital under new temporary restrictions because of the widespread flu outbreak.
Monday, January 21, 2013
People under 18 are not permitted to visit Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Luke's Hospitals under new temporary restrictions.
Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke's University Health Network announced Monday that their hospitals are temporarily restricting visitors because of community-wide surges in the the flu and flu-like illnesses. Both networks said in prepared releases that visitors under age 18 will not be permitted in the hospitals. Also, people with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches) should not to come to the hospital to visit patients. Lehigh Valley Hospital said the visitation restrictions apply to hospital inpatient areas only and do not affect outpatient, procedure, treatment, diagnostic or pharmacy locations. St. Luke's University Health Network said the visitor restrictions are in effect at St. Luke’s Hospital – …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Statistics released Tuesday from the state Department of Health show flu cases continue to rise locally and across Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, January 16
The number of flu cases in the Lehigh Valley and throughout Pennsylvania continues to climb, according to new state data released Tuesday. The state health department reported Tuesday that there were another 18 influenza-related deaths last week, bringing to 40 the total number of flu-related deaths this season, through Jan. 12. The state Health Department website did not indicate any deaths in Lehigh and Northampton counties, nor any pediatric flu-related deaths. However, an infant had died from flu-related complications in early January at Lehigh Valley Hospital, a hospital spokesman confirmed last week. Most of the reported deaths were among those 65 and older, the state health officials said. The state Department of Health put the …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Flu shots are still available through the St. Luke's Health Network and St. Luke's Community Health Clinic.