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Comment by Andrew Hall on November 3, 2011 at 9:10pm
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 13, 2011 at 11:38am

DENGUE FEVER IN PALM BEACH COUNTY PROMPTS ADVISORY

 

Palm Beach County, FL— A mosquito borne disease advisory was issued today by the Palm Beach County Health Department following confirmation of a locally acquired case of Dengue Fever.

 

“We have been closely monitoring the county for the possibility of Dengue being reintroduced in our area since we have seen it in counties north and south of us,” said Health Director Alina Alonso, MD.  “With today’s confirmation I am issuing a Mosquito Borne Illness Advisory.”

 

In 2009 locally acquired cases of Dengue were diagnosed in Key West and since then, others have been found in South Florida.  This is the first locally acquired case in Palm Beach County although eight others have been reported this year and acquired out of the country.

 

Classic dengue fever is characterized by acute onset of high fever, 3-14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.  Patients develop high fevers, severe headache, muscle and bone aches, rash, severe pain behind the eyes and mild bleeding from the nose or gums.  Acute symptoms, when present, usually last about 1 week, but weakness, malaise, and anorexia may persist for several weeks.   Treatment emphasizes relief of symptoms, avoiding aspirin and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and drinking plenty of fluids.  Severe manifestations (e.g., dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome) are rare but may be fatal.

 

Dengue is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which is commonly known as the household mosquito but unlike others it is a day biter.  The advisory encourages all to drain any standing water from around the home or business as these mosquitoes can leave their eggs in the smallest water reservoirs.  All are also advised to cover their windows with screens in good condition, use air conditioning when possible and cover themselves with light weight long sleeve clothing and pants.  Insect repellants containing DEET or picaridin are also effective in preventing the mosquito from biting.

 

Mosquito control has been notified and is stepping up its spraying efforts to reduce the Aedes mosquito population.

 

Persons experiencing symptoms should see their medical provider or if severe visit the nearest hospital or clinic.   

 

Further information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Health Website at www.doh.state.fl.us, or the Palm Beach County Health Department site at www.pbchd.com

 

Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 4, 2011 at 11:25am
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 4, 2011 at 11:24am
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on January 8, 2011 at 11:53am
Whale sighting off Briny Breezes on January 7. Photo by Ira Friedman
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 5, 2010 at 10:25am
The League of Women Voters, Palm Beach County in partnership with WXEL has established a telephone HOTLINE bank to answer questions regarding the November 2nd elections.

Phones will be open for calls from October 19 through November 2nd to answer such questions as: where, when and how to vote, questions about eligibility, about the ballot amendments and whatever else citizens need to know in order to vote. The number to call is 561 276 4898
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 1, 2010 at 12:18pm
FDOT Road Work Advisory for October 4-8, 2010
October 1, 2010: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that two lanes of I-95 will be closed in each direction, north of Lake Ida Road, 8:00 pm until 5:00 am, from Monday evening, October 4th, through Friday morning, October 8th, as part of the I-95 Intelligent Transportation (ITS) Deployment Project. For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.

ONGOING PROJECTS: The George Bush Boulevard Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Delray Beach, is closed to motorist and pedestrian traffic for bridge rehabilitation through December 2010. Traffic will be detoured via A1A, East Atlantic Avenue, and U.S. 1/ Federal Highway. For more information about this project, please contact Palm Beach County Construction Services at (561) 684-4000.

About the I-95 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Deployment Project:
This $24.5 million, 38.6-mile Design/Build ITS Deployment project, which began in October 2008, is establishing a permanent Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network along I-95 through Palm Beach County and includes installing Dynamic Message Signs on I-95 and on crossroads with entrance and exit ramps to/from I-95, and installing Highway Advisory Radio and other ITS-related equipment. The project is being done in two phases: Phase A is underway between the Broward-Palm Beach County line and PGA Boulevard, and is expected to be completed by winter 2011; Phase B, from PGA Boulevard to the Palm Beach-Martin County Line, will start after Phase A is completed, and should last approximately one year. Work is being performed by Transcore ITS.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 24, 2010 at 3:34pm
FDOT Road Work Advisory for September 27-October 1, 2010

September 24, 2010: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has advised that two lanes of I-95 will be closed in each direction, north of Lake Ida Road, 8:00 pm until 5:00 am, from Monday evening, September 27th, through Friday morning, October 1st, as part of the I-95 Intelligent Transportation (ITS) Deployment Project. For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.

ONGOING PROJECTS: The George Bush Boulevard Bridge, over the Intracoastal Waterway in the City of Delray Beach, is closed to motorist and pedestrian traffic for bridge rehabilitation through December 2010. Traffic will be detoured via A1A, East Atlantic Avenue, and U.S. 1/ Federal Highway. For more information about this project, please contact Palm Beach County Construction Services at (561) 684-4000.

About the I-95 Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Deployment Project:
This $24.5 million, 38.6-mile Design/Build ITS Deployment project, which began in October 2008, is establishing a permanent Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network along I-95 through Palm Beach County and includes installing Dynamic Message Signs on I-95 and on crossroads with entrance and exit ramps to/from I-95, and installing Highway Advisory Radio and other ITS-related equipment. The project is being done in two phases: Phase A is underway between the Broward-Palm Beach County line and PGA Boulevard, and is expected to be completed by winter 2011; Phase B, from PGA Boulevard to the Palm Beach-Martin County Line, will start after Phase A is completed, and should last approximately one year. Work is being performed by Transcore ITS.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 7, 2010 at 5:54pm
Eradication Declared in Palm Beach County Medfly Program
September 1, 2010: The Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services (FLACS) announced that the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) outbreak in Palm Beach County has been eradicated. As of September 1, 2010, regulations have been lifted and fruit movement is no longer prohibited.

Eradication is achieved when three (3) life cycles of the Medfly (approximately 60 days) have passed without finding another wild Medfly. The ban on fruit movement has been lifted and, according to FLACS, all businesses under compliance agreements are released from all regulatory requirements of the program. Medfly trapping will continue under the statewide fruit fly detection and monitoring program, and sterile Medflies will continue to be released as a preventive measure.

For more information, visit the Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services website at http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/enpp/ento/exoticfruitflies.html or call their toll-free help number at 888-397-1517.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 7, 2010 at 5:10pm
I-95 Pavement Repairs Scheduled to Begin September 25, 2010
September 7, 2010: The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that approximately four (4) miles of southbound travel lanes on I-95 from south of Linton Boulevard to south of Boynton Beach Boulevard will undergo pavement repairs. This project is scheduled to begin September 25, 2010 and will take approximately 185 days to complete.

The repairs, which include milling and resurfacing, will be done mostly at night and may cause intermittent lane closures and/or travel delays. Signage will be posted to advise motorists of current conditions while work is in progress.

For more information, please call (561) 641-6440.
 

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