At Least 12 Schoolgirls In New York Develop Debilitating Mystery Illness, Health Department Refuses To Disclose Cause (Gardasil?)
January 16, 2012
By Ethan A. Huff
“You have to wonder why the health department refuses to disclose the cause. Ethan A. Huff speculates the culprit could be Gardasil.” –KTRN
Please note that the suggested connection between the mystery illness and the HPV vaccine Gardasil is unconfirmed, and is merely a speculation based on the other facts presented. It is the author’s opinion that Gardasil may be related, but readers are encouraged to develop their own hypothesis, since authorities refuse to disclose what they say is the actual diagnosis.
Twelve young schoolgirls from Le Roy Junior – Senior High School near Rochester, New York, recently became afflicted with a mysterious condition that caused them to develop tics and other symptoms similar to those associated with Tourette Syndrome. But administrators from the Le Roy Central School District refuse to publicly disclose the condition or its cause, even to the girls parents, claiming that it is a “federal issue.”
Since September, the 12 afflicted students, all girls, developed symptoms so severe that many of them had to be pulled out of school and tutored at home, according to WHAM 13 in Rochester. Officials claim the girls have all been properly diagnosed since that time, but they refuse to disclose any detailed information citing HIPAA privacy laws that actually do not apply in this situation, which implies a coverup.
“I can assure you these children have all been seen by professionals that have come up with answers and they are all being treated and they’re actually doing pretty well,” alleged Dr. Greg Young from the New York State Department of Health, during a recent meeting with upset parents. Dr. Young and his crew say environmental factors, poisonings, illicit drugs, hysteria, fake illness and various other causes have been ruled out — but vaccines, and the Gardasil vaccine in particular, were not mentioned as being ruled out.
August 16th, 2011
More than 60,000 pounds of ground beef from the National Beef Packing Co. has been recalled because of the risk of E. coli food poisoning.
The ground beef recall was announced on August 12 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after Ohio health department inspectors found contamination by E. coli O157:H7 during a routine inspection of one of National Beef Packing Co.’s products. There have been no food poisoning reports linked to the contaminated beef.
The recall affects 60,424 pounds of National Beef ground beef chubs produced on July 23, 2011, with a Freeze by Date of August 12, 2011, and ground beef chubs produced on July 25, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 14, 2011. All of the affected beef has an establishment number “Est. 262″ in the USDA mark of inspection.
A full list of products affected by the recall is available in the FSIS recall notice. The FSIS has also provided a full retail distribution list (pdf). The meat was shipped to Kroger, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Winn Dixe and Publix stores nationwide. The FSIS warns that the ground beef may have been repackaged for sale to consumers.
E. coli O157:H7 is one of the more common causes of food poisoning in the United States. When left untreated, it can lead to dehydration and potentially life-threatening illness. While most healthy adults recover from food poisoning caused by E. coli within a few weeks, young children and the elderly could be at risk for more severe illness. If the toxin enters the blood stream, E. coli could also lead to kidney failure known as Hemolytic-Urenia Syndrome (HUS).
Consumers with questions can contact the company by calling (816)713-8631.
July, 19 2010
My FOX New York
By: Adrian Carrasquillo
The Health Departments has detected high levels of the dangerous West Nile Virus in every borough except Manhattan.
The number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus is unusually high at this point in the season though there have been no human cases as of yet.
The agency issued an alert on Friday to medical providers throughout the city, asking them to be on the look out for possible cases of West Nile virus and to report them. Next week, the Health Department will conduct adult mosquito control spraying in affected residential and non-residential areas of Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx to reduce mosquito populations
“Warm standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, so with the three heat waves that we’ve already had this summer, it is vitally important to make sure standing water is reduced to help prevent mosquito breeding,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner. “This summer it is especially important to take simple personal steps to reduce exposure to mosquitoes, especially for persons 50 years or older. The best way to reduce risk is to wear repellent outdoors in the evening, when mosquitoes are most active.”
Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes
- Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
- Make sure windows have screens, and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Eliminate any standing water from your property, and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
- Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
- Report standing water by calling 311 or visiting NYC.gov
- If you think you have symptoms of West Nile virus, see your doctor right away. The most common symptoms are headache, fever and extreme fatigue.
February 22, 2010
By Ethan A. Huff
The subject of a recent federal lawsuit, routine blood samples legally taken from Texas newborns to screen for disorders and diseases were illegally being kept by the Texas Department of State Health Services without parental consent. Found to have begun holding and retaining such blood samples since 2002, the agency is being sued on behalf of the children’s parents by the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Legislation passed in May 2009 allows for blood samples to be retained indefinitely but allows parents to opt out if they wish to do so. However the lawsuit maintains that all blood samples obtained prior to the legislation be destroyed in cooperation with the law at that time. While the Health Department has agreed to destroy the samples, which have been preserved as blood spot cards, it is requesting permission to keep the blood samples of 400 children whose blood tested positive for certain atypical disorders.
The lawsuit is demanding no financial restitution for the state’s crimes, citing only privacy concerns and the principle of holding the government accountable when it violates the rights of its people. According to Andrea Beleno, an Austin mother and plaintiff in the suit, people must stand up and oppose governmental lawlessness otherwise nobody will.
An agreement was reached on December 14 whereby the Center must destroy all samples within 120 days unless the state receives written permission to retain specific samples. The Health Department must also inform the parents who were plaintiffs in the suit how their children’s blood samples were used and if any financial transactions took place during the research process. All projects must also be published on the agency’s newborn screening website.
Spokesmen from Texas A&M’s Health Science Center, the facility where the blood cards were being stored, expressed relief that a settlement has been agreed upon and the lawsuit dismissed, but it mourned the loss of what it described as a “superb database” that would have helped to prevent future birth defects in children.
The Health Department has agreed to comply fully with the new law concerning blood sample retention and is assuring parents that all information will be kept confidential and privacy maintained. The agency hopes that new parents will be willing to voluntarily allow their children’s blood samples to be retained for research purposes that could lead to novel new treatments for serious medical problems.
February 8, 2010
By Amit Pathania
Prescription drugs can be purchased legally, but the fact that they are so easily available is now taking a dangerous and deadly turn. There is a rapidly growing black market for prescription medicines, and youngsters are the most common and frequent buyers.
As has been shared by the US Health Department, about 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, which is much beyond the combined total number of people who abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, ecstasy and inhalants.
Also, there are growing concerns about who is being all the illegal selling.
Authorities have shared that the abuse of these drugs is also directly resulting in an increase in criminal activities.
“Because most of these people paying $80 on the street for one pill don’t have a job to support that habit. They’re breaking into your houses and stealing your stuff and writing bad checks to your business”, said Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers.
January 25th, 2010
By Tanya Sierra
The San Ysidro School District is investigating how a 13-year-old middle school student received the H1N1 flu vaccination last week over her objections and against the will of her parents.
Jose Gomez, 39, said he signed a form last November stating his daughter, a student at San Ysidro Middle School, was not to get a shot and reaffirmed that position to two people last week. The school provided vaccinations on Thursday.
District Nurse Anita Gillchrest said she investigated the incident and has forwarded a report to Superintendent Manuel Paul, but she said she could not reveal the details.
Gomez said San Ysidro Middle School officials insisted he sign a consent form even though he did not want his daughter to receive the vaccination. He said he was instructed to write “refuse” on the form and turn it in, which he did.
Nonetheless, his daughter was pulled from class to get the vaccination. She advised the security guard who escorted her to the vaccination area that she was not supposed to get the shot and was told that maybe “her mom changed her mind,” Gomez said.
The girl also told the woman providing the vaccines from the county health department that she was not supposed to receive the shot, Gomez said.
“According to their safety guidelines, if any child said ‘No,’ they were supposed to contact the parent,” Gomez said. “My daughter said no and they didn’t bother to contact me or my wife.”
Gomez said he did not want his daughter to receive the vaccination because he did not know what the solution contained and because his youngest daughter has allergic reactions to vaccinations.
“I didn’t want to risk it,” Gomez said. “Everyone gives you a different story about this vaccine and it’s scary.”
December 28, 2009
Holiday travelers passing through Tulsa International Airport got the chance Monday morning to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus.
The Tulsa Health Department offered free H1N1 vaccinations at the airport.
The health department set up a booth at the upper level checkpoint area.
“It certainly is not too late to receive a H1N1 vaccination. We continue to look at ways we can make getting vaccinated easy. By offering H1N1 vaccine at the Tulsa International Airport on one of the busiest travel days of the year, we hope to reach those who may have been too busy during the holidays to make time to protect themselves with a vaccination.” stated Tulsa Health Department Interim Director Reggie Ivey.
Free H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccinations continue to be offered to residents overs 6 months of age on a walk-in basis Mondays – Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the following locations:
James O. Goodwin Health Center located at 5051 S. 129th E. Avenue, Tulsa, OK
Central Regional Health Center located at 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, OK
Expo Square Health Center located at 4616 E. 15th Street, Tulsa, OK
November 25, 2009
Press of Atlantic City
By Ben Leach
A shortage of seasonal flu vaccine has forced the state’s health department to ease up on mandatory flu shot requirements for young children who want to remain in day care and preschool.
On Tuesday, New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Services announced that children between the ages of 6 and 59 months who are in day care or preschool do not need a seasonal flu shot. Normally, they would have to get vaccinated by Dec. 31, 2009.
However, state health officials still want children to get vaccinated if they can get a hold of the vaccine.
“We still strongly encourage parents to get their kids vaccinated,” said DHSS Commissioner Heather Howard. “Our message is still the same.”
The seasonal flu vaccine is one of 11 vaccines that children are required to get as a prerequisite for entering day care or preschool in New Jersey. Children in that age range still need the other vaccinations.
According to Howard, manufacturers have said that more seasonal flu vaccine should be available in December. However, since the state does not know how many doses of the vaccine will be available, the requirements for young children will be waived for this year.
No seasonal flu clinics currently are scheduled for the area. Howard said she does not know how many people have already been vaccinated, but she added that many people did take advantage of earlier flu clinics this year.
“When we knew we were going to be delayed in getting the H1N1 vaccine, we encouraged people at the end of the summer to get their seasonal flu vaccine first,” Howard said.
The health department also reported Tuesday that influenza like activity throughout the state has decreased for the second week in a row. However, flu activity is still considered widespread, and the H1N1 influenza virus has claimed another life.
Howard announced that a 35-year-old Morris County man died from the H1N1 influenza virus on November 16. The state does not know if the man had any underlying medical conditions.
So far, 29 people throughout the state have died from complications related to the H1N1, or “swine flu,” virus.
November 23, 2009
By Mark Walsh
A federal district judge has ruled for a West Virginina school district and its officials in a case in which a parent sought to exempt her daughter from mandatory vaccinations for medical and religious reasons.
The ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of Charleston, W.Va., is interesting in light of the debate over links between vaccines and autism, as well as public debate over school vaccinations for the H1N1 virus.
The suit was filed by Jennifer Workman, who feared exposing her 6-year-old daughter to mandatory vaccines required for school because the child’s older sister developed developmental disorders that the mother attributes to vaccines. The mother submitted a doctor’s note seeking to exempt the 6-year-old from vaccines, but the Mingo County School District turned down the request on the advice of the West Virginia state health department, according to court documents.
The mother sued the district and its officials, claiming, among other things, that the vaccination requirement violates her First Amendment right to free exercise of religion. The mother’s “Christian Bapticostal religious beliefs require that she honor God by protecting her child from harm and illness, and that immunizing [the 6-year-old] in this instance would violate those sincerely held beliefs,” her suit said.
In his Nov. 3 opinion in Workman v. Mingo County Schools, Judge Goodwin said West Virginia is one of only two states that does not offer religious exemptions for school vaccines. (He doesn’t identify the other state.)
The judge granted summary judgment to the Mingo County school district on 11th Amendment immunity grounds. Unfortunately for the mother, the school district has been under state control since 2005, which means for immunity purposes it is considered an arm of the state, and under the 11th Amendment, the state may not be sued without its consent. (The judge said a regular county school system in West Virginia–one not under state control–would not have such immunity.)
Judge Goodwin did reach the merits of the mother’s constitutional claims with respect to several school official defendants.
“Ms. Workman’s freedom of religion claim fails,” the judge said. “Her beliefs do not exempt her from complying with West Virginia’s mandatory immunization program. It has long been recognized that local authorities may constitutionally mandate vaccinations.”
He cited a 1905 U.S. Supreme Court case, Jacobson v. Massachusetts, and a 1944 decision, Prince v. Massachusetts, as well as a number of lower-court rulings that support the idea that, as the judge put it, “Although most states have chosen to provide a religious exemption from compulsory immunization, a state need not do so.”
November 13, 2009
By Shelley Hanson
It took the strength of two sheriff’s deputies to keep a middle schooler still enough to receive a shot of the swine flu, or H1N1, vaccine at a recent clinic.
During a regular Wheeling-Ohio County Health Board meeting Tuesday, health department Administrator Howard Gamble told board members about the student’s attempt to flee Wheeling Middle School during a vaccination clinic held there last Friday.
He noted the boy’s mother could not bear to watch the scene and left the gymnasium. Out of apparent fear of receiving the injection, the student ran out of the building. The school’s resource officer, Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputy John Haglock, coaxed the boy back inside. Once at the shot station, however, Haglock apparently needed some help keeping the boy still, and another deputy assisted.
“He tried to run. I looked over and saw two sheriff’s deputies holding a kid down,” Gamble said. “Mom took off, she couldn’t take it. You had one nurse with the needle, two deputies holding him, one nurse is grabbing hands – because that’s what they want to do, to go after the needle. And that’s the last thing you want.”
Gamble said as soon as the nurse gave the boy his injection and told him he was done, he hopped up like nothing had happened.
“For the most part they go very easy. As far as the shots, every once in awhile you have to hold down one or two – but that’s why mom is there or dad is there,” Gamble said.
He added after the meeting that Friday’s incident was the only time Ohio County deputies have held a student during a shot.
“They’re mostly there for parking and directions. They also know the kids. … They were our first line of contact when setting up the clinics,” Gamble said.
Neither Sheriff Pat Butler nor Haglock could be reached for comment. A sheriff’s department official said Haglock is on vacation for the next two weeks.
During a clinic Tuesday at Bridge Street Middle School, similar scenes took place – though not quite as dramatic and not involving officers of the law. A couple sets of parents could be seen keeping their children from wiggling away while a nurse quickly administered the vaccine.
Ten-year-old Austin Price, the son of Jennifer and Josh Price, decided to take the shot standing up and with no assistance from his mom or dad. He even smiled for a photograph.
And on a scale of 1-10, how painful was the shot?