A little over a month ago, as the second wave of the great H1N1 hysteria of 2009 began to swell, it seemed like vaccines would be made available to any New Yorker who’d decided he would rather not gamble on contracting the feverish, vomit-inducing, kinda-maybe-sorta-lethal porcine plague.
Things didn’t work out that way.
The family of the first New York City resident to die of swine flu, Mitchell Wiener, has filed a $40 million suit against the city.
The suit alleges city officials “were negligent, careless, reckless, grossly negligent and violated Public Health Law” because they, among other things, failed to report “an outbreak Read More
This afternoon, the human resource department at NBC in New York sent out a bulk email to staffers warning them that a couple of employees at 30 Rockefeller Plaza have come down with the flu.
From the email:
“Recently, like many other companies, we had a few NBCU New York employees diagnosed with independent cases Read More
New York Post: The thing about writing a column like this every day is that you realize, sometimes, the news does not move very fast. We’ve already talked quite a bit about the Astor trial, which takes up pretty much the entire front page of the Post today. Yesterday’s testimony was the stuff we’ve been Read More
President Barack Obama made a superb choice in selecting Dr. Thomas Frieden as the new director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the highly respected but demoralized public health agency. Dr. Frieden led the city’s Health Department for seven memorable years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg—and if he can do for the C.D.C. what Read More
New York Daily News: Sometimes on a Monday you’re on the elevator with a coworker and you’re not sure what to say, so you say, “Do anything interesting this weekend?” And sometimes the person tells you, “Yes, I saw [insert movie name here].” So you say, “How was it?” And they only have a few Read More
New York Post: Let’s start at the top, shall we? Umm. A guy with a jetpack seems to have propelled himself out of a diving plane and survived its crash. The picture looks a bit like a scene from a G.I. Joe cartoon show: Drat, Destro got away again! “Great escape” reads the copy, in Read More
New York Post: “PIGGY BACK!” Yes, the swine flu seems to be back with a vengeance in Northeastern Queens, where late yesterday afternoon the city shut three schools down after clusters of illness suggested prevalent swine flu among students and faculty. Over 1,500 students are now without anyplace to go for the next five days, Read More
New York Post: There was so much to write about this morning! Looking at the Post‘s Web site, it’s hard not to think that the photo illustration of a pig with Joe Biden’s face superimposed on the pig’s was not originally commissioned with a view to front-page placement. That’s the Swine Flu Story Read More
ALBANY—Majority Leader Malcolm Smith just told reporters he will not accompany several of his members on a junket to Puerto Rico because his wife and daughter are among those who may be infected with Swine Flu.
“I myself, unfortunately, have a daughter who was at that school who is under the weather,” Smith told Read More