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Environmental News, Local Health News, Newsroom Nearly half of private wells sampled on Cape have PFAS

Nearly half of private wells sampled on Cape have PFAS

minary results of a study of private wells on Cape Cod found that nearly half of the water samples had detectable levels of emerging contaminants known as PFAS. The study found that about 46% of 101 private wells tested in 12 Cape towns had at least one PFAS chemical.

10/3/19 at 12:45 pm     180      , , ,
Local Health News, Newsroom Massachusetts temporarily banning sale of vaping products

Massachusetts temporarily banning sale of vaping products

overnor of Massachusetts declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state, apparently the first action of its kind in the nation. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s order was quickly approved by the state Public Health Council and applies to all vaping products and […]

9/25/19 at 12:39 pm     195      ,     Associated Press
Local Health News, Newsroom 3rd Person In Massachusetts Dies From EEE This Year

3rd Person In Massachusetts Dies From EEE This Year

rd Massachusetts resident has died of the mosquito-borne illness Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The person lived in Hampden County, state Department of Public Health spokeswoman Ann Scales said in an email. No other identifying information has been released.

9/24/19 at 4:11 pm     195      , ,     WBUR.org
Environmental News, Local Health News, Newsroom It’s time to take Lyme seriously

It’s time to take Lyme seriously

in 2017, there were 5,323 confirmed cases of Lyme in New England, according to the Centers for Disease Control — making the region the epicenter of the disease. Lyme cases peak in the summer months, and in Massachusetts it especially affects children aged 5 to 9 and adults aged 65 to 74, who have the highest […]

8/27/19 at 3:54 pm     296      ,
Environmental News, Local Health News, Newsroom State Confirms 4th Human Case of EEE, Woman Reported Dies

State Confirms 4th Human Case of EEE, Woman Reported Dies

assachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a female over the age of 50 who was a resident of southern Bristol County on Sunday.

8/27/19 at 3:49 pm     281      , ,
Department News and Updates, Environmental News, Local Health News, Newsroom Harmful Algal Blooms or “HABs”: How they can affect you, your children and your pets

Harmful Algal Blooms or “HABs”: How they can affect you, your children and your pets

here for the Town of Barnstable's *LAST* cyanobacteria update of the season - 9/23/19.

7/9/19 at 5:45 pm     855      , , ,
Department News and Updates, Environmental News, Local Health News, Newsroom Barnstable County lab could be at forefront of PFAS testing

Barnstable County lab could be at forefront of PFAS testing

arnstable County Water Quality Laboratory will soon add PFAS testing to its repertoire, becoming a trailblazer among public laboratories in the state.

6/13/19 at 1:01 pm     480      ,     Cape Cod Times
Local Health News, Newsroom State pursues water quality standards

State pursues water quality standards

assachusetts DEP is reviewing guidelines for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), currently at 70 parts per trillion but proposed to be reduced to 20 parts per trillion, based on studies and assessments of the chemicals.

4/18/19 at 3:41 pm     653      ,     Cape Cod Times