RIDOHRhode Island Department of Health
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RIDOH tested a sample of prosciutto from an unopened package from the establishment and collaborated with the Food Safety and Inspection Service to see if the processing plant had recently tested positive for L.
A newly identified case of HIV infection was defined in a person with a positive confirmed HIV test at RIDOC who had no record of a previous positive HIV test result according to RIDOH HIV surveillance data.
Of the 102,229 tests, a total of 169 detainees had a newly identified HIV infection that had not been reported previously to RIDOH.
RIDOC and RIDOH work collaboratively to locate these persons in the community to deliver confirmed results and offer referral to treatment.
In May 2003, RIDOH and HELP Lead Safe Center staff conducted a home inspection, which detected litargirio in a small glass jar in the bedroom of the twins, who used the substance as an antiperspirant/deodorant.
A litargirio sample purchased by RIDOH staff from a local botanica contained 360,000 ppm (36%) lead.
RIDOH issued a statewide health alert on June 30, 2003, warning the public to stop using litargirio and advising pregnant and nursing women and children who used this product to obtain a BLL test.
To assess litargirio use in the Hispanic community in Providence, RIDOH and CDC conducted a convenience survey of parents/guardians in three hospital-based pediatric clinics over a 2-week period (weekdays) during January-February 2004.
No additional cases of litargirio-associated lead poisoning have been reported to RIDOH or CDC.
RIDOH now inquires specifically about use of litargirio when visiting Hispanic families of children with elevated BLLs.