Tag Archives: Infectious disease

Infectious Diseases Expert Explains Legionnaires’ Outbreak in the Bronx

Posted on: July 30, 2015

Infectious Diseases Expert Explains Legionnaires’ Disease

By Dr. Debra Spicehandler

With reports of cases of Legionnaires’ disease cases rising to 31 in the South Bronx, individuals should know the symptoms, and that it is treatable. I have seen one case at Northern Westchester Hopsital this month. Legionnaires’ disease is not rare. In fact, it is one of the most common causes of pneumonia. However, it can be treated with antibiotics including Erythromycin, Zithromax, or Levaquin.

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Westchester Infectious Disease Specialist on Lyme Disease Prevention

Posted on: September 25, 2012

Tick Tock: Time to Watch Out for Lyme

An Interview with Dr. Debra Spicehandler

Heading out for a hike, the last thing you want to think about is getting sick. Unfortunately, anywhere there are deer ticks (blacklegged ticks) there’s a potential that you could contract Lyme disease. Over 16,000 new cases of Lyme are reported each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Lyme isn’t the only concern, says Debra Spicehandler, MD, an infectious diseases specialist and Co-Chair of the Infection Control Committee at Northern Westchester Hospital. Dr. Spicehandler shares a bit about Lyme disease, what to look out for, and how to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.

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