Gardening, hiking, outside gatherings — it’s time to get outside and enjoy the season. It’s also time to take steps to prevent Lyme disease. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected deer tick that remains attached to the person for 36 hours or more. The time for greatest concern is late spring and early summer when nymphal ticks are active. These are small (about the size of a poppy seed) and difficult to see. Click here for the full press release. Click here for info about Lyme disease. Click here for a video about removing ticks.
A total of 175 ballots were cast at the annual Water Week Tasting, held Sunday, May 3, during Streets Alive! The City of Ithaca topped the voting with 42 ballots cast, Trumansburg came in second with 34 votes, and Bolton Point third with 27. Seven water municipal water systems were in the tasting.
Tobacco use, poor diet, and physical inactivity resulted in more deaths than alcohol consumption, microbial agents, toxic agents, motor vehicle crashes, incidents involving firearms, and unsafe sexual behaviors combined, according to recently released data for 2012. Download the PDF.
The Campaign to ImmuNYze all New Yorkers is an initiative of the County Health Officials of New York (NYSACHO), bringing together patients, parents, providers and campaign partners. Our goal: to heighten awareness of the need to immunize throughout life — from infancy through senior years — by offering reliable, science-based information on vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases.
The current measles outbreak that began in California highlights a problem that continues to grow in the United States — parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. Before the vaccination program started in 1963, the CDC estimates that about 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the U.S. Of those, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 developed encephalitis (brain swelling) from measles.
Read the full Viewpoint by Public Health Director Frank Kruppa »
Measles Factsheet »
In Tompkins County, a coalition of healthcare, academic and first responders is actively developing strategies to respond in the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in Tompkins County. FULL STATEMENT»
The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Visit our Seasonal Flu page for more info.