On August 17th, 2015, emergency regulations were adopted to prevent the spread of disease caused by Legionella bacteria. The regulations require that all cooling towers in New York State be registered, inspected, certified, and tested for the presence of bacteria. The deadline for statewide electronic registration, testing, and inspection is September 16, 2015. Click here for online registration. Read the full press release here for more information.
The New York State Department of Health announced amended vaccination regulations for children entering or attending school. According to the amended regulations, New York State school children will now be mandated to receive a complete series of all required vaccines – or be in the process of doing so – in order to attend classes. More info »
There has been a local increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia from January to July 2015. STI cases in both females and males have ranged in age from 18 to 55 years. Many cases have reported anonymous sexual encounters arranged through internet hook-ups and dating phone apps. As a result of the anonymous encounter, they may not be able to notify sex partners of exposure. More info»
A bat found on Utica Street in the City of Ithaca was determined to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory. The bat was found on the ground several houses south of East Lincoln Street across the street from the Tabernacle Baptist Church on August 13, 2015. Full press release.
The Tompkins County Board of Health meeting on August 22 has been cancelled. The Board will meet next month on Tuesday, September 22 at noon at the Health Department.
Avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment! TCHD urges residents to capture and submit for laboratory testing any bat found in their home that may have come in contact with humans or pets. There have been two confirmed rabid bats in Tompkins County in 2015. Click here for more details.
The best way to enjoy the pleasures of summer is to be prepared for heat, sun, and the outdoors. Check out these tips for getting the most out of summer fun!
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.
The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Visit our Seasonal Flu page for more info.