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Rabid Bat Found on North Geneva St. in Ithaca

On August 24, 2016, a bat found on the sidewalk in front of 437 North Geneva Street, near the intersection of Cascadilla Street in the City of Ithaca, was determined to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory.

If you or your pets have had any contact with this bat, please contact the Tompkins County Health Department at (607) 274-6688 immediately to discuss possible exposure to rabies. Untreated rabies in humans is fatal. Full press release.

Continued Water Conservation Needed Despite Recent Rain

The Tompkins County Health Department is reminding residents of the continued need for water conservation, despite the rain that’s been received in recent days.

Tompkins County is urging all residents, businesses and visitors to conserve water.
Full press release

Everyone Urged to Conserve Water to Address Our Severe Drought

Tompkins County and much of the Finger Lakes are experiencing severe drought conditions, because of our prolonged period of low rainfall. The shortage of rainfall has caused the City of Ithaca's withdrawal of water from the Six Mile Creek reservoir to at times exceed the rate of replenishment, and Fall Creek has approximately half its flow being used by the Cornell University system.

If the current drought conditions do not improve, coupled with the return of students in the next few weeks both supplies could be inadequate to meet the demand. The City of Ithaca and Cornell University have asked users to conserve water.

Tompkins County is urging all residents, businesses and visitors to conserve water.
Full press release

Updated School Immunization Regulations for 2016-2017 School Year are in effect.

Recall of ground turmeric due to elevated lead levels; distributed at Big Lots stores.

July 28, 2016


Water Conservation Advisory for Tompkins County

As a result of the prolonged period of low rainfall, the New York State Department of Conservation has issued a drought “watch” for all of New York State. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Tompkins County and much of the Finger Lakes are experiencing severe drought conditions.

Fall Creek and Six Mile Creek, which supply drinking water to Cornell University and the City of Ithaca, are at record low levels. USGS data shows groundwater levels are lower than normal and steadily dropping. Residents are urged to take measures to conserve water, now. Full press release | Drought info and updates.

Increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections

There was a local increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis for the first half of 2016, according to the TCHD. From January to June 2016, there have been 174 cases of Chlamydia, 22 cases of Gonorrhea and 6 cases of Syphilis. STI cases have occurred in both females and males ranging in age from 16 to 62 years. Many Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis 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 and risk further infection in the community. Full press release >


Three words that everyone who is sexually active should know, to protect your health and prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)!

    1. Talk to your partner before you have sex.
    2. Get Tested!
    3. If you test positive for an STI, Get Treated

Want to learn more about STIs and the Talk-Test-Treat campaign? Click right here, right now!

Zika Virus

Zika virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Anyone who is living in or traveling to an area where Zika virus is found (Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America) and who has not already been infected with Zika virus is at risk for infection.

Zika virus has been in the news recently because of the possible link to microencephaly in infants whose mother was infected by the virus during pregnancy.

The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.

for more information.

Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV

Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medicine taken daily that can be used to prevent getting HIV. PrEP is for people without HIV who are at very high risk for getting it from sex or injection drug use. Many people who can benefit from PrEP aren't taking it. If more health care providers know about and prescribe PrEP, more HIV infections could be prevented. Click here for more information.

Vaccines Save Lives

Flu vaccinations: Everyone, Every Year!

The Health Department recommends a flu shot for everyone, every year. Visit our Seasonal Flu page for more info.

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