October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among United States women, no matter your race or ethnicity. The three main risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman, getting older, and certain genetic changes.
Most women (about 8 out of 10) who get breast cancer do not… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta reported two cases of mumps in Onondaga County since the last week of August. Both cases are students at Syracuse University. Dr. Gupta explained, “It is important to remember that mumps is a vaccine preventable disease and because of high vaccination rates, mumps is no longer very common… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta reported today the first case of human West Nile virus infection for 2017 in a child that lives in the City of Syracuse. The child was briefly hospitalized and is expected to make a full recovery. This is the first human case of West Nile virus since 2014.… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta announced today that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has confirmed that algal blooms found along the shore of Skaneateles Lake contain elevated levels of toxin. The Onondaga County Health Department, New York State, the City of Syracuse, and the Town of Skaneateles are continuously… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Department has issued a Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Skaneateles Lake. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae in the lake. People and their pets should avoid contact with any algae blooms, surface scums, and colored water.
Blue-green algae blooms can turn the water… Read more >
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held each year on August 31st with an aim to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or suffered a permanent injury as a result of… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) continues to be present in Onondaga County. Two mosquito pools from samples collected last week have tested positive for WNV—one from a trap located at East Taft Road in the Town of Cicero and another in the Town of Geddes.… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, is notifying the public that eight mosquito pools from samples collected last week have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). One pool was from a trap in the Town of DeWitt, two in the Town of Salina, and five in the Town of Cicero. Dr. Gupta… Read more >
The Onondaga County Health Department announced today that Oneida Shores Beach, located in the town of Cicero, is open again for swimming. Swimming at Oneida Shores was closed due to water quality issues. Lisa Letteney, Director of Environmental Health, explained that water quality test results received today now show acceptable levels.… Read more >
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, is notifying the public that four more mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). One mosquito pool was from a trap located in the Town of Lysander and the other three were located in the Town of Salina. Dr. Gupta explained, “The Health Department… Read more >