Yearly Archives: 2017

Oneida Shores Remains Closed for Swimming

The Onondaga County Health Department announced today that Oneida Shores Beach, located in the town of Cicero, will continue to be closed for swimming due to water quality issues.  Water testing will continue and the Health Department will keep the public informed of the water quality as more information becomes available. The Iron Girl organizers… Read more >

Mosquito Pool Found Positive for West Nile Virus

Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Indu Gupta MD, MPH, has been notified that a mosquito pool from the East Taft Road trap in the  town of Cicero has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).  This is the first finding of WNV this year.   Dr. Gupta explained, “It is extremely important that people use personal protection… Read more >

Annual Elimination of Water Chestnuts in the Seneca River

The Onondaga County Health Department will begin to reduce the number of water chestnuts in the Seneca River in the Baldwinsville and Three Rivers areas beginning Monday, July 31 through Thursday, August 10, 2017. Water chestnuts are plants that are rooted in the river bottom. Water chestnuts spread quickly and their seeds can remain dormant… Read more >

Community Partners Collaborate to Promote Kids on the Move and Healthy Eating

Did you know that obesity rates of children in kindergarten through 2nd grade rise during the summer months? A couple of reasons for this include not eating healthy and being less physically active. On July 21, 2017, the Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) teamed up with the Syracuse City School District’s Summer Food Service Program… Read more >

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives

By Erika Frye, Environmental Health Technician II              In October of 2014, the Onondaga County Healthy Neighborhood Program (HNP) visited a family who lives on Garfield Avenue in Syracuse. The HNP is a program that provides health and safety related services to people who live in the City of Syracuse. At the visit on Garfield Avenue,… Read more >

Rabies Shot Clinics June – August 2017

The Onondaga County Health Department, in cooperation with local community partners, will be offering rabies shot clinics at the following locations during the months of June through August 2017: Thursday, July 6th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Onondaga Nation Fire Department, Route 11A, Nedrow Thursday, August 3rd, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Village of Minoa… Read more >

Protect Yourself from Diseases Caused by Ticks and Mosquitoes

The Onondaga County Health Department is encouraging residents to protect themselves this summer from tick and mosquito bites. Indu Gupta MD, MPH, Onondaga County Commissioner of Health explained that ticks can carry a bacterium that causes Lyme disease. “A person can get infected through the bite of an infected deer tick”. Dr. Gupta explained that… Read more >

Mumps Cases Reported in Onondaga County

The Onondaga County Health Department received reports of five cases of mumps in Onondaga County over the past few days. Four of these cases are students from a local university and one is a high school student in a local school district. All cases are still under investigation, and parents and students of these two… Read more >

Fox Found Positive for Rabies

Onondaga County Commissioner of Health, Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, reports that the New York State Department of Health’s laboratory has confirmed that a fox found in the Town of LaFayette tested positive for rabies. This is the fourth animal that has tested positive for rabies in 2017. Dr. Gupta stresses, “Protecting yourself from rabies is… Read more >