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2012 News Archives

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2012 News Archives

May 29, 2012

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate a dog that may have bit a man on his hip on Pine Tree Road, in front of the horse barn. This occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2012. 

The dog appeared to be a chocolate lab/retriever mix with white spots. There was a young woman with dark brown hair, wearing a yellow top, and large brown sunglasses running the dog on a leash.

If the dog can be located and observed to be healthy by the Health Department by June 5, 2012, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out and rabies post-exposure treatment for the person who was bitten will not be necessary.

May 25, 2012

Every year, thousands of Americans get sick with recreational water illnesses (RWIs), which are caused by germs found in places where we swim. And every day, two children in the United States under the age of 14 years die from drowning; it is the leading cause of injury death for children 1–4 years old. Healthy and safe swimming means preventing the spread of the germs that cause RWIs and keeping children safe from drowning.

May 15, 2012

On May 15, 2012, a red fox from Buttermilk Falls State Park was determined to be rabid by the New York State Rabies Laboratory.

The fox was known to have attacked several people, biting one person before being shot by the Park Police.  It is believed the same fox attacked a dog on Spencer Road.  If you or your pets have had any contact with a fox in this area on or prior to May 11, 2012, please contact the Tompkins County Environmental Health Department at 607-274-6688 immediately to discuss possible exposure to rabies.

Apr 03, 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin today released county health rankings for most counties in the United States. Tompkins County was ranked the second healthiest county in New York State.  The rankings use a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. And the rankings help everyone to see that where they live, learn, work, and play influences their health and the health of their community.

Mar 07, 2012

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract. It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person. Pertussis can affect anyone at any age but it is particularly harmful to children and infants who are too young to be vaccinated.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) reports an increase in pertussis activity around the state and Tompkins County is no exception.  In 2011, there were 13 cases of pertussis in the County. In 2012, to date there are 9 cases. Pertussis is cyclical in nature. In 2009 and 2010 there were a total of three cases; 25 in 2008; 5 in 2007 and 38 in 2006.