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2014 News Archives

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2014 News Archives

Oct 21, 2014

In Tompkins County, a coalition of healthcare, academic and first responders is actively developing strategies to respond in the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in Tompkins County. To date, no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Tompkins County or the State of New York.

Oct 14, 2014

The Health Department must locate a dog that bit a boy riding a bike in front of Gimme! Coffee on Cayuga Street in Ithaca. The bite occurred Monday, October 13, at approximately 5:20 p.m. The dog was of medium size with brown fur, and resembled a boxer/pit bull mix. The dog was being walked on a leash by a man and woman.

Sep 17, 2014

Now is the time to get a flu vaccination. There are many opportunities in the community for flu vaccination including health care provider offices, pharmacies, and the Tompkins County Health Department. Everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated every year against the flu.

Sep 12, 2014

The risk of rabies in Tompkins County is real. There have been 6 confirmed rabid animals in Tompkins County during the first nine months of 2014. One of these rabid animals was a bat found inside a home. This is a reminder that even indoors, people and pets are at risk of contracting rabies from bats.

Sep 05, 2014

The Peace of Mind (POM) Community Partnership renewed its campaign to promote sexual health and to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD) as a result of the increase in syphilis cases this past spring in the Central New York (CNY) region including Tompkins County.

Aug 29, 2014

Tobacco Free Tompkins is teaming up with new partners in its ongoing effort to denormalize tobacco use and curb youth exposure to tobacco. In a new round of state funding that began July 1, 2014, the youth action program Reality Check (RC) will be returning to the county after a five year absence. Tobacco Free Tompkins is Tompkins County’s community-focused tobacco control program.

Aug 27, 2014

The Tompkins County Health Department urges residents to avoid the risk of rabies and rabies treatment by capturing and submitting 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 2014.

Aug 05, 2014

The Tompkins County Board of Health (BOH) is seeking applications to fill a physician vacancy. Applicant physicians must be licensed to practice medicine in New York State and a resident of Tompkins County. Deadline for applications is September 5, 2014.

Jul 10, 2014

Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director at the Tompkins County Health Department reports the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Tompkins County. The case is an adult resident of Tompkins County.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Mr. Kruppa noted that while a person’s chance of getting sick may be low, it is important to keep in mind that everyone is at risk of becoming infected with WNV and it is important to take precautions. “The best way to protect yourself and your family from WNV infection is to avoid exposure to mosquitoes.  He urges Tompkins County residents to take the following preventive steps for avoiding mosquito exposure.

Jul 08, 2014

The three children who were playing with a bat that has been confirmed to have rabies still have not been identified. This occurred at Montgomery Park in the Village of Dryden on Monday, June 30 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

The Tompkins County Health Department received information on the description of the children: a girl about 7 or 8 years old and two younger boys.

The situation still remains urgent. It is imperative that the Health Department identify the children to evaluate the need for rabies treatment. Untreated rabies in humans is fatal. There is no cost for rabies treatment.

Anyone with information about the identity of these children should call the Health Department immediately at 274-6688 any time day or night.

Jul 03, 2014

The Tompkins County Health Department must locate 3 children who were playing with a bat that has been confirmed to have rabies. This occurred at Montgomery Park in the Village of Dryden on Monday, June 30 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

This is an urgent situation. It is imperative that the Health Department identify the children to evaluate the need for rabies treatment. Untreated rabies in humans is fatal. There is no cost for rabies treatment.

Anyone with information about the identity of these children should call the Health Department immediately at 274-6688 any time day or night.

Jul 01, 2014

It was reported that in the afternoon (1:30 -2:30 pm) on Monday June 30, three young children were seen poking a downed bat with sticks in the tree line at Montgomery Park along Elm Street in the Village of Dryden. If anyone has had contact with a bat at Montgomery Park in Dryden, immediately contact the Tompkins County Health Department - Environmental Health Division at 607-274-6688 to discuss the possibility of exposure to rabies, which is a very serious and deadly disease.

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