With scorching temperatures in Central New York, health officials say everyone should start taking precautions to beat the heat. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding drinks with caffeine or alcohol, taking breaks, and wearing light colored clothes can help residents avoid becoming sick. Residents should first recognize the signs of staying outside in the heat too long, Onondaga Health Department Spokesperson Melanie Droder warns.
A group of Onondaga County lawmakers today got an update on the health department’s mosquito control program. We reported on Wednesday that there are likely to be more mosquitoes as a result of the wet weather, but not necessarily more disease. Still, Health Commissioner Doctor Cynthia Morrow says West Nile virus and Triple-E are a part of the region’s ecology, and they’re trying to control it.