Just when Central New Yorkers thought winter was over, it appears the flu season is also sticking around. It's almost a repeat of last year – where one virus predominates the season, peters out and another strain replaces it, say Onondaga County health officials. County Medical Director Quoc Nguyen says the H1N1 virus has faded, but influenza type B has been trending up during the past week.
Flu Cases have been on the Rise for Nine Straight weeks in Onondaga County and the County Health Commissioner wonders if we’ll reach the mark this week. Doctor Cynthia Morrow updated the County Legislature’s Health Committee Thursday morning.
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.