Onondaga County Health Department

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The Onondaga County Health Department is preparing to test about 100 people at Fowler High School Friday who may have come into close contact with someone who has an active case of Tuberculosis.  Officials say, however, there’s virtually no risk of exposure to the general public.  

County health officials say the person has been ill for several weeks and often returned to school.  The person was ultimately hospitalized with pneumonia, and diagnosed with TB.   Health commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta says her office was informed, and they’ve launched their investigation.

SU "Aggressively" Addressing Mumps Outbreak Through Education, Isolation

Oct 11, 2017
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Onondaga County and Syracuse University health officials say they’re continuing to monitor the student population for mumps now that there are 13 confirmed cases of the virus.  There are five more “probable” cases and at least 10 others with possible symptoms.  Senior Vice President for enrollment and student experience at Syracuse University Dolan Evanovich has been reaching out to students and parents. 

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The rise in flu cases in Onondaga County isn’t the only thing you can catch during this winter season, other viruses are also active.  Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Jennifer Nead says there are many strains and types of viruses this time of year.  The road to recovery can take awhile.

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  The air quality is officially smoke free today inside Syracuse Housing Authority properties.  They’ve been preparing tenants for a year in advance and the new policy is gaining praise from local health officials. 

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  The Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak that hit New York City earlier this summer is now having an impact here in Onondaga County.  There’s not any disease showing up, but building owners that have cooling towers are now covered by new regulationsCounty Health Department Director of Environmental Health Lisa Letteney (LETT-nee) expects the new registry to be pretty widespread.

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  We’re returning to the issue of Legionnaires' Disease today after the death toll in the recent New York City outbreak has risen.  There's also new Statewide action to reduce the threat.

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  Central New Yorkers are being encouraged to get out on their bicycles through the Cycle in the City series that started Sunday.  Organizers hope people get healthy, while learning a little about Syracuse. 

The theme of Sunday’s first 20-mile ride was water.

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  Most men know that they should get regular prostate cancer screenings, but not everybody does. New technology means that a trip to the doctor’s office doesn’t have to be as scary. 

  One fairly common type of cancer here in Central New York has a real barrier to detection…but it’s also one of the easiest to prevent.  We wrap up our series on cancer screening and prevention today.

  Deaths from Cervical Cancer have dropped dramatically in the last two decades due to regular screenings becoming more routine.  WAER continues our series on cancer screening and prevention today.  Some new developments are not changing the advice of medical experts – yet.

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