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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.

  Parents here in C-N-Y are probably thinking about getting things ready for their kids to go back to school.  Onondaga County Health Officials don’t want you to forget vaccines.  

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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. 

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