Onondaga County Health Department

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People living in Onondaga County can have an impact on some of the programs that could make us - or keep - us healthier.  County health officials want to hear about the health conditions important to you … and what’s making you sick or injured, in a survey about the health of our community.


County Health Officials: Don't Let Fear, Cost Preclude Life-Saving Colon Cancer Screening

Mar 19, 2019
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Many Onondaga County residents over 50 might find one reason or another not to get tested for colon cancer.  But officials at the Onondaga County Health Department said they have every reason to get checked.


Reproductive health often gets billed as a women’s issue in national conversation. But here in Syracuse, and increasingly across the globe, access to reproductive healthcare is a vital piece of the puzzle for finding a solution to poverty. For City Limits, Katie Zilcosky takes a closer look at why reproductive health matters when trying to alleviate poverty.


County's "State of Our Babies" Report Highlights Barriers to Care, Opportunities to Improve

Nov 8, 2018
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Infants and their parents in Syracuse and Onondaga County are more likely to have health problems than the national average.  County leaders are trying to find the best way to provide help and support. 


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Onondaga County reports more than 1200 peple have confirmed flu cases so far this flu season.  That includes 270 cases the week ending January 28th. 

County Medical Director Dr. Quoc Nguyen relies on information provided by the State Health Department, which confirms cases.  He says the number of patients experiencing respiratory issues due to flu complications isn’t as high as in other parts of the state.

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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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