Press Releases

Health Department Urges Precautions in Aftermath of Flooding
The Oneida County Health Department is urging residents impacted by recent flooding conditions to take precautions when dealing with flood waters resulting from the heavy rains and overflow conditions.

“Flood waters can pose many health risks whether it’s running across a roadway or standing in your basement,” Phyllis D. Ellis, Director of Health said. Ellis continued, “For some residents contact with the flood waters are unavoidable, but precautions should be taken to avoid possible injury or illness that could result.”

Travel Alert:  Brazil - Ongoing Yellow Fever Outbreak
The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Alert because of an ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Brazil. Brazilian health authorities have recently expanded the list of areas in which yellow fever vaccination is recommended and are recommending enhanced precautions when traveling to Brazil.

Vaccinating on Time is Important for Disease Protection
National Infant Immunization Week- April 22-29, 2017
Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same applies to childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday.

Rabies Awareness Should Be Year-Round
In the town of Boonville, a raccoon was positive for rabies. This animal was in contact with a dog with an unknown veterinary history.  The dog was euthanized.

Signs to look for in a rabid animal are: staggering, convulsions, choking, frothing at the mouth and paralysis. Many animals will make unusual sounds. “If you see these symptoms with an animal please stay away from the animal and keep your pets away as well,” comments Phyllis D. Ellis, Director of the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD).

Rabies Education
Rabies is a deadly disease that kills both animals and humans. When untreated, the rabies virus is almost always fatal. Fortunately, rabies is also almost 100 percent preventable. The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) would like to help members of the public take the necessary steps to stay clear of exposure to rabies.

Rabies Awareness Should Be Year-Round
In the Town of Kirkland, a person was bitten by a cat that was acting sick and aggressive. The cat was tested this week. The cat was rabid.

Signs to look for in a rabid animal are: staggering, convulsions, choking, unusual aggression, frothing at the mouth and paralysis. Many animals will make unusual sounds. “If you see these symptoms with any animal please stay away from the animal and keep your pets away as well,” comments Bobbi Kahl of the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD).

Mosquitoes, EEE, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus
Mosquitoes usually are considered a nuisance pest, but occasionally they can transmit viruses to people and some animals. These viruses can cause illness and even death.

Prom Season is here….
While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect individuals of all ages, STDs take a particularly heavy toll on young people. Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that youth ages 15-24 make up just over one quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. May and June are prom season months, a time to get educated and tested for STDs. Some of the most common STDs are chlamydia, herpes and gonorrhea.

National Infant Immunization Week - April 16th-23th 2016
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.

Zika Virus
Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) has received its first notification of a confirmed case of Zika virus in the County; the person acquired the disease while travelling to South America and at this time, there is no threat to public health in Oneida County. It is important to keep in mind that the infection occurred, not locally, but in a country where the Zika virus is prevalent. In fact, to date, no local transmissions (person who has not traveled recently gets bitten by an infected mosquito where they live) have been reported in the U.S.

Rabies Awareness Should Be Year-Round
In the Town of Whitestown, a person was bitten by a cat that was sick and needed help.  Individuals brought the cat to a vet; the vet determined the cat was too sick to treat.  The cat was euthanized and sent for rabies testing.  The cat was rabid.

Signs to look for in a rabid animal are: staggering, convulsions, choking, frothing at the mouth and paralysis. Many animals will make unusual sounds. “If you see these symptoms with an animal please stay away from the animal and keep your pets away as well,” comments Bobbi Kahl of the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD).

Rabies Awareness Should Be Year-Round
In the Town of Ava, a dog that was tied up outside was in a fight with a skunk. The owner was able to kill the skunk while remaining a safe distance away to protect the dog from further harm. The skunk tested positive for rabies. The dog will be quarantined for six months due to the incident.

Cold Weather Tips
When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other health problems.

Oneida County Health Department Provides Safe Cooking Advice for the Holidays
With the Thanksgiving Season already upon us and The Holiday Season fast approaching, the Oneida County Health Department would like to take this opportunity to provide guidance in making food safety the most important ingredient in the holiday kitchen.

Oneida County Health Department Hosts Refugee Health Fair
Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) will host its first ever Refugee Community Health Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium at Westminster Moriah/Olivet Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 714 Washington St. Utica, NY. The entrance is on Broadway Street, across from Hanna Park.

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Early Detection Saves Lives
It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her life. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in New York State. Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

Walk the World Prepared Video Available in 7 Languages
As a part of National PrepaAthon! Day the Oneida County Health Department is releasing its animated B’Ready Family Walk the World Prepared YouTube disaster preparedness videos in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bosnian, Russian, Karen and Burmese.

Environmental experts started warning people to be careful around the dangerous plant known as the Giant Hogweed
Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard that ranks up there higher than poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac in respect to its potential to harm humans. The reason for concern is that the sap from this plant can cause a severe skin reaction known as photo-sensitivity. The reaction can happen up to 48 hours after contact. After coming in contact with the sap, the skin blisters when exposed to sunlight. Contact with the eyes can lead to temporary or possibly permanent blindness

New York State Health Works! Awards Honor Roll was given to an Oneida County Health Department Employee
Lisa Worden, Oneida County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator was selected as a 2015 New York State Public Health Works! Honor Roll awardee.  Lisa was selected for the award based on her dedication to the field of public health and her exceptional contributions to public health, preparedness, and community health assessment in Oneida county and New York State.

Oneida County Health Department Holds Trial Point-Of-Dispensing Drill (POD)
Drill for Distribution of Medication In the Event a Biological Attack
On September 1st, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (MVCC Jorgensen Athletic Center) the Oneida County Health Department will be conducting a trial Point of Dispensing Exercise to test the Health Department’s effectiveness in responding to a biological attack. It is a 1.5 hour real-time drill administered by Oneida County Health Department in cooperation with the Oneida County Executive’s Office, Oneida County Office of Emergency Management, and Mohawk Valley Community College.   “This drill reminds us of the importance of preparing in advance for man-made or natural hazards that could occur in any community” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr.  He added, “These exercises help us to test and improve our effectiveness in getting life-saving medication to the public in real public health emergencies.” 

POD Exercise
Oneida County Health Department is assessing the ability to dispense medications to hundreds of community members (pretend medication). This Point of Distribution (POD) Exercise, in a true emergency, would identify sites to dispense potentially lifesaving medicine to the public when a large portion of the community’s health is at risk.

EEE Detected in Oneida County
One pool of mosquitoes collected in the western region of Oneida County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Health Department officials confirmed today.
“This is the first positive EEE mosquito pool detected in Oneida County this year.” Dan Gilmore, Director of Environmental Health said.  Gilmore continued, “Earlier this summer we had one West Nile Virus (WNV) positive pool of mosquitoes.

Cooling Towers in Oneida County Must Register with NYS DOH by September 16, 2015
The NYS Department of Health has adopted emergency regulations to prevent the spread of Legionella bacteria as a result of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in NYC.  Cooling towers were implicated as the source of this outbreak.

These regulations were effective August 17, 2015 and require the registration, testing, inspection and certification of all cooling towers in NYS.  The deadline for statewide electronic registration, testing, and inspection is September 16, 2015.

The New York State Department of Health is urging New Yorkers to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites
Mosquitoes usually are considered a nuisance pest, but occasionally they can transmit viruses to people and some animals. These viruses can cause illness and even death. While your chances of being infected with a disease through a mosquito bite are very small, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten.

County Invites Residents to Participate in Public Health Dispensing Exercise
Residents are invited to participate in a public health emergency preparedness POD (Point of Distribution) exercise at MVCC Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center (1101 Sherman Dr. Utica, NY) on Tuesday, September 1st, from 1:00 -2:30 pm Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.

August is Immunization Awareness Month
During the month of August, as the new school year approaches and the flu season emerges around the corner, the Oneida County Health Department reminds everyone that their immunizations should be up-to-date.

Village of Boonville Wins Drinking Water Taste Test at Boonville-Oneida County Fair
The Oneida County Health Department announced today that the Village of Boonville won the 2015 Best Tasting Drinking Water Taste Test Contest.  The contest was held at the Boonville-Oneida County Fair on Thursday July 30, 2015.  The contest promotes awareness of the value of public drinking water to the public. The contest has been held throughout New York State for the past 20 years.  Its goal is to enable the general public to become aware of the value and the quality of public tap water through a non-scientific and publicly involved competition.

Bats In Your Home
The New York State Department of Health and the Oneida County Health Department are urging residents to avoid the
risk of rabies and rabies treatment by capturing and submitting for testing any bat found in their home that may have
had contact with humans or their pets.

Oneida County WIC Program Sponsoring Two Local Events
WIC plays a vital role in providing access to nutritious foods for eligible families in New York.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five to promote and support good health.

Health Department Urges People to Exercise Caution if Blue-Green Algae Appears to be Present in Swimming Areas
Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, are microscopic organisms that are naturally present in lakes and streams.

OCHD Tests for Mosquito-borne Diseases
Ninety-seven mosquito pools collected in Oneida County since the beginning of summer and tested for
West Nile Virus have yielded one positive results for the disease, Oneida County Health officials said today.

National Men’s Health Week Cancer Screening Services
The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The Oneida County Health Department encourages all men to make health a priority, and encourages health care providers to discuss with their male patients about how they can improve their health.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month
The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States. During May, the CDC, along with the Oneida County Health Department and community partners, work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging the people at high risk to get tested.

National Infant Immunization Week April 18th-25th 2015
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is scheduled to be held April 18-25, 2015.

FDA Public Health Notice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notified state, local, tribal and territorial public health officials regarding Bo Ying Compound, an herbal product. It is a powdered product marketed for treatment of influenza, fever, sneezing and nasal discharge in infants and children and may contain excessive levels of lead. The product is labeled in Chinese and English and is marketed in retail outlets and online. Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) warns parents and caregivers not to buy or use Bo Ying Compound, due to the potential risk of lead poisoning.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
HPV Vaccine Prevents Cancer
Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer is preventable. Take some time this January to observe Cervical Health Awareness Month and learn what you can do to detect and prevent cervical cancer. “It’s important for women to know their risk for cervical cancer and talk with their health care provider about how it can be prevented,” said Phyllis Ellis, Director of the Oneida County Health Department.

National Influenza Vaccination Week – December 7th – 13th
The Oneida County Health Department reminds everyone that the best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine and encourages everyone 6-months and older who has not yet received a flu shot to do so during National Influenza Immunization Week – December 7th – 13th.

Lyme Disease Still a Risk
Health Department Warns Against Tick Bites
“Each year we see more confirmed cases of Lyme disease. The risk is increasing for Oneida County residents,”
said Phyllis Ellis, Director of the Oneida County Health Department.  At this time of year, hunters, hikers, and other people spending time outdoors may find ticks on themselves.  Until there is a consistent snow covering on the ground, ticks will remain viable outdoors.

Two Vaccines to consider this Winter
Health Department urges Tdap and Flu vaccination
As the temperature drops and we bundle up, conversation often turns to the common cold.  The Oneida County Health Department reminds readers that Influenza and Pertussis are common ailments that can spread anything but cheer this holiday season.

Rabies Awareness Should Be Year-Round
On November 13, 2014, a raccoon was sighted in a pasture in the Town of Vernon with several cows. The raccoon was being aggressive towards the cows. The deceased raccoon was sent for rabies testing. The Oneida County Health Department was notified the test came back positive on November 18, 2014. The three exposed cows were euthanized, and the remaining ones will be under watch for symptoms over the next 6 months. None of the cows had been vaccinated for rabies.

Heightened Awareness and Increased Preparedness Activities Related to Ebola
Across the nation there is heightened awareness and increased preparedness activities related to Ebola.  Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) is also ramping up its preparedness activities with local responders, such as health care providers, Emergency Medical Services, and Urgent Cares. The OCHD is maintaining regular communications with New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding guidelines and protocols related to Ebola. The NYSDOH is providing guidance and information on infection control protocols and procedures to ensure the health and safety of all health care workers, patients, visitors and the general public.

Oneida County Encourages All to “Walk the World Prepared
As a part of National Preparedness Month, Oneida County Health Department is kicking off the first phase of the “Walk the World Prepared” campaign, announced Oneida County Executive, Anthony J. Picente, Jr. The campaign includes short web-based videos in multiple languages that make preparedness manageable through the use of everyday skills and small, low-cost steps. “Severe weather and other emergencies can strike suddenly and have disastrous consequence for all members of our community”, Picente stated.  He added, “The more prepared we are as individuals and families, the stronger and more resilient we are as community when disaster strikes.”

Confirmed, two cases in Oneida County- Enterovirus
The best defense against a rare virus that has caused severe respiratory illness in hundreds of children across about a dozen states is proper hand-washing, reminded health officials from the Oneida County Health Department.
There are two laboratory confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 in Oneida County, said Oneida County Director of Health, Phyllis D. Ellis.  This virus has been identified in surrounding counties so this came as no surprise to us.

Oneida County’s First Case of EEE Claims Horse in Town of Trenton
The first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Oneida County this year has been confirmed, Oneida County Health Department officials said today.
A horse in the Town of Trenton, which was suffering from neurological symptoms associated with EEE, was euthanized on September 8th and subsequent testing confirmed the virus. 

Enterovirus impact can be minimized
The best defense against a rare virus that has caused severe respiratory illness in hundreds of children across about a dozen states is proper hand-washing, reminded health officials from the Oneida County Health Department and the county’s hospitals, Rome Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.

Oneida County Health Department to open Baby Weigh Station
OCHD seeks to improve the health of babies by supporting breastfeeding
In order to offer more support to breastfeeding mothers in Oneida County the Oneida County Health Department announces the grand opening of a new Baby Weigh Station on August 26th at 2:00 pm.

Village of Remsen Wins Drinking Water Taste Test at Boonville-Oneida County Fair
The Oneida County Health Department announced today that the Village of Remsen won the 2014 Best Tasting Drinking Water Taste Test Contest.  The contest was held at the Boonville-Oneida County Fair on Tuesday July 23, 2014.  The contest promotes awareness of the value of public drinking water to the public. The contest has been held throughout New York State for the past 20 years. Its goal is to enable the general public to become aware of the value and the quality of public tap water through a non-scientific and publicly involved competition.

Personal Planner Helps Residents Prepare for Disasters
Oneida County has launched a new downloadable online tool that will help residents create their own personal preparedness plan County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.  The Ready Oneida County Family Preparedness Planner is a short, interactive document that residents can download and complete by filling out important information including meeting places, key contacts and a kit checklist to track preparedness items as you build your emergency kit.

Oneida County Health Cautions About Measles Exposure
State DOH: “Possible Exposure at Albany Medical Center"
The Oneida County Health Department is alerting area health care providers about possible exposure to measles that may have occurred at Albany Medical Center in the past week, Director of Health Phyllis D. Ellis announced today.

Health Department Lowers the Cost of Flu Shot
OCHD Official: Flu Season Peaks in February-Still Time to Get Vaccine
The Director of Clinic Services for the Oneida County Health Department announced today that the flu vaccine will be administered at their clinics at a cost of only 10-dollars for the remainder of the flu season or until present supplies are exhausted.  The health department had charged those without acceptable insurance or Medicare Part B 25-dollars for the vaccine since the beginning of the flu season in October.

County Sees Spike In New Flu Cases
While the number of confirmed cases of influenza in Oneida County is small compared to last year’s, there has been a spike locally during the holiday period and flu remains widespread throughout the State, health department officials said today.
“There have been 95 new cases of flu reported in just the past few days, bringing the total number of cases to date to 134 in Oneida County,” Phyllis D. Ellis, Director of Health said.  She added, “On this date last year there were more than 1500 confirmed cases of the flu in Oneida County.”

Health Department Warns of Cold Weather Risks
With frigid weather forecast for our area, the Oneida County Health Department has issued some recommendations for avoiding health and safety problems during periods of prolonged cold temperatures.

Sanitary Code Requiring Health Care Workers’ Masks In Effect
The new provision of the New York State Health Law requiring some health care workers who have not been vaccinated against influenza to wear surgical masks in patient areas is now in effect, Phyllis D. Ellis, Director of Health for Oneida County announced today.

Rabid Skunk Attacks and Injures Family Pet
A rabid skunk that attacked and injured a family pet has been reported in the Town of Western, Oneida County Health Department officials said today.

Interactive Workshop Prepares Residents for Disaster
Oneida County residents will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare for an emergency and plan for disasters at the Oneida County Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Community Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, November 19th from 3-7:30 pm at the Ava Dorfman Senior Center in Rome, County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.  The program is being co-sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Renovator Training Program Honors Vets and Supports Local Employment
County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that the County’s Lead Primary Prevention Program will provide a free course of instruction through its Renovator Training program to as many as ten Oneida County veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, as a way of honoring their service to our country.   

Oneida County Health Announces Adult Flu Clinic Schedule
Director: “Vaccine Offers Best Protection From Influenza”
The Oneida County Health Department will conduct adult flu immunization clinics beginning Friday, October 25th from 1-3 pm and continuing every Friday through the month of November, at the Utica clinic located at 406 Elizabeth Street Phyllis D. Ellis, Director of Health announced today.
In addition, there will be adult flu immunization clinics in Rome at 300 W. Dominick Street on Tuesdays, October 29th, November 12th and November 26th from 11:00 am to 12-noon.

Seminar Will Address Mold Issues in the Home
The Oneida County Health Department, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), will hold a seminar to educate the public on the nature and causes of mold in the home, its impact on health, and the proper methods of remediation, Phyllis D. Ellis, Oneida County Director of Health, announced today.

OCHD Clinic Anticipates Delay in Flu Vaccine Shipment
Health Officials Urge Early Vaccination Wherever Vaccine is Available
The Oneida County Health Department has been notified of a possible delay of 4-8 weeks in the shipment of flu vaccine, Director of Health Phyllis Ellis said today.

County’s Lyme Disease Cases On the Rise
Health Department officials say 56 cases of Lyme disease have been confirmed in Oneida County so far this year, with more than thirty cases being reported in the month of July. 

Pertussis Protection Provided by Tdap Booster
Special Immunization Clinic Scheduled
The Oneida County Health Department will hold a special Tdap immunization clinic on Friday, September 26th from 4-6 pm at the clinic located at 406 Elizabeth Street in Utica.

Blue-Green Algae Found in Oneida Lake
Oneida County Health Department officials said today that blue-green algae blooms, which could pose a health risk to people and pets exposed to large quantities of the algae, have been found in parts of Oneida Lake.

Health Department Urges Precautions In Aftermath of Flooding
The Oneida County Health Department is urging residents impacted by recent flooding conditions to take precautions when dealing with flood waters resulting from the heavy rains and overflow conditions.

Community Gardens Project Offers New Interactive Map
Picente: “Feature Permits Residents to Join Existing Garden or Develop New Ones”
A multi-phase project which partners the Oneida County Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention Program with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and designed to transform vacant lots into community gardens and park spaces now offers an interactive website which will allow users to find information about a specific garden and contact information if they wish to join.

County Health’s Fiscal Officer Recognized By State DOH
Thomas Engle, the Oneida County Health Department’s Fiscal Services Administrator, has been recognized by the New York State Department Of Health for his nearly 30-years of outstanding service to public health in Oneida County, County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced today.

Women’s Health Highlighted in May
As part of Women’s Health Awareness Week, May 12th through the 18th, the Oneida County Health Department joins with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in urging all women to schedule a check-up with their health care provider.

Rabies Confirmed In New Hartford Fox Attack
The gray fox that was involved in Monday afternoon’s attack on a New Hartford resident as he worked in his yard has tested positive for rabies, Oneida County Health Department officials confirmed today.

Health Department Schedules Rabies Clinics
The Oneida County Health Department has scheduled a series of rabies clinics for 2013.  The next clinic will be held on Wednesday, March 20th from 6-8 pm at the Trenton Municipal Center.  Seven additional dates and sites have currently been announced.

‘Healthy Housing’ Training Offered In Utica
LPP, MVCC, Environmental Associates Partner For Two Day Course
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr.  today announced a training program being offered by the Oneida County Health Department, in partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and Environmental Education Associates, designed to provide a better understanding of the relationship between the area’s housing deficiencies and the overall health of the occupants.

OCHD Schedules Rabies Clinics for 2013
The first in a series of rabies clinics sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department in 2013 is scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at the Sherrill Community Arts Center located at 139 E. Hamilton Avenue from 9:00 – 11:00 am, a Health Department official said today.

County Flu Cases Continue To Rise
The number of laboratory confirmed cases of influenza in Oneida County has more than quadrupled since first reported less than two weeks ago, Oneida County Health Department officials said today.

‘Fight the Bite’ Signs Alert Public to Mosquito and Tick Threats
The Oneida County Health Department has received 84 signs alerting the public to “Fight the Bite” and the threat of mosquito and tick-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Lyme Disease.  This year Oneida County was one of four targeted counties which worked in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH to prevent arboviruses in their communities.

Faxton-St. Luke’s Awarded Certificate of Excellence for Compliance In Hepatitis B Perinatal Prevention
Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare has been awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by the New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) Hepatitis B Perinatal Prevention Program following a quality assurance/medical record review conducted at the hospital.

Workshop Prepares Community For Disasters
Oneida County will conduct a Disaster Preparedness Workshop designed to prepare county residents in the event a disaster were to impact our community, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.
“The tragic events of 9-11 and the catastrophic loss of life and property in the wakes of huricannes Katrina and Irene have taught us that disaster can strike anywhere at anytime.  Oneida County residents should be prepared to provide a measure of safety and security for themselves and their families should an emergency arise, natural or manmade, until such time that the appropriate agencies can respond to their needs,” Picente said.

Week of January 8th Recognizes Importance of Dietary Folic Acid
Vitamin B Critical in Reducing Neural Tube Defects in Fetal Development
Everyone needs folic Acid, an essential B-vitamin, in order to maintain good health, but it’s particularly important to woman during their childbearing years, according to Dr. Gayle D. Jones, Director of the Oneida County Health Department in recognizing January 8th-14th as National Folic Acid Awareness Week.

Year’s First Rabies Clinic Slated for Forestport
Health Department Increases Number of Clinics for 2012
The Oneida County Health Department has scheduled the first of thirteen planned rabies immunization clinics to be held in 2012 for Wednesday, January 18th at the Back to Basics Dog Obedience Training Facility located at 11954 State Route 28 in Forestport from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  In the event of inclement weather, the clinic will be held the following Wednesday, January 28th, health department officials said.

Renovator Training Supports Local Employment
“Joint Initiative Partners MVCC, LPP and Workforce Development”
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced a free training program designed to provide as many as ten persons with construction experience who are currently unemployed the necessary skills to work on pre-1978 built houses that may have lead-based paints.

Vaccine Still Plentiful – County Lowers Cost of Flu Shot
With ample quantities of vaccine still available, the Oneida County Health Department is lowering the cost of a flu shot for all uninsured patients while supplies last, Patrice Bogan, Director of Clinic Services announced today.

“As we get into the holiday season, people will be traveling, entertaining visitors and having more contact with the public while shopping and attending holiday parties, thus increasing their chances of contracting the flu.  We urge people who haven’t done so, to get a flu shot now; and as an added incentive, we’re lowering the cost of the vaccine to just a $10.00 administration fee,” Bogan said.

Veterans ‘Honored’ With Free Lead Safe Work Practices Training
“Program Aids Employment in Construction Field’
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that the tuition for EPA mandated training and certification for two veterans seeking employment in the construction field upon returning from service in Afghanistan or Iraq will be absorbed by the County’s Lead Primary Prevention Program (LPP)

Health Department Urges Residents to Get Vaccinated
“One Shot Offers Protection From H1N1 and Seasonal Flu”
Oneida County Health Department officials are reminding County residents now is the time for all persons six months and older to get vaccinated against influenza. 

“Flu season has begun and you should be mindful that it takes about two weeks after getting the vaccine before immunity develops,” Patrice Bogan, Director of Clinic Services said. She added, “Whether you choose to see your primary health provider or visit one of the many retail outlets offering the vaccine, it’s important to make the right choice and get vaccinated.”

Early Cancer Detection Goal of Week-Long Screening Event
“Cancer Services Program Reaches Out to Uninsured Tri-County Women”
Uninsured women 40-years of age and older living in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties can register for free cancer screenings, win prizes and receive a free gift bag for participating in the Love Yourself Screening Event  scheduled for the week of October 3rd through October 7th.

Oneida County Public Market Adds Health Department to List of Vendors
“Info on Flu, Emergency Preparedness, Cancer Services and More”
County Executive Anthony J. Picente said the Oneida County Health Department will this week join the growing list of vendors and exhibitors at the Public Market held each Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the historic Union Station in Downtown Utica.

Flooded Basements May Pose Health Risks
“Sewage Back-up Adds to Flood Volume”
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente said residents need to be aware of the health hazards posed by possible raw sewage in the water flooding many basements after touring flood damaged areas of Whitesboro.

Awaited Test Results Yield Another ‘Positive’ for EEE
“Virus Suspected in Two More Horse Deaths ”
The Oneida County Health Department today reported that test results on a suspected case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a horse in the north Rome/Lee Center has confirmed that the animal was infected with the disease when it was euthanized last week after developing neurological symptoms. Two previous confirmed cases of EEE in horses occurred in the Town of Westmoreland and in Camden.

Community Walking Project Enters Final Phase
“Team Members Log Twenty-One Million Steps”
In the ten weeks since they began, the ninety-seven participants taking part in the “A Better Me: Fit, Healthy and Happy” fitness program sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department have cumulatively walked the equivalent of 39-hundred miles while learning about the benefits of proper nutrition and the prevention of diabetes and obesity, according to Dr. Gayle Jones, Oneida County Director of Health.

Partnership’s Efforts Address Health Needs of HeadStart Children
Oneida County’s Lead Primary Prevention Program (LPP), in cooperation with the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA), will partner with other community agencies to provide medical and dental screenings and services for children enrolled in the HeadStart Program , Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.

County’s First Case of EEE Claims Horse in Westmoreland
“Positive Mosquito Pool Found in Western Oneida County"
The first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Oneida County this year has been confirmed, Oneida County Health Department officials said today.

 

 

 

 

‘Health Department Collaborating with Office for the Aging and Continuing Care’  
A program designed to teach adults suffering from chronic health conditions, and their significant others, skills on managing their conditions is seeking fifteen non-health professionals from within the community to be trained as workshop leaders.  

Boy, Family Pets Involved in Rabid Animal Attacks
“Raccoon and Grey Fox Responsible for Separate Incidents”
An Oneida County youth and several family pets are undergoing post exposure treatment for rabies after being attacked by a raccoon and a grey fox in separate incidents earlier this week, Health Department officials say.

‘How To’ Video Aids HEPA Vac Users “In-House Production Provides Instructions to Remove Lead”
County Executive Anthony Picente said Oneida County residents who get the free loan of a HEPA Vacuum through the Lead Primary Prevention program to remove lead dust from their homes now have a new aid to assist them in the proper set-up, use and cleaning of the fine particulate cleaners.

 
County's First Rabies Case Confirmed
"Rabies Clinic Slated for Rome"
The County’s first confirmed case of animal rabies in 2011 has been reported to the Oneida County Health Department, an official announced today.

Community Walking Project Gets Underway
“A Better Me: Fit, Happy and Healthy Tracks Participants’ Steps’
More than 100 participants comprising teams from seven area agencies and the community-at-large will be taking part in a fitness program designed to reduce health disparities among minority and underserved women and girls, Oneida County Health Department officials announced today.

 
Bats found in living spaces of the home should be tested for rabies before releasing or disposing of them the Oneida County Health Department warns.
“This is the time of year that we begin receiving phone calls concerning bats getting into people’s homes; in many cases residents are releasing the bats outdoors before contacting the health department so that it can determined if there has been any human exposure to rabies or if the animal needs to be tested,” said Dr. Gayle Jones, Director of the Oneida County Health Department. Jones added, “Most post exposure rabies treatments in Oneida County are a result of exposure to bats.”

 

Healthy Summer Demands Pool Safety
“Keep Children Safe by Following Simple Rules”
With schools soon closing and the mercury rising, backyard and municipal swimming pools throughout Oneida County will soon be luring youngsters with the promise of summer fun and relief from the seasonal heat. However, without warning, what began as fun in the water can turn into tragedy for a child.

Sherrill Event Highlights Women’s Health Week
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. announced today that The City of Sherrill’s Community Activity Center will be the site of Women’s Health Day, a health and wellness event sponsored by the Oneida County Health Department on Monday, May 9th from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Community Walks Highlight Screen Free Week
“Oneida County Health Urges Alternatives to Video”
Oneida County parents and children are encouraged to turn off their televisions and video games and lace up their walking shoes during “Screen Free Week,” April 18th through the 24th.

 

 
“Program Targets Minority and Underserved Women and Girls”
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. today announced a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services Regional Office on Women’s Health, which awards 2500 dollars to the Oneida County Health Department for a program designed to reduce health disparities among minority and underserved women and girls.

“Low-cost Instruction Benefits Do-it-Yourselfer and Homeowners Hiring Contractors”
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. today announced the expansion of a window replacement program  piloted by the County’s Lead Primary Prevention Program (LPP) that originally offered low-cost instruction only to do-it-yourselfers and contractors who replaced windows in the ‘high risk’ areas of west Utica and Cornhill.

WIC Initiatives Highlight National Nutrition Month
'Public Awareness Initiatives Include Open House'
Oneida County's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Eat Smart New York (ESNY), has planned a variety of initiatives designed to raise public awareness of the role of proper nutrition in maintaining good health, Dr. Gayle Jones, Director of Health announced today.

 

Oneida County Health Selected for Diabetes Training, Grant
“CABVI to Partner in Two-Day Session”
County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today that the Oneida County Health Department is the recipient of a $5,000 grant and has been selected to participate with its community partner, the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI), in a 2-day training designed to empower communities to develop interventions to prevent or reduce diabetes and its complications.

Picente Honors Winners of “Maintain- Don’t Gain” Initiative
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. was joined by Dr. Gayle Jones of the Oneida County Health Department to honor the winners of the “Maintain- Don’t Gain” Initiative. The Oneida County Employees honored were Michelle Jones, Donna Anglin, and Sandra Pejcic.

 

County to Conduct Paint Stabilization Pilot Study
“Method of Cost-Effective Interim Lead Hazard Control Sought”
The Oneida County Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention Program (LPP), through its New York State Department of Health grant, will conduct a pilot project designed to study the impact of using new paints containing primer as a method of stabilizing deteriorating lead paint surfaces in Utica’s pre-1978 houses, County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.

 

Free Window Replacement Instruction Offered to Property Owners
Multi-lingual Series of Classes Target Utica Houses ‘At Risk’ for Lead Poisoning
Home owners in Cornhill and West Utica are again being offered free instruction on the proper replacement of windows using lead-safe work practices through the County’s Lead Primary Prevention Program, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente announced today.

 

 
Mohawk Valley Community College will offer a special lead safety training class for Spanish speaking individuals. This training will meet the requirements for the 8-hour Initial Lead Renovators Certification which is required by the EPA of all contractors and landlords working in pre-1978 housing, schools, or child-occupied facilities.

 

UFD Partners With Lead Prevention Program on Home Inspections
“More than 300 Addresses Cited for Chipped, Peeling Paint”
The exterior of more than 300 houses in some West Utica and Cornhill neighborhoods designated as ‘high risk’ for lead poisoning have been inspected by the Utica Fire Department over the past several months for chipped and peeling paint as part of a partnership program between the Oneida County Health Department and the City of Utica’s Rental Occupancy Permit program, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said today.

 

 

County Honors Vets’ Service With Free Training
“Program Enhances Employment Opportunities’
In honor of our local Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan Oneida County’s Lead Primary Prevention (LLP) Program will make available two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) training slots at no cost to returning vets seeking employment in construction, County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.

 

 
Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Highlights Local Threat to Children
“County’s Lead Primary Prevention Expands HEPA Vac Loaner Program”
Ways to reduce the incidence of childhood lead poisoning caused by the ingestion of lead paint chips or the inhalation of lead-laden dust is the theme of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 24th through the 30th, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said today.

 

Pitbull Euthanized After Probable Rabies Exposure
A pitbull terrier in Rome that had not received a rabies vaccination was euthanized after exhibiting symptoms characteristic of the disease, Oneida County Health Department officials reported today.

 

 
Horse’s Death Blamed on EEE
“Colt Euthanized After Symptoms Appear"
A year old colt in the town of Vernon had to be euthanized after it was observed to be suffering neurological symptoms that were later determined to be the result of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) arbovirus, Oneida County Health Department officials said today.
 
County Implements ‘Flu Hotline’
Residents will be able to access the Oneida County Health Department’s ‘Flu Hotline’ beginning today, in order to receive the latest influenza information and a listing of all Oneida County Health Department flu immunization clinics, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced.

 

 

“Seasonal Flu Vaccine Offers Protection From H1N1”
Oneida County residents will be able to schedule their own appointment at a series of flu immunization clinics, to be held at locations throughout Oneida County during the 2010 – 2011 flu season. The clinics get underway Friday, October 1st at the Oneida County Health Department at 406 Elizabeth Street in Utica.

 

EEE Again Detected in Oneida County
“Infected Pool Discovered in Spray Area”
A pool of mosquitoes collected in a part of western Oneida County that was the site of last month’s aerial spraying has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Health Department officials confirmed today.
 

 

“Communities Plagued by Mosquito Swarms’
The Oneida County Health Department has been flooded with calls over the past several days from residents of Whitesboro, Marcy, Oriskany and Rome expressing concerns over what appears to be an unprecedented mosquito population in their area.

 

‘Back to School Vaccines’ Offered
“Clinic Hours Expanded to Meet Families’ Needs”
Adults and children in need of vaccines before attending school or college classes can attend one of several ‘Back to School Vaccine Immunization Clinics’ being conducted by the Oneida County Health Department at both their clinic sites in Utica and Rome. 

 

 
Program to Provide Preventative Healthcare Services to Children
“Oneida County LPPP Partners With Head Start for Health Fair”
For the second consecutive year, Head Start children will be provided preventative healthcare services at the Head Start Children’s Health Day Tuesday, August 31st from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Mohawk Valley Community Action Head Start at 9882 River Road in Marcy, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. announced today.
 
Weather Forecast Delays Aerial Spraying
“Dry, Calm Conditions Needed for Desired Effect”
The aerial spraying of approximately 30-thousand acres of land in parts of western Oneida County has been postponed as a result of less than ideal weather conditions forecast for today and tonight, health department officials announced today. 

August Testing Reveals Five More EEE Mosquito Pools
Picente: “Finding Warrants Precautionary Spraying to Protect Public Health”
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. has authorized aerial spraying over an approximate 30-thousand   acres in the area where five more mosquito pools collected in August have tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus as a precautionary measure to protect public health.

Map of spray area Legal Label for Insecticide to be used
for EEE Spraying

Unwarranted Rabies Fears Shouldn’t Put a Damper on Parade
"NYSDOH Spokesperson: ‘…Attend Without Concerns of Increased Risks…’"
State and local Health Department officials are in agreement that last week’s finding of a rabid animal in the City of Rome in no way poses a threat to those planning to attend Saturday’s “Honor America Days” parade, Dr. Gayle Jones, Oneida County Director of Health said today. 

Bullwinkle Named to State Honor Roll 
“Vision to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning Cited In Award”
The Quality Improvement Coordinator for the Oneida County Health Department has been named to the 2010 New York State Public Health Works! Honor Roll, Dr. Gayle Jones, Director of Health announced today. 

All Oneida County Specimens to Date Test Negative for EEE
“Eastern Equine Encephalitis Found in Oswego County Mosquito Pool”
None of the mosquito specimens collected in Oneida County so far this year have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dr. Gayle Jones, Director of Health for Oneida County confirmed after learning that the virus was found in a pool of bird-biting mosquitoes in neighboring Oswego County.

WIC ‘Chat Rooms’ Offer Nutrition/Health Education
“Statewide Initiative Supports Healthy Behaviors Through Group Experience”
The Oneida County Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program
has begun offering education sessions designed to provide its clients a group setting in which innovative solutions to family health and nutrition issues can be developed, Dr. Gayle Jones, Director of Health announced today.

June Events Promote Free Cancer Screens
“Philipson’s and Price Chopper Partner with Cancer Services Program”
Uninsured and underinsured men and women living in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties will have two opportunities during the month of June to enroll in the Cancer Services Program that provides free screenings for colorectal, cervical and breast cancer. 

Boonville Fair Will Host Community Health Festival
“Excellus and Health Department Partner for Event"
Oneida County – Boonville Fair goers will again be feted to free health screenings, demonstrations and health education as part of this year’s premiere summertime event, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.

Health Department, NYU to Collaborate On Study
“NIH Grant Will Fund Window Replacement/ Lead Reduction Impact Investigation”
The Oneida County Health Department’s Lead Primary Prevention Program has been asked to participate in a study funded through a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that will determine the impact of window replacement on lead dust levels, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today.

State Cites Oneida County Health for H1N1 Response
The Oneida County Health Department overcame numerous obstacles including an evolving epidemic and the pressure to deliver medications that were sometimes in short supply in its efforts to protect the public health during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, according to a letter from Dr. Richard F. Daines, Commissioner of Health for the State of New York.

Pilot Program Will Address More ‘At Risk’ for Lead Poisoning
“Early Detection the Goal of Free Home Inspections”
Nearly one hundred inner-city children living ‘at risk’ for lead poisoning can be detected each year as a result of an new initiative which expands free home inspections and educational services in target areas of the City of Utica, Oneida County Executive Antony J. Picente announced today.

Picente: New Director of Public Health Appointed
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that Gayle D. Jones, PhD, M.P.H., CHES will be the new Director of Public Health for Oneida County.

Countdown Begins on Remodeling, Repairing and Paint Rules
“New EPA Regs Aimed at Decreasing Lead Poisoning”
In less than a month, all contractors who perform renovations, painting and remodeling that might disturb lead-based paint in houses, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 will be required to meet stricter guidelines under the new regulations established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oneida County Health Department officials said today.

Partnership Initiative Reduces Lead, Saves Energy
“Window Replacement Classes Precede New EPA Regs”
A public-private ‘green partnership’ between the county’s Lead Primary Prevention Pilot Program and Gro-West, Inc., will again be offering a series of instructional classes on window replacement prior to new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations mandating lead safe work practices which go into effect on April 22, 2010.

County Health Study Seen As Tool to Improve County Health
“University Of Wisconsin ‘Snapshot’ Supports Findings of Community Health Assessment”
A ranking of New York State’s 62 counties finds Oneida County in the middle of the pack overall for those factors influencing population health, but towards the bottom of the list in terms of overall health status; a similar conclusion to those of the recently completed Community Health Assessment, health department officials announced today.

H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Shots Available in Sherrill
“County Executive Responds to City’s Request for Two Clinics” 
Residents of the City of Sherrill and surrounding areas won’t have to travel to get protection from the H1N1 influenza and seasonal flu, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today. Picente has directed the health department to hold two immunization clinics for adults 19-years of age and older in that community in the coming weeks; the first for H1N1 shots and the second for seasonal flu vaccinations.

More Than $200-Thousand Available for Cancer Screening
“Program Aids Underinsured and Uninsured Women in Three Counties”The Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Counties still has funding available to pay for cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap/pelvic exams and in-home colorectal screening, according to the Program Coordinator, Wendy Hunt. 

Some Vaccine in Latest Recall Administered by Oneida County Health Department
“Potency of Nasal Spray Vaccine in Question –Safety Not an Issue ”
The Oneida County Health Department’s current supply of H1N1 flu vaccine will not be affected by the latest voluntary manufacturer’s recall of the product, Daniel W. Gilmore, Acting Director of the department said.

‘Unrestricted’ Swine flu Clinics at MVCC
‘H1N1 Vaccine Available to All Age Groups’
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today that two more H1N1 clinics have been scheduled and will be held at the Mohawk Valley Community College Alumni Center on the Utica campus. The clinics will offer the H1N1 vaccine to all persons 6-months of age and older, including healthy persons.

No Recalled Vaccine Shipped to Oneida County Health
Manufacturer Says Some Lots of H1N1 Lost Potency
None of the H1N1 vaccine involved in a voluntary manufacturer’s recall due to a loss of potency had been shipped to the Oneida County Health Department, County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. and health department officials confirmed today.

Demand for School Vaccine Less Than Anticipated
As the Oneida County School Mass Immunization Program enters its third week, the demand for the H1N1 vaccine has been less than anticipated, health department officials said today. Additionally, reports of flu-like illness throughout Oneida County and absenteeism rates in area schools are on the decline.

Six More H1N1Clinics Scheduled 
“Appointments Will Shorten Wait, Eliminate Long Lines”
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today that the health department will conduct a series of H1N1 immunization clinics next month

H1N1 Clinics Scheduled
Vaccine available for ‘High Risk’ Children, Young and ‘High Risk’ Adults
Adults 19 to 24-years, those 25 to 64-years with underlying medical conditions and parents and caregivers of infants under 6-months can get the H1N1 influenza vaccine at a walk-in clinic scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Oneida County Health Clinic at 406 Elizabeth Street in Utica. 

H1N1 Implicated in Three More Area Deaths 
Earlier Suspected Death Brings Oneida County Total to Five
The death of an adult in October and two more adult deaths reported this week brings the total of area deaths attributed to the H1N1 influenza to five, Oneida County Health Department officials announced today.

‘Open’ Flu Clinic Slated for Veterans’ Day 
The first ‘open’ H1N1 immunization clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Oneida County Office Building in Utica, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. announced today. 

Increased ‘Flu Like Illness’ Prompts Change in Hospital Visit Policies
Citing an increase in reported flu, the County’s three hospitals have instituted temporary age restrictions on visitors to their facilities in order to prevent the spread of influenza.

Effective immediately, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Rome Memorial Hospital are restricting visitors to healthy adults, 18 years and older. The policy will remain in effect until further notice according to a joint statement released today. Additionally, adults coming to the facilities for testing or treatment are asked to make arrangements for their children rather than have them accompany them.

Lead-Safe Housing Program Schedule Expanded
A series of seminars designed to assist property owners in Cornhill and West Utica apply for grant funds to address lead issues is being expanded and tailored to meet the needs of Utica’s newest homeowners, County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. and the Oneida County Health Department announced today.

Lab Confirms County's First H1N1 (Swine) Case
Test results from the New York State Wadsworth Laboratory has confirmed the H1N1 influenza (Swine flu) virus in a patient in Oneida County. These results mark the first local finding for H1N1 influenza since the strain first surfaced in Mexico more than two months ago and quickly spread to more than 40 countries.

Health Clinic Immunization Program Cited
The Oneida County Health Department's Clinic Immunization Program was recently recognized for excellence in implementing the New York State Immunization Information System, Director of Clinic Services, Patrice Bogan announced today.  An award was presented to the program staff attending a recent NYSIIS meeting in Syracuse.

Public Health Nurse Named to State Honor Roll
A Supervising Public Health Nurse with the Oneida County Health Department has been named to the New York State Public Health Works 'Honor Roll', Acting Director of Health Daniel Gilmore announced today.

Rabid Fox Invades Clayville Home and Barn
A grey fox that attacked several domesticated animals including a cat that was inside a Clayville home has tested positive for rabies, Oneida County Health Department officials announced today. This is the first confirmed case of rabies in Oneida County in 2009.

STUDENTS CAUTIONED ABOUT SKIN INFECTIONS
Parents and students should be aware of the threat of skin infections, commonly caused by Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria that can easily be spread from one person to another in a school setting, Oneida County Health Department officials said today.

FIRST FLU CLINIC SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY
The first of the Oneida County Health Department’s series of public flu clinics for 2008 will be held on Friday, October 17th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the department’s Clinic Building at 406 Elizabeth Street in Utica .

CHICKENPOX COMMON AMONG CHILDREN DESPITE VACCINE
The highly contagious varicella-zoster virus (VZV), commonly known as chickenpox, often affects children under age 12 and sometimes even after they have been vaccinated against the disease, Oneida County Health Department officials warned today following reports of an outbreak in Herkimer County .

HEALTHY SUMMER DEMANDS POOL SAFETY
The Oneida County Health Department wants to remind area residents that drowning is a major cause of serious injury and death among children, and offers these basic safety tips for parents to keep their children safe in and around water

COUNTY'S HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM LENDS AID TO WEST UTICA IN FIRE'S AFTERMATH
The Oneida County Health Department’ Healthy Neighborhoods Program is reaching out to West Utica residents who live in proximity to the fire that destroyed part of the F.X. Matt Brewery complex.

LOOMING VACCINE SHORTAGE DEMANDS PRUDENCE WHEN DEALING WITH ANIMALS
The only two manufacturers of human rabies vaccine approved for use in the U.S. have experienced production interruptions and other problems that could result in a shortage, health officials warn.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS NEW HEADQUARTERS
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the Oneida County Health Department has completed the move of several offices into the Adirondack Bank Building in downtown Utica .

HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL MONITOR TOY RECALL
Members of the Oneida County Health Department staff will, over the next several weeks, make unannounced visits to retailers throughout Oneida County to ensure compliance with the mandatory removal of toys being recalled due to unsafe lead content, Director of Health Nicholas A. DeRosa announced today.