Zika is a virus spread by the Aedes species mosquito. The most up-to-date information including areas with active Zika, prevention, and how long to wait to conceive after possible Zika exposure can be found at the following links:
Ebola is a rare viral hemorrhagic disease found in some West African countries. It can infect primates such as humans and monkeys. There are currently no active outbreaks of Ebola, however, it is always good to be informed for potential outbreaks in the future.
More information on Ebola can be found at:
Did you know in 1918, more people died of influenza than in all of World War I?
Influenza is a virus that is spread by respiratory droplets. The droplets are created when a person coughs, sneezes or talks.
The most common symptoms are: high fever, chills, body aches, cough, headache, runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue.
For more information on influenza, please go to:
Foodborne Illness, commonly referred to as Food Poisoning, is caused by consuming food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites or toxins which can be present in undercooked or improperly prepared food. Water and other beverages can be contaminated with E. coli, giardia, legionella and more. For more information on water-related disease and contaminants visit this site.
Be sure to see our Power Outage page on information for keeping your food safe when the lights go out.
For more information on Foodborne Illness, including symptoms, go to:
If you believe you were made ill by food purchased at a grocery store, served at a restaurant or other public place, call the Oneonta District Environmental Health Office at 607-432-3911 or contact us at 518-719-3600. You may not be the only one affected, and your information can help! Someone is available to assist you 24/7.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection. The Center for Disease Control and the New York State Health Department report it is the number one communicable disease reported.
Where does Chlamydia infect you?
What are the Symptoms?
In half of all cases there are no symptoms
What is the Risk?
Untreated Chlamydia in women can cause a pelvic infection known as (PID), which can lead to permanent infertility and greater risk of a tubal pregnancy. In men it can lead to epididymitis.
How do you protect yourself from infection?
How often should people be tested for Chlamydia?
What’s involved in the Screening Test?
What’s the Treatment?
New York State permits your provider to give you a script or medicine to treat your partner (s) for Chlamydia if you know your partner won’t get treated. This program is called Expedited Partner Therapy.
Three months after treatment it is recommended that you get retested to make sure your infection has resolved
If you are positive for Chlamydia we recommend that you be tested for other STD’s and HIV
Heymann, D. (2004) Control of Communicable Disease Manual 18th Edition, American Public Health Association.
MMWR (2015) Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 64 (3) US department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.