Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections. Go to the CDC for more information on how to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the devastating virus.
Lewis County Public Health is excited to announce the new Take Charge with Diabetes Program, a health education program designed to complement and enhance medical treatment and Diabetes management. This is a 6 session program where participants will learn techniques to handle fatigue, stress, pain and the emotions of Diabetes. Participants will also learn appropriate exercise for their condition, healthy eating and monitoring, skin and foot care, and appropriate use of medciation. For more information on the program call Lewis County Public Health at (315)-376-5453
Lewis County Public Health is excited to announce the new NYS Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) , a proven way to prevent diabetes in people who have prediabetes or are at risk for diabetes, by making small lifestyle changes. The DPP meets in a small group for just one hour every week for 16 weeks. Trained lifestyle coaches leads the weekly sessions to help you improve your food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes.To find out more information call LCPH at (315) 376-5453.
Do you want to be part of a strong, healthy, and prepared community? Join the Central New York Medical Reserve Corps (CNYMRC) today. The CNYMRC is a group of professional volunteers willing to assist communities during public health emergencies, such as pandemic illness, natural disasters, and acts of terrorism. The volunteers are potential responders who have been credentialed and trained in advance. The CNYMRC serves the following counties Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, and Tompkins. To learn more or to join the CNYMRC click here.