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Department of Health:
140 County Highway 33W
Suite #3  

Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone: 607.547.4230
Fax: 607.547.4385

Office Hours:     8:30-4:30

Summer Hours: 9:00-4:00

                       (July - August)

After Hours : 607-547-1697

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Otsego County Health Department is to work in partnership with the community to improve and protect the health and well-being of all residents of Otsego County through health education, disease control and prevention, and public health preparedness.

 

                   Heidi Bond

  Public Health Director

The 2019 Living Healthier Expo is coming to the

Foothills Performing Arts Center In Oneonta

Visit www.LHEOtsego.com to learn more about the event

or to become a supporter of the event.

 

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Communicable Diseases and Foodborne Illnesses

Communicable Disease Coordinator

Theresa Oellrich RN

e-mail:  oellricht@otsegocounty.com

Our Communicable Disease Program:

The investigation of reported communicable diseases and prevention of outbreaks are among the highest priorities of the Health Department.  Staff works closely with New York State Department of Health to investigate, treat and educate the public and inform local providers.  Our goal is to prevent and reduce transmission of all communicable disease through this system of surveillance, control and education.

Certain diseases, called reportable communicable diseases, are required by law to be reported to the local health department.  In most cases, a public health nurse contacts the healthcare provider, patient, and/or family in attempt to determine how the disease was contracted and to teach how to prevent further spread of the disease. 

 

What are Communicable Diseases?

Communicable diseases are diseases that spread from one person to another either directly or indirectly.  Communicable diseases are caused by several kinds of tiny life forms, often called “germs” that usually can only be seen by microscopes.  The two most common kinds of “germs” are bacteria and viruses.  Others include fungi, parasites and prions.

How do communicable diseases pass from one person to another?

There are several ways disease-causing agents get from one person to another:

  • Airborne or droplet infection (e.g. colds, flu).
  • Animal borne or insect borne infection (e.g. rabies, malaria, Lyme Disease).
  • Blood borne infection (e.g. HIV, hepatitis).
  • Food borne or water borne infection (e.g. salmonella, giardia).
  • Sexually transmitted (e.g. chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis).
  • Other direct contact (e.g. some kinds of warts, scabies).
  • Indirect contact (e.g. colds and flu carried from person to person on dirty tissues, money, door knobs, phones, computer keyboards).

Where can I get accurate information on communicable diseases?

The internet is an excellent source of information, but depending on the source, may be inaccurate or incomplete.  It is important to know reliable sources of information.  Two reliable sources are the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health

Your healthcare provider is always a good source for information.  You can also contact a registered nurse at Otsego County Department of Health, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm at (607)547-4230.

How can I prevent the spread of communicable disease? 

  • Take advantage of vaccines that are available to prevent serious illnesses.
  • Practice good infection control
    • When you are sick keep your germs to yourself and stay home from work or school.
    • When you are well stay a safe distance (2-3 feet) from those who are sick.
    • If you are given medication to treat an infection, be sure to finish your prescription.  Stopping too soon may lead to resistance, making future infections harder to fight.
    • Wash hands frequently and completely
    • Use alcohol gel or hand rubs in place of soap and water only if hands are not visibly dirty and the solution contains at least 60% alcohol.

Communicable Disease Resources

Lyme

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The Sound of a Child with Pertussis

Head Lice (PDF)

   Giardia

LYME DISEASE PREVENTION VIDEOS

Learn about TIC's and the diseases they cause.

Click the link below to view the NYSDOH Videos

  
 

 

2018 Rabies Clinic Schedule

Date / Day

Location

Time

Veterinarian

July 11 (Wed)

Morris Fire Department

6-8 PM

Dr. Zeh

August 14 (Tues)

Oneonta Neahwa Park Pavilion

6-8 PM

D. Puritz

September 11 (Tue)

Cherry Valley Town Barn

6-8 PM

Dr. Fassett

September 27 (Thur)

Burlington Flats Town Barn

6-8 PM

Dr. Hager

October 10 (Wed)

Otego Fire Department

6-8 PM

Dr. Puritz

December 5 (Wed)

Susquehanna Animal Shelter

4-6 PM

Dr. Puritz

  

Dogs, cats & ferrets may be taken to ANY CLINIC listed.

Call the Department of Health at 607-547-4230 with any questions

Our Website Links

CHILD SAFETY          COMMUNICABLE DISEASES          CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS           EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

HEALTH ADVISORY'S &HEALTH ALERTS           HEALTH EDUCATION          IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM          LEAD PROGRAM          LYME DISEASE         

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH          RABIES PREVENTION            RADON GAS AWARENESS & TESTING             STAFF DIRECTORY          TOBACCO CESSATION