Welcome to the Cattaraugus County Health Department
The Cattaragus County Health Department is pleased to present the 2017 Annual Report. Click here to view.
Protect Yourself from Mosquito-Borne West Nile Virus Disease!
West Nile virus (WNV) is transmitted to humans and some animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Persons are at greatest risk of exposure to infected mosquitoes from July through September with peak activity late July to August.
There are no human vaccines or treatment for WNV. Prevention of mosquito bites is the most important way to reduce your risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Please visit the Health Department WNV fact sheet to learn more about WNV disease and mosquito control.
Lyme Disease Awareness – Cattaraugus County!
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick. The first symptom is usually a red rash, which may look like a bull's eye.
But not all people with Lyme disease have a rash. The tick is most commonly found on white-footed field mice and deer, but can also be found on raccoons, opossums, skunks, weasels, foxes, shrews, moles, chipmunks, squirrels and horses.
Fact sheets about Lyme Disease, risk factors and screening methods are available:
Click here to watch a video showing how to properly remove a tick.
Rabies Awareness – Cattaraugus County!
Rabies is a viral disease which almost always leads to death, unless treatment is provided soon after exposure.
The disease is transmitted by licks, bites, or scratches from infected bats, dogs, raccoons, skunks, cats, etc.
Click here to watch a video about how to safely capture a bat. If a bat gets in your house, capture it and bring it to the Health Department to have it tested for rabies. DO NOT release it.
Flu Awareness – Cattaraugus County!
What do I need to know?: Cattaraugus County flu campaign
For additional information please go to: NYSDOH fact sheet
We should ALL take action to protect ourselves from the spread of flu.
GET YOUR FLU SHOT TODAY!