Lisa McCafferty , R.S., MPH
Public Health Director


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1062 State Route 38
PO Box 120
Owego, NY 13827

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Healthy Neighborhoods Program

How Safe Is Your Home?

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety.  An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!

 Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!

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West Nile Virus in Tioga County: How to Protect Yourself

Last Updated: 10/18/2018

West Nile Virus has been found in a resident of Tioga County. While most people do not experience serious symptoms, if you are bitten by a mosquito and begin to feel sick, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

West Nile Virus symptoms can take anywhere from 3-15 days to show. Typically, someone who is infected may feel like they have a minor cold with a small number of people experiencing a fever. An even smaller number of people may experience more serious symptoms and may need to be hospitalized.

The best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to protect yourself against the disease’s most common carrier: mosquitoes.

Todd Kopalek, Supervising Environmental Health Sanitarian advises, “It has been a warm, wet summer in the Southern Tier, and unfortunately that’s the type of environment mosquitoes thrive in. When outdoors, protect yourself by covering your skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, and socks. Also use insect repellent on exposed skin and always be sure to follow label instructions and reapply as needed.”

Mosquitoes are attracted to dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, carports, and garages. Use outdoor insect spray to kill mosquitoes in these areas, and be sure to follow the instructions on the label.

For more information, call Tioga County Public Health at 687-8600 or visit our Facebook page!

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