Public Health Hazards

The Department of Health keeps you informed about exposures that can potentially harm you and your family.  Please refer to this section for more information.

Mosquitos as Vectors

Mosquitos can cause the transmission of diseases such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) to people. The larvae of mosquitoes need standing water in order to develop.

Rabies Prevention

Rabies is a well known lethal disease that is easily spread to humans by the bite or scratch of an infected animal. It is endemic in certain wild mammal populations across New York State including primarily raccoons, bats, fox, and skunk. Free rabies clinics for dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets are offered in Chautauqua County locations throughout the year.


Radon is a radioactive gas that results from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. The risk of radon exposure can therefore be associated with the type of soil and bedrock that is present where you live. Radon cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted.

Ticks & Lyme

Lyme Disease is caused by bacteria transmitted by the Black Legged Tick, more commonly known as the deer tick. It may cause symptoms effecting the skin, nervous system, heart and/or joints of an individual. It is important to check for and remove any ticks immediately.

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Rabies Vaccination Clinic Westfield NY

Free rabies vaccination clinic sponsored by the Town of Westfield, Northern Chautauqua Can