Gale Burstein

Vaccines Essential for Public Health

 Immunizations Halt Spread of Deadly Infectious Diseases ERIE COUNTY, NY— Vaccination is one of the most important foundations of public. For those individuals most vulnerable to illness and complications–infants and young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems—it may truly be a matter of life and death. “There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind tha... »

Mosquitos in Erie County Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Residents Reminded to Eliminate Standing Water Where Mosquitoes Breed  ERIE COUNTY, NY—West Nile Virus (“WNV”) has been identified in a mosquito pool in Erie County, in the Town of Amherst. The New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) regularly conducts this testing and recently identified this case. In an effort to protect the public, the Town of Amherst, routinely conducts mosquito surveil... »

Rabies Vaccine Airdrop Begins Mid-August 

Rabies Vaccine Airdrop to Reduce Incidence of Rabies in Local Wildlife Population    ERIE COUNTY, NY— In collaboration with the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center, the New York State Department of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“USDA/APHIS”) Wildlife Services, the Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) i... »

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

ECDOH Recognizes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Children Most at Risk—Key is Knowledge & Prevention! ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) recognizes this week as National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. ECDOH’s Division of Environmental Health is charged with educating residents about the dangers of lead, with the most common source being lead-based paint fo... »

Be an Angel – Erie County Needs You

Be an Angel. Erie County needs more “Angels” Last month, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Erie County Health Commissioner Gale R. Burstein, United States Attorney for the Western District of WNY William J. Hochul and police chiefs representing law enforcement agencies from across Western New York to unveil details of the Rapid Evaluation Appropriate Placement (“REAP”) Pr... »

People Undergoing Surgery Taking Opiates

More people undergoing surgery and taking opiates to treat back pain  More upstate New Yorkers with back pain are undergoing surgery and taking prescription medication such as opiate painkillers even though noninvasive treatments such as simple exercises and over-the-counter drugs usually work, according to a new Univera Healthcare report. “We need to change our thinking when it comes to back pain... »