Governor Cuomo

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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor

Acting Commissioner Zucker

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Howard Zucker, Acting Commissioner


Health News

July 18, 2014

State Health Department Using DNA Sequencing to Combat Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

Pinpointing the source of a salmonella outbreak may soon take less time and be more accurate, thanks to next generation DNA sequencing techniques being used at the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Laboratories.

July 1, 2014

State Health Department Announces Updated School Immunization Requirements

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced it has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to meet updated national standards. The updated requirements, which do not add any new vaccines for school entry, but update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses, go into effect today, July 1, 2014.

New York State Department of Health Institutional Review Board Achieves AAHRPP Accreditation

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has accredited the New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) Institutional Review Board (IRB) for safeguarding human subjects of research. The AAHRPP accreditation demonstrates to researchers worldwide that New York State has a top-quality Institutional Review Board that exceeds government standards. DOH began the accreditation process in 2012.

June 26, 2014

National HIV Testing Day is June 27, Acting State Health Commissioner Urges All New Yorkers Tested for HIV

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27, Acting State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD, urges all New Yorkers to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, noting that an estimated 14 percent of infected persons in New York State have not been diagnosed.

June 24, 2014

As West Nile Virus Arrives, State Health Commissioner Urges New Yorkers to Take Precautions against Mosquito Bites

The presence of West Nile virus has been confirmed in a mosquito pool in Rockland County, prompting New York State Acting Commissioner of Health Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., to urge all New Yorkers to take personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.

June 5, 2014

New York State Acting Commissioner of Health Declares Influenza No Longer Prevalent In the State

New York State Acting Commissioner of Health Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., today declared influenza is no longer prevalent in New York State. This declaration means that New York State healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against influenza are no longer required by State regulation to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.

May 22, 2014

State Health and Environmental Conservation Commissioners Announce Expanded Opportunities and New Resources Available for Anglers

Acting State Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D. and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced updated guidance for the consumption of fish from Lake Ontario and the lower Niagara River that reflects decreased levels of contaminants in these fish. This comes at a time when anglers are experiencing some of the highest species-specific catch rates on record.


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