Public Health Department
80 State Highway 310
Canton, New York 13617-1476
Public Health Director
James O. Rich, MPH
Ph: (315) 386-2325
Fx: (315) 386-2203
Monday - Friday
September - May: 9AM - 5PM
June - August: 8 AM - 4 PM
St. Lawrence County Public Health Department
Insect Borne Diseases
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted by the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) . Lyme disease may cause symptoms affecting the skin, nervous system, heart and/or joints of an individual. 95,000 cases have now been confirmed in New York State. Lyme disease became a reportable in 1986.
Information on Lyme Disease
West Nile Virus (WNV)We
In the Fall of 1999, West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne infection that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), was found in New York State. While the chances of a person getting encephalitis are small, the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department wants to educate residents of ways to reduce exposure to the virus.
Information on West Nile Virus
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes that can affect people and horses. EEE can also cause disease in captive birds such as the ring-necked pheasant, emu, ostriches, quail and ducks. EEE infection and disease can occasionally occur in other livestock, deer, dogs, other mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Zika is a virus that is usually spread by certain kinds of mosquitoes. It can also be spread from one person to another through sexual contact or blood transfusion. For most people it is a mild infection with few or no symptoms. But it has been linked to health problems in some people. It is a serious concern for pregnant women, their partners and couples planning a pregnancy because it can cause serious birth defects. Zika is not spread from person to person by casual contact.
Information on the Zika Virus
General Mosquito Disease Information and Prevention
Mosquitoes usually are considered a nuisance pest, but occasionally they can transmit viruses to people and some animals. These viruses can cause illness and even death. While your chances of being infected with a disease through a mosquito bite are very small, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten.
Information on Mosquitoes