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County: State law requires parental consent for body piercing of minors

medfr19787by Andrew Henderson

Those under the age of 18 seeking to have parts of their bodies pierced will need written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

The state law took effect Oct. 28. It prohibits body piercing on a person under 18 years of age unless the person provides the body-piercing establishment with written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

The parent or legal guardian must sign a New York State Department of Health consent form in the presence of the owner of the body art establishment or in the presence of the body artist.

The written consent form expires 12 months from the date it is signed. The new law applies to piercing of any part of the body — except the ear.

Body piercing carries health risks such as infection and blood-borne disease transmission, as well as allergic reactions, prolonged bleeding, swelling, scarring and general discomfort, according to Jiancheng Huang, public health director for the Oswego County Health Department.

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EEE discovered in Central Square, county to conduct aerial spraying

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Health Department was notified by the State Health Department late Tuesday, Sept. 4 that the Eastern equine encephalitis virus was found in a sample of mosquitoes collected last week in the village of Central Square.

Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County public health director, said he has requested the New York State Department of Health to issue a declaration of “imminent threat to public health” in Oswego County with the intent to conduct aerial spraying of the Big Bay and Toad Harbor Swamp area as soon as possible.

“The new evidence of Eastern equine encephalitis, together with the West Nile virus activity already present in Oswego County, drove the decision to spray,” said Huang. “Although the number of mosquitoes collected in trapping sites continues to be much lower than in prior years, considering virus activity in recent weeks, the weather forecast, and as a precautionary measure against a repeat of last year’s unusually rapid emergence of EEE, we need to conduct aerial spraying to control mosquitoes. We have started the process needed to conduct aerial spraying, and we will announce the schedule to the public as soon as it is developed.”

Huang emphasized that the decision on when and where to conduct aerial spraying is based on data collected in surveillance and mosquito control guidelines.

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder, who has been questioning the county’s decision not to spray for the West Nile virus, agreed with Huang’s decision.

“I agree with this decision to spray,” Tresidder said. “I have asked the question for several months as I have been concerned both the West Nile virus and the EEE virus and I feel the health department has made the right decision.”

West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis are different diseases caused by different viruses and transmitted by different mosquito species, said Huang. The risk of contracting either virus runs from June through September with peak activity late July to mid-August.

The Oswego County Health Department collects samples of mosquitoes throughout the summer to look for evidence of West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses. EEE is usually detected in bird-biting mosquitoes before it appears in mammal-biting mosquitoes.

In Central Square, the virus was found in the type of mosquito that bites birds — not in a species that feeds on humans. Aerial spraying may help reduce the risk of EEE spreading to human-biting mosquitoes.

Samples of mosquitoes collected earlier this summer in New Haven, Central Square and West Monroe tested positive for West Nile virus.

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View From The Fourth Floor: July 18, 2012

by Carol Thompson

It’s official! Oswego County has a new health director.

Jiancheng Huang received the final approval needed to take the helm.

Legislator Dan Farfaglia was the only legislator present to vote against Huang. Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler was excused from the July 12 meeting and Legislator Kevin Gardner was absent.

Huang received a standing ovation following the vote.

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There are short meeting and there are really short meetings. Prior to the start of the legislature session, a meeting of the legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee was held.

Legislator James Oldenburg, who serves as the chairman, took care of business in 58 seconds — easily swooping the lead from Legislator Art Ospelt, who chairs the Finance and Personnel Committee. Ospelt held a seven-and-one-half minute meeting.

In fairness, Ospelt had a much larger agenda. The Infrastructure Committee passed one agenda item for a budget modification.

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Water chestnuts made the news quite often last year and while the pesky plant has less media attention, it is being aggressively attacked.

The Soil and Water Conservation District plans to use a chemical treatment on 200 acres in the Oswego River this summer and volunteers have been busy conducting hand pulls along the Salmon and Oswego rivers.

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County employees are currently on summer hours.

The legislative building hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Aug. 31.

The Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. during July and August.

Learner’s permit testing at the DMV offices will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. while CDL testing will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Oswego County health director candidate passes first hurdle

by Carol Thompson

Jiancheng Huang is slated to become the next Oswego County Health Director, replacing Dr. Dennis Norfleet who recently retired.

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee approved the appointment of Huang when they met Wednesday.

Huang has a long list of credentials. He currently serves as the director of the Maine Immunization Program (Maine CDC) and is a former epidemiologist with the same government agency.

Huang previously worked as a clinical research specialist with the University of Pennsylvania.

He received a MSC from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1993 and a medical degree from the Shanghai Second Medical University in 1987.

Huang’s resume includes a long list of presentations at national and international conferences as well as professional journal articles.

He has worked on numerous public health research articles.

Huang was selected from a vacancy search committee, who forwarded their recommendation to the Health and Human Services Committee. Next week the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee will establish a salary and the appointment will go to the full legislature for approval next month.

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