Dr. Gale Burstein

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

It is a disease that does not get much attention, but for those who suffer from Lyme disease or have close family members who do, it is an awful health problem for which they say there is not much help out.


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A deadly batch of heroin is suspected in the deaths of seven Erie County residents in one day - the average number of overdose deaths in a week.

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On Wednesday the big weather incident was the lake effect snow. One day after, it's the severe cold that has arrived in the region. It is a bitter cold, warns Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, that may prove dangerous to one's health and safety in very short time if not properly covered.  


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There has been a recall of one of the key weapons in the fight against fatal opioid abuse overdoses -- naloxone.

Mighty Taco

More than 140 people have been identified as reporting nausea and vomiting after eating at an Erie County Mighty Taco, according to the Erie County Health Department.

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A possible foodborne illness is under investigation at Mighty Taco fast food restaurant locations in Western New York.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in the county.

Information on how to protect yourself from winter weather and where to find various services is available on Erie County's Winter Storms & Extreme Cold website.

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As portions of New York City contend with the growing problem of Legionaire's Disease, Western New York officials are urging precautions as well.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

The Erie County Health Department is anticipating a significant increase in the number of deaths this year from heroin and other opiate overdoses.

Health experts speak of the value of prevention

Jun 5, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Health experts led a forum Friday morning on Buffalo's Darwin Martin campus, where they discussed the advantages of preventive health care, to both the individual and the community.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Friday afternoon.

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The Erie County Health Department says up to 2,000 people should visit a special clinic at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Monday or Tuesday because they ate at Casa di Pizza. A server there has been found to have Hepatitis A.

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Health officials continue warning parents to make sure their child is immunized against the Measles. There are confirmed cases in 17 states including New York and the Erie County Health Commissioner wants parents to understand facts,not fear, about vaccines. 

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Mumps is a disease which was once a serious health problem but has been essentially wiped out by a vaccine licensed in 1967.

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People who abandoned their cars during the height of this week's massive lake effect snow storm can begin retrieving them Saturday morning.  Starting at 9:00, the county website will have a listing of all the towed cars and where owners can find them.

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State and federal officials disagree on the guidelines for those who may have been exposed to Ebola. The disagreement is not preventing local officials from being prepared.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein has released a statement regarding Dr. Myron Glick and his possible exposure to the Ebola virus.

Enterovirus D68 cases confirmed in Erie County

Sep 22, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Fourteen case of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in Erie County. The Erie County Health Department announced Monday that they're still testing others for the illness. The respiratory virus has been present in region since August.

Local residents are being encouraged to take precautions before heading outdoors. That warning issued following the discovery that mosquitoes are once again infected with West Nile Virus.

New Health Mall opens on Buffalo's East Side

May 2, 2014
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A first-of-its-kind Health Mall has opened in Buffalo Friday. Local officials were joined by community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility located at 1500 Broadway.

Erie County reminds parents to vaccinate their children

Apr 29, 2014
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The Erie County Department of Health is reminding parents to get their children vaccinated. The call is in observance of National Infant Immunization Week this week.

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Flu activity is now widespread across most of the nation.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asked the Erie County Health Commissioner about this year's flu season.

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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County is working to end the stigma that surrounds suicide. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says members of the community gathered in downtown Buffalo yesterday to learn about prevention.

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein confirms that reports of flu cases are on the rise.