Recent Press Releases

Health Department and Animal Care Centers of NYC Announce Resumption of Services at Shelters

February 22, 2017

The Health Department and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) announced today the resumption of normal cat adoption services at all shelters and at various mobile adoption events across the five boroughs. Shelter operations were partially suspended in response to an outbreak among cats of the H7N2 virus, a rare strain of bird flu.

Statement and Fact Sheet on Leptospirosis

February 15, 2017

The Health Department has identified a cluster of three cases of leptospirosis on one block in the Concourse area of the Bronx,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is most commonly spread by contact with rat urine and is very rarely spread from person to person. This illness can be serious but is treatable with readily available antibiotics.

Health Department Announces Historic Expansion of HIV and STI Services at Sexual Health Clinics

February 10, 2017

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today announced the historic expansion of HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services, and the renaming of STD Clinics as Sexual Health Clinics.

Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit and Health Department Urge New Yorkers to Enroll in Health Insurance before Open Enrollment Deadline On Tuesday, January 31

January 27, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Public Engagement Unit is partnering with the Health Department, NYC Health + Hospitals and others to remind New Yorkers of the deadline to enroll in health insurance: Tuesday, January 31.

Health Department, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Human Resources Administration Launch My Vaccine Record, an Online Portal To Immunization Records For IDNYC Card Holders

January 19, 2017

The Health Department, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the Human Resources Administration announced that parents, guardians, and other individuals with IDNYC cards can go online to My Vaccine Record to access their own or their children’s official immunization records from the Citywide Immunization Registry. Previously, immunization records were accessible to healthcare providers online, but the public needed to contact the Health Department and wait up to two weeks to get a record.

Health Department Launches Social Media Campaign To Encourage Screenings For Sexually Transmitted Infections

January 13, 2017

The Health Department today unveiled a social media ad campaign to encourage screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young women, young men who have sex with men (MSM) and adolescents aged 15 to 19. The campaign will run for four weeks on social media as well as dating apps primarily used by MSM, and is part of the de Blasio administration’s effort to expand and improve the City’s STD clinics. Adolescents and young adults are disproportionately at risk for STIs, including HIV.

Animal Care Centers of NYC’s Cats Quarantined for H7N2 Virus Receive Care, Monitoring at ASPCA Temporary Shelter

January 12, 2017

In coordination with the New York City Health Department (DOHMH) and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) – with funding provided by Maddie’s Fund® – has established a temporary quarantine shelter in Queens to care for hundreds of cats exposed to the avian flu virus, H7N2.