Health/Fitness

EL CAJON WEIGHS STIFFER PENALTIES FOR STORES SELLING TOBACCO TO KIDS

By Miriam Raftery
 
August 5, 2019 (El Cajon) – El Cajon’s City Council will consider tough new penalties for retailers caught selling tobacco to minors. A proposed new ordinance includes cracking down harder the very first time a retailer violates the law, since there have been 43 instances of first-time offenders selling tobacco to youths from 2017 to the present.

DEER MOUSE IN WARNER SPRINGS TESTS POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 2, 2019 (Warner Springs) - A deer mouse trapped during routine monitoring in Warner Springs has tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, leading County officials to remind people they should never sweep up or vacuum up after rodents if they find them in homes, garages, sheds and cabins.

UCSD RESEARCHES LOCAL DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
 
August 2, 2019 (San Diego) -- A research study at the University of California, San Diego includes participants who witnessed a drug overdose in the last six months. Among other questions, participants were asked if there was a decision to not involve emergency 911 services. Flyers soliciting participants were distributed in East County, including the Santee Library.

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SHERIFF WARNS OF DANGEROUS BLUE “M-30” PILLS AFTER FOUR OVERDOSE DEATHS IN PAST 24 HOURS

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Four overdose deaths have occurred in the past 24 hours in Lakeside, Santee, Poway and Valley Center due to a counterfeit oxycodone drug known as M-30.  The illicit blue pills known as M-30s contain fentanyl, so potent that a speck the size of a salt grain can kill you – or even just touching it. Users may swallow the pills or crush and smoke them.

San Diego Sheriff’s Narcotics and Gang Division responded to the four overdose deaths. Detectives are now working with first responders to learn if they have received any similar overdose calls. 

Anyone with information regarding this illegal drug operation is urged to call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at (888) 580-8477 or the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200.

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HOUSE VOTES TO REPEAL HEFTY TAX SET TO LEVY EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH PLANS

By Miriam Raftery
 
July 19, 2019 (San Diego) – By an overwhelming 419 to 6 vote, the House of Representatives has passed H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.  The measure, if approved by the Senate and the President, would repeal the so-called “Cadillac Tax,” an Affordable Care Act provision set to roll out in 2022 (postponed from 2020). It would impose a 40% excise tax on generous employer-provided health insurance plans for employees and families.

OVER 75 HUMMUS PRODUCTS RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

East County News Service

 

July 19, 2019 (San Diego) – Over 75 hummus products distributed nationwide and sold under  multiple brand names have been recalled by Pita Pal Foods, LP of Texas due to concerns over listeria.  The brands include Bucee’s, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter, Hummus Hummus, Lantana, Pita Pal, Reasor’s, Roundy’s, Schnucks and 7-Select.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES EMPLOYEE AT SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DIAGNOSED WITH WITH TB; POTENTIAL EXPOSURE RISK JANUARY-MAY DEEMED 'LOW' FOR PUBLIC

By Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 19, 2019 (San Diego) - An employee at the San Diego International Airport has been diagnosed with infectious pulmonary tuberculosis but poses an extremely low exposure risk to the public and staff at the airport, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency officials.

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FDA WARNS OF DOG DEATHS DUE TO XYLITOL, SWEETENER IN PRODUCTS FROM PEANUT BUTTER TO ICE CREAM

By Miriam Raftery 

July 12, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Xylitol can kill a dog in just 10 to 60 minutes, or symptoms may occur up to 24 hours after ingestion. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has issued a warning to pet owners to avoid any products with xylitol and to seek immediate emergency veterinary care if a dog or a ferret consume anproduct containing it.  

TEN CASES OF E-COLI NOW CONFIRMED IN PEOPLE WHO WENT TO THE FAIR

Source: County News Center

July 11, 2019 (San Diego) – As of July 10, 10 confirmed cases and one probable case have been reported in an outbreak of Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) that may be related to contact with animals at the San Diego County Fair. Three people were hospitalized and one child has diedAll of the patients who became ill had visited the fair on or before June 22, says county spokesman Tom Christensen. The first cases were reported June 28 and the animal exhibits were shut down for the final days of the fair, which ended July 4.

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CALHEALTHCARES TO PAY OFF $58.6 MILLION IN LOANS FOR 247 PHYSICIANS WHO COMMIT TO SERVE MEDI-CAL PATIENTS

Source:  CalHealthCares

July 2, 2019 (Sacramento) - Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) announced a commitment to pay off $58.6 million in student loans for 247 physicians under a new program created to expand access to care for Medi-Cal patients.

FOUR CHILDREN CONTRACT E. COLI, TODDLER DIES AFTER VISITS TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

County News Service

Photo: Jeddediah King Cabezuela, 2, from a GoFundMe site set up to help his famliy.

June 28, 2019 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Fair has shut down public access to all animal exhibits and the petting zoo after four children were sickened with E.Coli and 2-year-old Jeddediah King Cabezuela died.

The County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms four pediatric cases of Shiga-toxin-producing E. Coli (STEC) linked to contact with animals at the Fair. HHSA Epidemiology Program and the County Department of Environmental Health (DEH) are investigating the cluster of four infections. 

SANTEE REVERSES COURSE, BANS SMOKING ENTIRELY AT PARKS

By Mike Allen
 
June 27, 2019 (Santee) -- In a stunning reversal of an earlier vote last month, Santee’s City Council rejected a watered down smoking ban for its parks, and approved an ordinance that bans the activity entirely.
 
The vote for a 100 percent smoking ban at its June 26 meeting was 4-1 with Councilman Rob McNelis opposed.

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HEALTHCARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA TO HOST FREE MEETING ON HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE ON JUNE 26

Source:  Grossmont Healthcare District

Photo:  Janine Lortscher, Sharp HospiceCare representative  

June 25, 2019 (La Mesa) - The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library will host a program on hospice and palliative care from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2019, as part of its monthly “Wellness Wednesday” health education series.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A BAT

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

June 20, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - Every 10 minutes, someone in the United States is treated for possible exposure to rabies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Once clinical signs develop, rabies is almost always fatal, however it is 100% preventable by making sure your pets are vaccinated, avoiding contact with wildlife and seeking immediate medical care after being bitten or scratched by an animal.

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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS FREE `HEALTH FAIR SATURDAY,’ JUNE 29 AT GROSSMONT CENTER

East County News Service

June 19, 2019 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present “Health Fair Saturday,” one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County Region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 in the promenade area near the movie theater at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

NO NEW FLU CASES AMONG ASYLUM-SEEKING MIGRANTS IN SAN DIEGO

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 16, 2019 (San Diego) – The flu outbreak in San Diego among migrants seeking asylum appears to be waning.  No new flu cases were diagnosed among the 35 new migrants screened at the county shelter on Sunday, June 16th, says Michelle Mowad, communications specialist with the county.

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IF YOU’VE EATEN FROZEN BERRIES SOLD AT SUPERMARKETS, YOU MAY NEED A HEPATITIS A VACCINE

By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2019 (Washington D.C.) — The FDA is warning consumers about hepatitis A virus (HAV) contamination of frozen packages of blackberries and triple berry medley products. The “private selection” products made by Kroger were sold in Kroger, Ralph’s, Food 4 Less, Dillons, Fred Meyer and other grocery chains across the U.S.

The contamination was found as part of an ongoing berry sampling.  The recalled products have a long shelf life with best-by dates through June and July of 2020:

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AS WEATHER WARMS, WATCH OUT FOR SPIDERS

East County News Service

June 4, 2019 (San Diego) – The California Poison Control System suggests being on the lookout for spiders which are increasingly active when temperatures rise. Spider bites can result in small puncture wounds, pain, redness, itching and swelling that can last a couple of days. Most bites are usually not serious. California Poison Control System received 2800 calls related to insect and spider bites in 2018.

COUNTY SCREENS 14,000 MIGRANTS; FLU CASES RISE TO 149, BUT RATE OF OUTBREAK SLOWS

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 4, 2019 (San Diego) – As the federal government continues shipping migrants seeking asylum from Texas to San Diego, San Diego County Public Health reports that 14,000 have undergone health screenings here since May 19. Of those, 149, or about 1 of every 100 migrants locally, have been diagnosed with influenza (flu); 27 are currently quarantined in hotels, including 11 families.

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