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ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: EL CAJON ENSURES A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP

By David R. ShoreyEast County Program Manager, Institute for Public Strategies

Photos via Creative Commons

September 3, 2019 (El Cajon) -- When you arrive at your home-away-from-home lodging for a business trip or a family vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is drunken brawls, prostitution, drug activity, bed bugs, and dirty room conditions affecting your stay. You have a certain expectation that the property’s owners and managers are abiding by a certain set of standards. 

VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE CASE CONFIRMED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY: MANDATORY EUTHANASIA OF EXPOSED AND INFECTED BIRDS

By Miriam Raftery

August 31, 2019 (San Diego) – Tonight, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced on its Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) page on Facebook that  a new case was confirmed yesterday at a property in central San Diego County.  

The CDFA has not yet confirmed the exact location, however multiple East County residents have posted on Facebook that veterinarians have advised them that the new case is in Ramona. Some Ramona residents have also posted that state officials visited this weekend to test their birds, advising them that Newcastle was found at a neighbor’s property.

VND response team members from the CDFA and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) “are working though the holiday weekend to establish control measures including restriction of bird movement, mandatory euthanasia of infected and exposed birds, and surveillance testing near the property where infection was detected,” the CDFA announcement states.

GOT BITES? INVASIVE MOSQUITOS PLAGUE LOCAL RESIDENTS

County asks public’s help to report and eradicate invasive mosquitos that can transmit dangerous diseases including Yellow Fever and Zika

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2019 (San Diego) – Lakeside resident Dennis Richardson was appalled to discover that “thousands” of Yellow Fever mosquitos were breeding in water dishes under potted plants at his home.  His grandfather was a sanitation engineer who worked to eradicate Yellow Fever so that Americans could build the Panama canal and later battled a Yellow Fever epidemic in Peru. Richardson says, “This work was deadly for most who did the work, as most got yellow fever.”

READER'S EDITORIAL: RECENT VAPING DEATH MAKES FDA THREE-YEAR PLAN FOR YOUTH RESTRICTIONS FEEL LIKE A MILLENIUM

How much more damage will be done before the fix is in?

 

By Joshua Mansour, M.D.

 

Photo via Creative Commons

August 27, 2019 (San Diego) - Despite the recent vaping death, the FDA is still allowing e-cigarette makers until 2022 to submit their plans for preventing underage access to their products.  But is that too late?  While e-cigarettes and vaping were initially intended to help adults quit smoking traditional cigarettes, they have managed to entice younger individuals to pick up this dangerous habit.  The colorful packaging, different flavors, and seemingly harmless. 

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MEASLES EXPOSURE AT DISNEYLAND, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, LAX AND OTHER LOS ANGELES SITES IN MID-AUGUST

2 cases of measles in San Diego County are unrelated to the Anaheim exposure

Creative Commons photo by CrispyCreme via Wikimedia

By Miriam Raftery

August 25, 2019 (Anaheim) – For the second time in four years, a visitor to Disneyland has exposed countless others to measles.  The patient, a girl from New Zealand, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on August 11 and visited Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park on August 12, followed by Universal Studios, the Chinese Theatre and Madame Tussauds wax museum August 14-15.  She and her family stayed at the Desert Palms Hotel in Anaheim.

149 PATIENTS HAVE SEVERE LUNG ILLNESS AFTER VAPING, CDC AND FDA WARN: CASES INCLUDE CALIFORNIA

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2019 (San Diego) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a press release warning the public about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses possibly related to e-cigarette use or “vaping,” primarily among adolescents and young adults.   At least 149 cases have been reported by 15 states, including California from June 28 through August 20. 

PAGING MORE DOCTORS: CALIFORNIA'S WORSENING PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE

By Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters

CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.

August 20, 2019 (San Diego) - In a northern California valley stretching under miles of bright blue sky between two snowy volcanic peaks, Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta, Daniel Dahle is known as a godsend, a friend, a lifesaver, a companion until the end.

EAST COUNTY BOOMERS AND SENIORS EXPO AUG. 28

East County News Service

August 15, 2019 (El Cajon) - August 28 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon is set for the East County Boomers & Seniors Expo.  It is free for the public and free parking is provided.

Informational speakers and health screenings are included.

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READER’S EDITORIAL: BEWARE OF DRUGS LACED WITH DEADLY CAREFENTANIL AND FENTANYL

By Shauna Krout

 

Photo:  Carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer, is turning up in street drugs—and its killing users (Creative Commons)

 

August 8, 2019 (San Diego) - Overdoses are happening everywhere, all over the country. In our current society, the streets are filled to the brim with laced heroin that’s often mixed with carfentaniland other fentanyl analogs. Dealers are now adding it to street pressed pills, cocaine, meth and marijuana too. 

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ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA CO-LEADS BIPARTISAN COALITION OF 43 ATTORNEYS GENERAL URGING VIDEO STREAMING INDUSTRY TO PROTECT YOUNG VIEWERS FROM TOBACCO

AGs provide policy guidelines to streaming industry to combat increasing use of tobacco products by young people

Source:  Attorney General Becerra

August 8, 2019 (Sacramento) - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson today led a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general in urging the streaming industry to limit tobacco use in their video content. Due to the growing use of tobacco products amongst teens, the attorneys general urge the streaming industry to take proactive steps to protect the lives of young viewers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018.

HEALTHCARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA TO HOST FREE MEETING ABOUT PREVENTING DIABETES ON AUGUST 28

Source: Grossmont Healthcare District

Photo:  Marlayna Bollinger, Executive Director Skinny Gene

August 8, 2019 (La Mesa) -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library will host a talk on lifestyle change and diabetes prevention from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2019, as part of its monthly "Wellness Wednesday" health education series.

SAN DIEGO BLOOD BANK HOLDS THREE BLOOD DRIVES IN EAST COUNTY

East County News Service

Photo: Creative Commons by SA-NC via Bing

August 8, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Blood Bank is hosting blood drives in Rancho San Diego on August 24,  Santee on August 25, and El Cajon on August 27.   Scroll down for details.

IMMUNIZATION PERCENTAGES BY SCHOOL: EAST COUNTY RATES RANGE FROM 10% TO 95%

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 8, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- If you have ever been curious about the immunization levels at your child’s school or preschool ---wonder no longer.

Shots for School offers information on school requirements, what the immunization levels are, and more. Preschools, K-12, universities and more are addressed on the site:

Preschools: https://www.shotsforschool.org/child-care/how-doing/

Elementary (kindergartens): https://www.shotsforschool.org/k-12/how-doing/

Middle schools (7th grade) : https://www.shotsforschool.org/7th-grade/how-doing/

HOME ELEVATOR WARNING ISSUED AFTER SEVERAL CHILD DEATHS

East County News Service  

August 7, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – The Acting Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today sent a letter to governors of all 50 states urging building code changes to protect consumers from a dangerous feature found in some residential elevators.  The letter follows a warning issued to consumers after several children became trapped in gaps between the elevator car door and room access door; the youngsters were crushed and died.

If you own a residential elevator, dangerous gaps can be eliminated by placing space guards on the back of the room access door or installing an electronic monitoring device that deactivates the elevator when a child is detected in the gap.  The CPSC urges consumers to contact their elevator manufacturer or an elevator installer to obtain these critical safety devices and protect children from this hidden hazard.

BABY WITH MEASLES MAY HAVE EXPOSED OTHERS AT KAISER FACILITIES IN CLAIREMONT AND OTAY

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 7, 2019 (San Diego) - The first case of measles this year in San Diego County has been confirmed in an 11-month-old resident who had recently traveled to the Philippines, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.

The unimmunized infant is currently hospitalized, but may have exposed others while seeking care at the following locations:

  • Kaiser Permanente Otay Mesa Medical Offices, 4650 Palm Ave., San Diego, CA 92154 on the following dates and times: July 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Pediatric Clinic; August 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Pediatric Clinic, Urgent Care and Pharmacy; and August 5 from 4:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Pediatric Clinic.
  •   Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, 9455 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123: August 5 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Emergency Department.

SUPERVISOR GASPAR REQUESTS DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTY LACTATION POLICY FOR EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC

Also contributed $95,000 to new Mother's Milk Bank

Source:  County News Service

August 7, 2019 (San Diego) - At today’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Supervisor Gaspar requested County staff and health experts develop a countywide lactation policy for employees and nursing mothers who do business at the County Administration Center.

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.

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