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THREE DEER MICE TEST POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS

 

Three deer mice collected in routine monitoring in Boulevard have tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, County Vector Control said this week.

County officials said it is not uncommon to find hantavirus in wild mice throughout the county, but it is generally unlikely for people to come into contact with hantavirus if they keep wild rodents out of their homes, sheds, garages and workplaces.

LOCAL AVOCADOS RECALLED FOR LISTERIA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 24, 2019 (Escondido) – Escondido-based Henry Avocado Corporation is recalling avocados after a government inspection at a California packing facility resulted in testing positive for Listeria. The recalled products have stickers reading Bravocado” on the exterior.

Listeria can cause fever, stiffness, nausea, diarrhea and other symptoms. It may be fatal to young children, elderly people or others with weakened immune systems. It can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women.

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MEDICAL EXAMINER PUTS 20 YEARS OF DATA ONLINE

 

 

By Yvette Urrea MoeCounty of San Diego Communications Office

Photo: Chief County Medical Examiner Dr. Glenn Wagner in an examining room for death investigations.

March 20, 2019 (San Diego) - In a model of government transparency, the San Diego County Medical Examiner is releasing 220 years' worth of data--from 1997 to the third quarter of 2018, in a free searchable online portal.  The site makes over 59,000 records available.

Valuable comparisons and conclusions can be drawn from the types and circumstances of sudden unexpected deaths that occur in San Diego County, and in changes over time.

CALIF. BILL WOULD BAN COSMETICS WITH CHEMICALS LINKED TO CANCER OR REPRODUCTIVE HARM

 

 

East County News Service

March 19, 2019 (Sacramento) -- Landmark legislation introduced today would ban the use in cosmetics sold in California of 20 highly toxic chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm or hormone disruption. Assembly Bill 495, authored by Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), states that cosmetics products containing toxic chemicals like mercury, lead, phthalates, formaldehyde, triclosan and the fluorinated compounds known as PFAS are “adulterated cosmetics” that may not be sold in California. The legislation is sponsored by Environmental Working Group and CALPIRG.

CRISIS TEAM CALL VOLUME HAS RISEN 60% SINCE 2014: VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

 

 

East County News Service

March 19, 2019 (San Diego) — Since 2014,  the volume of crisis team calls received by Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego (TIP) has risen by 60%.  Last year, TIP responded to 1,199 scenes of tragedy, helping 5,288 residents in our community—and the organization is seeking additional volunteers.

HAWK IN LAKESIDE TESTS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

 

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

March 17, 2019 (Lakeside) - A dead Cooper’s hawk found in Lakeside has tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first sign this year of the potentially deadly disease in San Diego County.

County Vector Control officials said people should remember to follow the County’s “Prevent, Protect, Report” guidelines—particularly to dump out standing water and to wear insect repellent—to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus and other diseases, such as chikungunya, dengue and Zika.

TRUMP BUDGET SLASHES SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID IN VIOLATION OF CAMPAIGN PROMISES

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – In direct contradiction to his campaign trail promises not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, President Donald Trump has proposed a budget that would deeply slash all of these programs—programs which help the elderly, the poor and the disabled.

“I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” Trump tweeted on May 7, 2015, adding, “Huckabee copied me.”  He repeated that pledge in media interviews and at rallies.

His proposed new budget, however, would cut trillions of dollars from Medicaid and Medicare. Social Security would also be slashed by $25 million over the next 10 years, including whacking $10 billion from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for people who are unable work.

The administration claims it will make up for these deep cuts in Social Security,Medicare and Medicaid programs by finding waste, fraud and abuse. But if not enough waste, fraud or abuse is found--and there have been years of efforts to do--benefits to recipients could be reduced reduced and some poor, disabled and elderly Americans might be denied medical or disability coverage completely.

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BOARD VOTES TO SPONSOR STATE BILL GIVING LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS MORE AUTHORITY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: County News  Service
 
March 1, 2019 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Supervisors voted this week to support Assembly Bill 262, a statewide measure which would strengthen the authority of the County public health officer to direct actions of governments in other local jurisdictions affected by an infectious disease outbreak, such as the hepatitis A outbreak locally in 2017.

COUNTY, STATE WARN BACKYARD BIRD OWNERS ABOUT VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE

 

 

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 28, 2019 (San Diego) - It still has not been detected here, but San Diego County officials are urging backyard bird owners to watch for virulent Newcastle disease, a highly contagious, agriculturally dangerous, bird-killing virus, after the state expanded its quarantine in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

ENDOMETRIOSIS: A LITTLE KNOWN DISEASE FEW PEOPLE CAN PRONOUNCE

 

 

A community coming together to fight an invisible disease

East County News Service

February 22, 2019 (San Diego) -- March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.  Bloomin’ Uterus, an El Cajon-based organization, will be hosting two free events in San Diego March 16 and 30 to raise awareness of this disease. Registration is required for both events.

KAWASAKI DISEASE CASES INCREASING IN THE COUNTY

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

Image credit:  Shutterstock.com

February 14, 2019 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency issued a health advisory to area doctors today and is asking parents to be alert about a local increase in Kawasaki disease.

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FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: BE A SWEETHEART AND LEARN CPR!

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 12, 2019 (San Diego) -- Why is knowing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) important? Well first, what would you do if a family member, friend or coworker went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)? Would you know what to do? SCA kills 1,000 people a day or one person every two minutes. It is estimated that 95 percent of victims of cardiac arrest die before they reach a hospital or other source of emergency help.

LOVE YOUR HEART ON FEBRUARY 14

 

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

Video by James Kecskes

February 8, 2019 (San Diego) - It’s February – the time of year when our attention turns to matters of the heart. What better time to get your blood pressure checked?

On Thursday, Feb. 14, people can get their blood pressure checked for free at any of nearly 300 locations across the U.S. and Mexico for Love Your Heart Day. Many faith-based organizations are getting in on the action by hosting blood pressure checks this weekend on Feb. 9 and 10.

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LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON MEDICINES ON FEBRUARY 27TH

 

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “A Healthy Outlook on Aging, Medicines, Alcohol, Tobacco” from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 27.  The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR LAKE MORENA COUNTY PARK WATER SYSTEM

 

 

Source: County of San Diego

January 31, 2019 (Campo) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order for the Lake Morena County Park water system located at 2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, effective immediately. The water system serves drinking water to recreational camping and RV sites, cabins, employee/volunteer housing, and public restrooms and showers.

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SCIENTIST RECEIVES $125,000 RESEARCH PRIZE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS, THEN DONATES IT ALL TO THE ALS ASSOCIATION GREATER SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

 

 

East County News Service

Photo:  (from left to right) Steve Becvar, ALS; Paul Negulescu, Vertex; Keith Miller (wearing Santa hat), ALS; Peter Grootenhuis, Vertex.

January 29, 2019 (San Diego) – The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter has received a $125,000 donation from Paul Negulescu, senior vice president at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, which operates a facility in San Diego.

PEACHES, PLUMS AND NECTARINES RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

 

 

East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has announced a recall of thousands of cases of Fresh Peaches, Fresh Plums and Fresh Nectarines packed by Jac. Vandenberg Inc. The fruits were sold at major retailers in several states, including Costco in California.

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JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE OF CALIFORNIA JOINS LARGEST NONPROFIT FUNDER OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH IN THE COUNTRY TO FIND A CURE

 

 

Source: Jamul Indian Village

January 23, 2019 (Jamul) -- The Jamul Indian Village of California joined the ranks of other outstanding local organizations that contribute to the overall mission of Susan G. Komen® San Diego. 

In an effort to raise awareness and educate the community, the Jamul Casino established a fundraising effort and matched contributions from guests who supported Susan G. Komen San Diego.    Today’s presentation of a check for $10,000 was a culmination of these efforts showing strong community support for the mission.

A HEART-WRENCHING MEDICAL MYSTERY

Newsom proposes $7.5 million to fight black infant mortality.

By Dan Morain, CALmatters

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

January 21, 2019 (San Diego) - African-American women experience a far higher risk of pregnancy-related death than women in other ethnic groups, and black infants die at far higher rates, a threat that has promped Gov. Gavin Newsom to propose spending an extra $7.5 million to confront the issue next fiscal year.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SEEKS TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS WITH 2019 HEALTHCARE HEROES AWARDS

 

 

East County News Service

Photo:  (Back Row, left to right) GHD board members Virginia Hall and Randy Lenac, Jan and Chuck Vermillion, GHD board member Michael Emerson, Shawn Kelley. (Front Row, left to right) Rick Doremus, Dee Davis, Ally Kellogg, GHD board member Bob Ayres and Gloria Chadwick.

January 21, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominees for its 2019 Healthcare Heroes awards. Now in its 13th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program recognizing volunteers who advance the delivery of quality health services in the East County region.

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LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON BRAIN FITNESS ON JANUARY 23RD

 

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Keeping Your Brain Fit,” an informational program about how to improve your brain health with brain exercises and lifestyle changes, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

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