CDC Issues a Health Alert for E-Cigarette Products
With the eruption of a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges) the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to get information out to the public about its concerns, and to provide recommendations for clinicians, public health officials and the public based on currently available information.
Public Health Department Confirms First Measles Case Of 2019
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has confirmed the first case of measles in the county since 2016. The person identified is a resident of Santa Barbara in his 20s. The individual is considered infectious between May 25, 2019, through June 2, 2019, but has been in isolation since May 29, 2019.
Keep a Lookout for Pink Eye
Most parents have encountered the highly contagious inflammation known as “pink eye” at some point. Also known by its medical term of “conjunctivitis,” it is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Public Health Department Urges Caution With Wild Mushrooms
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging local residents to be aware of the dangers of ingesting wild mushrooms.
Public Health Investigating Valley Fever Cases
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and LVMC are informing residents that there has been a recent increase in the number of clinical cases of Valley Fever observed in Santa Barbara County residents, particularly those in the North County.
Protecting Yourself From the E. Coli Outbreak
A recent, and now deadly, outbreak of E. coli infections has consumers on the alert about the safety of romaine lettuce and other foods. The Centers for Disease Control wants to educate people that most types of E. coli are harmless, but others can make a person sick, or even die.
Medicare Users Will Soon Receive New Identification Cards
Thousands of Medicare members in Santa Barbara County will start receiving new cards during the next year. Medicare is removing Social Security numbers that were previously on identification cards and replacing them with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number that is secure and unique to the cardholder. The cards will be used for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.
Keeping Safe and Healthy on Halloween
Frights and scares are the keys to a successful Halloween, but so is staying safe. Halloween may bring out the goblins and ghouls – and this year perhaps more than a few scary clowns from the movie ‘It’ – and it also carries with it dangers of its own.
September Heat Wave Advisory
September is starting off with a sizzle, as a wave of high pressure descends over the western US. So that means it’s time to take extra care with your health. Extreme heat warnings issued by the weather service suggest staying indoors, drinking extra fluids and easing off on excessive outdoor physical activity during the times when temperatures are hitting and exceeding triple digits.