Provider Alert: Tuberculosis Outbreak in North County
This alert is to notify providers of an outbreak of isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis (TB) among Oaxacan persons in the northern region of Santa Barbara County. To date, nine active TB cases have been identified within this community; 5 of the cases have epidemiologic links and the same genetic pattern on their TB isolate, suggesting the same chain of TB transmission. All case-patients are residents of Santa Barbara County, aged 1-79 years old, and all are ethnically Oaxacan (persons from a region in Mexico who often speak Mixteco and do not speak Spanish.) The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has been conducting an ongoing investigation of this outbreak and is asking medical providers within North County to have an increased suspicion for TB in patients from the Oaxacan community who present with TB symptoms, both in children and adults.
Facts about Influenza
It's flu season again and your friends at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center have recommended a few simply things that you can do to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
- Wash your hands often.
- Cough and/or sneeze into your sleeve.
- Keep your hands out of your mouth, eyes and nose.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Use disinfectant cleaner to clean commonly used surfaces in your home.
- Be sure to get the seasonal flu shot each year.
Mary Sharp Appointed to Board of Directors
The first vacancy in 15 years for the Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s board of directors didn’t last very long. In a unanimous vote among the three board members present at Thursday night’s meeting, the board approved longtime Lompoc resident Mary Sharp to fill the seat that became open when Leslie Kelly’s resignation went into effect Nov. 1. Sharp, who is a licensed CPA for Lompoc accounting firm Walker Wilson & Hughen, was one of five applicants to seek the open seat. None of those applicants was present at Thursday’s board meeting. Sharp got the call Thursday night that she had been selected.
“FreeNet” is a hospitality service we provide as a no cost internet for visitor and patients. The carrier, as of today stopped providing service in this area and the circuit is now dead. So, please let all patients and visitors know (that ask) that LVMC no longer provides internet services. I am not sure if it will be possible to replace with another service in the near future. Generally these service startups take a few months.