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DOGFOOD, CATFOOD RECALLS ON IAMS AND EUKANUBA BRANDS ANNOUNCED BY PROCTER AND GAMBLE

 

August 19, 2013 (San Diego's East County)-- Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled a limited number of dry dog food and cat food lots that may be contaminated with Salmonella.  Brands impacted include Eukanuba and Iams. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR LOS TULES MUTUAL WATER COMPANY IN WARNER SPRINGS

 

August 14, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Los Tules Mutual Water Company located at 32995 Camino Moro, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately.  This public water system serves 100 residential homes.

SENIORS GROUP AT LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HEAR PRESENTATION ON "EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS" ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

 

August 6, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, located at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “Emergency Preparedness” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28.  The public is invited to attend, and an RSVP is not required. 

BILL IN CONGRESS COULD MANDATE SMART METERS NATIONWIDE, TAKE AWAY CONSUMER RIGHT TO OPT OUT IN CA AND OTHER STATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 4, 2013 (Washington D.C. ) Two members of Congress (Jerry McNerney, D- Stockton, CA and Matt Cartwright, D- PA) have introduced the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013 (HR 2685) that would require the Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator to take designated actions if they find that use of smart grid technologies save energy and money.  Congressman Scott Peters from San Diego (D-52) is a cosponsor of the bill.

But opponents say this could require all electricity providers (including rural cooperatives and municipal utilities) to join the ‘smart’ grid and install ‘smart’ meters, and that it could negate states’ rights to regulate smart meters and wireless appliances.  The bill could lead to an overriding of state laws and regulations that give consumers power to opt out of having smart meters, which produce electro-magnetic frequency radiation that have raised health concerns, opponents warn.  It could lead to requiring energy-saving appliances to include wireless transmitters.

TWO MORE CROWS FOUIND WITH WEST NILE VIRUS

 

July 25, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Two weeks after finding the first sign of West Nile virus this season — a dead infected crow — two more dead infected birds have been discovered.

Two dead American crows, one from Ramona and one from Carlsbad, were turned in by members of the public and have tested positive for the disease. The first bird, also an American crow, was found near Lakeside.

County vector control and environmental health officials said the discoveries are a reminder that people should protect themselves from West Nile virus, a potentially-deadly disease that is transmitted to people most often by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR WILD BILL’S RETAIL CENTER IN CAMPO

 

July 25, 2013 (Campo)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Wild Bill’s Retail Center located at 31471 Highway 94, Campo CA 91906 effective immediately.  This public water system serves a Circle K mini mart, gasoline station, office building and Subway sandwich shop.

The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.

AIRPORT TRAVELERS MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO WHOOPING COUGH

 

July 24, 2013

A four-month-old child who travelled out of San Diego Lindbergh Field may have exposed fellow travelers to pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory illness which is also known as whooping cough, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials.

The child, who was up-to-date with vaccinations for his age, travelled with a parent from San Diego to Norfolk, Virginia on Friday, July 19. The child was seen by medical staff at Rady Children’s Hospital shortly before leaving. Tests later confirmed the child had pertussis.

WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN DEAD CROW FROM LAKESIDE

 

July 12, 2013 (Lakeside) -- A dead American crow found near Lakeside has tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first local sign this year of the sometimes-fatal disease, the County reports.

Last year was one of the worst on record for West Nile virus across the United States, but not here, where the County of San Diego has taken aggressive steps to control mosquitoes that can spread the disease. Just two San Diegans have been diagnosed locally with West Nile virus in the last three years: one did not become ill, the other became infected while visiting Imperial County.

However, more than 5,000 people got sick and 286 died nationwide from the disease in 2012. County officials said local residents should remember to protect themselves.

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RANCHO SAN DIEGO RESIDENT NAMED HEALTH SECTOR "NAVIGATOR" FOR SAN DIEGO, IMPERIAL COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – Rancho San Diego resident Ann Durham, Director of the Health Workforce Initiative based at Grossmont College, has been named Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Health for the San Diego/Imperial Region.

The appointment, announced this week by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce & Economic Development, means that Durham will have expanded responsibilities and budget under the "Doing What Matters" program.

HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK LINKED TO POMEGRANATE SEEDS SOLD LOCALLY

 

 

 

June 28, 2013 (San Diego)--Consumers are urged to throw away specific lots of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels, the second product sold in San Diego County associated with a national outbreak of hepatitis A, according to  the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). 

The recalled lots contain pomegranate seeds imported from Turkey that were also used in Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries. Although the Woodstock product has not been linked to any illnesses here, the Townsend Farms berry blend has sickened 127 people nationwide, including 15 San Diego County residents.

“If you ate a product containing these pomegranate seeds in the past two weeks and you have never been vaccinated for hepatitis A or had the disease, you should contact your health care provider to discuss hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Anyone who ate these products should be aware of the symptoms of hepatitis A and seek medical attention early if they appear.”

HAVE A SAFE 4TH OF JULY

 

More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year; fireworks also cause many serious injuries each July

With the Fourth of July approaching, the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit reminds San Diegans that it's illegal to possess and use fireworks in the county. It's also illegal to transport fireworks from elsewhere into San Diego County or to make homemade fireworks or explosives.

Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other items that explode, go up in the air, or move across the ground in an uncontrollable fashion. Those convicted can be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year.

SENIORS GROUP AT LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO LEARN "THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP" ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

 

June 25, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “The Importance of Sleep,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26.  The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required.  The speaker will be Jason Chagnon, senior technician with Grossmont Hospital Sleep Disorders Center.

SHARP GROSSMONT SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAMS FOR JULY 2013

 

June 25, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.

HOW TO SPOT AND PREVENT A STROKE

 

County News Service

June 21, 2013  (San Diego) -- Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Every four minutes, someone dies because of a stroke. What can you do? Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke which might save someone’s life.

 “The County and its many public and private partners have been working to increase awareness of stroke,” said County Supervisor Ron Roberts Friday at Petco Park.  “It is extremely important for people to heed the warning signs so we can save lives.”

What should you do if you or someone near you is having a stroke? Act F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 immediately. It can be the difference between life and death. F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for:

HOUSE BANS ABORTIONS AFTER 20 WEEKS

 

By Meg Jensen

June 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – Fueling criticisms of a Republican “war on women,” the GOP-controlled House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1797, a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks in all 50 states.

Nationwide, only 1.1% of abortions occur after 21 weeks; 98.9% are done before 21 weeks. Supporters of the bill contend that it would prevent fetuses from feeling pain.  Opponents voice concerns over the bill taking away the option for parents to terminate a pregnancy when tests available only in the later stages of pregnancy show severe fetal abnormalities.

PET FOODS RECALLED DUE TO SALMONELLA

 

 

June 19, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Natural Pet Products is recalled six brands of dry dog foods due to possible Salmonella contamination. The brands are Innova, EVO, California Natural, Healthwise, Karma, and Mother Nature. The recall includes foods for dogs, cats and ferrets including dry food, bars and treats.

Salmonella poses risks to pet owners handling the foods, as well as to pets, if owners don’t wash hands after handling contaminated products. Symptoms in both humans and animals include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping/pain, and fever.

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SHARP OFFERS FREE HEALTHCARE SCREENINGS IN SANTEE

 

June 12, 2013 (Santee) – Sharp Healthcare will be providing free health screenings in East County. These screenings could help prevent heart problems, diabetes and other risk factors.  The screenings will only take about 15 minutes and are offered on eight different dates this summer.

The screenings will measure your cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure. Sharp Healthcare will also provide personalized strategies to improve your overall health and well-being. No appointment is needed. All adults over the age of 18 are welcome to participate.

SUMMER HEALTHCARE SATURDAY JUNE 15

 

 

June 12, 2013 (La Mesa)- On Saturday, June 15,  the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the Grossmont Healthcare District will again team up to produce Summer Healthcare Saturday, a one day health exposition that will be held at Grossmont Center in La Mesa.

The event will feature free demonstrations, free health information and screenings. Up to 75 booths are expected to be present and lining up throughout the mall.

COSTCO BERRIES SOLD IN SAN DIEGO LINKED TO HEPATITIS A: GET MEDICAL TREATMENT IF YOU'VE EATEN THEM

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 2, 2013 (San Diego) – If you’ve eaten Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries purchased at Costco in the past couple of weeks, you may have been exposed to hepatitis and should see your doctor immediately. Thus far, 30 cases in five states have been reported, including two in San Diego County. But the disease  can take up to six weeks to occur after exposure, so cases are expected to rise.

One concern is that retailers may have purchased the product in bulk for use in other products such as smoothies or frozen drinks.

Dr. Eric McDonald, the county's deputy public health officer warns that those exposed should seek medical treatment now, which may include  a vaccine for Hepatitis A or treatment with immune globulin – unless you have already had the vaccine or the disease. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call the County Epidemiology Program at (619) 692-8499.

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SENIORS GROUP AT LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO LEARN TIPS FOR FINDING HEALTH CARE INFO MAY 22

 

May 22, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “Alternatives to Google: Finding Health Information Online,” from 10 to 11 a.m. today. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Kathy Quinn, library director of the Herrick Library.

Quinn, with 21 years of experience as a librarian and researcher, will share tips on how to find reliable, accurate and trustworthy information on the Internet about your health. The presentation will include a demonstration of the links to health information available on the Herrick Library website. Handouts on how to evaluate health websites and reliable sites to search will be provided.

TAXPAYER COSTS SKYROCKET ALONG WITH REPORTS OF ABUSE OF DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED IN CA

 

Governor's May Budget Revise Increases Spending on Developmental Centers; People with Developmental Disabilities Urge the Governor to Stop “Taxpayer Supported Abuse”

May 18, 2013 (Sacramento) – People with developmental disabilities and their advocates are speaking out in reaction to Governor Brown's May Budget Revise, and his decision to spend even more taxpayer dollars on a system that has been repeatedly cited for abusing people with developmental disabilities:

“As a California taxpayer I’m outraged, and as a person with a developmental disability I’m repulsed,” said advocate Kiara Hedglin. “It’s unconscionable for the Governor to increase spending on a system that abuses people with developmental disabilities.   It’s time for these archaic centers to close and for people with developmental disabilities to receive the quality care they deserve in home-like settings.”

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BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR LOS TULES MUTUAL WATER COMPANY

 

May 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Los Tules Mutual Water Company located at 32995 Camino Moro, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately.  This public water system serves 100 residential homes.

The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.  Total coliform bacteria can come from soils and other sources in the environment and can indicate a problem with the water supply system.   The Boil Water Order was issued to ensure all water used is free from contamination.  The Boil Water Order will remain in effect until the distribution system has been disinfected and additional samples confirm the absence of bacteria in the water supply.

SQUIRREL ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE

 

Campers and Hikers Warned to Take Precautions

County environmental health officials urged campers and hikers to take simple steps to protect themselves  Friday after routine monitoring and testing showed that a ground squirrel on Palomar Mountain had Bubonic plague.

The squirrel, which was trapped at the Cedar Grove Campground, marked the first case of plague found this  year.

Department of Environmental Health Director Jack Miller said it’s not unusual to find plague in local mountains during warmer months  and that people could take simple steps to protect themselves from exposure.

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