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First case of deadly MERS virus reported in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first U.S. case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Friday. [Reuters] The rate of infections in Saudi Arabia, where MERS was first discovered in 2012, have been on... (Continue reading)

Passengers permitted off cruise ship in Santa Barbara Harbor

More than 50  Crown Princess cruise ship passengers who appear to be sick with the Norovirus will be required to remain on board while non-ill passengers will be permitted to leave the ship currently docked in the Santa Barbara Harbor.... (Continue reading)

High cancer rates near Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

A report by the World Business Academy that details negative health trends in the area surrounding the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County was released Monday. Stephen W. Hosea, MD, the associate director of Internal Medicine... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria considering e-cigarette ban

The Central Coast may have a new trend-setting city in the implementation of smoking restrictions. On Tuesday, the Santa Maria City Council will consider adopting an e-cigarette ban. The city has already banned smoking in most public places, but the... (Continue reading)

Polio like syndrome affecting California children

Five children in California have developed paralysis in one or more of their limbs after suffering from a “polio-like syndrome.” [CNN] Between August 2012 and July 2013, five children who had been vaccinated against the poliovirus developed paralysis after suffering... (Continue reading)

H1N1 case confirmed at Arroyo Grande school

School officials at Ocean View Elementary School in Arroyo Grande have confirmed someone at the school was diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus. School officials have not yet said if the confirmed case involves a student or staff. The school... (Continue reading)

Marlboro man dies in SLO from lung disease

Former “Marlboro Man” Eric Lawson died earlier this month in San Luis Obispo of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his wife Susan Lawson announced over the weekend. He was 72. According to Variety, Lawson started smoking... (Continue reading)

Parents of UC Santa Barbara students want meningitis vaccine

After four University of California, Santa Barbara students contracted meningitis B, parents are questioning why their children are not able to get the vaccine which was made available to students at Princeton. [ABCNews] Even though the U.S. Centers for Disease... (Continue reading)

California city bans smoking in apartments

San Rafael has a new ordinance prohibiting smoking in all homes that share walls with other residences. [RT] The San Rafael City Council adopted the ordinance last month, and it took effect November 14. The ordinance bans smoking in apartments,... (Continue reading)

Toxic substance department records point to inaction in chemical cases

By KAREN VELIE Almost two years ago, a San Luis Obispo city employee ordered others to dump chemicals and paints at a city facility. The state’s Department of Toxic Substance Control began an investigation and told witnesses that criminal cases... (Continue reading)



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