Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’

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Five Santa Barbara County residents infected with Zika virus


Santa Barbara County health officials have confirmed a total of five residents in the county who have contracted the Zika virus. Three of the five Zika cases were confirmed this month. Each of the individuals who tested positive for the... (Continue reading)

Fire threatening launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base


The Canyon Fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base has burned nearly 10,000 acres, as of Tuesday morning. The blaze is threatening multiple structures at the base, including Space Launch Complex-3, which is currently housing the Atlas V rocket and WorldView-4... (Continue reading)

Is SLO County seeking to profit from heroin addicts?


By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Amid a growing opioid problem, San Luis Obispo County has announced plans to expand its substance abuse treatment programs. However, critics say the plans are inadequate in that they focus on providing replacement medication rather... (Continue reading)

Officials confirm first Zika virus case in Santa Barbara County


Health officials have confirmed a Santa Barbara County resident tested positive for the Zika virus. The person who tested positive is a pregnant woman who contracted the virus during travel to Central America, according to the county public health department.... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria woman tested for Zika virus


A Santa Maria woman honeymooned in Costa Rica this month and returned to the Central Coast with numerous mosquito bites and a suspected case of the Zika virus.  [KCOY] Lab results are not expected to be ready for three weeks,... (Continue reading)

SLO County resident tests positive for West Nile Virus


A San Luis Obispo County resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the county public health department. The positive test marks the first confirmed case of a person in the county contracting the virus since 2009. Health... (Continue reading)

Central Coast counties rank in the top 6 for heroin overdoses

A parent shared a picture of his son shortly after the teen died of a heroin overdose.

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County ranked fourth per capita in heroin overdoses leading to hospitalizations in California in 2015 while Santa Barbara County ranked sixth, according to statistics from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.... (Continue reading)

California Senate votes to ban smoking at the beach


California state senators voted Tuesday to ban smoking at beaches and parks. The bill would also prohibit disposing of tobacco waste at state parks and state beaches. [LA Times] Supporters of SB 1333 say the bill is necessary, not only... (Continue reading)

Templeton tap water turns brown


The tap water turned brown in some Templeton homes Sunday evening. Community Service District officials say a firefighting exercise stirred up sediment at the bottom of a pipeline, causing the discoloration. Yet, that posed no health risk, according to the... (Continue reading)

California raises smoking age to 21


The legal smoking age in California is increasing from 18 to 21 following Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to sign a package of bills into law on Wednesday. The same goes for the legal vaping age, as e-cigarettes will now be... (Continue reading)

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