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Whooping cough reported at Atascadero Junior High School

Atascadero Junior High School

Atascadero Unified School District officials are warning parents about an Atascadero Junior High School student who has been diagnosed with whooping cough. “Pertussis is a serious disease that can be passed easily from person to person,” the warning letter says.... (Continue reading)

Two kids stuck by a needle in Morro Bay creek


Two children were pricked by a needle on Saturday while playing in a Morro Bay Creek that is frequented by the local homeless population. It is not yet clear whether the kids contracted anything from the needle. During soccer games... (Continue reading)

Crab season delayed indefinitely

Crab catch

Crab season, slated to open on Saturday, has been delayed indefinitely because of high levels of domoic acid found in Central Coast crabs. On Thursday, the California Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously in favor of an emergency rule prohibiting... (Continue reading)

Meningitis outbreak at Cal Poly

Cal Poly Large

Five students at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo have been diagnosed with viral meningitis since late October, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department. Four of those students have had to be hospitalized. [KCOY] Other cases... (Continue reading)

Syphilis on the rise in California women and babies


Syphilis cases in California women more than doubled, and reports of the disease in newborns have more than tripled in the state over the last two years. [LA Times] The number of early reported cases of California women contracting the... (Continue reading)

Tim Donnelly pushing for referendum on vaccination law

Tim Donnelly

Former California assemblyman Tim Donnelly is attempting to launch a statewide referendum on a mandatory vaccination law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday. [LA Times] The law will eliminate a provision that has allowed parents to cite personal or... (Continue reading)

California governor signs mandatory vaccination bill


California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will require almost all schoolchildren in the state to be fully vaccinated, even if their parents object. [Mercury News] Senate Bill 277 eliminates a provision in California law that... (Continue reading)

Covered California to collect health records

Covered California

Records of prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays belonging to Covered California enrollees will soon be part of a state database. [LA Times] Covered California, has announced plans to collect health insurance data on every patient. Executives say the data... (Continue reading)

Raw sewage spill in SLO


Two San Luis Obispo residences were damaged after  approximately 500 gallons of raw sewage spilled from a blocked sewer line on Sunday. Shortly before noon, the sewage spilled from the sewer main and into a gutter on the southwest side... (Continue reading)

7 patients infected with hepatitis C

Santa Barbara health officials have identified seven patients of a area sports clinic who have tested positive for hepatitis C. The clinic was closed down in April after investigators discovered its staff was not following proper protocols to protect patients... (Continue reading)

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