Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’




Tainted romaine lettuce likely from the Central Coast

A nationwide E. Coli outbreak that has resulted in more than 30 hospitalizations and prompted health officials to instruct consumers to stay away from romaine lettuce may have started in Monterey County. Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonazles said the... (Continue reading)

typhus outbreak in LA County reaches epidemic levels

Health officials in Los Angeles County reported on Friday that a typhus outbreak has reached “epidemic levels” — which some experts blame on the poor living conditions of the areas homeless population. [Cal Coast Times] Of the 42 cases reported... (Continue reading)

Valley Fever kills 6 in SLO County in 2018

Even though California recorded the highest ever number of cases of Valley Fever last year, cases of the disease are spiking this year, particularly in San Luis Obispo County. [Cal Coast Times] Over the first six months of 2018, six... (Continue reading)

The nation’s focus on gun violence is misdirected

OPINION by RON ARNOLDSEN This opinion piece will stir the “pot” and will have some saying I am bizarre. However, I choose to think that I have vision and the rest of the country wears bifocals. I am somewhat amazed... (Continue reading)

15 flu-related deaths in SLO County this year

Amid an unusually severe flu season, there have now been 15 influenza-related deaths in San Luis Obispo County, health officials say. Two of the deaths were individuals under the age of 65. [Cal Coast Times] By law, healthcare providers are... (Continue reading)

Photo of mouse in Nipomo Carl’s Jr. leads to temporary closure

A South County woman photographed a mouse on Sunday as it was running around beside a salsa bar inside a Nipomo Carl’s Jr., and a day later, the restaurant was closed and the subject of a public health investigation. Jennifer... (Continue reading)

California to label Monsanto’s Roundup as cause of cancer

The state of California is intensifying its battle with agrochemical giant Monsanto. On Monday, the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, will be added next month to the... (Continue reading)

McNamara Realty to pay $30,000 to settle asbestos case

San Luis Obispo real estate and property management company McNamara Realty has agreed to pay $30,000 in order to settle a civil case over illegal removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material. Following an investigation conducted by the San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

California vaccine rates hit high after mandatory vaccination law

In the first year of California’s mandatory vaccination regime, vaccination rates among kindergartners reached their highest level since 2001, according to a report released by the California Department of Public Health. From the 2015-2016 school year to the 2016-2017 school... (Continue reading)

High lead poisoning rates found in California communities

Though not typically associated with California communities, childhood lead poisoning is prevalent in several areas of the state, particularly Fresno County. At least 29 California communities have childhood lead poisoning rate that are at least as high as in Flint,... (Continue reading)