Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’




Nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to county supervisor’s Santa Maria farm

Federal investigators have traced a nationwide E. coli outbreak involving contaminated romaine lettuce, in part, to a Santa Maria farm that is owned by the family of Santa Barbara County Supervisor Peter Adam. [Cal Coast Times] Between Oct. 5 and... (Continue reading)

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)

Inmate abuse allegations continue to dog SLO County Jail

By KAREN VELIE More than a year after the FBI mounted a criminal investigation into alleged civil rights abuses of inmates at the San Luis Obispo County Jail, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into how the sheriff’s department... (Continue reading)

Widow of mentally ill man sues SLO County for jail death

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County has been hit with another lawsuit over a jailhouse death, this time over a man who died behind bars after stabbing his wife during a mental illness episode. [Cal Coast Times] Margo Benson-Hammer,... (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)