Tag: Public Health

Human Case Of West Nile Virus In San Bernardino County

San Bernardino, CA, August 28, 2012 – After a 24-year-old woman from Fontana was hospitalized with West Nile Virus the CDC wants to raise public awareness of the virus. The case in Fontana is the first human case of West Nile Virus in 2012 in San Bernardino County. West Nile Virus activity across the nation has been at a record-high. Almost 700 human cases of the virus (including 26 fatalities) have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The California Department of Public Health encourages the public to participate in the WNV surveillance program, by reporting dead birds or squirrels to the State West Nile Virus toll-free hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD, or online at the California West Nile Virus website. Property owners with pools are encouraged to keep them clean. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in unmaintained green pools and can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour, potentially transmitting the virus and impacting entire neighborhoods. You should report green pools and other sources of mosquito breeding to the County of San Bernardino’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program at...

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West Nile Virus And Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week April 22-28, 2012

San Bernardino, CA, April 25, 2012, 3:00pm – Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand, and with that in mind, the California State Legislature has declared this week (April 22-28, 2012) West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week in California. West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes and can result in severe illness and even death in humans, horses, some bird species, and other wildlife. The Program Manager at the County Department of Public Health says “West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses continue to threaten public health in San Bernardino County,” and he says “Because these diseases are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, residents should take extra precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and prevent mosquito breeding in their neighborhoods.” To help reduce the spread West Nile virus you should eliminate or manage all sources of standing water to discourage mosquito breeding.  Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and the first two hours after sunset. If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.  Apply insect repellent according to label instructions, and make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. If there is a significant mosquito problem or potential mosquito breeding source where you live or work contact the Mosquito and Vector Control Program at 909-388-4600. For more information...

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Mountain Communities Wellness Fair

Big Bear, Ca, June 3, 2011, 4:00pm – The Lions Club of Big Bear is hosting a Mountain Communities Wellness Fair, June 4th,  in Big Bear City at their clubhouse located at 800 N. Greenway.  Bob Niez, program coordinator, invites everyone to attend this free event that will take place from 8:00am till 4:00pm.  Many local and countywide organizations will be participating including Dr. Calvin Pramann, Healthy Start, DOVES, Medical Arts Pharmacy, VCA Lakeside Animal Clinic, San Bernardino County Mobile Health, Dental Screenings and much more!  Gloria Wandel of Medical Arts Pharmacy told KBHR that her booth will focus on the diabetes aids and support that Medical Arts Pharmacy provides.  There will be many representatives from the County of San Bernardino Health Department and local organizations.  All are encouraged to...

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Whooping Cough Vaccine Now Required For 7th-12th Grade Students

Big Bear, CA, March 10, 2011, noon – Beginning July 1, 2011, all students entering grades 7-12 must provide proof of having immunization against Whooping Cough (‘Tdap’) before starting school. This new school requirement applies to all public and private schools. Parents are being urged not to wait for the new fall school year, since there will be no grace period.  Under the new law, students will not be allowed to start school without proof of vaccination. If a child does not have health insurance, or is only partially insured, your child’s doctor or your local health department can provide information about the Vaccines for Children Program which provides free or low-cost vaccines. For more information, please visit www.ShotsforSchool.org.  Adults who are caregivers, new parents, and healthcare workers should also get the Whooping Cough vaccine. You must call 1-800-722-4777 to make an appointment. You can get the vaccine locally through San Bernardino County Public Health at the corner of Summit Boulevard and Big Bear Boulevard on Fridays. The cost is $10.00. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30511.mp3|titles=School...

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