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After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measels 

The New York Times | January 16, 2018

crowd of people smiling in front of the castle at Disneyland
In December 2014 somthing unusual happened at Disneyland. People came to visit Mickey Mouse, and some of them left with measles. At least 159 people contracted the disease during an outbreak lasting severl months. This is more than the typical number in a whole year.


California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth

​Vox | June 29, 2017

woman holding newborn in hospital

The maternal mortality rate in the state is a third of the American average. Here's why.

Vaccination rates for California kindergartners continue to rise

SFGate | April 12, 2017

measles vaccine

Vaccination rates for California kindergartners rose to their highest levels in more than 15 years, likely due in part to increased public concern after the 2015 measles outbreak as well as a new law that makes it much more difficult for parents to opt out of immunizing their children, state officials said Wednesday.

ABC of your Health: World Tuberculosis (TB) Day continues to bring awareness to disease

Vida en el Valle | April 5, 2017


 If you were not aware, this year’s theme of World TB Day 2017 was “Unite to End TB.”

Spring break travelers urged to protect against Zika

San Francisco Examiner | March 20, 2017

vile of blood labeled Zika

Traveling for spring break? The California Department of Public Health is advising those heading to warmer climates to take precautions...


Record STD rates drive syphilis in newborns

CNN | March 1, 2017

woman performning an ultrasound on a pregnant woman

"We see very, very severe complications," said Heidi Bauer, chief of the STD control branch at the California Department of Public Health.

Science closing in on polio-like virus that paralyzed children

San Francisco Chronicle | February 26, 2017

Skip to main contentScientists are closer than ever to proving that new strains of an old virus are to blame for recent waves of polio-like paralysis in children that have stumped doctors and alarmed parents across the country.

California health officials report first death of flu season

LA Times | December 1, 2016

Skip to main content "As this unfortunate case illustrates, the flu can be deadly and ... said Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health."
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