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Influenza Cases Widespread in California
December 30, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is announcing that influenza activity is increasing in the state and has reached “widespread” levels.
 
December 23, 2016 - The health advisory has been lifted for Dungeness crabs caught in state waters in all areas south of Latitude 39° 33.3’ N, near the Ten Mile River.
 
CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from San Luis Obispo County
December 22, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from San Luis Obispo County.
 
Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Portions of Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt Counties
December 20, 2016 - The health advisory has been lifted for Dungeness crabs caught in state waters in all areas south of Latitude 38° 57.5' N (near Point Arena), and north of Latitude 40° 01' N (near Shelter Cove).
 
CDPH Releases Reports on Healthcare-Associated Infections, Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Personnel
December 16, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released two annual reports today. The reports provide information about healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and influenza vaccination rates among health care providers.
 
CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Monterey County
December 16, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Monterey County.
 
CDPH Awarded Grant to Expand Child Safety-Seat Use
December 14, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that CDPH has received a $488,650 grant to expand statewide programs that train parents ...
 
CDPH Awarded Grant to Study Motor-Vehicle Crash Injuries
December 14, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced CDPH has received a $636,975 grant to study injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes.
 
Holiday Travelers Reminded to Take Precautions to Prevent Zika
December 13, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today reminded holiday travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites ..
 
Use Caution When Collecting, Eating Wild Mushrooms
December 8, 2016 - With seasonal rains promoting the growth of wild mushrooms, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is reminding people ...
 
Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted From Portions of Northern California Coast
December 1, 2016 - The health advisory has been lifted for Dungeness crabs caught in state waters south of 38°34.5’ North Latitude near Salt Point in Sonoma County, and north of Latitude 40° 46.15’ North near the North Jetty to Humboldt Bay.
 
CDPH Confirms First Flu Death of a Person Under 65
December 1, 2016 - California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that CDPH has received the first report of an influenza-associated fatality.
 
 
November 18, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that Capri in the Desert, a congregate living health facility in Los Angeles County, has received a Class “AA” citation ..
 
November 18, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is offering residents of Kings County free test kits to measure their homes for radon.
 
November 16, 2016 - With the holiday season approaching, the California Department of Public Health reminds consumers to use safe food preparation and storage measures to prevent foodborne illness.
 
November 14, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today warned holiday travelers to protect themselves ...
 
November 8, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reminding consumers to avoid eating the viscera of rock crabs caught in state waters north of Latitude 37° 11′ N. (near Pigeon Point in San Mateo County).
 
November 2, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith has lifted the annual quarantine on mussels gathered by sport harvesters along the California coast ...
 
November 2, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today is warning recreational anglers not to consume the viscera (internal organs) of Dungeness crab caught in coastal waters north of Point Reyes, California.
 
November 2, 2016 - California has released a new surveillance, prevention and care plan designed to dramatically reduce new HIV infections in the state, with the goal of eventually getting that number to zero.
 
CDPH Lifts Warning for Rock Crabs, Bivalve Shellfish Caught along Central Coast
October 26, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the health advisory for rock crabs and bivalve shellfish caught in Monterey Bay and portions of Half Moon Bay. 
 
Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise in California
October 25, 2016 - Findings from a 2015 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) report on sexually transmitted diseases indicate that the number of reportable STDs in California is rising at a faster pace ...
 
CDPH Warns Consumers about Risks of Wearing Decorative Contact Lenses
October 24, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today warned consumers about the risks associated with wearing decorative contact lenses.
 
Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Increase in California
October 23, 2016 - California’s rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors is up by one-third since last year, according to the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) 2016 Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey .
 
CDPH Encourages Consumers to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
October 22, 2016 - Consumers who have outdated or unneeded prescription drugs can get rid of them safely on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, October 22.
 
Prevent Flu this Season by Getting a Flu Shot
October 10, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is urging Californians to get vaccinated against influenza (the flu) as soon as possible.
 
CDPH Announces Grant to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Native American Communities
October 4, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced today the intent to award more than $1.9 million grant to help reduce mental health disparities in Native American communities.
 
Health Officials Urge Californians to Remove Standing Water
September 28, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today called on the people of California to help reduce the number of mosquitoes by eliminating standing water ...
 
CDPH Launches Newborn Screening for ALD
September 21, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced its Genetic Disease Screening Program (GDSP) will now screen babies for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), ...
 
Health Leaders Invite Innovation to Improve California’s Health
September 14, 2016 - Health leaders are challenging communities statewide to find creative, innovative ways to improve the health of all Californians.
 
CDPH Urges Health Care Providers to Adopt New National Tuberculosis Screening Recommendations
September 6, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today ...
 
CDPH Reports Cluster of Shigella Infections Among Men Who Have Sex with Men
August 29, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and several Southern California local public health agencies,
 
CDPH Urges Caution Related to Seasonal Blue-green Algae Blooms
August 24, 2016 - CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith urges recreational water users to avoid close contact with water bodies containing blue-green algae.
 
CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Rock Crabs, Bivalve Shellfish Caught Along the Central Coast
August 19, 2016 - CDPH today warned consumers not to eat rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish and rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay, due to the detection of dangerous levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin.
 
Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Disease
August 12, 2016 - With the arrival of back-to-school season, the California Department of Public Health urges parents and guardians to ensure their children are current on vaccines.
 
CDPH Fines Los Angeles County Facility in Death of Resident
August 11 - The California Department of Public Health today announced that Country Villa Los Feliz Nursing Center in Los Angeles County, has received a Class “AA” citation, the most severe penalty under state law, and a $75,000 fine.
 
CDPH Reports Record-Low Birth Rates Among Adolescents
August 8, 2016 - California’s birth rate among adolescents has continued to decline to record-low levels, reports California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.
 
CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2016
August 5, 2016 - California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus. The deceased person was a senior citizen in Sacramento County.
 
CDPH Reports Two Cases of Zika-Related Birth Defects in California
August 4, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported today that two infants with Zika-related microcephaly have been born in California to women who had Zika virus infections during pregnancy after spending time in a country
 
Meningococcal Disease Outbreak Continues in Southern California
August  3, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health is urging all gay and bisexual men and HIV-infected persons in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.
 
CDPH Fines Los Angeles County Facility in Death of Resident
July 22, 2016 - CDPH today announced that Topanga Terrace, a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles County, has received a Class “AA” citation, the most severe penalty under state law, and a $75,000 fine.

CDPH Reports Increased West Nile Virus Activity Statewide
July 20, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reporting increased West Nile virus activity across the state and is investigating numerous suspect cases in humans.
 
CDPH Announces Intent to Award $13 Million in Grants to California Reducing Disparities Pilot Projects
July 16, 2016 - CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced today the intent to award nearly $13 million in grants to help reduce mental health disparities in communities that have traditionally been underserved.

Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Portions of San Mateo County
July 6, 2016 - The health advisory has been lifted for rock crabs caught in state waters south of 37°11’ N. Latitude, near Pigeon Point in San Mateo County.
 
CDPH Reminds Californians about Safe Food Handling
July 1, 2016 - California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today reminds Californians about the importance of safe food handling to prevent foodborne illness during the summer season.
 
California Home Visiting Program Marks 100,000th Visit
June 28, 2016 - The California Home Visiting Program (CHVP) celebrated a landmark 100,000th visit this week as part of the state’s hands-on efforts to provide assistance to new parents and improve the health and wellbeing of children across the state.

California Surpasses National Goal to Ensure Californians Living with HIV Have Been Diagnosed
June 27, 2016 - California Department of Public (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced today that California has surpassed a key goal of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

CDPH Issues Health Advisory for Meningococcal Disease
June 24, 2016 - CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today issued a health advisory related to an outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease occurring in Southern California, primarily among adult gay and bisexual men.

June 14, 2016- CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith today announced the addition of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to the network of hospitals capable of providing inpatient care for individuals with a confirmed case of Ebola virus disease.
 
New California Tobacco Laws Go Into Effect
June 9, 2016 - Effective today, the minimum age of sale for tobacco products in California increases from 18 to 21, and for the first time e-cigarettes are added to the existing definition of tobacco products.

Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted for Remainder of Channel Islands
June 3, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith has today completely lifted the health advisory for rock crabs ...
 
Public Health Officer Cautions Californians to Avoid Mosquito Bites While Traveling
May 26, 2016 - With summer fast approaching, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reminds Californians to ...
 
CDPH Reminds Californians to “Be Better” for Improved Health
May 25, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith says you don’t have to be perfect to improve your health, but you can strive to be better.
 
CDPH Fines Tuolumne County Facility in Death of Resident
May 24, 2016 -The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that Avalon Care Center-Sonora, a Tuolumne County skilled nursing facility, has received a Class “AA” citation, the most severe penalty under state law, and an $80,000 fine.

Final Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted Along California Coast
May 19, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today has lifted the last remaining health advisory for Dungeness crab caught along the California coast.

Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted along Northern California Coast
May 2, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith has lifted the health advisory regarding Dungeness crabs ...
 
CDPH Announces Intent to Award California Reducing Disparities Project Implementation Pilot Projects
May 2, 2016 - SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the intent to award the Implementation Pilot Projects (IPPs) ...

April 29, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that the annual quarantine on sport-harvested mussels ...

April 22, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today is lifting the health advisory for rock crabs
 
Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Mendocino and Portions of Humboldt Counties
April 22, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is today lifting the health advisory ...

CDPH Reminds of Warning on Razor Clams from Humboldt and Del Norte Counties
April 20, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today is reminding consumers not to eat recreationally harvested razor clams from Humboldt or Del Norte counties.

CDPH Issues Health Alert to Stop Fentanyl-Related Deaths
April 8, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced today that CDPH issued a statewide Drug Overdose Health Alert ...
 
California Shows Continued Improvement in AIDS, Cancer and Other National Health Goals
April 4, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced that the state has shown continued improvements in slowing the rate of death ...

Public Health Investigates Confirmed Measles Case
March 29, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that the Department is investigating a child diagnosed with measles in Nevada County.
 
Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted Near Channel Islands
March 28, 2016 - The health advisory has been lifted for rock crabs caught off the coast of Santa Barbara County in state waters around the Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel islands (Channel Islands), with the exception of one area ...

Public Health Reports First Confirmed Zika Virus Case Acquired Through Sexual Transmission in California
March 25, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the first confirmed case of Zika virus acquired in California.
 
Public Health Calls Attention to World Tuberculosis Day
March 24, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today is inviting people in California to observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.

Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Sonoma County
March 18, 2016 - The health advisory regarding Dungeness crabs caught along the coast has been lifted from state waters in all areas south of the Sonoma/Mendocino County Line (Latitude 38° 46.1' N, near Gualala).

CDPH Fines Los Angeles County Facility in Death of Resident
March 18, 2016 - CDPH today announced that Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles County, has received a Class “AA” citation, the most severe penalty under State law, and a $100,000 fine.

California Department of Public Health Warns Against Illegally Made Mexican-Style Cheese
March 17, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today warned the public about the danger of consuming illegally manufactured Mexican-style soft cheeses, often sold by street vendors.

CDPH to Conduct Water Quality Study in Humboldt Bay
March 10, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that a water quality study being ...

CDPH Fines Los Angeles County Facility in Death of Resident
March 4, 2016 - CDPH today announced that Holiday Manor Care Center, a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles County, has received a Class “AA” citation, the most severe penalty under State law, and a $100,000 fine from the State of California.

State Health Department Holding Summit to Discuss Online Games and Internet Gambling
March 4, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced the department is gathering nationally recognized problem-gambling treatment experts ...

CDPH Announces Intent to Award California Reducing Disparities Project Statewide Evaluator and Technical Assistance Provider Contracts
February 22, 2016 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the intent to award the Statewide Evaluator and the Technical Assistance Providers as part of Phase II of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP).
 
Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted Along Central California Coast
February 11, 2016 - The health advisory regarding Dungeness crabs caught along the coast has been lifted from state waters in all areas south of Latitude 38° 00' N, near Point Reyes.

February 10, 2016 - CDPH today released the “Healthcare-Associated Infections in California Hospitals Annual Report for January to December 2014” and “Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare personnel in California Hospitals for the 2014-15 Influenza Season.”
February 1, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised that although there is no evidence of mosquitoes carrying Zika virus in California ...
 
California Department of Public Health Issues Penalties to 8 Hospitals
January 28, 2016 - CDPH issued penalties today to eight California hospitals after investigations found the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.
 
Let’s Get Healthy California Unveils Interactive Website and Highlights Local Innovators Improving California’s Health at 2016 Innovation Conference
January 26, 2016 -  The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today hosted the 2016 Innovation Conference ...
 
CDPH Concludes Ebola Monitoring Program for Travelers Returning from West African Countries
January 6, 2016 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced it is no longer necessary for CDPH to monitor travelers returning from Ebola-affected countries ...
 
Let’s Get Healthy California Announces Local Innovations to Improve California’s Health
January 5, 2016 - The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced 23 community-based health innovations that advance ...

CDPH Fines Los Angeles County Facility in Death of Resident
January 5, 2016 - CDPH today announced that Rosecrans Care Center, a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles County, has received a Class “AA” citation, the most severe penalty under State law, and a $100,000 fine from the State of California.

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