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CDPH News Releases 2018​

​Fight Flu this Season by Getting Immunized

October 10, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges Californians to get the influenza (flu) vaccine to protect your health during the upcoming flu season.

California’s Adolescent Birth Rate Continues to Decline

September 24, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that California's adolescent birth rate (ABR) continues to decline.

​CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Humboldt County

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Humboldt County. 

​CDPH Confirms First Two Human West Nile Virus Deaths of 2018

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today two confirmed deaths in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). 

​CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Del Norte County

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Del Norte County.

Get your Student Ready for School with Immunizations

August 24, 2018 - As students return to school, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges parents and guardians to ensure immunizations are on their back-to-school checklist.

Valley Fever Cases Continued to Increase in California in 2017

August 16, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today the highest annual number of new Valley Fever cases on record in California was reported in 2017.   

​Influenza A (H1N2v) Virus found in Two People Following Exposure to an Infected Pig​

August 9, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has confirmed variant influenza A (H1N2v) infections in two persons.

​Cleaning Up Wildfire Ash Safely

August 7, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning people to be especially careful when cleaning up ash left by wildfires.

First Confirmed Whooping Cough Death in a California Infant Since 2016

July 17, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, claimed the life of a San Bernardino County infant. This is the first confirmed infant death from the disease since 2016, when two deaths occurred.

CDPH Fines Facility in Tulare County in Death of Resident

July 12, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that Redwood Springs Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility in Tulare County, has received a Class "AA" citation, the most severe penalty under State law, and a $100,000 fine from the State of California.

​CDPH Reminds Californians about Safe Food Handling During Summer Season

June 28, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reminding Californians about the importance of safe food handling to prevent foodborne illness while enjoying picnics, barbecues and other outdoor activities during the summer season.

CDPH Lifts Warning about Certain Shellfish from Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma Counties

June 26, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted health advisories today related to sport-harvested bivalve shellfish in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties.

​CDPH Releases Annual End of Life Option Act Report

June 22, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released the 2017 End of Life Option Act (Act) Annual Report. The Act, which became law June 9, 2016, allows qualified individuals diagnosed with a terminal disease to obtain and self-administer aid-in-dying drugs.

​CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Illnesses of 2018

June 15, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today the first confirmed illnesses in California due to West Nile virus (WNV).

CDPH Lifts Warning about Certain Shellfish from Marin and Ventura Counties

June 4, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted health advisories today related to sport-harvested bivalve shellfish in Marin and Ventura counties.

​CDPH Lifts Warning about Certain Shellfish in Several Counties

May 25, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted health advisories today related to sport-harvested bivalve shellfish in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

Pool Safety… Don’t Let a Dip End Up in a Trip to The Emergency Room

May 24, 2018 - With summer approaching and as people head to swimming pools to cool off, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)) reminds people to avoid putting too much chlorine in their pools.

Reported Sexually Transmitted Diseases Reach a New High in California

May 14, 2018 – A record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2017, according to a new report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported: a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago.

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Ventura County

May 4, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Ventura County. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

CDPH Warns Californians about the Risk of Norovirus Infections from Raw British Columbian Oysters

May 1, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned consumers to avoid eating raw oysters harvested from south and central Baynes Sound, in British Columbia, Canada. The raw oysters are linked to an outbreak of norovirus illnesses.

Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels Begins May 1

April 30, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast.

California Releases Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Findings (2002-2007)

April 26, 2018 - Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and Public Health Institute (PHI) announced the release of the Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review, a comprehensive statewide examination of maternal deaths from 2002-2007.

​CDPH Encourages Consumers to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 26, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that consumers who have prescription drugs that are no longer needed or are expired can safely dispose of them on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 28.

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Santa Barbara County

April 25, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Santa Barbara County.

 
​New Campaign Targets Tobacco Industry's Deceptive Marketing to Youth 
April 24, 2018 - In an effort to combat the tobacco industry’s latest marketing strategies aimed at getting youth hooked on nicotine, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today launched a new “Flavors Hook Kids” campaign.
​​CDPH Lifts Rock Crab Health Advisory in Mendocino County
April 23, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the health advisory for rock crab caught in state waters in all areas south of the Mendocino/Humboldt County line (Latitude 40° 00.00' N).

CDPH Issues Penalties to Nine Hospitals

April 19, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued 11 penalties today to nine California hospitals along with fines totaling $791,662 after investigations found the facilities' noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

CDPH Lifts Warning about Mussels from San Luis Obispo County

April 11, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced it is lifting the health advisory related to sport-harvested mussels, clams, and whole scallops in San Luis Obispo County.

​CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Santa Cruz County

March 30, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Santa Cruz County.

CDPH Lifts Rock Crab Health Advisory in Sonoma County

March 29, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the health advisory for rock crab caught in state waters in all areas south of the Sonoma/Mendocino County line (Latitude 38° 46.1' N, near Gualala in Mendocino County).

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from San Francisco and San Mateo Counties
March 7, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

​​CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Marin County
March 2, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Marin County. 
CDPH Warns Consumers not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Monterey County
February 1, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Monterey County.  Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

Consumers Urged not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from San Luis Obispo County
January 31, 2018 - 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. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this region. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

CDPH Fines Facility in Los Angeles County in Death of Resident
January 30, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that Royalwood
Care Center, a skilled nursing facility in Torrance, 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.

​CDPH Lifts Lobster Health Advisory in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
January 26, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is lifting the health advisory for lobsters caught in state waters around the north east end of Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County and on the south side of Anacapa Island in Ventura County.
​CDPH Urges Caution When Collecting and Eating Wild Mushrooms
January 25, 2018 - As seasonal rains promote the growth of wild mushrooms, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is again reminding people that eating wild mushrooms can cause serious illness and even death. 
CDPH Lifts Warning about Mussels from Sonoma County
January 19, 2018 –The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced it is lifting the health advisory related to sport-harvested mussels in Sonoma County. 

CDPH Fines a Facility in Los Angeles County in Death of Resident
January 18, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that St. John of God Retirement and 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.

CDPH Lifts Rock Crab Health Advisory in Portions of Sonoma County
January 16, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today lifted the health advisory for rock crabs caught in state waters in all areas south of Latitude 38° 34' N, near Salt Point in Sonoma County.
​Influenza Cases are Increasing in California Health Officials Encourage Californians to Get Vaccinated
January 9, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that flu activity in California is widespread and at levels usually seen at the peak of the influenza season. Health officials encourage Californians to get vaccinated.
January is National Radon Action Month - CDPH Offers Free Radon Test Kits 
January 3, 2018 - January is National Radon Action Month and the cold winter months are the best time to test for this odorless and colorless gas. 
CDPH Lifts Lobster Health Advisory in Portions of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
January 3, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is lifting the health advisory for lobsters caught in waters on the south side of Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County, and the north side of Anacapa Island in Ventura County.​​
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