public health http://kvpr.org en Fresno Among Worst California Counties For Whooping Cough Rates http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-among-worst-california-counties-whooping-cough-rates <div><p>Some California counties are showing substantially higher rates of whooping cough than the state average. And as Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento was told, the epidemic this year could be one of the worst in fifty years.</p></div><p>Marin, Humboldt, Sonoma and Fresno counties have some of the highest rates of pertussis. Whooping cough surges every three to five years, but Dr. Dean Blumberg of the UC Davis Health System says this year is terrible.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:21:55 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 36184 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Among Worst California Counties For Whooping Cough Rates State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility http://kvpr.org/post/state-approves-expansion-kettleman-hills-toxic-waste-facility-0 <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">After 6 years, the state of California has approved the expansion of a toxic waste landfill near Kettleman City. The decision will allow the landfill to expand by 50%, or 5 million cubic yards, which owners at Waste Management Incorporated estimate will last about 8 years.</p><p class="p1">Jim Marxen&nbsp;is a spokesperson for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:11:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 33062 at http://kvpr.org State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility New Bill Would Make Dining With Dogs Legal In California http://kvpr.org/post/new-bill-would-make-dining-dogs-legal-california <p>It’s becomes common to see dogs sitting next to their owners on restaurant patios. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, dining with a dog that is not a service animal is actually against California law.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:39:41 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32780 at http://kvpr.org New Bill Would Make Dining With Dogs Legal In California Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Discovered in Fresno, Fowler http://kvpr.org/post/yellow-fever-mosquitoes-discovered-fresno-fowler <p>The Fresno County Public Health Department <a href="http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DivisionPage.aspx?id=3110">has announced</a> that yellow fever &nbsp;mosquitoes have been found two more valley cities. The mosquitoes, which are not native to California, were discovered earlier this week in the cities of Fowler and Fresno.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not the first time the potentially dangerous insects have been spotted in the county. In June, the mosquitoes were detected in Clovis. They have also been found in Madera County and San Mateo County.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 01:06:36 +0000 Joe Moore 23134 at http://kvpr.org Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Discovered in Fresno, Fowler Department of Public Health to Distribute Unspent Clean Water Money http://kvpr.org/post/department-public-health-distribute-unspent-clean-water-money <p>The California Department of Public Health released its plan today on how it intends to use some $455 million in unspent federal funds that are supposed to go to pay to clean drinking water programs.</p><p>The agency was the subject of a highly critical report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in April over the failure to spend the federal funds.</p><p>The Department of Public Health plans to distribute $84 million from that fund to local water agencies by the end of the week, and nearly $200 million in the next fiscal year.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:00:05 +0000 Joe Moore 17296 at http://kvpr.org Department of Public Health to Distribute Unspent Clean Water Money New Data Show A Decline In Reported Cases of Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/new-data-show-decline-reported-cases-valley-fever <p>California’s tally of valley fever cases dropped by more than 1,000 last year and some counties have also seen fewer cases in the early months of 2013.</p><p>But public health officials say it’s too early to identify long-term trends in the numbers.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:53:14 +0000 Rachel Cook & The Reporting On Health Collaborative 15830 at http://kvpr.org New Data Show A Decline In Reported Cases of Valley Fever The Face of HIV in California is Among Young People of Color http://kvpr.org/post/face-hiv-california-among-young-people-color <p></p><p>December 1<sup>st</sup> is World AIDS Day. Here in California, health officials say the face of the disease is getting younger.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">More than 110,000 Californians are currently living with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis, and roughly 14 cases are diagnosed in the state every day.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">Dr. Gil Chavez of the California Department of Public Health says he’s seeing more cases among young, gay, minorities.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:17:24 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 7595 at http://kvpr.org Plague Found in Animals in California's Mountain Regions http://kvpr.org/post/plague-found-animals-californias-mountain-regions <p>California health officials are alerting people to protect themselves from plague after animals in Northern and Southern California tested positive for bacteria that cause the disease.</p><p>El Dorado County officials say there may be elevated plague risk in the South Lake Tahoe area after a chipmunk was found positive at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.</p><p>Dr. Vicki Kramer of the California Department of Public Health says the finding isn’t cause for alarm, but it’s a reminder to take precautions.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:16:05 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 5368 at http://kvpr.org CDC: As Many as 10,000 Yosemite Visitors At Risk of Hantavirus http://kvpr.org/post/cdc-many-10000-yosemite-visitors-risk-hantavirus <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">The hantavirus&nbsp;outbreak in Yosemite National Park that has sickened six and killed two could grow much larger, according to the Centers For Disease Control. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:12:47 +0000 Joe Moore 3276 at http://kvpr.org CDC: As Many as 10,000 Yosemite Visitors At Risk of Hantavirus Fresno County Reports First West Nile Death of 2012 http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-reports-first-west-nile-death-2012 <p>An elderly Fresno County woman is dead today after contracting West Nile virus. Her death is the second in California associated with the virus this year. She had been hospitalized prior to her death.</p><p>The Fresno County Department of Public Health released a statement today indicating that there have been 26 cases of West Nile virus in humans throughout the state this year. In 2011, the state reported a total of 158 cases with 9 deaths. Fresno County had 9 reported cases of the illness in 2011, with no deaths.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:39:26 +0000 Joe Moore 2649 at http://kvpr.org State Hospital Infection Rate Drops, Many Valley Hospitals Above Average http://kvpr.org/post/state-hospital-infection-rate-drops-many-valley-hospitals-above-average <p>California hospitals experienced a 10 percent drop in the number of serious infections over the past year, but a number of San Joaquin Valley hospitals are still above the state average, when compared with similar hospitals elsewhere in the state.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:58:06 +0000 Joe Moore 2022 at http://kvpr.org State Hospital Infection Rate Drops, Many Valley Hospitals Above Average