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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Whooping cough is now at epidemic levels in California and the state could record the highest number of illnesses and death due to the disease in 50 years, the state's top health official said Wednesday. Reported cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have quadrupled over the same time period last year, said Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health. Five infants — all under 3 months — have died, including two in Los Angeles County and one in San Bernardino County.
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OPINION
July 27, 2007
Re "West Nile virus claims Kern County man, 85," July 25 The Times reports on the increase in West Nile virus cases being "blamed on hot weather and untended pools at foreclosed homes," and on officials from the California Department of Public Health urging precautions to protect ourselves from mosquitoes. There's not much we can do about the weather, but why aren't the lenders for those foreclosed homes being held responsible for seeing that those abandoned pools are properly cared for?
BUSINESS
August 8, 2009 | Associated Press
VISALIA -- Health officials in California and Colorado say at least nine people have reported illnesses tied to recalled ground beef that may be tainted with salmonella. On Thursday, Fresno-based Beef Packers Inc. recalled 825,769 pounds of ground beef produced June 5-23. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the beef was distributed to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah. A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health said Friday two people have reported feeling ill in Tulare County and three in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Complimentary smoothies handed out at the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show at the HP Pavilion on Aug. 16 and 17 may have been contaminated with hepatitis A, state health officials said Monday. The smoothies, provided at the JumpSport booth, were prepared at a Willow Glen-area Jamba Juice by an employee diagnosed with hepatitis A. Though the risk appears minimal, the California Department of Public Health said that people who consumed the drinks should monitor their health.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
During surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, an anesthesiologist decorated a patient's face with stickers while the patient was unconscious - giving her a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye - and then a nurse's aide snapped her photo. The 2011 incident has prompted a state investigation and a civil lawsuit by the patient against the hospital and the doctor over the alleged breach of medical privacy. Torrance Memorial said in a statement that this "breach of professionalism regrettably did occur" and those involved "demonstrated poor judgment" while caring for Veronica Valdez, 36, who worked at the hospital for 13 years before the surgery.
SCIENCE
March 3, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Wait three days after it rains before going into the ocean. It's a warning that public health officials issued to beachgoers this week, as they do after any significant storm in California. But a study released Monday is raising questions about whether that three-day waiting period is enough to protect people who swim, surf and play in the ocean from pathogens in storm runoff that can make them ill. "To err on the side of caution, stay out of the water for five days after rainfall," said Amanda Griesbach, a water quality scientist at Heal the Bay , an environmental group that provided data and other support for the research by undergraduate students at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2007 | Jack Leonard and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
Christopher Jones arrived at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar on Sunday complaining of chest pains. Jones, 33, was told to sit in the waiting room until it was his turn. He didn't receive a simple test to determine whether his heart was functioning properly, a measure that is standard practice nationally in cases of chest pain, Los Angeles County officials said. After more than three hours, Jones got up, walked outside, collapsed face down on the pavement and died within minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
The early outbreak of West Nile virus-related illnesses in California this summer has claimed a second life, that of an 85-year-old man from Kern County, officials said Tuesday. Officials with the California Department of Public Health said 36 people in the state had been reported to have West Nile-related illnesses this year, compared with 16 cases by this time in 2006.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
The California Department of Public Health has announced the state's first fatality of the year due to West Nile Virus. An 88-year-old woman from Kern County died after being infected by the virus, which is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. “This unfortunate death reminds us that we must protect ourselves from mosquito bites to prevent West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne infections,” Dr. Ron Chapman, the department's director, said Friday in a statement from the agency.
HEALTH
September 23, 2010
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial disease that infects the respiratory system. It is most dangerous to infants, particularly those who are too young to be vaccinated. Symptoms: Children and adults suffer from severe coughing, followed by the "whoop" sound made when the person inhales at the end of a coughing spasm. Young infants suffer a runny nose and slight cough but may not make the telltale "whoop" sound. Adults can also experience sweating episodes, severe coughing that worsens at night and a sense of choking.
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