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December 15, 2008 | Jeannine Stein, Stein is a Times staff writer.
The holiday potluck may seem like an innocent, inexpensive way to throw a party, where friends and colleagues can share favorite recipes, savor an unusual dish or indulge a sweet tooth. But for some people, it's a minefield of food-poisoning bacteria waiting to wreak havoc. Los Angeles publicist Nilou Salimpour-Davidov sums up her feelings about potlucks this way: "I think they're good for one thing -- to minimize your calorie intake. They make me lose my appetite."
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May 28, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles County has six probable and another eight suspected cases of SARS, although none of the patients has been positively diagnosed with the respiratory illness, according to Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the county's Department of Public Health. The county must improve awareness and education about the illness, Fielding said.
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February 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
County officials said Tuesday they are seeking misdemeanor charges against the managers of a downtown wholesale produce market that was the focus of a KNBC-TV investigation aired last week. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health, said he asked the city attorney to file charges against Alameda Produce Inc. for alleged violations of state health and safety rules at its 7th Street Produce Market. The firm is owned by developer Richard Meruelo.
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November 7, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Voters told public health officials to begin monitoring the filming of sex scenes in pornographic movies. On Wednesday, the county was trying to figure out how. The new law requires porn actors to wear condoms and establishes a permitting system similar in some ways to how Los Angeles County inspects restaurants. Porn producers are required to purchase health permits from the county, which will do spot inspections on porn sets to make sure condoms are being used. The inspectors can close production if the filmmakers don't comply with the rules.
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August 15, 2011 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At a time when foodborne outbreaks are in the headlines, a restaurant's health score may seem even more important than its reviews. A big C on the front door won't exactly whet the appetite, but an A gives you a sense of security. Cleanliness matters. A single rag dripping with E. coli bacteria could ruin a beef Wellington, and it only takes one unwashed hand to turn pasta primavera into a norovirus surprise. Restaurant inspections have definitely helped prevent outbreaks across the country, says food safety expert Margaret Binkley, an assistant professor in the department of consumer sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus.
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August 14, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A bat found recently by students from Calabasas High School tested positive for rabies, the county Department of Public Health said Monday. Students from Agoura High School also cared for sick bats, health officials said. No students were bitten, but all received anti-rabies vaccinations as a precaution. A dozen rabid bats have been documented in the county this year, the officials said. Department director Dr. Jonathan Fielding sent parents a letter warning of the dangers of handling bats.
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September 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A 60-year-old Los Angeles County woman became the 11th Californian to die from the West Nile virus, officials said Friday. The woman, who lived in the eastern portion of the county, died in late July, but authorities did not confirm the cause of death until additional tests were completed in August, according to Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County's Department of Health Services. The woman's name and place of residence were not disclosed.
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March 4, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Marisa Gerber
E-cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to cancer-causing tobacco products that can wean heavy smokers off their habit. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces. The decision came after an impassioned and at times highly personal debate at the City Council that highlighted the backlash the smokeless cigarettes have generated as their popularity grows.
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March 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to settle a lawsuit brought by nine gay bathhouses last year that said county requirements imposed on the businesses violated the law. County rules mandated that such businesses obtain county health licenses, pay annual fees of more than $1,000, allow quarterly inspections and provide on-site HIV testing. Business operators "basically agreed to adhere to" county requirements but can complain of potential violations of the law or their rights, said Dr.
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