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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2001
Anthrax spores found near the heart of U.S. government--the offices of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle--have cranked up bioterrorism anxieties. The worry is still out of proportion to the immediate danger. Only one person has died of anthrax to date. While 31 congressional employees have tested positive for anthrax exposure, none show symptoms. And the pathogen cannot be contracted through exposure to an infected person.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1992
The streets of downtown Los Angeles are home, literally, to many of the city's poor, and within that open-air home nearly every dark corner has been turned into a public toilet. Though these "toilets" do not appear as a distinct item on any municipal budget, their cost to public health and to the social and physical environment is real enough. The stench, at some points, is overwhelming even to the passing motorist. But what are the homeless to do?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1987
Last week Velsicol Co. and the federal Environmental Protection Agency agreed to suspend the further sale and production of the widely used but extremely hazardous pesticide chlordane. This is an important step toward protecting the public from a toxic chemical. The EPA would have done a more thorough job, however, if it had also recalled and disposed of an estimated two-month retail supply of chlordane--an action that it did not take.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1993 | SARA CATANIA
Lawrence E. Dodds, Ventura County's public health officer and former head of the Public Health Department, will leave the county July 30, it was announced this week. Ventura County Health Care Agency Director Phillipp K. Wessels told a committee of county health leaders Thursday that he has narrowed the field of replacement candidates to three physicians who already work for public health in Ventura County. He plans to fill the post by early next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN
Public health officials will survey thousands of Ventura County residents in an effort to improve health care. The survey, which will take place from now to March, is part of a nationwide study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Participants will answer questions about their health and nutrition. They also will visit a mobile examination center, where doctors, dentists and nutritionists will conduct various tests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1997
Where did Ventura County Agriculture Commissioner Earl McPhail get the misguided notion that public health is protected by way of "stiff" permit restrictions? ("Residents Want Farm's Pesticide Permit Revoked," June 26). Current law allows fumigation of fields, with an extremely toxic chemical, to within 30 feet of residential backyards, and growers are not required to issue public health warning notices. These conditions constitute a gross lack of public protection, and no self-respecting individual would say otherwise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2000
Bruce Aitken Ault, 84, a public health technician who served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Alcoholism. A native of Los Angeles who was educated at UCLA, Ault worked at various times as a health physicist for the state of California, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. In the early 1960s, he was responsible for enforcing city and state regulations concerning ionizing radiation devices.
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