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April 30, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The Orange County Health Care Agency is reminding mollusk lovers that a state quarantine on the shellfish begins Wednesday and continues through Oct. 31. Sport harvesting of mussels for consumption is prohibited along the entire California coastline, said Robert Merryman, Orange County's director of environmental health. The purpose of the quarantine is to protect the public from deadly poisons that may be present in bivalve mollusks such as mussels, clams, oysters and scallops, Merryman said.
April 26, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - With the appearance of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, in the Arab world's most populous country, health officials face a tough new challenge in confronting the often lethal virus. Egypt's Ministry of Health said Saturday that the country's first case had been discovered, identifying the patient as a 27-year-old Egyptian man who had been living and working in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh. He was placed in quarantine at a Cairo hospital immediately upon his return.
September 7, 1989
A ban on the export of home-grown fruit and vegetables was placed on the Cerritos area Wednesday because of an infestation of Oriental fruit flies. Wednesday's ban means a total of 190 square miles in Los Angeles County are under quarantine for agricultural pests. Additionally, three Oriental fruit flies were detected in Burbank, prompting officials to order ground spraying of insecticide on fence posts, trees and utility poles.
January 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BAYONNE, N.J. -- At first he thought it was the fish. Maurice Weizmann, a Montreal businessman on a Royal Caribbean cruise with his wife, started vomiting on the second night of the 10-day voyage after eating dinner and watching a show on the ship Explorer of the Seas. His wife did too. Soon they learned the reality: They were only two of hundreds of passengers sickened by a yet-unidentified gastrointestinal illness that shortened their cruise by two days and created a floating sick bay on the high seas.
September 14, 1993
The Medfly quarantine area in the San Fernando Valley has been expanded to 93 square miles, state agricultural officials announced Monday. A restricted area of Granada Hills will now include all of Pacoima and parts of Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills and Sun Valley, said Cato Fiksdal, chief deputy for Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner and Weights and Measures Department. Medflies were captured outside the quarantine area last week, he said.
February 11, 1989 | From United Press International
The state Department of Agriculture says it has lifted its quarantine of ABC Brand cucumbers and red bell peppers after testing shipments throughout the state and finding no illegal pesticide levels. Inspectors quarantined the produce after finding high levels of the pesticide methamidophos on cucumbers and red bell peppers during a routine inspection at Raley's Distribution Center in West Sacramento. The 53-store chain immediately removed the vegetables from its stores.
In a significant escalation in the region's battle with the Mediterranean fruit fly, state agriculture officials declared a quarantine Friday on crops grown within an 81-square-mile section of Riverside County. The quarantine, which followed the trapping of a fruit fly in the midst of one of Southern California's most bountiful orange-producing regions, marked the first time the 9-month-old infestation has directly threatened the state's vast agricultural industry.
May 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A quarantine for mussels found along the Ventura County coastline is in effect until Oct. 31. The annual quarantine was issued by the Public Health Department and applies to all species of mussels taken from any bay, harbor or estuary. Commercially harvested mussels are not included in the quarantine, officials said. Toxins found in mussels can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, which affects the central nervous system.
January 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Quarantines on barns at Pimlico Race Course could start to be lifted next week, a state veterinarian said Friday. An outbreak of equine herpes prompted the quarantine at Pimlico, where three horses have been euthanized, and led several states to ban the shipment of horses into or from Maryland. Since the new year, 11 horses at Pimlico have tested positive for the virus. Besides the three euthanized horses, eight horses are currently in isolation.
State agriculture officials on Thursday established a quarantine area for a huge swath of the San Fernando Valley where infestations of the Oriental fruit fly have been discovered. The quarantine covers a 55-square-mile area that includes all of Sherman Oaks and parts of Studio City, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Encino and Van Nuys, state officials said.
September 11, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
To the bear known as Meatball, taste matters. After almost two weeks in a quarantine cage, his discriminating palate is back on display at his temporary home in Alpine, Calif. "He's doing OK," said Bobbi Brink, director of the Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary, where Meatball was taken by wildlife officials Aug. 29. "He's eating a lot of grapes. He's just randomly picking through what he wants. He loves avocados. Avocados and grapes. He probably wishes for a glass of wine. " PHOTOS: The Glendale bear captured for good?
September 6, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
If only the Glendale bear could hire a lawyer. The 400-pound black bear, affectionately known as Meatball as well as Glen Bearian, remained in a quarantine cage at a California sanctuary Wednesday night as officials grappled with a Colorado regulation that puts on hold any transfer to the Rocky Mountain state. The meatball-loving bear, whose popularity exploded after multiple friendly visits to neighborhoods in the foothills north of downtown Los Angeles, gave in to temptation last week, lured by French fries and bacon straight into a culvert trap.
June 6, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
ELMONT, N.Y. — If racing had its way, the news of the day here Wednesday would have been which horse drew which post position for Saturday's 144th Belmont Stakes. More specifically, which post was drawn by I'll Have Another, who will try to complete a coveted Triple Crown. Post-position draws at the Belmont don't matter much. The race is a mile and a half, plenty of time to recover from mishaps at the start. For the record, I'll Have Another drew the 11th starting spot in a field of 12. He started 19th in the 20-horse cavalry charge, also known as the Kentucky Derby, and still won. The actual news of the day was related to the news of every other day since I'll Have Another won the Preakness and got the attention of so many clueless people who think a filly is a cheese steak from the city with a crack in its Liberty Bell.
May 18, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- State agriculture officials have lifted a ban on sales of raw milk by Organic Pastures, a Fresno dairy. The California Department of Food and Agriculture imposed the quarantine May 10 after inspections found harmful bacteria in samples of butter, cream and cow manure from the dairy's herd. The prohibition ended Friday morning after the facility was certified as meeting all state food safety and sanitation requirements. Organic Pastures' website immediately announced that it would soon restart distribution to stores and told customers that they could come to the dairy to buy milk immediately.
April 3, 2012 | By Diana Marcum and Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
State agricultural inspectors have enacted a quarantine and are going door-to-door in a Hacienda Heights neighborhood in an effort to help save the state's $2-billion citrus industry and beloved backyard fruit trees from a disease that has wreaked havoc in Florida and Brazil. The sale of citrus trees is banned in a five-mile radius around the Los Angeles County neighborhood where Huanglongbing, or yellow dragon disease, was first detected last week, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
January 27, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
An outbreak of a deadly virus has horse trainers and owners in Riverside and Orange counties fearful for the health of their animals. On Tuesday, a horse at the Empire Polo Club in Indio was euthanized because of complications from equine herpes virus-1. At Rancho Sierra Vista in San Juan Capistrano, 16 cases of the disease have been identified since Jan. 11 and one horse had to be euthanized. Both sites have been placed under quarantine by state veterinarians. No horses are allowed to leave or enter, and caretakers must take sanitary precautions.
July 29, 1988
State agriculture officials announced a produce quarantine Thursday for a 62-square-mile area of the San Fernando Valley to fight a Mediterranean fruit fly infestation discovered last week. People living in the quarantine area are barred from removing home-grown fruit and garden vegetables from the area and from moving such produce within the zone, which include parts of Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Encino, Van Nuys, Granada Hills, Mission Hills and Northridge.
June 13, 1987 | Associated Press
A top health official Friday admitted the state erred by having a 14-year-old boy locked up in a mental ward to keep him from spreading AIDS, and he said he will ask a judge to lift the quarantine order. The Health and Rehabilitative Services Department at a court hearing Tuesday will request that the youth be declared dependent. He will then be placed in a treatment program, department Secretary Gregory Coler said.
July 23, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Linda Cree and her husband haven't dared to go outside to sit by their pool in the two months since furry black bats began invading their Moorpark backyard. They found three drowned in the pool, she said. Some flopped around on the ground in a pitiful death dance before growing still. She found one clinging to her screen door when she went out to get the morning paper, said Cree, 65, a homemaker. Of the eight bats she reported to Animal Control, seven tested positive for rabies.
July 22, 2011 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Steve Spence knew he was done for when he took the trash out — barefoot — to the curb of his Moorpark home Sunday night. He looked down, and on his foot was a furry bat with black wings. It was exactly like the hundreds that migrate to his neighborhood, and especially his house, every spring and leave every August. He shook the bat off. Then Spence, 54, looked closer, and on his foot was a red bite mark. "I immediately thought 'I'm screwed,'" said Spence, a case manager for a nonprofit that serves the homeless and mentally ill. The bat was rabid and had infected Spence.
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