October 20, 1988
Officials in Riverside are trapping mosquitoes along the Santa Ana River to determine how many are carrying encephalitis. State health officials notified the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District that the St. Louis encephalitis virus was found in blood samples taken from a chicken kept by the district. Additional blood samples will be drawn to determine if any other chickens are carrying the mosquito-spread virus, district manager L. Lino Luna said.
August 28, 1997 |
A Hemet woman who died in June after cleaning a mountain cabin was the victim of a heart condition and was not afflicted by hantavirus as initially suspected, Riverside County officials said Wednesday. Donna Lynch suffered from inflammation of the heart muscle caused by an unknown infection, said Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Lohman. Authorities are no longer investigating the case and do not consider hantavirus to be a threat in the area.
February 2, 1990 |
A persistent measles epidemic that has gripped the Southland and other regions of California since late 1987 flared anew in January, claiming six lives and prompting some experts to warn that an end to the outbreak is nowhere in sight. The surge in measles cases comes after several counties experienced a lull late last year that gave many health officials hope that the stubborn epidemic might be subsiding.
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March 31, 1990 |
The measles epidemic that has plagued Southern California since late 1987 has dramatically worsened, with Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, the hardest-hit areas, reporting many more cases during the first three months of 1990 than in all of 1989. Dramatic increases in measles cases have also been registered throughout the Central Valley and in San Diego County, and a measles outbreak has developed in Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area.
June 27, 1997 |
Laboratory tests have determined that something other than hantavirus killed a Hemet woman who died after cleaning a mountain cabin, authorities said Thursday. Blood tests on the body of Donna Lynch, 44, proved negative for the virus, authorities said. An autopsy was planned for Thursday night, said Mark Lohman, spokesman for the Riverside County coroner. Because the cause of Lynch's death was unclear, pathologists planned to wear airtight suits and take extra security precautions, he said.
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August 6, 2008 |
Riverside County health officials are urging swimmers to use caution after the death Saturday of a Lake Elsinore child infected with a waterborne parasite. Authorities said it was unknown exactly where the 9-year-old boy contracted the deadly Naegleria fowleri amoeba. He had gone swimming in Lake Elsinore several times this summer. The parasite lives in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and poorly maintained swimming pools, experts say.