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April 30, 1992 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County health officials confirmed Wednesday that 23 cases of valley fever have been reported this year, a sharp rise over the seven cases reported during all of 1991. Two deaths in the county this year have been blamed on the flu-like disease transmitted by an airborne fungus often carried by dust particles in strong winds. Health officials said they are not surprised by the dramatic increase this year.
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May 24, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County government has its healthiest budget in five years, but that doesn't mean cities should line up for handouts, a top official cautioned Tuesday. A continuing boom in home sales is pushing the percentage increase in property tax receipts into double digits, and sales tax is not far behind, said County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston.
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September 7, 2000 | JENIFER RAGLAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Distribution of flu shots in Ventura County will be set back more than a month this season while local health officials brace for a delay and possible shortage in vaccines. All four manufacturers of this season's flu vaccine have had problems growing one of the three virus strains expected to hit in late December, said Charlis Thompson, a spokeswoman for the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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January 13, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A third Ventura County death reported in the past month has been linked to a fast-acting bacterial infection similar to meningitis, according to the county's top health official. Public Health Officer Robert Levin confirmed that a child died last week at a Santa Barbara County hospital of meningococcemia, a type of blood poisoning. His office alerted area physicians late last month that meningococcemia caused two recent deaths.
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June 23, 2000 | GARY POLAKOVIC
Excessive bacteria swirling in surf have prompted Ventura County health officials to post two Ventura County beaches with no-swimming signs. Tests show unsafe conditions at Hobie Beach and Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park in Oxnard. Water pollution has plagued those beaches for nearly a year. Officials are studying the cause, but so far cannot identify the source of pollution.
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November 13, 1994 | MAIA DAVIS
Hoping to target some of the most vulnerable victims of the AIDS epidemic, the federal government has awarded the Ventura County health department a $73,804 grant for serving women and children affected by the disease. The county's Public Health Department plans to use the money in collaboration with local private and nonprofit agencies to design programs for youngsters and women who either have acquired immune deficiency syndrome or are at risk of contracting it.
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June 22, 1995 | LISA M. BOWMAN
The measles epidemic in Ventura County is officially over, according to Ventura County health officials. There have been no reported cases of the disease in the past five weeks. The outbreak began in January and consisted of 74 cases. A handful of cases in Washington state also were traced to a Ventura County carrier of the viral infection. Forty percent of the cases were reported in Oxnard, 34% in Ventura and 26% in other areas of the county. Ventura County Public Health Officer Gary M.
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August 24, 1993 | DWAYNE BRAY
Ventura County health and law enforcement authorities are trying to enlist the help of the public in locating a 34-year-old homeless man who is infected with tuberculosis and may be walking the streets. Authorities said Wednesday an arrest warrant for violating a quarantine order has been issued for Ronald Collins. Ronald Collins, described as 6-foot-3 and 155 pounds, was placed under quarantine in June, according to a statement issued by the Ventura County district attorney's office.
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August 25, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Concern over West Nile virus has prompted Ventura County health officials to establish a mosquito complaint hotline. Residents can call (805) 658-4310 to report potential breeding areas created from improperly maintained swimming pools, fountains, ponds and other sources on private property, said Randy Smith of the county's Environmental Health Division. Last week, officials announced that a 32-year-old man had become the first person in the county to contract the virus.
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August 25, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Concern over West Nile virus has prompted Ventura County health officials to establish a mosquito complaint hotline. Residents can call (805) 658-4310 to report potential breeding areas created from improperly maintained swimming pools, fountains, ponds and other sources on private property, said Randy Smith of the county's Environmental Health Division. Last week, officials announced that a 32-year-old man had become the first person in the county to contract the virus.
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May 27, 2002 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County supervisors face a challenge when they go looking for a new mental health chief next month: How does one recruit a leader for a department rocked by management turnover, turf wars and a federal investigation? Once regarded as an innovator for mental health treatment, the Behavioral Health Department's reputation has been shattered in recent years by a series of setbacks. Most recent was the firing last month of its director, Dr.
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July 4, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A majority of Ventura County supervisors back a proposal to give county health programs most of $8 million in tobacco settlement funding when it's distributed this year. The county's public hospital and other health programs are the only sources of care for thousands of uninsured county residents and therefore should be the biggest beneficiary of the settlement windfall, supervisors said.
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October 17, 2000 | DARYL KELLEY and MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Under the weight of a growing $6-million debt, Ventura County's largest medical group laid off 300 employees and moved toward dissolution Monday, leaving 135,000 displaced patients to contact their health insurers to arrange for future coverage. "It's a very sad day for our patients and for health care in Ventura County overall," said Mari Zag, spokeswoman for the Simi Valley-based Family Health Care Medical Group.
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September 7, 2000 | JENIFER RAGLAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Distribution of flu shots in Ventura County will be set back more than a month this season while local health officials brace for a delay and possible shortage in vaccines. All four manufacturers of this season's flu vaccine have had problems growing one of the three virus strains expected to hit in late December, said Charlis Thompson, a spokeswoman for the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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June 23, 2000 | GARY POLAKOVIC
Excessive bacteria swirling in surf have prompted Ventura County health officials to post two Ventura County beaches with no-swimming signs. Tests show unsafe conditions at Hobie Beach and Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park in Oxnard. Water pollution has plagued those beaches for nearly a year. Officials are studying the cause, but so far cannot identify the source of pollution.
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June 12, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
Rodents carrying the hantavirus have been found in the foothills south of Simi Valley, scientists from the Ventura County Environmental Health Division reported Tuesday. It was the first report of the virus in Ventura County. Scientists found two of a group of 22 deer mice they sampled to be carrying the disease. An outbreak of the hantavirus in 1993 occurred on a Native American reservation in the Four Corners region of the Southwest.
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