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Mercury Poisoning Linked to Use of Face Cream

April 8, 2014
The Orange County Health Care Agency warns against the use of face creams that appear to be homemade or imported from Mexico due to potentially high levels of mercury. One case of mercury poisoning associated with use of these products has recently been identified in Orange County, and several others are under investigation.

Firearm-Related Injury and Death in Orange County

April 2, 2014
A new study by the Orange County Health Care Agency examines the prevalence and circumstances around firearm-related incidents in Orange County between 2009 and 2011. During this period, there were 1,292 firearm-related incidents resulting in the death of 439 persons and non-fatal injuries to 853 residents.

Chromium Compound Found in Air Samples in the City of Newport Beach

April 1, 2014
Information from ambient air monitoring provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to the County Health Officer on February 28, 2014, indicates that Hixson Metal Finishing, located at 817-853 Production Place in the City of Newport Beach, has emitted elevated levels of the toxic air contaminant hexavalent chromium.

Measles Outbreak in Orange County MMR Vaccine Highly Recommended

March 27, 2014
Orange County has twenty-one confirmed cases of measles in 2014, the most reported by any county in California. The Health Care Agency expects that the measles outbreak will continue to spread, and reminds the public that the best way to prevent the measles is by getting vaccinated.

Board Information Letter: Update on Increased Measles Activity

March 25, 2014
We are providing an update to your Honorable Board to the Board Information Letter dated March 13, 2014 addressing the unusually high number of measles cases in Orange County. As of today, Orange County has twenty-one confirmed cases this year, more than half reported during the past week. By comparison, Orange County had a total of three cases during the five years preceding this current activity. Orange County has the highest number of measles cases among California counties for 2014.

Seven Confirmed Measles Cases in Orange County

March 14, 2014
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed seven cases of measles in Orange County in 2014, which is consistent with an increase seen throughout California. The most recent cases spent time in public locations in Orange County while contagious.

Board Information Letter: Increased Measles Activity

March 13, 2014
We are providing information to your Honorable Board regarding an unusually high number of measles cases in Orange County. As of today, Orange County has eight confirmed cases in the last several months, three of which were reported this week. By comparison, Orange County had a total of three cases during the five years preceding this current activity. Our experience mirrors events around Southern California, with surrounding counties reporting increases in cases as well.

Potential Public Exposure to Measles Five Confirmed Measles Cases in Orange County

March 7, 2014
Potential Public Exposure to Measles Five Confirmed Measles Cases in Orange County (Press Release) The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed five cases of measles in Orange County in the last nine weeks, which is consistent with an increase seen throughout California. These cases raise the possibility that Orange County residents may be exposed to measles. The most recent case spent time in public locations in Orange County while contagious.

Potential Public Exposure to Measles

February 20, 2014
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed four cases of measles in Orange County in the last seven weeks, which is consistent with an increase seen throughout California.

Bat Found at Fullerton College Tests Positive for Rabies

February 19, 2014
A bat found on the ground at Fullerton College near the Science Building (bldg. 400) on February 18, 2014 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Fullerton College located in the City of Fullerton is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8am to 5pm or (714) 834-7792 after hours so a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.

Confirmed Measles Activity in Orange County Underlines the Importance of Childhood Vaccination

February 6, 2014
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed three cases of measles in Orange County in the last six weeks. These cases are unrelated and thus far have not resulted in transmission to other Orange County residents. In the last five years, Orange County has only seen zero to one case of the measles per year. The Orange County Health Care Agency reminds people that the way to protect yourself and your family against the measles is to get the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

Orange County Health Profile Report Identifies Key Health Disparities

January 21, 2014
A new report from the Orange County Health Care Agency shows a complex picture of health in Orange County. Orange County’s health indicators fare well compared to other counties and state and national data, however disparities exist in health conditions amongst groups of people based on economics, race, ethnicity, gender, age, and geography.

Orange County Reports Season's First Influenza Death – Most Influenza in the County is pH1N1

January 2, 2014
A 28 year-old Orange County woman died last week from influenza A (pH1N1)-related disease. This is the first influenza-related death reported in the county in a person under 65 this season.

Get a Flu Vaccination for a Healthy Holiday Season - Special Saturday Clinics

December 12, 2013
The Orange County Health Care Agency reminds people that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Peak flu season has not yet arrived and it is not too late to vaccinate. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, and is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over 50, and for those with chronic medical conditions.

Free HIV Testing in honor of World AIDS Day

November 20, 2013
More than 60 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and approximately 30 million people have died of AIDS worldwide. In Orange County, 11,394 people have been diagnosed with HIV and using CDC criteria over 1,500 people are estimated to be infected without knowing their status.

Behavioral Health Information & Referral Line "OC LINKS" Connects People to Services

November 14, 2013
The Health Care Agency has launched a new Behavioral Health information and referral line to link people and providers to services offered through the Behavioral Health System. OC Links aims to successfully link children, teens, young adults, adults and seniors directly to County Behavioral Health Services including mental health; drug and alcohol; and prevention and early intervention services.

Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on October 26, 2013

October 24, 2013
In an effort to help prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion, the Orange County Health Care Agency, local law enforcement agencies and community partners will collaborate with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – October 26, 2013.

Orange County Reports Season's First Influenza Case - Free Flu Vaccinations Every Thursday

October 24, 2013
The Orange County Health Care Agency is reporting the first locally-acquired case of influenza signaling that flu season is officially here. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Anyone who has not already received flu vaccination should get it now before flu season peaks..

Families & Experts to Discuss Bullying at Safe Communities Meeting

October 17, 2013
Parents, children and experts will share their moving experience with bullying - the warning signs, how to help, and available resources. Community organizations will host information booths and provide additional resources.

“Commit to Speak” National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
“Comprométete a hablar” Día nacional Latino para la concientización del SIDA

October 8, 2013
October 15 marks National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are 6,876 individuals reported to be living with HIV in Orange County, over 300 people being diagnosed with HIV each year.

Bat Found At Laguna Niguel Regional Park Tests Positive For Rabies

September 10, 2013
A bat found on the ground at shelter #7 in Laguna Niguel Regional Park on September 7, 2013 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Laguna Niguel Regional Park is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8am to 5pm or (714) 834-7792 after hours so a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.

High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

September 5, 2013
Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach high temperatures above 95 degrees this week and into the weekend, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.

Orange County Reports First Human Human West Nile Virus Case of 2013

August 6, 2013
A Cypress female in her sixties has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, becoming the County’s first human WNV infection in 2013.

Birth Outcomes in Orange County

August 5, 2013
A new report from the Health Care Agency finds that Orange County has lower prevalence rates for six important measures, including pre-term birth, low birth weight, births to teens, prenatal care, breastfeeding initiation, and infant mortality, compared to the U.S. and the state of California.

Youth-Created "Tobacco and Hollywood" Posters Unveiled

May 15, 2013
To help youth make informed decisions and to counter the influence that smoking in movies has on youth, the Health Care Agency’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) is joining with community leaders, educators and students for a series of special events to unveil youth-created “Tobacco and Hollywood” posters.
 

Safe Communities Meeting 

April 10, 2013
A panel of mental health professionals will discuss the early warning signs of violence, substance abuse, and mental illness and answer questions for participants. Guest speakers with lived experience will share their stories. Community organizations will host information booths and provide additional resources

 

Youth-Created “Tobacco and Hollywood” Posters Unveiled

March 28, 2013
To help youth make informed decisions and to counter the influence that smoking in movies has on youth, the Health Care Agency’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) is joining with community leaders, educators and students for a series of special events to unveil youth-created “Tobacco and Hollywood” posters..

Life Expectancy in Orange County Reaches A New High

February 1, 2013
A new report from the Orange County Health Care Agency finds that over the last 20 years the average life expectancy in Orange County has increased by five years, from 76.9 in 1990 to 81.9 years in 2010. Orange County residents live almost four years longer than the national average.

Flu Activity on the Rise It's Not Too Late to Vaccinate

January 17, 2013
With a recent increase in flu cases nationwide, the Orange County Health Care Agency reminds people that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. It is not too late to vaccinate.

 

Home Heating Safety Emphasized During Cold Weather

January 10, 2013
Overnight temperatures in some areas of Orange County will dip below 40° this week, so Public Health officials are urging area residents to use caution when heating their home.

 

Orange County Reports Season's First Influenza Death

December 31, 2012
A 51 year old man from Fountain Valley died last week from influenza B-related disease. This is the first influenza-related death reported for this season in Orange County.

 

Orange County Reports West Nile Virus Related Fatality

December 17, 2012
A 61 year old Orange County woman died last week of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection after a several-week illness. She had the more severe form of WNV infection, West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.

 

World AIDS Day - "Getting to Zero"

November 27, 2012
World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st, a day to reflect and remember those who have lost their lives and those who are still living with HIV or AIDS. More than 60 million have been infected with the HIV virus and approximately 30 million people have died of AIDS worldwide.

 

Orange County Reports Season's First Influenza Case

November 20, 2012
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed the first case of influenza signaling that flu season is officially here. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Anyone who has not already received flu vaccination should get it now before flu season peaks.

 

High Body Mass Index Doubles Risk of Gestational Diabetes

October 25, 2012
A new study by the Health Care Agency has found that pregnant women in Orange County with a pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher are twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) compared to women with lower BMIs. Asian women, who have the highest prevalence rate of GDM at 10%, were more susceptible to GDM at much lower BMIs (average=23), which is within the ‘healthy body weight’ range (BMI 18.5 – 24.9). By comparison, women in other racial/ethnic groups, such as whites and Hispanics, who developed GDM tended to have higher average BMIs, in the 27 to 30 range.

 

Free Flu Shots Available Every Thursday

October 22, 2012
Walk-in clinic that will provide free seasonal flu vaccinations to persons 6 months of age and older every Thursday. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. “While flu season in Orange County usually peaks at the end of December or beginning of January, it is not unusual to begin seeing influenza cases reported early in the season and it is not too early to get vaccinated,” said Dr. David Nunez, Family Health Medical Director.

 

Free Flu Shots On October 19

October 17, 2012
Free seasonal flu shots for adults and children three years of age and older will be offered
at five Orange County locations as part of a continuing series of emergency preparedness exercises.

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Let's Stay Healthy! Get Tested for HIV!
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

(en Español)

October 12, 2012
October 15 marks National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are 6,674 individuals reported to be living with HIV in Orange County. There are an additional estimated 1,774 people living in Orange County who have HIV and don’t know it – many of whom will develop AIDS before realizing they are HIV infected.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Event, September 29, 2012

September 26, 2012
In an effort to help prevent pill abuse and theft, the Orange County Health Care Agency, local law enforcement agencies and community partners will collaborate with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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West Nile Virus Activity Increasing in Orange County

September 7, 2012
West Nile Virus (WNV) activity is increasing in Orange County, with a total of six human WNV infections reported through September 6. Included in the total are 3 probable cases and 3 confirmed cases, including 2 positive blood donors who did not develop symptoms. Most of these cases experienced an onset of symptoms in mid- to late August, indicating a recent increase in activity.

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High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

August 7, 2012
Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach high temperatures above 95 degrees this week and into the weekend, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.

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Orange County Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2012

August 2, 2012
An Anaheim man in his twenties has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, becoming the County’s first confirmed human WNV infection in 2012. The infection was identified through routine screening tests performed when the man recently donated blood. Donated blood is routinely screened for WNV infection to ensure the safety of the blood supply.

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Pertussis Vaccinations Required For All 7th Graders

July 31, 2012
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the Health Care Agency encourages parents to put vaccinations at the top of their back-to-school list. All students entering into 7th grade need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school entry. Parents should know that unlike last year there will not be a grace period.

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Bay Water Closure

July 30, 2012
The County of Orange Health Care Agency, Environmental Health, has closed the bay water area at Port Calypso Marina in Newport Beach due to a sewage spill. The spill of approximately
100 gallons was caused by a line break in a private property sewer lateral.

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Ocean and Bay Rain Advisory

July 13, 2012

The Environmental Health Division of the Health Care Agency advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, close to storm drains, and the outlets of creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms.

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Take the Test, Take Control - National HIV Testing Day

June 25, 2012
June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are 6,674 individuals reported to be living with HIV in Orange County with over 300 people being diagnosed with HIV each year. There are an additional estimated 1,774 people living in Orange County who have HIV and don't know it – many of whom will develop AIDS before realizing they are HIV infected.

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Free "Sidewalk CPR" Training Tomorrow Skills to Help Save a Life

June 6, 2012
As part of National CPR Week, June 1-7, the Health Care Agency and the American Heart Association are coordinating a countywide public education effort, "Sidewalk CPR" on Thursday, June 7.

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Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 28th

April 27, 2012
In an effort to help prevent pill abuse and theft, the Orange County Health Care Agency, local law enforcement agencies and community partners will collaborate with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – April 28.

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Bat Found at Laguna Niguel Regional Park Tests Positive for Rabies

April 26, 2012
A bat found on La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel Regional Park has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Laguna Niguel Regional Park is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 so that a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.

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More Than 3,000 Orange County Food Establishments Receive Awards of Excellence

April 5, 2012
The Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Division has issued 3,247 Award of Excellence certificates to local Orange County food facilities, representing an increase of almost 60 additional food facilities from the previous year. From a qualifying group of 9,693 food facilities throughout the County, these establishments were recognized by Environmental Health’s Food Protection Program for their outstanding food safety and sanitation practices during 2011.

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Youth-Created “Tobacco and Hollywood” Posters Unveiled

March 15, 2012

To help youth make informed decisions and to counter the influence that smoking in movies has on youth, the Health Care Agency’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) is joining with community leaders, educators and students for a series of special events to unveil youth-created “Tobacco and Hollywood” posters.

- read more

Time Change is a Reminder to Prepare for Emergencies

March 9, 2012
When it’s time to change the clocks for daylight saving time this weekend, use it as a reminder to check your preparedness kit to make sure that your emergency stockpile is complete and the supplies have not expired. The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign reminds people to refresh their emergency supplies before a disaster occurs. An easy way to remember to do this is to check emergency preparedness supplies and batteries in smoke detectors twice a year when you set your clocks.

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