We recognize that residents are more than mere consumers of public health services. In addition to health services, our health department is involved in a variety of community-based activities that engage residents in the planning, evaluation and implementation of health activities in their communities. Many of those services and activities are profiled on this site.
Our health department frequently receives calls about mold in homes and apartments. In some cases, the callers or their young children have health issues that are complicated by mold. Although County agencies do not inspect for residential mold, we can offer guidance. First step: find and repair water leaks that could cause mold. Surface mold can be cleaned with solutions like bleach water. But mold behind walls, under floors, or in window frames may require replacement of all wet/moist materials. See EPA’s mold guidance. For mold-related disputes with a landlord, seek advice from housing agencies like ECHO or East Bay Community Law Center.
In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere. Outbreaks of Zika also have occurred in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika virus is spread to humans via Aedes species mosquitoes found throughout the world. There is no vaccine to prevent or treat Zika. Particularly at risk are pregnant women. Alameda County Public Health Department has issued a health advisory for healthcare providers to help them recognize, manage and report Zika among travelers coming from the Caribbean, Central/South America and Mexico. More on Zika »