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.
Holiday Food Safety
The holiday season is here with all its meals, buffets, parties, and treats. Accordingly, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is sending out its annual reminder "to use proper safe food preparation and storage measures to prevent foodborne illness." According to the CDC, roughly "48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are related to foodborne diseases. Bacteria found in foods such as meat and poultry may cause illness if they are insufficiently cooked, inadequately cooled or improperly handled." Take these simple steps to protect yourself and family.
Holiday Travel to Zika Areas
Travelers heading to warming climates in Mexico, Central and South America, or even Florida are urged to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The California Dept. of Public Health reports “many popular tourist destinations in Mexico (Cancun, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, Mazatlan) are now experiencing transmission of the Zika virus.” CDPH cautions ppregnant women and couples contemplating pregnancy “to be particularly cautious because of the severe defects that can be caused to a fetus by the Zika virus.” Visit the CDC’s website for travel guidance to Zika areas.