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.
West Nile Virus Season Starts June 1
West Nile Virus (WNV) season runs June 1-Nov. 1. WNV is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Human-to-human transmission of WNV does not occur. So far WNV has gotten off to a slow start given May’s cooler temperatures and lack of rain in the Bay Area. That said, residents can report a dead bird or squirrel to the West Nile Virus Dead Bird Hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). The Hotline is staffed with live operators. You may also use this online reporting form.
Senior Injury Prevention Educational Forum: May 28
People over age 65 represent 12% of the population in Alameda County but 47% of the hospitalizations and deaths due to unintentional injuries. Falls in the senior population are responsible for the majority of unintentional injuries. The good news is falls are preventable! The 15th Annual California Senior Injury Prevention Educational Forum, sponsored by Alameda County Emergency Medical Services /SIPP, is set for May 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville. This year’s Forum will include fall prevention through innovative home safety, medication management, nutrition, and healthy movement practices.
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