West Nile virus (WNV) infection can cause serious disease. WNV is a seasonal health risk in California and San Joaquin County that flares up with the warm weather in late spring or summer and continues into the fall.
Birds are carriers of West Nile virus; a mosquito becomes infected by biting an infected bird. Infected mosquitos can spread the virus to humans, horses, and birds. The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.
Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis or "cocci" for short) is an infection caused by a fungus somewhat like yeast or mildew that lives in the soil of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. In California, "cocci" predominates in the San Joaquin Valley. Since 2014, San Joaquin County has seen significant increases in reported cases of Valley Fever each year. The highest rates in San Joaquin County are in the Tracy area.
Valley Fever is a respiratory disease that can be devastating. Learning about Valley Fever can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms early. The disease can be difficult to diagnose, especially if you are unaware of it.The best way to reduce the risk is to avoid breathing in dirt or dust in places where Valley Fever is common.
Keep Your Risk of Infection Low by:
When it is windy and the air is dusty, especially during dust storms:
Stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.
While driving, keep car windows shut and use “recirculating” air conditioning if available.
If you must be outdoors, consider wearing an N95 mask or respirator (available at drug and hardware stores).
When working or playing in areas with open dirt:
Wet down soil before disturbing it to reduce dust.
Public Health Services (PHS) works to protect, promote and improve health and well-being for all who live, work, and play in San Joaquin County. The just released Annual Report for 2017 provides a snapshot of the work and services provided this past year. It reviews selected data and program information, highlights some successes and challenges, and mentions a few of the main issues to address during 2018.
Along with the California Department of Public Health, San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) is committed to providing you with the facts you need to make safe and informed choices. By sharing science-based information, PHS is working to increase awareness about cannabis and how it affects our bodies, minds and health.
The video below, Let's Talk Cannibus gives you facts and tips about the new adult-use marijuana law in California. Watch this video to learn more.
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