National Preparedness Month reminds us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year so that we are ready to respond to all kinds of emergencies.
This month In San Joaquin County, the Public Health Services and the Office of Emergency Services are partnering to provide preparedness tips to the community via their websites, social media networks, trainings and presentations. Each week we highlight a different topic and give steps to take toward being prepared.
NOTE: Saturday, September 14 - Fire personnel from -- local jurisdictions will be conducting free Hands-Only CPR Trainings for community members of all ages. Check back here or on our social media pages for updates on these trainings.
Warm temperatures are here and when conditions are
right, blue-green algae can rapidly build-up or bloom on the surface of
reservoirs, rivers, creeks, lagoons, lakes and ponds. Blue-green algae
blooms have been detected in some of the waterways in San Joaquin County. Health officials are
urging swimmers, boaters, and recreational water users to avoid contact with
blue-green algae (BGA), also known as cyanobacteria.
The algae blooms may produce toxins that can present
a health hazard to humans and animals. There is no way to tell if an algal
bloom is toxic just by looking at it. If you see a
potential harmful algal bloom, there are things you can do to protect yourself,
family and pets. The California Water Boards recommends that you practice
Healthy Habits while enjoying the outdoors at your local lake, river, or
stream. More information on healthy water habits can be found at https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/do/.
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.
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.
Click on the links below for specific topics regarding Cannabis:
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 Annual Report for 2018 provides a snapshot of the work and services provided this past year. It reviews selected data and program information, highlights successes and challenges, and presents a few of the main issues to address during 2019.