Health Officials Don’t Want Residents To Write These Symptoms Off As The Flu
Valley Fever -- which can come with flu-like symptoms -- is on the rise this year.
If You Have A Cough It Might Not Be The Flu. Valley Fever Cases On The Rise In Merced County, Data Shows
If you have flu-like symptoms, like cough, fever or difficulty breathing, that are lasting more than two weeks, state and Merced County health officials think you should ask your health provider about valley fever. There’s been an increase of valley fever cases reported this year in Merced County and the rest of the state, according to data from the California Department of Public Health, but health officials can’t explain why. (Velez, 11/19)
In other public health news —
Orange County Register:
What Is Legionnaires’ Disease, Who Is At Risk And What Do Cooling Towers Have To Do With It?
A recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Anaheim has sickened 15 people, including 11 who visited Disneyland. ...Here’s what you need to know about the outbreak, which is being investigated by the county’s health department, along with the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health agencies. (Bharath, 11/17)
Capital Public Radio:
How To Donate Healthy, Useful Foods To Your Local Food Bank
It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and food banks are working hard to collect staples that will last Sacramento-area families through the holidays. But they’d like do-gooders to think twice about what they’re donating. (Caiola, 11/17)