Largest Hep A Outbreak In Decades Sweeping Through San Diego
The total caseload in the first half of 2017 is already 700 percent higher than the county’s yearly average since 2011.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
What Is Causing An Outbreak That Has Infected 181 People And Killed Four?
San Diego County’s public-health officials are focusing on hygiene as they rev up their battle against the state’s largest hepatitis A outbreak in nearly two decades, a scourge that has infected 181 people and killed four since it was first detected in November. Increased vaccination efforts, distribution of educational fliers and specialized field outreach campaigns — by government and nonprofit groups — haven’t been able to stop the spread of this viral disease among the region’s homeless. (Sisson, 6/24)
Orange County Register:
California The Over-Regulator? Not For Addiction Treatment
When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab centers, California channels its inner Texas: few burdens on business and as free-market as possible. That stands in sharp contrast to New York, Massachusetts and a dozen other states, where would-be rehab operators must prove there’s a local demand for their services and obtain a “certificate of need” before snipping opening-day ribbons and scaling those legendary 12 steps. (Sforza, 6/23)
Sniffing Dogs Are Being Trained To Detect Cancer In Urine
A small Japanese city is set to use a unique method to help cancer patients. WBAL TV in Baltimore reports that Kaneyama, a town of about 2,200 people, will be the home for a group of dogs that can detect cancer in humans by sniffing urine. (Harris, 6/25)