Officials Warn Californians Traveling To Mexico: Don’t Get Complacent Over Zika
Many Mexican states with popular tourist destinations, including Baja California and Sonora, near the Arizona border, continue to see reports of local Zika transmissions.
Winter Travelers To Mexico Advised To Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus
California health officials are again warning winter travelers headed for Mexico to take precautions against the Zika virus, after an Ensenada man was reported testing positive for the mosquito-borne disease. “Many Californians enjoy spending time in Mexico, and this news about local transmission just across the border emphasizes the importance for travelers to take precautions against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, in a statement. (Buck, 2/9)
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Old Faucets Taint Water At San Ysidro Schools
San Ysidro School District officials found heavy metals and bacteria at several water fixtures in the La Mirada elementary school. District officials said aging water faucets are to blame. Smythe Elementary and San Ysidro Middle School may have a similar problem, prompting authorities to shut off those taps as well while the district investigates. (Anderson, 2/9)