One Measles Case Touches Ventura, Los Angeles And Santa Barbara Counties
However, health officials say the chances of it spreading are low. Meanwhile, since it is cold and flu season, it's helpful to know whether you are contagious as well as the answers to a whole range of other questions. Plus, new insights regarding restaurants and their policies on antibiotics.
Ventura County Star:
Single Measles Case Touches Three Counties
A single measles case has touched Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties, although officials said Friday that the chances of it spreading in Ventura County are low. The case involved a Santa Barbara County resident believed to have contracted the disease in Los Angeles County as part of a measles outbreak that has reached 12 cases and was first reported three days before Christmas. All but the case reported Friday are in Los Angeles County, officials said. (Kisken, 12/30)
Am I Contagious? A Handy Guide For Cold And Flu Season
Doctors say you're generally contagious from about one day before symptoms begin through the second or third day of your illness. Dr. Daniel Vigil, a UCLA physician, explains the timeline this way: "It's that little tickle in your throat and you're thinking, 'I hope this isn't a cold or the flu coming on.' That's about the time when the contagious period starts." (Plevin, 1/3)
Los Angeles Times:
Is Burger King's Antibiotic Policy Less Than Meets The Eye?
Restaurant Brands International pledged Thursday to avoid buying poultry fed antibiotics considered “critically important” to human health — a practice that has been linked to the rise of drug-resistant strains of bacteria that can be lethal to humans. The policy applies to a relatively narrow category of the antibiotics, leaving ample leeway to feed chickens other drugs used in human medicine, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. (Mohan, 12/30)