Survey Aims To Quantify Public Health Impact Of Severe Water Shortages
Residents of Tulare County in the San Joaquin Valley, who have been particularly hard hit by drought, provide insight into their physical and mental health. In other environmental health news, Santa Clara County detects West Nile in more mosquitoes.
The Unexpected Health Risks Of Drought
No place has been hit harder by the California drought than Tulare County in the San Joaquin Valley. By now, most Americans have read or heard stories about residential wells going dry in the county’s rural towns, such as East Porterville, Orosi and Cutler. But it has remained unclear how water shortages are affecting people in these towns. How do they cope without running water in their kitchens and bathrooms? How has this affected their physical health and mental well-being? (Deeply, 6/16)
More West Nile Virus-Infected Mosquitoes Detected In San Jose
The Santa Clara County Vector Control District on Thursday announced that adult mosquitoes collected from three more ZIP code areas in San Jose -- 95136, 95123, and 95118 -- have tested positive for West Nile virus. (Seipel, 6/17)