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Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population
Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.
2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM
UPDATE: Request for information about illegal hazardous waste dump
Since the initial reporting of the illegally disposed hazardous waste barrels on January 17th, 2018, the Monterey County Health Department has identified four disposal locations within the county. 58 barrels have been found.Thanks to calls we received from the public, we are aware that there may be as many as 70 barrels total disposed.
1/19/2018 3:07:00 PM
Baby its Cold Outside - Stay warm safely
The National Weather Service’s forecast for freezing temperatures leaves residents vulnerable to cold. The Monterey County Health Department would like to remind everyone to keep warm safely.
2/20/2018 11:05:00 AM
Report Your Illness
Think you got sick from something you ate? Let us know by answering a few questions about your symptoms, places you've visited, and what you ate.
(Health care professionals must follow the procedure listed in California's List of Reportable Conditions (pdf) to notify the California Department of Health of certain foodborne diseases.)
Please Seek Medical AdviceContact your health care provider, especially if you are:
- Pregnant, elderly, have a weak immune system, or if the ill person is an infant. Any of these conditions put people at higher risk of getting sick if exposed to germs in contaminated food, and at higher risk of developing serious medical problems.
- Having severe symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, severe nausea and vomiting or a high fever.
What is a foodborne illness outbreak?
When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne disease outbreak - CDC
Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.
What should you do if you think you have a foodborne illness?
Who gets foodborne illnesses?
Anyone can get a foodborne illness. However, some people are more likely to develop foodborne illnesses than others, including
- infants and children
- pregnant women and their fetuses
- older adults
- people with weak immune systems
These groups also have a greater risk of developing severe symptoms or complications of foodborne illnesses.
What are the symptoms of foodborne illnesses?
Symptoms of foodborne illnesses depend on the cause. Common symptoms of many foodborne illnesses include
- diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
- abdominal pain
(Information regarding foodborne illness is shared from the NIDDIK website. This information is not copyrighted. The NIDDK encourages people to share this content freely.)