Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.
No matter where you find yourself on the Fourth of July, you will probably see lots of food, beverages and grass-stained sneakers. Whether you’re enjoying a barbecue in the great outdoors, traveling to see family or friends, or spending time at home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety... Read more →
July 4 celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence—and for many people, the celebration includes fireworks. Americans have been setting off fireworks to celebrate their independence since as early as 1777. Yet, the thrill of colors exploding in the sky comes with dangers as well. On average, 240 people go... Read more →
Monterey County Animal Services wants to remind residents to think about their pet’s safety as they make plans for the July 4th holiday. Each year, the shelter fills up with lost and scared pets, sometime weeks before and after the noisy holiday. Sadly, many go unclaimed by their owners.As an... Read more →
On Wednesday, July 20th, the Monterey County EMS Agency will move back to 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, which is the Health Department’s administration building. The EMS Agency’s telephone numbers and email addresses will not change. Read more →