• pregnancy-buttonZika Virus

    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.

    Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects.  Pregnant women should not travel to any area where the Zika virus is spreading.   If you must travel to those areas, contact your healthcare provider first & strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.

    Learn more about the Zika Virus

  • 2016 BF walk themeAnnual Breastfeeding Awareness Walkwic logo

    WIC is hosting its 10th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk on Tuesday, August 2nd.  The event also includes a health fair and a farmer's market.

    Join us for the walk at noon. The event runs from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the WIC office, 632 East Alisal in Salinas.


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  • cookie dough FDARaw Dough's a Raw Deal and Could Make You Sick

    Do you find it hard to resist gobbling up a piece of raw dough when making cookies, or letting your children scrape the bowl? Do your kids use raw dough to make ornaments or homemade “play” clay?

    If your answer to any of those questions is yes, that could be a problem. Eating raw dough or batter—whether it’s for bread, cookies, pizza or tortillas—could make you, and your kids, sick.

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Soberanes Fire Information

For up-to-date information – Visit the Cal Fire Incident website On social media follow Monterey County Office of Emergency Services   Soberanes Fire General Information – July 24, 2016 – 7:30 amMandatory: The community of Palo Colorado Advisory: The community of Carmel Highlands An evacuation center has been opened at Carmel Middle School:... Read more →


EMS Agency Temporary Move

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 →

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Tobacco Cessation Facilitator Training

This innovative program provides training on effective community education, tobacco cessation services for individuals and groups as well as training on how to promote positive behavior change in individuals interested in tobacco cessation. This training is intended for administrators, healthcare providers and peer specialists.Trainers Jamie Pfahl,BA and Derek Noland, MPH are... Read more →

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Rabies Seminar

Hosted by Monterey County Animals Services and the Monterey County Health Department Rabies: an acute virus disease of the nervous system of mammals that is caused by a rhabdovirus (species Rabies virus of the genus Lyssavirus) usually transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal and that is characterized typically by... Read more →

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Pet Tidbits: Summer Safety

Warm weather is here —it is time for fun, sun, and spending time outdoors with pets. But dangers lurk outside as well. Whether taking a walk, a drive or just hanging out in the backyard, there are extra precautions that people can take to keep their four-legged family members happy... Read more →