• Zika 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 Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by 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.

    Learn more about the Zika Virus

  • frozen-vegetables-5-16Recall of Frozen Vegetables 

    Since March 2016, CDC has been collaborating with the USDA, FDA, and public health officials in several states to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence available at this time indicates that frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods are one likely source of illness in this outbreak.

    The list has been expanded. Check your freezers for the recalled products.  

    More information is available here
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    Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness that is caused by different viruses. Infants and children younger than 5 years old are more likely to get this disease.

    There is no vaccine to prevent the disease. However, you can take simple steps like washing your hands often and practicing good hygiene to reduce your risk of infection.

    Learn More
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The Medical Board of California encourages consumers to check up on their doctor’s license.  Such a checkup is simple and helps a consumer make an informed choice when choosing a doctor.To determine a doctor’s status, go to the Medical Board’s website at If you do not have a computer,... Read more →

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Safe Food Practices to keep summer fun

Remember clean, chill, separate, and cook Picnics and barbecues offer lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. But these fun events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To keep friends and family from getting sick, the Monterey... Read more →

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Health Coverage for All Kids

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