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Health Department Spotlight Features

News gathered from the the Monterey County Health Department and around the world. 

Measles Is Serious: Take Care Before and After Travel

last changed on Monday, April 07, 2014.

Measles Is Serious: Take Care Before and After Travel
Are you traveling overseas? Make sure you and your family are vaccinated for preventable diseases before you travel. Did you know that measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world? Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.

Recommendations on reporting on suicide

last changed on Monday, June 03, 2013.

Suicide is a public health issue. Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the way media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion or positively by encouraging help-seeking.

Seniors and Heat Illness

last changed on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Seniors and Heat Illness
What You Can Do to Help Protect Seniors from Heat Illness If you have senior relatives or neighbors (people over 65 years of age), you can help them prevent heat illness during hot weather.

CDC Vital Signs - Recipe for Food Safety

last changed on Tuesday, June 04, 2013.

CDC Vital Signs - Recipe for Food Safety
Many germs can be spread through food. Some, like Listeria, can be deadly. Listeria strikes hard at pregnant women and their newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Listeria can cause miscarriage and meningitis. Most people found to have Listeria infection require...