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Health Advisory

Last updated: October 16, 2017, 1:40 pm

How to help North Bay Wildfire Victims:

Wildfire relief organizations prefer monetary donations at this time. For safety reasons, and to avoid blocking emergency traffic, please don’t bring donations to areas affected by wildfires.

Places to donate in Contra Costa:

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a health advisory due to heavy smoke from the North Bay Fires. For more information visit

Influenza A (H3N2v)

Some people have recently had flu caused by a type of flu virus that normally infects pigs. This is not the same virus that caused the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009. None of these cases have occurred in California. Many of those who became sick with this variant flu, H3N2v, had earlier contact with pigs. This variant flu is spread in the same way as seasonal flu. It is not spread by eating pork. The symptoms and severity of this illness are similar to seasonal flu. Additional information may be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

See also: H3N2v fact sheet.