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Health Advisory for Pittsburg and Antioch

Last updated: 4 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015

Contra Costa HazMat staff are investigating an incident at Dow Chemical in Pittsburg. A health advisory has been issued for the area of Pittsburg and Antioch because an incident at the Dow Chemical Plant in Pittsburg could affect individuals with respiratory sensitivities. Most people will not be affected. Eye, skin, nose or throat irritation may be possible for some people in the affected area. CWS alert: http://www.cococws.us/getCurrentAlerts.action More information will be posted as it becomes available.

MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)


The Contra Costa County Public Health Department has received several calls of concern from the community about the possible presence of staph infection, and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) within the school communities and other public settings. Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, is a common germ that many people carry in their nasal passages, under fingernails or on their skin without ill effects. MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that has developed antibiotic resistance (certain antibiotics are unable to kill the bacteria). Since staph is spread primarily by direct (skin-to-skin) human contact or with direct contact to wound drainage of someone who is carrying or infected with the bacteria, anyone with a break in his or her skin is at risk. MRSA may also occur less frequently through indirect contact with contaminated surfaces or items. MRSA is not spread through the air.


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