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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Integrated Pest Management

Contra Costa Health Services has hired a nationally recognized expert to help implement the County's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the use of toxic chemicals. Tanya Drlik is known for her extensive work in IPM, an environmentally friendly strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and their damage. IPM uses methods such as sanitation, pest exclusion, mechanical controls (e.g. mouse traps and mowing weeds) and habitat manipulation to effectively manage pests.

Our Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board (PEHAB) initiated the IPM effort in 2001 with a study presented to the Board of Supervisors on the harmful effects of pesticides. PEHAB has continually advocated for IPM, resulting in the adoption of the IPM policy by the Supervisors, the formation of the County's IPM Task Force and the creation of an IPM Coordinator position.

Announcement: Recruitment is Open for 3 Public Member Seats on The Contra Costa Integrated Pest Management Advisory Committee

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