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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


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Think Measles. Do you know CDC's Guidelines for Patient evaluation, Diagnosis and Management?

Measles remains a common disease in other parts of the world including areas in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Before the measles vaccine was licensed in 1963, disease was much more common in the United States. In 2000, measles was considered no longer endemic in the United States but importation of measles cases still occurs. The vaccine has been very effective in preventing disease; however, to sustain the elimination of measles and protect the health of the public a vaccination rate of 95% must be maintained. In 2013, the United States experienced a spike in imported measles cases which has raised ongoing concern.

Reporting Criteria

  1. Immediately report any suspect case of measles to Contra Costa Public Health Communicable Disease Programs by phone at 925-313-6740.
  2. Fax completed CCHS Measles Case History Form to Public Health at 925-313-6465.
  3. Make arrangements for the delivery of specimens to Contra Costa County Public Health Laboratory. A copy of CCHS "Measles Case History Form" should be included with the Public Health Laboratory Requisition Slip. The Public Health Laboratory can be reached at 925-370-5775.

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Additional Resources

Physicians who need to report a suspected public health emergency should contact the Public Health division immediately at 925-313-6740; or after hours, call the sheriff's dispatch at 925-646-2441 and ask for the Health Officer On Call.

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