Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County
Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am
Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County.
Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed.
Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors.
Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness.
Visit baaqmd.gov for air quality information. Visit airnow.gov for current air quality conditions in your zip code.
Visit cchealth.org/wildfire for smoke-related health information.
Some mosquitoes carry diseases that infect people when they bite us. The diseases can vary by species – there are different kinds of mosquito – and by region.
In Contra Costa County, the only disease that mosquitoes are known to give humans is West Nile Virus.
The best way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses is to avoid bites.
Click these links for information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) about mosquitoes and the diseases they carry in our state.
West Nile Virus, the only mosquito-borne disease in Contra Costa, often kills birds and squirrels when they are infected.
If you notice a dead bird or squirrel, please call 1-877-968-2473 or use this web-based form to report it.
Public health officials sometimes test the bodies of dead birds or squirrels for West Nile Virus, so we know where the disease is spreading. To learn more, visit westnile.ca.gov.
Talk to your healthcare provider before taking a trip. There are medicines that reduce the chance of catching certain mosquito-borne diseases, and they are often recommended to international travelers.