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 cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area
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.