From the California Healthline.
The number of Sacramento-area children who started kindergarten without vaccinations required by the state increased by 30% in the last school year, according to a report from the California Department of Public Health.
When the California Department of Public Health released its annual report on the relative health of counties in the state, its director, Dr. Ron Chapman, said, "These trends point to a healthier California." That may be true for California as a whole, but not so much in Lake County, where the death rate is double the state average. Even if you adjust the numbers for age, aging Lake County is still 51% higher than the state average, at 989.2 deaths per 100,000 people, and dead last among the 58 counties.
From the (Peninsula) Daily Journal.
A yellow fever mosquito which can carry several viruses included dengue fever was found at Holy Cross cemetery in Menlo Park, the California Department of Public Health confirmed Friday.
The mosquito, known as Aedes aegypti, is not native to California but is common in urban areas of the southeastern United States. This type of mosquito was found earlier this summer in the counties of Fresno and Madera; no illnesses associated with this mosquito have been reported so far.
From Water Technology.
Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the nation?s first drinking water standard specifically for hexavalent chromium, according to a press release. The proposed regulation would set the maximum contaminant level (MCL) at 10 parts per billion (ppb), added the release. The CA-NV Section AWWA released the following statement within the press release:
"Water agencies across California are absolutely committed to delivering safe drinking water to the communities they serve. Today, the California Department of Public Health proposed a new drinking water standard of 10 ppb for hexavalent chromium, or Cr-6. With this action, California proposes to set a far more restrictive limit than that set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's limit (100 ppb) for total chromium. When California finalizes a drinking water standard specific to Cr-6, water agencies in the state will do what it takes to ensure that all drinking water is below this limit. ..."
From the Glendale News-Press.
A decision by California public health officials to delay proposing a new limit for chromium 6 in drinking water frustrated an array of officials this week who say enough time and money has been spent studying the issue.
Millions of dollars have been spent over the course of more than 10 years as scientists studied the most cost-efficient and effective methods of removing the cancer-causing element from underground water supplies.
The California Department of Public Health had been planning to propose a new limit on the contaminant in July, but this week agency spokesman Ron Owens said the announcement wouldn't be made until later this month because it's still under review.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune.
From developing programs to improve the lives of migrant workers to becoming the first Latina provost at UC San Diego, Faustina Solis always turned to education for solutions to eradicate social injustice.
As a young woman in 1963, she joined the California Department of Public Health where she pioneered education, day care, housing and health care programs for migrant workers in Imperial Valley and other agricultural regions. Soon after, she became director of the department's Farm Workers' Health Services, collaborating with labor leader Cesar Chavez.
From the Berkeley Patch.
The California Department of Public Health warns that a type of ginger candy imported from Vietnam contains excessive lead and should be discarded immediately. The department warning Monday said its recent analysis determined that the Ginger Candy contained as much as 0.12 parts per million of lead. This concentration of lead could provide up to 10.21 micrograms of lead per serving. Children under 6 years of age should not consume more than 6.0 micrograms of lead per day from all dietary sources.