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    Tuberculosis Elimination: Call For Action World TB Day, 2018

    Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world's leading infectious killer, being responsible for the deaths of nearly 1.7 million people each year and representing the ninth leading cause of death globally. On March 20, 2018, Supervisor Steve Lavagnino will present a proclamation in honor of World TB Day. [ Press Release ]

    Provider Alert: Statewide and Local Cocci Increases
    Santa Barbara County has seen a significant increase in Cocci cases over the last year. This is consistent with statewide increases. Here is what local providers need to know, and a call for cases possibly linked to the Thomas Fire or 1-9 Debris Flow events. [ Provider Alert ]
    Safe Medicine Disposal Program
    Santa Barbara County has new kiosk drop boxes at pharmacies and healthcare centers for residents to drop off unused medication at no cost.  Disposal of medications in drop boxes assures medications are not misused by individuals who were not prescribed the medication and it ensures protection of the environment. Ultimately, there will be at least 25 collection locations throughout the county. [ Press Release ]
    Rainy Season Advisory
    Avoid ocean water contact during and at least three days following significant rainstorms according to the Public Health Department Environmental Health Services program.  “Runoff from storms brings bacteria from creeks into the ocean,” stated Dr. Charity Dean, Health Officer.  Additionally, the sediments from the January 9 debris flow contained high bacterial levels and are known to have created additional and prolonged elevated bacterial counts in affected ocean water. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
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