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    Property Owners who had Structures (Homes and Other Buildings) Damaged or Destroyed in the Thomas Fire- When fire burned buildings or structures on your property, they may have burned hazardous or toxic materials. Our Environmental Health Hazardous Waste Specialists will work with you to identify these materials. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]

    Santa Barbara County Animal Services Rescue More than 1,000 Displaced Animals Following the Mudslides

    As residents continue to evacuate from their homes following the fatal mudslides that hurled through Montecito last week, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Santa Barbara County Animal Services are conducting ongoing search-and-rescue efforts to save displaced animals. [ Press Release ]

    Safety Of Ocean Water and Beaches (updated 1/20/2018)
    Ocean water samples taken on Tuesday, January 16, were tested for bacteria levels on Wednesday, January 17.  Test results reveal that levels of bacteria do exceed standard levels in ocean water at some beaches. Please see Press Release for beaches that will remain closed [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
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    Protecting Your Health in Areas Impacted by the Storm [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
    Connection Between Hepatitis Transmission From Debris/Mud Runoff Unfounded
    Dr. Charity Dean, Santa Barbara County's Public Health Officer has reiterated as false the circulating rumors of the possible presence of Hepatitis C infection within the discarded debris and mud being relocated in landfills and local beaches in the county. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
    Santa Barbara County Beach Ocean Waters Closed Due to High Bacterial Levels
    Effective immediately, and in order to protect the public’s health, the Santa Barbara County Health Officer has closed the following beach ocean waters for public use until further notice: Gaviota Beach down the coast to the County line at Rincon Point. This includes, but is not limited to, the following beaches: Gaviota, Refugio, El Capitan, Sands at Coal Oil Point, Goleta State Beach, Hope Ranch, Arroyo Burro, Leadbetter, East Beach at Mission Creek, East Beach at Sycamore Creek, Butterfly, Hammond’s, Summerland, Carpinteria State Beach. [ Press Release ] [ Español ] [ Health Officer Order ]
    Closure Notice For Restaurants In Boil Water Notice Areas
    The Public Health Department Environmental Health Services division (EHS) has issued a closure order for restaurants, markets, and other food facilities that are affected by the Boil Water Notice. These include areas served by the Montecito Water District. [ Press Release ]
    Influenza Deaths
    The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department confirms there were 6 deaths from influenza in the past two weeks within Santa Barbara County. All 6 individuals were over age 65. This number is significantly higher than the number of deaths typically recorded during previous influenza seasons. By comparison, there were 3 deaths recorded for all age groups for the entire flu season last year. [ Press Release ]
    January is Safe Sleep Month
    Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children under 1 year of age. Nearly three-quarters of suffocation deaths among infants are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. In Santa Barbara County between January 2015 and December 2016, according to the Child Death Review Team Report, parental bed sharing or overlay were factors in accidental or undetermined deaths of 5 children under 1 year of age. [ Press Release ]
    Significant Increase in Influenza Activity
    The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reports a significant increase in influenza activity over the past 2 weeks, including 5 outbreaks in residential healthcare facilities across the county. In addition, it appears the predominant strain this year is H3N2 which tends to cause more severe illness, more hospitalizations, and more deaths. [ Press Release ]
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