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Mighty Dog May brings $75 package deal for dogs under 30 lbs.

Mighty Dog May offers all Santa Barbara County dog owners the opportunity to get their small but mighty companion, under 30 pounds, spayed or neutered, rabies vaccinated, and licensed, all for just $75. [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ]

Health Matters- April 2018 Newsletter
Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow; April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month: "Treat Me Right"; Epidemiology Program Updates [ Newsletter ]
Dog Licensing and Spay or Neuter Clinic in New Cuyama
Santa Barbara County Animal Services is partnering with C.A.R.E. 4 Paws to bring a Dog Licensing Clinic and FREE Spay-Neuter Clinic to the residents of the Cuyama Valley. The event will be held on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center. FREE spay or neuter appointments are available to Santa Barbara County Pet owners only. Space is limited, call today! [ Press Release ]

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Mighty Dog May- brings $75 package deal for dogs under 30lbs
"Mighty Dog May" offers all Santa Barbara County dog owners the opportunity to get their small but mighty companion, under 30 pounds, spayed or neutered, rabies vaccinated, and licensed, all for just $75. [ Press Release ]
 
Keep Live Animals Out Of Easter Baskets - Chocolate Bunnies Encouraged
Animals given as cute Easter pets lose their appeal and they can become overwhelming for families. Santa Barbara County Animal Services urges Easter basket givers to avoid live animals and elect to give a chocolate bunny or candy shaped chicks instead. [ Press Release ]
 
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 ]
 
Food Waste Prevention Week
It's Food Waste Prevention Week in California! Watch Van Do-Reynoso, Director of the Public Health Department, speak on the importance of food waste prevention and how our department is addressing it in the community.[ Video ]
 
Public Health Officials Urge Vaccinations For Preteens
To help protect adolescents against dangerous diseases, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is joining with the California Department of Public Health in recognizing February 11th - 17th as Preteen Vaccine Week. [ Press Release ]
 
Canine Influenza in California
Canine Influenza is a highly contagious virus that is garnering more attention in the news lately with a recent outbreak in the San Francisco Bay Area. [ Press Release ]
 
Santa Barbara County Animal Services Offers “Name Your Price” Adoptions
"Name Your Price" adoptions February 12th through February 17th to help make it easier for adopters to share the love. [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ]
 
Santa Barbara County Ocean Waters Improve
Ocean water samples were taken on Monday, February 5, for all beaches where bacterial testing is historically conducted in the County. The results of these tests reveal that all ocean waters have bacterial levels below the standard and are safe for ocean activities with the exception of three beaches, Carpinteria, Goleta and Hammonds. These three beaches have high levels in one category (enterococcus) and the ocean waters remain closed to any ocean water activities. [ Press Release ]
 
$1 Spay/Neuter Surgeries for Santa Barbara County Cat Owners
In honor of Spay Day USA, Santa Barbara County cat owners are being offered $1 spays or neuters for their unaltered cats.  This February, the Responsible Pet Ownership Alliance is holding, "$1 today keeps the Kittens at bay," where owners can get their feline friend(s) spayed or neutered for only $1 with a free a rabies vaccination. [ Press Release ]
 
Canine Distemper in Raccoons
Santa Barbara County Animal Services is asking the community to be on high alert after identifying multiple cases of distemper in wildlife, especially raccoons, throughout southern Santa Barbara County.  We encourage owners to be sure their pets are current on all vaccines. [ Press Release ]
 
Health Effects of Ash and Dust - Leaf Blowers Not Advised in Areas with Ash and Drying Mud
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District today reflect on continuing health effects of the ash that fell during the Thomas Fire and the health effects of dust from the drying mud of the Montecito mudslides. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
 
Valley Fever (“Cocci”) Concerns After Thomas Fire And Mudslide Event
The Public Health Department has received many questions about Valley Fever after the recent Thomas Fire, mudslide event, and dusty conditions due to drying mud. The County Health Officer states that risk of infection from Valley Fever is low, although possible. [ Press Release ]
 
Ocean Water and Beach Safety Update (2/2/2018)
Ocean water samples were taken on Wednesday, January 31, for select beaches where ocean water had previously exceeded standard bacteria levels.  As a result of this testing, ocean waters at El Capitan and Summerland are now open. See Press Release for full details. [ Press Release ]
 
Safety of Ocean Water and Beaches Update
Ocean water samples taken on Monday, January 29, were tested for bacteria levels.  Test results reveal that levels of bacteria continue to exceed standard levels in ocean water at three beaches. Ocean water at these beaches will remain closed to swimming, surfing and other water activities. [ Press Release ]
 
Public Health Continues Warning Against Consumption of Raw Fish and Shellfish
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is issuing a warning to the public to avoid consuming raw fish and raw shellfish caught close to ocean waters where bacterial levels continue to be elevated. People doing recreational fishing from a pier or boat close to beaches where oceans waters have exceeded bacterial standards should be aware that eating uncooked or under-cooked seafood products could expose them to bacteria. These bacteria can cause illness if ingested. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
 
New Beach Waters Open
Ocean water samples taken on Wednesday, January 24, were tested for bacteria levels.  Test results reveal that levels of bacteria no longer exceed standard levels in ocean water at two beaches. Hope Ranch Beach and Leadbetter Beach are now open to swimming, surfing and other water activities. The status of all other ocean waters remains unchanged from Monday testing. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
 
Safety Of Ocean Water and Beaches (updated 1/24/2018)
Ocean water samples taken on Monday, January 22, were tested for bacteria levels. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria do exceed standard levels in ocean water at some beaches. Ocean water at the following beaches will remain closed to swimming, surfing and other water activities. [ Press Release ]
 
Special Saturday Vaccine Clinic at Santa Maria Animal Center
License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Pet at Project PetSafe, Special Saturday Clinic at Santa Maria Animal Center, February 3rd, 2018. [ Press Release ]
 
Testing Results And Health In Exposed Workers
The Public Health Department has reviewed results from testing of mudslide samples and made recommendations to protect the health of exposed workers. [ Press Release ]
 
Mud Cleanup Safety And Protection
To protect residents from exposure to raw sewage and other chemicals that may be present in the mud, the Public Health Department offers the following guidance: [ Press Release ]
 
Public Health Warns Against Consumption Of Recreational Harvested Raw Shellfish
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Dept. is issuing a warning to the public to avoid consuming recreational harvested raw shellfish caught in ocean waters where bacterial levels continue to be elevated. [ 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 ]
 
Public Health Advisory
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 ]
 
Ocean Water and Beach Safety
Ocean water samples taken on Friday, January 12 were tested for bacteria levels on Saturday, January 13. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria do exceed standards in ocean water and the following beaches will remain closed: Butterfly Beach, Carpinteria State Beach, East Beach at Mission Creek, East Beach at Sycamore Creek, El Capitan State Beach, Goleta Beach, Hammonds, Summerland Beach. [ Press Release ]
 
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 ]
 
Do Not Use Leaf Blowers - Air Pollution Control District Can Take Enforcement Action
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District remind the community that leaf blowers should not be used while there are large amounts of ash in our environment, as this could result in a violation of Air Pollution Control District regulations and endanger health. All county residents are encouraged to be good neighbors and not use leaf blowers. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
 
County Public Health Declares Local Health Emergency
In order to protect the public's health and facilitate safe cleanup of hazardous materials after the Thomas Fire, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued a declaration of a local health emergency and Health Officer order for removal, transport, and disposal of hazardous material and debris. This declaration, signed by the Public Health Department's Director Van Do-Reynoso and Health Officer Charity Dean was ratified by the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, December 21, 2017. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
 
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 ]