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County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health

Press Release Archive

 

 2014
08/07/2014 HAWK TESTS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS
Two weeks after a Santee man became the first person in San Diego County in two years to be diagnosed with West Nile virus, County officials said Thursday that a dead hawk has tested positive for the disease.
07/30/2014MOUSE TESTS POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS
County officials are reminding people to be extra careful whenever they are cleaning mice and rodent nests after a mouse trapped in North County’s Pala Mesa area tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus disease.
07/24/2014TWO SQUIRRELS TEST POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE
Two squirrels trapped in routine monitoring at an empty outdoor school on Palomar Mountain have tested positive for plague, prompting San Diego County officials to remind people to take simple steps to protect themselves when camping and hiking.
07/21/2014FIRST LOCAL HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN 2014 REPORTED
A 43-year-old Santee man has the first confirmed local case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2014, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today. This is the first local human case since 2012.
07/08/2014CAT TESTS POSITIVE FOR TULAREMIA
A pet cat from a home in San Marcos has tested positive for tularemia — “rabbit fever” — a potentially dangerous bacterial disease that people can contract by being bitten by infected ticks or from touching or being bitten by infected animals.
05/22/2014COUNTY OFFERS STEPS TO KEEP PESTS AT BAY IN FIRE AREAS
County environmental health officials urged people living in or around fire-damaged neighborhoods Thursday to take some simple precautions to help keep disease-carrying pests from potentially multiplying or getting into homes in those areas.
04/10/2014COUNTY URGES PUBLIC TO PROTECT AGAINST TICKS AFTER TULAREMIA FIND
People hiking or working in brushy areas should protect themselves from ticks, County officials said this week, after a tick trapped in routine monitoring in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve tested positive for tularemia.
01/10/2014TWO MICE TEST POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS
County environmental health officials reminded people Friday to be careful whenever they find rodents after two mice caught recently in routine trapping tested positive for the potentially-deadly hantavirus.
 2013
11/20/2013PROTECT YOURSELF FROM RODENTS, HANTAVIRUS
The discovery of a harvest mouse that tested positive for hantavirus has prompted San Diego County vector control officials to remind people to be careful around rodents and to protect their homes from infestations.
11/08/2013DEAD BIRDS SHOW WEST NILE VIRUS SEASON NOT OVER
Two more dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting County officials to remind people to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can carry the potentially-deadly disease even as fall seemed to be bringing cooler temperatures.
09/17/2013CAMPERS, HIKERS: KEEP PLAGUE AWAY, STEER CLEAR OF SQUIRRELS
Campers and hikers are being urged to take simple steps to protect themselves after three ground squirrels trapped in routine monitoring near Palomar Mountain tested positive for plague.
09/10/2013PROTECT, PREVENT, REPORT: DEAD CROW PROMPTS WEST NILE VIRUS REMINDER
A dead crow found in Lakeside has tested positive for West Nile virus and San Diego County officials are reminding people to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can transmit the disease.
07/25/2013COUNTY FINDS TWO MORE CROWS KILLED BY WEST NILE VIRUS
Two weeks after finding the first sign of West Nile virus this season — a dead infected crow — two more dead infected birds have been discovered.
07/11/2013FIRST LOCAL WEST NILE VIRUS SIGN OF 2013
A dead American crow found near Lakeside has tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first local sign this year of the sometimes-fatal disease.
06/12/2013THREE SQUIRRELS TEST POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE
Three squirrels with plague have been discovered near Palomar Mountain and in the Cleveland National Forest east of Alpine
05/10/2013GROUND SQUIRREL TESTS POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE
Campers and Hikers Warned to Take Precautions
04/09/2013TICKS TEST POSITIVE FOR TULAREMIA NEAR LOS PENASQUITOS CANYON
Hikers Urged to be Cautious and Use Insect Repellent When Hiking