Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat or saw someone else having contact with the bat is asked to call the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) Epidemiology team at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours to determine the risk for rabies. Continue reading
UCI RESEARCHERS SEEK ANSWERS TO FIND ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION; ANNOUNCE URGENT NEED FOR CLINICAL TRIAL PARTICIPANTS
Irvine, Calif. (April 17, 2017) – UCI MIND, Orange County’s only state and federally funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, is calling on Orange County residents age 65 to 85 who have normal memory function to help in meeting its urgent need for study participants in an active clinical study now underway. The researchers are hoping to find new ways to prevent, slow, and/or stop Alzheimer’s disease before it begins.
“The need for this research is immediate,” explains Dr. Joshua Grill, Co-Director of UCI MIND. “More than 84,000 people in Orange County are now living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, and this number is going to increase substantially over the next decades. The more rapidly we can fill the need for study volunteers, the sooner we can find ways to prevent this disease through research.” Continue reading
For Immediate Release: September 23, 2016
Contact: Jessica Good, Public Information Officer, (714) 834-2178, Email: JGood@ochca.com
Bat Found in Irvine Shopping Center Tests Positive for Rabies
(Santa Ana, CA) – A bat found in the parking lot behind Zion Market in the Northwood Town Center at 4800 Irvine Blvd. in Irvine on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 has tested positive for rabies.
Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat or saw someone else having contact with the bat is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours to determine the risk for rabies. Continue reading
Learn from the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District as well as an expert from the Orange County Health Care Agency about three topics – the Zika Virus and its global implications; mosquito control in Orange County; and the implications of traveling this summer.
From 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at the newly opened Trabuco Center, 5701 Trabuco Road in Irvine near Jeffrey Road. The Orange County Health Care Agency will also provide summer travel information. Free program; no RSVP; voluntarily signup here: Irvine Mosquitoes (link is external). Continue reading
For Immediate Release: December 29, 2015
Contact: Tricia Landquist email@example.com, 714-834-2178
Bat Found at Irvine Regional Park Tests Positive for Rabies
(Santa Ana) – A bat found near the lake at Irvine Regional Park at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat or saw someone else having contact with the bat is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours to determine the risk for rabies.
The rabies virus is found in an animal’s saliva and is transmitted to people by a bite from a rabid animal. Although very rare, contamination of the eyes, mouth or an open wound by the saliva of a rabid animal can also transmit rabies. Most cases of human rabies in the United States in recent years have resulted from bat strains of rabies; bats have very small teeth, and their bites may go unnoticed. Continue reading
The holiday’s are all about embracing new friends and catching up with familiar faces. But for families touched by Alzheimer’s, the holiday can be a challenging time of year. Since 1982, Alzheimer’s Orange County (AOC), formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, has been a community resource and an ally to families afflicted by the disease. Currently 85,000+ Orange County residents are currently living with Alzheimer’s! This disease is the fourth-leading cause of death locally.
While its name has changed, its vision for eradicating Alzheimer’s remains the same. Now an independent organization, the nonprofit is better able to serve Orange County and has big plans for 2016. What to know more? Come hear from AOC representatives first-hand at its Holiday Open House and Art Exhibition, featuring its internationally acclaimed Memories in the Making collection in Irvine on Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. Continue reading
Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District
Contact: Mary-Joy Coburn, Public Affairs Coordinator, (714) 971-2421, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Garden Grove, CA. The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) is urging residents to report small black and white, day-biting mosquitoes. On October 13th, OCMVCD
responded to complaints of mosquitoes in the City of Mission Viejo. A thorough investigation was conducted and the presence of yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) was confirmed. The yellow fever mosquito can transmit dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2014
Contact: Deanne Thompson, Orange County Health Care Agency, (714) 834 7649, email@example.com
(Santa Ana, CA) — Emergency planning is well underway in Orange County in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The risk of contracting Ebola in the United States and in Orange County is very low; there are currently no cases of Ebola in California and no suspect cases. County officials are reviewing communicable disease response plans and conducting drills to exercise those plans.
County officials have developed extensive preparedness procedures in coordination with other local, state and national partners, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and its Emergency Management Division, John Wayne Airport,the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Public Health Lab, which is a CDC-designated site with the capability to test for Ebola. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: October 10, 2014
Contact: Nicole Stanfield firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-834-2178
Orange County Confirms Three Cases of Enterovirus D68
(Santa Ana) – The Orange County Health Care Agency has received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that three patients in Orange County have tested positive for enterovirus D68. The three patients, all of them children, are unrelated and are not linked with any community outbreak of the illness.
There has been an increase in enterovirus D68 reported across the country over the last few months, resulting in enhanced surveillance locally. “Due to the heightened awareness and surveillance for enterovirus D68, it is not surprising to identify cases in Orange County’” said Dr. Eric Handler, Public Health Officer. Individual cases of enterovirus D68 have also been reported in communities throughout the state, including several counties in Southern California, but outbreaks of respiratory illness have not been reported in California. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY REPORTS FIRST HUMAN WEST NILE VIRUS CASE OF 2014
(Santa Ana) – A Santa Ana man has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, becoming the County’s first human WNV infection in 2014. This is the 10th human case of WNV reported in California. The man was admitted to the hospital in late June with symptoms of West Nile Virus, and is now at home recovering.
In 2013, there were 12 reported human infections of West Nile Virus and zero WNV related deaths reported in Orange County.
“West Nile Virus is endemic in Orange County, recurring every year during the summer months and continuing into the fall,” said Dr. Eric G. Handler, County Health Officer. “The best way to avoid West Nile Virus infection is to take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito bites.”
Recommended WNV precautions include: Continue reading