2015 HCA Press Releases

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Bat Found at Irvine Regional Park – Tests Positive for Rabies

December 29, 2015
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.

World AIDS Day - Dec. 1, 2015

November 30, 2015
More than 60 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and approximately 30 million people have died of AIDS worldwide. In Orange County, 11,987 people have been diagnosed with HIV and using CDC criteria, 938 people are estimated to be infected but do not know it.

Orange County Reports Season’s First Influenza Cases

October 29, 2015
Free Flu Vaccinations Every Thursday
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed our county’s first cases of influenza signaling that flu season is officially here. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Anyone who has not already received the flu vaccine should get it now before influenza season peaks.

“Commit to Act” National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 13, 2015
October 15 marks National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year’s NLAAD theme is “Commit to Act”, which means to take action and promote HIV testing, connect people to care, and hold activities that raise HIV/AIDS awareness.

Orange County Reports West Nile Virus-Related Fatality

September 22, 2015
An 80 year-old Buena Park resident died last week with complications of West Nile virus (WNV) infection. Test results received this week confirmed the diagnosis. This is the first human death associated with WNV infection for this year’s season in Orange County.

High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

September 8, 2015
Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach high temperatures around 100 degrees this week, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.

High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

August 13, 2015
Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach high temperatures above 95 degrees this weekend, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.

Orange County Reports First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2015

August 7, 2015
A 51 year-old resident of the city of Orange tested positive this week for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, becoming the County’s first human WNV infection in 2015. This is the 19th human case of WNV reported in California this year. The man experienced symptoms during the third week of July and has completely recovered.

New "OC Food Inspections" Application Provides Access to Restaurant Information on Mobile Phones

July 24, 2015
The Orange County Health Care Agency Environmental Health Food Program has introduced the OC Food Inspections application. Available for Android and iPhone, this easy to use application gives the public instant access to food safety and sanitation information for Orange County’s restaurants and markets.

‘Take the Test, Take Control’ National HIV Testing Day

June 24, 2015
June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, which helps promote testing and early diagnosis of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. There are 5,760 individuals living with HIV disease in Orange County with over 250 people being diagnosed with HIV each year. There are an additional estimated 938 people living in Orange County who have HIV and don’t know it – many of whom will develop AIDS before realizing they are HIV infected.

Campylobacter Cases Associated with Consumption of Raw Goat Milk

June 4, 2015
Orange County has confirmed three cases of campylobacteriosis infection associated with consumption of raw goat milk distributed by Claravale Farm of San Benito County, California. All three patients are young children less than 5 years of age. One patient was hospitalized, and all of them are expected to recover.

New Wellness Website Focuses on Health Information and Data - www.OCHealthierTogether.org

May 27, 2015
Orange County has a new interactive and easy to navigate website OCHealthierTogether.org that allows anyone to find data and information about health and wellness in Orange County. The website is administered by the Orange County Health Care Agency and co-sponsored by, Orange County United Way, and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, as well as the Health Care Agency.

Experts to Discuss Impact of Violent Video Games at Safe Communities Meeting

May 26, 2015
Law Enforcement and clinical experts will discuss how Violent Video Games impact the community. Speakers will discuss prevention strategies for parents, and how to identify warning signs of video game addiction and violent behavior. Community organizations will host information booths and provide additional resources.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel Recognized During EMS Week

May 20, 2015
In celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 17-23, 2015, the Health Care Agency recognizes Orange County’s EMS first responders (fire, ambulance and marine safety), law enforcement, dispatch, hospital personnel and medical professionals for their dedication and commitment in providing day-to-day life saving services to the community.

Bat Found in Huntington Beach Tests Positive for Rabies

February 19, 2015
A live, rabid bat was found on the ground in the Big Lots shopping center parking lot located at the corner of Warner and Golden West in Huntington Beach on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8am to 5pm or (714) 834-7792 after hours so a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.

Bat Found at Fullerton College Tests Positive for Rabies

February 4, 2015
A live, rabid bat was found on an outside step on the east side of the “1100 Building” at Fullerton College on January 29, 2015. 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.

Ongoing Measles Transmission in Orange County

January 21, 2015
There are now twenty (20) confirmed measles cases in Orange County, signaling ongoing measles transmission in Orange County and at Disneyland Parks. Measles is in the community and additional cases are expected to be identified. The best way to prevent the spread of measles is by getting vaccinated. Those who are vaccinated and become ill usually experience mild illness and do not typically spread the disease to others.

Measles Continues to Spread in Orange County

January 16, 2015
Orange County now has sixteen confirmed cases of measles. Ten of the reported measles cases in Orange County, along with others throughout California and in other states, are connected to visiting Disneyland or Disneyland California Adventure Park in December. The source of the infection for the six most recent cases is not known; they were not exposed at Disneyland and had no known contact to any of the confirmed Disney-associated cases.

Orange County Reports First Influenza Related Death

January 16, 2015
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed our county’s first influenza related death in a person under 65 this year. The Public Health laboratory confirmed that the 48 year-old woman, who had preexisting health conditions, was infected with the influenza A virus.

Foodborne Illness Investigation at Cholula’s Bakery

January 9, 2015
One January 6, 2015 the Orange County Health Care Agency closed Cholula’s Bakery in Santa Ana and began a foodborne illness investigation after receiving several reports of illness related to eating Rosca de Reyes Bread distributed by the bakery on January 5 and 6, 2015.

Eight Confirmed Measles Cases in Orange County

January 9, 2015
Orange County has eight confirmed cases of measles, in conjunction with the outbreak recently reported affecting multiple counties in California and Utah.

Potential Public Exposure to Measles

January 8, 2015
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed three cases of measles in Orange County in the last week, in conjunction with the outbreak recently reported affecting multiple counties in California and Utah.

Illness Associated with Rosca de Reyes Bread

January 7, 2015
Over 30 people from multiple unrelated groups became ill with symptoms including dizziness, palpitations, and numbness after eating Rosca de Reyes Bread distributed by Cholula’s Bakery in Santa Ana. The Health Care Agency is investigating the cause of the illnesses, and the bakery is closed pending the outcome of the investigation.