Tag Archives: Public Health

An unvaccinated child brings Vancouver-area measles outbreak to 22

An unvaccinated child has measles, according to Clark County Public Health, bringing the outbreak count up to 22. A Monday update from the health department also says: Source: An unvaccinated child brings Vancouver-area measles outbreak to 22 | oregonlive.com

Oregon residents possibly exposed to Washington measles outbreak

Marion County and Human Services are investigating if Woodburn residents recently exposed to the measles virus in Washington are at risk, according to a press release from Marion County. There are currently no confirmed cases in Marion County, and public health officials are monitoring exposure. Source: Oregon residents possibly exposed to Washington measles outbreak

Anti-Vaxxers Declared One of the Top 10 Threats to Public Health in 2019 as a Measles Outbreak Spreads Across Vancouver, Wash.

The Oregon Health Authority found that the number of kindergarteners seeking a non-medical vaccine exemption rose to 7.5 percent in 2018, the highest since new laws were passed to make obtaining the non-medical waivers more difficult in 2015. The first child infected with measles visited an urgent care clinic in Vancouver, Wash., on New Years […]
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Ore. agencies add online tool to prevent youth sexual violence

An online mapping tool is now available to help communities in Oregon assess factors among adolescents that can lead to risky sexual practices and increase the risk of sexual violence. Source: Ore. agencies add online tool to prevent youth sexual violence

Oregon now requires EMS agencies to use electronic system

The Oregon Health Authority said Tuesday it is helping ambulance service agencies comply with a new state law requiring they use electronic patient care reporting, which will streamline how they exchange information with hospital emergency departments and other health care partners. Source: Oregon now requires EMS agencies to use electronic system

Multnomah County: Legal weed didn’t increase teen pot use

Multnomah County epidemiologist Julia Dilley found a drop in teenage marijuana use in Washington. The passage of legal marijuana laws doesn’t necessarily mean more teenagers are puffing, according to a new study by Multnomah County’s epidemiologist. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Multnomah County: Legal weed didn’t increase teen pot use

Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think? 

Permitting pot is one thing; promoting its use is another. A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no bombshells or surprises, […]
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FDA food inspections, reduced by shutdown furloughs, put ‘food supply at risk’

The partial government shutdown curtails federal health and safety efforts, raising a ‘risk of a failure in the system.’ The furloughing of hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors has sharply reduced inspections of the nation’s food supply — one of the many repercussions of the partial government shutdown that are making Americans potentially less […]
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Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreaks Are Exposing Crumbling U.S. Public Health Infrastructure

Over 10,000 people in the U.S. have contracted the preventable disease this year. Kristi Haynes knew she had a problem when her eyes turned the color of traffic paint. Haynes had been feeling strangely tired, but she didn’t have many opportunities to look at herself in a mirror because she’d been homeless for a few […]
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Vaping | Elliott State Forest – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Last month, the U.S. Surgeon General declared e-cigarette use an epidemic among young people. We hear from Oregon Public Health Division epidemiologist Thomas Jeanne about what the state is doing to decrease vaping among young people. Anthony Davis, interim dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, explains the purpose of the existing Andrews research forest, and […]
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