Tag Archives: Public Health

County government hears first reading of ordinance to retain public health authority

The Douglas County government will likely continue to maintain authority over public health services in Douglas County. In November, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners had approved an ordinance that would have transferred the public health authority to the Oregon Health Authority. Source: County government hears first reading of ordinance to retain public health authority […]
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County government hears first reading of ordinance to retain public health authority

The Douglas County government will likely continue to maintain authority over public health services in Douglas County. In November, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners had approved an ordinance that would have transferred the public health authority to the Oregon Health Authority. The commissioners Wednesday held the first reading of an ordinance that would rescind […]
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Measles outbreaks in America are getting harder to contain

The biggest have occurred among insular religious or immigrant groups. In 2000 AMERICA declared measles “eliminated”, meaning that the virus was no longer indigenous and any new infections were linked to strains brought in from abroad. In the following decade measles in America remained rare. Now cases are on the rise again. There were 372 […]
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Public health shouldn’t be invasive. Vaccination skeptics make that harder.

Putting more people at risk drives up the risk of drastic interventions. Another massive study has discovered no causal connection between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. This time, the study’s cohort consisted of every child born in Denmark from 1999 through December 2010 — more than 650,000 children. The conclusion? “The study strongly supports that […]
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Traveler contagious with measles visited Salem, Oregon officials warn

A traveler contagious with measles visited three Salem locations recently, although officials say the case isn’t tied to the recent Washington state outbreak. Still, “there are no confirmed cases of measles in Marion County at this time,” said Public Health Division Director Katrina Rothenberger with Marion County. Source: Traveler contagious with measles visited Salem, Oregon officials […]
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Measles outbreak in Pacific Northwest about half of US cases

The focus on measles in the Pacific Northwest intensified Friday as public health officials in Oregon announced a new case of the highly contagious disease unrelated to an ongoing outbreak in Washington state that’s sickened 68 people so far. An unvaccinated Illinois resident who spent time overseas visited Portland International Airport and various locations in […]
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Needle swap comes to Pendleton

Melissa Cross sat in the parking lot, her wares spread before her on a table and in a white van parked a few feet away. Bundled against the chill, Cross and her partner Raul Morales waited for customers to appear. No money would change hands. Instead, they would collect dirty syringes from drug users and […]
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Facebook to get tougher on anti-vaxers 

New approaches wouldn’t take vaccine misinformation off Facebook but rather make it less prominent. Facebook will soon take action against misinformation about vaccines, according to a Facebook representative. Public health experts have pointed fingers at social media platforms, saying that false claims that vaccines cause autism and other diseases have frightened parents into refusing to […]
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High syphilis rates linked to drug use, CDC report says

Results suggest that use of meth, heroin, other injection drugs may be driving some of the increase in the STD among heterosexuals. Public health officials grappling with record-high syphilis rates around the nation have pinpointed what appears to be a major risk factor: drug use. “Two major public health issues are colliding,” said Sarah Kidd, […]
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Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1M

The cost of Washington’s measles outbreak has surpassed $1 million as more than 200 health-department staffers from the state and Clark County focus their efforts on the disease. As of Tuesday, there were 63 confirmed cases of measles in Clark County, 44 of which were in children under 10 years old, according to the county’s […]
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