California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today called on the people of California to help reduce the number of mosquitoes by eliminating standing water, especially in areas that have recently had rain and continue to experience warm temperatures.
September 28th is the 10th annual World Rabies Day, an observance planned to raise awareness about rabies prevention worldwide.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals, including wildlife, pets, and humans. It is most commonly transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Here in California rabies is mostly found in bats. Rabies infections in domestic animals, like cats and dogs, are sometimes diagnosed after a pet has been bitten or scratched by a wild animal like a skunk or fox.
The District conducted two wild rodent disease surveys on San Bruno Mountain this year, and all test results have been received. Each survey consisted of 100 Sherman traps placed along trails, targeting wild mice. The first survey resulted in fifteen captured Peromyscus maniculatus mice and the second survey resulted in eleven captured P. maniculatus mice.
School is starting and that means a lot of residents will be dealing with a common insect pest – head lice. This summer, Laboratory Director Nayer Zahiri assisted a local campsite that experienced an infestation of lice among campers and staff. Dr. Zahiri demonstrated how to inspect hair for evidence of lice, and advised with treatments. With her help, the camp was able to eliminate the problem.