California Department of Public Health

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Bay Area Flu Deaths Increase; 28 Deaths Investigated Statewide

This season’s H1N1 influenza strain is challenging and is affecting young adults and children, said Dr. Gil Chavez, the state’s epidemiologist and deputy director of its Center for Infectious Diseases.

01/10/2014

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland

Oakland Hospital Fined For Patient Death; Marin Hospital Also Fined For Patient Safety Violations

Alta Bates Medical Center in Oakland has been fined for procedural errors the California Department of Public Health says led to a patient’s death.

08/15/2013

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Health Department Fines 3 Bay Area Hospitals For Serious Patient Mistakes

Three Bay Area hospitals have been fined a combined $225,000 by the California Department of Public Health for infractions that could have caused serious injury or death to patients.

06/06/2013

An Asian Tiger mosquito feeds from the blood from a person. (Jack Leonard/New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board/Getty Images)

San Mateo County Reports Its First Cases Of West Nile Virus This Year

Two dead birds found in San Mateo have tested positive for West Nile virus, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced on Tuesday.

06/05/2013

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$455M In Funds For Safe Drinking Water Unspent By State Health Dept.

Federal regulators say California’s Department of Public Health failed to spend $455 million meant to improve drinking water infrastructure—at a time when thousands rely on groundwater laced with nitrates and other contaminants.

04/19/2013

Mussels are seen on a plate. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Health Department Warns Against Eating Some Marin Shellfish

The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning against eating recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Marin County.

02/28/2013

Red Vines Black Licorice. (CBS)

Lead Found In Licorice Made By Union City Firm

California health officials are warning consumers not to eat black licorice twist candies made by Red Vines because they contain too much lead.

08/22/2012

SF Herb & Natural Food Company

Food Seized From Fremont Warehouse Over Alleged Rodent Infestation

Food and herbs allegedly contaminated by a rodent infestation were seized from the Fremont warehouse of a natural food company on Tuesday, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

08/22/2012

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Bay Area Hospitals Fined Over Non-Compliance, Errors

Four Bay Area hospitals were issued a total of $275,000 in penalties by the California Department of Public Health for noncompliance with policies and administrative errors that could have resulted in serious injury or death, the state agency announced Friday.

06/01/2012

Shiitake mushrooms (AP)

Bay Area Food Importer Recalls Shiitake Mushrooms

The California Department of Public Health is warning the public to steer clear of one company’s imported mushrooms, which may contain high sulfite levels not included on the product label. Brisbane-based Nishimoto Trading Company voluntarily recalled the mushrooms

12/03/2011

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