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Entrance to Asilomar State Beach in Monterey County. (Ekabhishek/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Officials Warn Swimmers Of High Bacteria Levels At Monterey County Beach

Monterey County health officials have issued an advisory warning people to avoid swimming at a state beach in Pacific Grove because of high levels of bacteria found there.

07/30/2014

An open air pit used to burn trash at a base in Iraq. (Gwen Chiaramonte)

Veterans Returning Home From Iraq, Afghanistan Point To Open Air Burn Pits As New ‘Agent Orange’

Hundreds of veterans coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are falling ill and many are dying of what’s being called the new “Agent Orange”: open air burn pits.

05/20/2014

Doctors Seek Higher Fees From Health Insurers

Indiana MERS Case Has California Doctors Taking A Closer Look At Respiratory Illnesses

Last week’s hospitalization of an Indiana man with what’s known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has California public health officials taking a closer look to see the local risk levels.

05/05/2014

Sofia Jarvis (center) appears with her family at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital on February 24, 2014. Sofia suffers from a rare illness that causes symptoms described as "polio-like." (CBS)

CDC Urged To Investigate Mystery Polio-Like Illness Affecting California Kids

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to initiate a formal investigation into what has caused polio-like paralysis in about 20 children in California over the past 18 months.

02/27/2014

Sofia Jarvis (center) appears with her family at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital on February 24, 2014. Sofia suffers from a rare illness that causes symptoms described as "polio-like." (CBS)

Bay Area Family Impacted By Mystery Illness Speaks Out

Doctors continue to investigate a mysterious polio-like illness that has paralyzed at least five California children since August 2012. Meanwhile, the family of a young Berkeley girl who was diagnosed with the disease spoke out about her condition.

02/24/2014

HealthWatch: Cancer Patient Says SF Hospital Denied Insurer-Approved Care

Polio-Like Mystery Illness Causing Paralysis In California Kids

The afflicted children suffered weakness or paralysis in one or more limbs, sometimes after a respiratory illness. The paralysis had not subsided after more than half a year and spinal scans show damage similar to polio.

02/24/2014

A man receives a flu shot. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

San Mateo, Sonoma Counties See 1st Flu-Related Deaths Of Season

Two more Bay Area counties reported their first flu-related deaths of the season on Thursday — San Mateo County and Sonoma County.

01/09/2014

Three year-old Hannah Rood receives an H1N1 vaccination during a drive thru H1N1 vaccination. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Marin County Swine Flu Cases Prompt Push For Vaccinations

Health officials in Marin County report they are seeing an increase in the number of people contracting the swine flu virus which killed thousands of people worldwide in 2009.

01/03/2014

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SF Issues Warning After Mall Food Handler Diagnosed With Typhoid Fever

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is warning residents about potential exposure to typhoid fever.

05/03/2013

Raw ground beef (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Investigation Uncovers ‘Superbugs’ In Store-Bought Meats

In a recent study, the Environment Working Group discovered that store-bought meat contained antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as superbugs, which can cause consumers to become ill.

04/16/2013

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