Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County
Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am
Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County.
Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed.
Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors.
Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness.
Visit baaqmd.gov for air quality information. Visit airnow.gov for current air quality conditions in your zip code.
Visit cchealth.org/wildfire for smoke-related health information.
Integrated Pest Management
Contra Costa Health Services has hired a nationally recognized expert to help implement the County's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the use of toxic chemicals. Tanya Drlik is known for her extensive work in IPM, an environmentally friendly strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and their damage. IPM uses methods such as sanitation, pest exclusion, mechanical controls (e.g. mouse traps and mowing weeds) and habitat manipulation to effectively manage pests.
Our Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board (PEHAB) initiated the IPM effort in 2001 with a study presented to the Board of Supervisors on the harmful effects of pesticides. PEHAB has continually advocated for IPM, resulting in the adoption of the IPM policy by the Supervisors, the formation of the County's IPM Task Force and the creation of an IPM Coordinator position.