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  • Published on August 2, 2018

    In Sonoma County, suspected accidental fentanyl related deaths have increased (12 in 2018 as of 7/31/18, 5 in 2017, and 3 in 2016). In California, fentanyl deaths increased from 2016 to 2017 by 57%. In 2017, 373 fentanyl deaths and 1,882 opioid overdose deaths were reported in California.

  • Published on January 29, 2018

    There continues to be an increase in early syphilis cases in Sonoma County, including known transmission within heterosexual networks resulting in cases among women of childbearing age. Rising numbers among women increase the potential for congenital syphilis which can cause devastating outcomes for newborns including stillbirth or infant death.

  • Published on December 29, 2017
    Influenza activity is rapidly increasing throughout California including Sonoma County. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified influenza A(H3N2) as the predominate strain so far this season.
  • Published on December 21, 2017

    This is an update to the September 2017 Hepatitis A Outbreak health advisory.

  • Published on December 18, 2017

    Due to the traumatic events of the October firestorm, many Sonoma County residents are experiencing stress reactions consistent with an exposure to a disaster. We are encouraging all health care providers in the community to be aware of the mental health needs of their patients and to provide appropriate support. Please review the Health Advisory for more information, specific requested actions and resources.

  • Published on October 2, 2017

    Influenza activity within Sonoma County and California is currently low; however, some local healthcare providers are beginning to diagnose influenza.

  • Published on September 28, 2017

    Currently, we have no outbreak associated cases of hepatitis A in Sonoma County. However, several California counties (San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles) are reporting outbreaks of genotype IB strains of hepatitis A virus (HAV) among individuals who are homeless and/or using illicit drugs. Additional California counties, Arizona and Utah are reporting cases associated with the outbreaks.

  • Published on August 2, 2017

    There is an ongoing national shortage of benzathine penicillin G, the recommended drug for treating primary, secondary and latent syphilis.

  • Published on May 23, 2017

    Several Northern California counties, including Sonoma County, are experiencing an increase in gastrointestinal illness among students and staff in the school setting.

  • Published on May 18, 2017

    The California Department of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of foodborne botulism associated with consumption of a nacho cheese sauce served at the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove.

  • Published on January 17, 2017

    Nearly every week, a person in Sonoma County dies from an accidental drug overdose. Prescription drug use and misuse is a large contributing factor to this problem.

  • Published on January 17, 2017

    Influenza activity is rapidly increasing in California and Sonoma County, although other respiratory viruses are also circulating (e.g. RSV).

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