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December 18, 2017 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Managing Stress After a Disaster

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. Read full story


September 28, 2017 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreaks in California; Prevention Recommendations

Currently, we have no outbreak associated casesof 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. Read full story


January 17, 2017 | Department of Health Services

Health Update: Influenza

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


January 17, 2017 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: County-Wide Safe Pain Management Guidelines

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. Read full story