The Alameda County Public Health Department sends out Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates regarding communicable disease outbreaks, immunization updates, and other public health concerns to Alameda County clinicians and other partners. See recent releases below.

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Health Alerts

ALERT conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention.
ADVISORY provides important information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action.
UPDATE provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; unlikely to require immediate action.

May 20, 2011

Advisory

FDA Warns Not to Feed SimplyThick to Premature Infants

Do not feed the thickening product called SimplyThick to infants born before 37 weeks because it may cause a life-threatening condition.

May 03, 2011

Advisory

Measles

Since January 2011, 11 cases of measles have been reported in California. A nationwide increase in the numbers of reported measles cases has also been noted this year. As in recent years, nearly all of the cases are known to have involved recent travel to Europe or Asia, or contact with international travelers (including via transit through U.S. international airports). Some of the cases have been intentionally unvaccinated children.

May 19, 2010

Alert

Mercury Poisoning Linked to Face Cream

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Health Alert May 19, 2010 notifying persons who may be using unlabeled, nonprescription face creams from Mexico for the purpose of skin lightening, fading freckles and age spots, and preventing acne that these products contain very high levels of mercury, are harmful to your health, and should not be used.

February 23, 2010

Alert

Measles Health Alert

Four cases of measles have been diagnosed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past two weeks. Two cases occurred in two unvaccinated toddlers who traveled to Europe and Asia; one case in an older adult who traveled to Europe; and the fourth case was an unvaccinated adult with no travel history.

July 23, 2009

Alert

Novel H1N1 Flu

July 20, 2009

Alert

Novel H1N1 Flu

September 20, 2008

Update

Rabies Vaccine Supply Shortage

August 29, 2008

Update

Rabies Vaccine Supply Shortage

August 26, 2008

Alert

Rabies Vaccine Supply Shortage

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has strongly recommended that health care providers, state and local health authorities, and animal control officials take immediate steps to ensure the appropriate use of human rabies vaccine due to a national rabies vaccine shortage.

July 10, 2008

Advisory

Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the San Francisco Bay Area that remains in effect until 8 p.m. Friday, July 11.

July 08, 2008

Advisory

Health Advisory, Red Flag Warning, Spare the Air

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the San Francisco Bay Area and a red flag warning for the North and East Bay hills that remain in effect noon today, July 8, until 5 p.m. Thursday, July 10.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has a spare the air notice for the same period.

June 20, 2008

Advisory

Air Quality Health Advisory

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Issues Health Advisory

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