Lane County Public Health

Health
1:04 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

No New Measles Cases Confirmed In Lane County

Health officials say a Eugene man who has measles is expected to make a full recovery. No new cases of measles have been confirmed in Lane County.

Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says hundreds of people contacted the agency after they released a list of businesses the man had visited after he returned from California.

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Health
6:17 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Lane County Health Officials Look For Other Measles Cases

Measles rash.

Lane County Public Health officials kicked into high gear Tuesday after a case of measles was confirmed in Eugene. They have launched a full investigation to determine the potential reach of the case. It is believed the un-named 40-something man who lives and works in Eugene, contracted the disease while at Disneyland.
County Health spokesman Jason Davis says hundreds of people  have been notified, interviewed and in some cases, tested.

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Health
12:01 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Measles Case Confirmed in Lane County

A case of measles has been confirmed in Eugene. Lane County Public Health officials say it's believed to be related to an outbreak linked to Disney theme parks in Southern California.
County Health spokesman Jason Davis says a Eugene man in his 40s went with his family to a Disney park in the outbreak area. After returning to Eugene, he  displayed symptoms and went to a medical provider.
Davis says he believes this is the first Oregon case linked to the Disney parks outbreak. It's the first measles case in Lane County since 2007.

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Flu
12:22 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Flu Cases Still Rising In Oregon

Flu season usually peaks in the second or third week of January, but not this year. Flu cases are still increasing in Oregon, and at a steep rate.

The strain of the flu affecting most people in Oregon this year is called H-3-N-2. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services. He says there's been misunderstanding about this year's flu vaccine.

"The vaccine will actually work against H3N2, it's just not working as well as we'd like it to, but it's still working. So, it's still a really good idea to get the vaccine, and it's far better than not getting it."

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Health
2:11 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Air Stagnation Can Cause Health Problems In Oregonians

Fog below Mt. Pisgah.

Foggy days are common during Oregon winters. When damp air lingers for too long, it can lead to health problems.

Air stagnation occurs when two layers of cold air trap a layer of warm air between them. This warm air can then become saturated with pollutants such as car exhaust and chimney smoke.

Jason Davis from Lane County Health says this poor air quality can result in many symptoms.  

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Environment
11:36 am
Tue July 29, 2014

First 2014 Confirmed Case of Rabies in Oregon Reported

Credit National Geographic

A fox found near a residence in Junction City has tested positive for rabies. It’s the first confirmed Oregon case of an animal with the disease this year.  Lane County Public Health says this is the first report of a rabid fox in Lane County since the 1960’s. The animal was tested and confirmed for rabies at the O-S-U Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Corvallis. Rabies, endemic in the bat population, is only rarely seen in foxes, especially in the U.S. It’s a viral disease, carried in the saliva of an infected animal, transmitted when the animal bites.

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Hospitals
7:28 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Hospitals Aren't As Safe As You Might Think

Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield is the largest hospital in the KLCC listening area.
Credit peacehealth.org

Many who work in the hospital industry claim the “aura” of modern medicine has lulled many Americans into a false sense of security. Errors and accidents continue to harm or even kill patients at an alarming rate. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on the current state of hospital safety and what every potential patient should know.

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Salmonella Outbreak
1:48 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Northwest Retail Chain Pulls Chicken

Three Foster Farms plants have been identified as distributing chicken with the “Heidelburg” strain of Salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports most of the product went to outlets in the Northwest. So far, Oregon-based Foster Farms has not recalled the chicken in question. But at least one Northwest retail chain has pulled it from their shelves.

As soon as reports started coming in that some brands of Foster Farms chicken were associated with an outbreak of salmonella, Fred Meyer stores stopped selling it.

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