Ana Ibarra Health Blog
Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on July 23, 2014
Just last week, I wrote a post about how to protect yourself from mosquitoes bites to reduce the risk of being infected with West Nile virus. At the time, no virus activity had been detected in Merced County. However, this past Monday, officials at the county’s Mosquito Abatement District issued warnings in three Merced County areas where mosquito and sentinel chicken samples tested positive for West Nile. These include rural areas in Dos Palos and Hilmar and the city of Merced.
Officials are warning residents to stay away from bike lanes, especially near the creek because of high mosquito activity near water. The District has scheduled aerial and ground spraying of mosquito treatment for the next few days. In the city of Merced, ground spraying is scheduled for tomorrow night and aerial treatment is planned for sometime next week. Spraying usually happens after sunset, sometime around 8:30 p.m.
The areas where the samples tested positive are spread throughout Merced County. This means there is a high possibility that virus activity may be present in more parts of the county. No human infections have been reported yet, but according to officials at the Abatement District, it will only be a matter of time if people don’t take precautionary measures.
Posted on July 15, 2014
West Nile Virus activity this year has been detected in several Central Valley counties including Fresno, Madera, Stanislaus and Tulare. This season, the first human infections were found in Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties, and so far a total of 8 human cases have been reported between Fresno, Tulare and Stanislaus counties combined.
Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on July 8, 2014
When I moved to Merced four months ago, there were a lot of things I didn’t know about the Central Valley. I sure didn’t know how hot it can get here, and I wasn’t aware of the pollution problems present in this area. As the health reporter, I soon learned that these two go hand in hand. The heat combined with pollution in the air can create toxic compounds, such as ozone smog and particulate matter.
Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on July 7, 2014
By now, most have heard of the importance of signing up for health care. The push to get Californians signed up before deadline earlier this year was almost impossible to miss. The television and radio announcements, the billboards on every other highway exit and the Affordable Care Act’s trending presence on social networking sites, seemed to work as thousands of people rushed to the Covered California website, even causing the site to crash.
Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on June 12, 2014
Growing medical costs have cancer survivors facing serious economic burdens.
Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on May 28, 2014
Welcome to our new health blog. My name is Ana, and I am the health reporter at the Merced Sun-Star. In this blog, you will find posts about the latest in health care research and medicine, as well as information about upcoming health-related events taking place in Merced County. I will also use this space to provide tips and advice from experts on how to deal with current health issues and concerns. I will be posting throughout the week, so don’t forget to check back regularly to get your dose of health news and information.