Note: This is a copy of the Mono-Gram sent out on April 22, 2015 regarding hantavirus. It is being resent in response to an unconfirmed rumor that is being circulated that there is “a nasty virus circulating that is killing people in town”. In response, at least one residence has been “tented” to eliminate this risk. I am going to presume – perhaps incorrectly – that the alleged culprit is the hantavirus.
The masking period for Mono County healthcare workers who did not receive an influenza vaccination has now ended. However, influenza continues to circulate at low levels.
Throughout the year, public health conducts screening of all Sierra Park Family Medicine and Pediatrics visits for influenza-like illness (ILI), which is defined as a documented (by history or exam) fever of >=100 degrees F, accompanied by a cough and/or sore throat, not explained by another diagnosis (e.g., strept throat or RSV).
For over 20 years, the State of California has led the nation in anti-tobacco efforts, but the emergence of electronic cigarettes (e-Cigarette) may undo decades of public health efforts to reduce tobacco use in California. Thankfully, many Mono County stores have resisted the urge to contribute to this e-cigarette phenomena.