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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Love is in the air at the County animal shelters

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Those looking for love may just find it in February at the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter. San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) is hosting the Furever Yours Pet Adoption Event Feb.8 -14, 2014. There will be low-cost pet adoptions of $25 for dogs and $17 for cats limited to the first 100 adoptions. There is a limit of two adoptions per family. Licensing fees for the pets will vary depending on the adopter’s city of residence.

The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists stray animals in San Bernardino County, will be paying for the spay or neuter fees for the first 100 adoptions at San Bernardino County operated animal shelters.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to match pets that need loving homes with people who will love them ‘furever,’” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

Animals can be adopted from the following San Bernardino County shelters:

The Devore Animal Shelter, located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, (909) 386-9820 or the Big Bear Animal Shelter located at 42080 Northshore Drive, Big Bear City, (909) 866-4943. For more information about the Furever Yours Pet Adoption Event, please call San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at 1-800-472-5609.

Hear the cry of the Quagga at the County Museum

QuaggaEric Scott, Curator of Paleontology at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, will give an illustrated lecture, “The Cry of the Quagga,” at the museum in Redlands on Sunday, February 9th at 2 p.m. The program, which celebrates the annual worldwide celebration of the birth of Charles Darwin, is free with paid museum admission.

Centuries ago, over the plains and deserts of South Africa, an unusual animal called a quagga roamed widely, covering the land in herds that often numbered in the thousands. Looking like a cross between a horse and a zebra, these rare and beautiful animals were emblems of their homeland. Their exotic appearance captured the attention and interest of European naturalists, and even Charles Darwin had a few words to say about quaggas as he sought to more fully elucidate his “law of natural selection”—what we refer to today as the scientific theory of evolution..

Scott’s illustrated lecture, “The Cry of the Quagga”, is a visual tour of the history of the quagga. He will weave the history of this animal and its extinction into the story of the development of evolutionary theory and into ongoing paleontological investigations, as well. His talk will examine what we know and don’t know about the quagga and its place in biology and whether the extinction of this animal is truly final.

 

County experiences increase in flu-related deaths

SBCDPH-logoThe Department of Public Health has confirmed an increase in flu-related deaths this flu season. Flu activity continues to increase statewide; the number of confirmed flu-related deaths within San Bernardino County has increased from 2 to 16 since January 10, 2014.  The deceased range from 29-64 years of age. The majority of the fatalities occurred in individuals 40-59 years of age. The confirmed deaths are scattered throughout the County with no specific regional trend.  Of the 16 deaths, 13 are confirmed to have been infected with the 2009 H1N1 strain that caused the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. During the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic, the County reported a total of 45 flu-related deaths.  The total number of deaths reported for the entire 2012-2013 influenza season in the County was 5.

“This flu season is severe and may be peaking earlier in comparison to previous seasons.  Everyone who has not yet had a flu vaccination is encouraged to do so immediately.  The influenza vaccine remains the most effective way to protect oneself from the flu,” stated Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer of County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health. The Influenza vaccine is available at all County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health clinics.  A seasonal flu shot is recommended every year for those age 6 months and older.  All of the 2013-2014 flu vaccines provide protection against the 2009 H1N1 strain.

People who are ill should take actions to stop the spread of germs such as:

  • While sick, limit contact with others
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

According to the California Department of Public Health, “Those at highest risk – the elderly, pregnant women, infants, or those with other health conditions – who show flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately in order to get the most effective treatment. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. “

Continuous health information can be found on the Communicable Disease Section Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CommunicableDiseaseSection. For information about community clinic locations and times, please visit the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health website at www.sbcounty.gov/dph or call the Communicable Disease Section at 1-800-722-4794, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to find a location near you.

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