San Diego, California - Suicides may be up slightly from the previous year, but the good news is more people are looking for help in preventing them, according to the 2016 report from the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council.

Rochester, Minnesota - Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus and according to several news reports this week, a virus outbreak connected to strawberries has shown up in several U.S. states:

San Diego, California - The County of San Diego’s Vector Control Program plans to hand-spray a two-city-block area in San Diego as a preventive measure after a person in the area tested positive for travel-related Zika virus and Aedes mosquitoes were found in the same area.

San Diego, California - County environmental health officials are turning up the volume on their “Prevent, Protect, Report” message this week as the region plunges into peak West Nile virus season, in a year that has also seen concerns over another mosquito-borne illness, the Zika virus.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and several Southern California local public health agencies, are investigating a cluster of Shigella infections predominantly affecting men who have sex with men (MSM). As of Aug. 25, 2016, 14 patients infected with an uncommon strain of Shigella have been identified.

San Diego, California - Following a successful two year tour as the commanding officer for Naval Medical Center San Diego, Capt. Jose Acosta, will relinquish command to Capt. Joel Roos, at a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., August 30, at the medical center.

San Diego, California - Scripps Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have reached a partnership agreement to create Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, a comprehensive and clinically integrated cancer care program in San Diego that will provide adult cancer patients greater access to the most advanced oncology care available throughout Southern California.