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.

San Diego, California - One in five San Diegans may experience a mental health challenge in any given year.

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 Aedes mosquito larvae were found in the same area as the home of a person who could potentially have a mosquito-borne illness.

San Diego, California - A new state law, Senate Bill 277, went into effect this year. The state no longer allows personal belief exemptions (PBEs) to be used to opt out of school vaccine requirements for children. Moving forward, only medical exemptions will be allowed.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned consumers not to eat rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish and rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay, due to the detection of dangerous levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin.