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VALLEY FEVER (“COCCI”) CONCERNS AFTER THOMAS FIRE AND MUDSLIDE EVENT

The Public Health Department has received many questions about Valley Fever after the recent Thomas Fire, mudslide event, and dusty conditions due to drying mud. The County Health Officer states that risk of infection from Valley Fever is low, although possible.

Dr. Charity Dean, the County Health Officer, notes, “The health effect I’m most concerned about related to the dust is irritation to the lungs and eyes. The risk of acquiring Cocci is low, though not zero, in Southern Santa Barbara County. People who are concerned about the dust should wear an N95 mask and take measures to protect their lungs in dusty conditions.”

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Fire Weather Watch issued for parts of Santa Barbara County effective June 14th and Excessive Heat Watch effective June 15th.
Alerta Meteorológica por Riesgo de Incendio emita para partes del condado de Santa Barbara efectivo 14 de junio y Alerta de calor excesivo a partir del 15 de junio.