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    No Ebola in Kern, but local health officials preach preparedness

    BY STEVEN MAYER The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Oct 21 2014 06:45 PM

    Officials at the Kern County Department of Public Health sought Tuesday to ease the public's fears regarding Ebola, while at the same time assure area residents they are actively reviewing care and containment procedures should an active case be diagnosed here.

    Kern County Public Health Officer Dr. Claudia Jonah and Emergency Medical Services Director Ed Hill spoke to a small group of journalists at the department's offices on Mount Vernon Avenue.

    Jonah emphasized there are no known cases of Ebola in Bakersfield or in Kern County. Neither are there cases in California. Or most any state in the union.

    Only two people have contracted the disease in the United States, and they are health care workers who came in direct contact with a...

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    Family stops in Bakersfield on cross-country trip to help the needy

    Vicki Jameson was a little overwhelmed by the activity in her mobile home as a small army of volunteers cleaned and packed. She didn't know any of the folks who had driven all the way from Phoenix to help ease her transition to an assisted...

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    Is Kern County ready for ebola? Maybe, maybe not

    The death of an ebola patient in Dallas Wednesday has raised questions about the American health care system's ability to handle a domestic outbreak. Thomas Eric Duncan had been sent home from an emergency room last month only to return...

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    Foundation sponsors comedy benefit for special couple's dream wedding

    Kurt Dudley and Blanca Grimes thought they'd made it through a cancer nightmare when, two years ago, Dudley feigned an excuse to get down on one knee and surprised his longtime girlfriend with a ring. Dudley had had 80 percent of his...

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    ASK EMILY: Key efforts to reform health reform

    It has been quite a year. More than 3 million of you signed up for new health coverage in California. But many of you couldn't find doctors who accepted your plans. Some of you were charged hundreds or thousands of dollars for desperately...


    Health roundup: Valley fever drug, Covered California

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has named a developing treatment for valley fever a "qualifying infectious disease product," or QIDP, under the GAIN Act, which should help expedite the medicine's approval process. The new antifungal...


    FDA action may speed up valley fever drug development

    A promising anti-valley fever drug could move into clinical trials more quickly after federal officials declared it a "qualifying infectious disease product," officials announced Friday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the...

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    State warns insurers not to restrict abortion coverage

    Seven health insurers in California are mulling how to respond to letters from the state warning them that health plans excluding abortion coverage are a violation of state law. Bakersfield-based GEMCare Health Plan and Blue Shield of...

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    Breast cancer awareness walk attracts hundreds

    More than 900 walkers hit the streets of Bakersfield Wednesday for the 8th annual Lace'n It Up for Links for Life walk. The walk benefits the breast cancer resource center known as Links for Life, and kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness...

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    Dental hygiene students provide discount cleanings

    TAFT-- It's a running joke on the Taft College campus that if students in blue scrubs emerge from the dental hygiene building and their eyes come to rest on you -- run! There's a good chance they're going to ask you to get your teeth...


    Health Roundup: Telemedicine clinic, immunizations and more

    Kaiser Permanente and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting noon Friday at Walmart, 5075 Gosford Road in southwest Bakersfield, to celebrate the expansion of services at Kaiser's in-store telemedicine...

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    USC acquires local urology practice

    A local urologist has sold his practice to Keck Medicine, a medical enterprise affiliated with the University of Southern California that could bring new services and clinical trials to the Bakersfield market. Dr. Bruce Joseph will still...


    Advocates walk to prevent sickle cell, suicide

    Toya Clayton was in her 20s before she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. She'd been to the emergency room numerous times, but doctor after doctor failed to test her for the inherited blood disorder. "There just aren't that many people...

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