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Swine Flu Update

A message from Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of the Department of Public Health

A new variation of the influenza virus known as swine flu has been detected in parts of California and several other states. We have not found any confirmed cases of this new strain in Los Angeles County, but we do expect that this type of flu will spread.

In the U.S., the good news so far is that those with this virus have had only mild or moderate symptoms. However, in Mexico preliminary data suggests this may cause a more severe pattern of infection.

We do not suggest any changes in what you would normally do to avoid either getting sick yourself or passing illness to others: if you are sick, stay home; if your child is sick, do not send him or her to school; cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands frequently, especially before eating and after using the restroom; and do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is on alert, and we have activated surveillance to identify cases of this strain that may surface in LA County. We are also working with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on control measures.

Please visit the Department of Public Health for fact sheets and links to more information.

Second District Calendar

All visitors to the Second District website are encouraged to regularly check out the Calendar which can be accessed at the right end of the navigational bar above. We regularly post activities, meetings, conferences and events to the Calendar. For example, look at the many Second District Calendar items for tomorrow:

Hawthorne Library Spring Book Sale

Florence-Firestone Get Hip – Go Green Fest ’09

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Grand Opening

4th Annual South L.A. Earth Fest at Leimert Park Village

STD Awareness Event

All Star Talent Auditions Sponsored By St. John’s Well Child

Get out and enjoy your Saturday!

Culver City 5k Run/Walk Benefitting The Wellness Community Of West L.A.

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Sporteve presents its second Run/Walk this June 21st in Culver City, and guess what? This year ALL proceeds benefit The Wellness Community–West Los Angeles! Please join Team Wellness in participating in what promises to be a fun & healthy event for the whole family and community! Click here for more information and click here to register!

Do you have family or friends who are fundraising for TWC-WLA? Click here to find their personal fundraising pages and to make a donation to support The Wellness Community-WLA through this event.

To learn about becoming an event sponsor, click here (PDF). To view sponsorship levels and sign up as event sponsor, click here (PDF).

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and the Second District support this event, The Wellness Community, and the fight against cancer.

Food Desert to Food Oasis Symposium

“Food Desert to Food Oasis” is a symposium to revitalize South Los Angeles through grocery store and business development to be held April 8-9 at The California Endowment, Center for Healthy Communities.

The Symposium will stimulate dialogue among government, private investment, grocery store retailers, developers and community-based organizations to find tangible solutions to attract grocery stores and other businesses to South Los Angeles.

Learn more here (PDF)

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