No cases of measles have yet been reported in Plumas County
Health Education Coordinator
Even though there have been no cases of measles reported in Plumas County, the Disneyland measles outbreak should be a concern to all of us, with the numbers of infected individuals growing almost daily.
As of Jan. 28, 98 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. Eighty-two live in California and two-thirds of those were associated with the Disneyland outbreak. Some school districts in Southern California are now preventing unimmunized children from attending class.
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Local women start ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ sewing group
M. Kate West
|Gretchen Miller (left) and Ginger Stratford are coordinating a local sew group that is part of the “Dress a Girl Around the World” project. Here they display dress kits they have put together for the sew group and others who may be interested in working on the project. Photos by M. Kate West
In October 2014 Ginger Stratford, Gretchen Miller, Elena Sanders and Barbara Scally attended a Wesleyan Women’s Retreat at Zephyr Point at Lake Tahoe.
“One of the offered workshops was a project called ‘Dress a Girl Around the World,’ sponsored by Hope 4 Women International,” said Stratford.
“Gretchen and myself are both avid seamstresses and the idea of clothing and sewing totally appealed to us.
“Upon entering the workshop we looked at the informational materials and upon reading the phrase, ‘Imagine a world where every little girl owned at least one dress and you made it’ — we were hooked,” she said.
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Fire Safe Council, Plumas National Forest form new collaboration
In partnership with the Plumas National Forest, the Plumas County Fire Safe Council is taking on a new role to initiate a collaborative group designed to increase public engagement in national forest restoration.
All are welcome to join neighbors and community in public meetings to initiate a collective dialog on the management of forests and the future of Plumas County, say council organizers. Initial meetings are set in the following communities: Quincy on Feb. 11 at the library, Portola on Feb. 18 at the library, Indian Valley on Feb. 25 at the Town Hall and Chester on March 4 at the Memorial Hall. All meetings are from 6 to 8 p.m.
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Influenza is hitting hard throughout Plumas County
Mark Satterfield, M.D.
Plumas County Health Officer
Influenza is once again at epidemic levels in Plumas County, as it is throughout the U.S. “The flu” is unpleasant for everyone, but for high-risk people such as children under 5, older adults, pregnant women and people with underlying health problems it can be dangerous enough to require hospitalization or worse.
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Coalition seeks to increase breastfeeding rates
|Professionals from health service agencies in both Lassen and Plumas counties come together in Chester for a Mountain Interagency Lactation Coalition meeting. Back from left: Jana McDowell, Theresa Woodbury and Terri Smith. Front from left: Leslie Goni, Laura Heiss, Linda Margaretic, Carmen Lopez, Katy Dyrr and Katie Jamieson. Photo by M. Kate West
M. Kate West
A bicounty coalition is working to make breastfeeding the “norm” in Plumas and Lassen counties.
Chester was the hosting location of the Mountain Interagency Lactation Coalition meeting held Jan. 23.
MILC has been in existence since 1997. Its mission is to promote, support and advocate for breastfeeding in Plumas and Lassen counties.
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