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Asthma Prevention in Imperial County

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My nephew in Imperial Valley suffers from asthma. This has been both scary and hard to handle for his parents and grandparents. It began with a trip to the emergency room in the middle of the night. Since diagnosis, he has taken daily medications. Even on maintenance medications, his mom must be prepared for an attack. She always has fast-acting medications such as an inhaler and nebulizer machine available. The family is aware that any time the wind blows or after it rains, extra precautions must be taken. He has been fortunate to have physicians in San Diego that have helped the family gain control. The family travels to San Diego because there are not enough providers in Imperial County. But many children in Imperial County with asthma don’t have that opportunity.

The Most Polluted River in North America

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The New River originates in Mexico and flows into the United States through Calexico, California. The river eventually meets up with the Salton Sea, a large inland sea. The New River is the most polluted river in the U.S. Residents living in towns near the river – like Calexico and Holtville – have complained about the ‘rotten egg’ odor for many years. Various reports showed that high phosphorous levels in the river create the smell. Although no evidence shows breathing in the fumes is harmful, there are warnings posted everywhere that contact with the water is dangerous.

At the Colorado River Citizens Forum meeting held in El Centro on June 7, 2011, people discussed extensive work being done to decrease the pollutants in the New River.

New Health Safety Rules at Imperial County Fair

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The California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta is a big event in Imperial County. Each March, local 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) projects are brought to the fair for judging. This year brought drastic changes that caused an initial uproar amongst exhibitors, leaders and visitors. Central to the changes were problems at other California fairs regarding viral and bacterial illnesses caused by fecal-oral contamination. I heard firsthand from the Fair Supervisor and Board about the urgent need to ensure visitors and exhibitors had limited opportunities for contracting illnesses such as E. coli while participating in the fair. The California Mid-Winter Fair is one of the first state fairs held each year, so it was apparent that we would be piloting several new strategies to decrease contamination.