A rumored flu epidemic centered on the Maricopa County Jail is false, officials say, and a move to prohibit jail visitors from wearing face masks is merely to avoid possible panic. Calls were flooding in all day on Thursday about the rumor, which was apparently spread by some defense lawyers in ema ... More >>
Contaminated lettuce is the "probable source" of the E. coli outbreak a few months ago at a Federico's Mexican Food location, according to the county health department.The Maricopa County Department of Public Health released its report on the investigation of the outbreak, which sickened a total of ... More >>
Here's something that sounds horrifying: Maricopa County health officials say there's a "bloody diarrhea outbreak" in the west Valley.Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, says the 11 people who have reported this illness so far all know each other.
A medical technician arrested last week for allegedly infecting at least 30 patients with hepatitis C in New Hampshire previously worked at two Arizona hospitals, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.David Matthew Kwiatkowski, 32, was arrested by federal authorities July 19, ... More >>
State parks officials have devised a plan to aid Arizona's ailing parks: add $10 to $15 to the cost of car registration. In return, motorists, who could likely opt out of the surcharge, would be able to visit any state park for free. The state has already seen the closure of three parks and reduc ... More >>
More than 13,000 students in the Glendale Elementary School District will receive free seasonal flu vaccinations from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. All shots will be administered by November 6, and parents must sign a permission form for their child to get the shot...The Potato ... More >>
Image: Wikimedia CommonsLowell Elementary School in Phoenix has been close by health officials until May 26 because of an outbreak of "influenza like illness."Swine flu could be the cause, but no tests are planned. The virus, officials have decided, has a weak punch. Still, "as a precaution," Lowell ... More >>
The most pressing question about the H1N1 "swine flu" virus now seems to be: Will the thing return this fall and kill millions?Locally, the panic has ratcheted way down, with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health declaring on Saturday that new cases of swine flu would not result in sch ... More >>
Dr. Bob England Health officials are starting to suspect the swine flu virus first reported in Mexico won't hurt people more than a regular flu. If officials can confirm that, the news might end the rash of recent school closures. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Dep ... More >>
Image: Wikicommons Two more Valley schools will close for seven days after students were found to have swine flu, but health officials say all four known Arizona swine flu cases have been mild. (Note: This article was updated at 3:40 p.m.) The two schools are Tarwater ... More >>
Image: www.wesdschools.orgMoon Mountain Elementary School Health officials closed a Phoenix elementary school today following a confirmed case of swine flu, but experts say they're not "overly worried" because United States illnesses have been mild.A child from Moon Mountain Elementary School in Nor ... More >>
Prosecutors wanted to bust Ajo Al's for "dirty dining" but the law just wasn't on their side
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SPCA official has retriever put to death before owner knows what's pup