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Mad Cow Disease detected in Central California

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Agriculture confirmed a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease that came from a dairy farm in Central California near the city of Hanford.

The USDA discovered the infected cow at a rendering facility in California during a routine inspection. The cow was reported to not have shown any symptoms of stumbling before slaughter. The cow tested positive for atypical BSE, which is not usually caused by contaminated animal feed.

The USDA said that the cow was not introduced into the food supply and would not be of any danger to humans. Additionally, they said the mad cow disease would not spread through milk.

Citrus Quarantine in Hacienda Heights and Surrounding Areas for Huanglongbing Disease

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced that a 93 square acre of land has been quarantined in Hacienda Heights because of a citrus disease, huanglongbing, was identified. The citrus disease is also called citrus greening or yellow dragon disease. The USDA said that this is a serious disease for citrus. The psyllid insects are known to spread the disease to the citrus. The bacteria itself is safe for humans.

The CDFA said that the area involved is centered on the Pomona Freeway (HWY 60) and Hacienda Blvd. The area extends into Orange County into the northern part of Baldwin Park and West Covina. On the west is South El Monte and Whittier, and to the east is the city of Walnut and Rowland Heights. There is a much larger area for quarantine that is already in place.

2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

County Population Dark Orange is over 900,000, medium orange is 300,000 to 900,000 and lightest yellow is under 300,000 people - credit CDPH.gov report

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

County of San Bernardino launches online eProcurement System for Vendors

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(Best Syndication News) - The County of San Bernardino announced the launch of an online eProcurement system for vendors to bid for business with the government offices. The newly available system is called the online Electronic Procurment Network System, or ePro for short.

The County acquisitions process is anticipated to be faster, more efficient, and offer better cost savings than previous methods.

Laurie Rozko, the County’s Director of Purchasing said in a statement, "Implementation of the ePro system will provide a faster and more efficient platform from which to manage purchasing countywide while reducing costs for both the county and suppliers."

Electric Vehicle Pilot Program launched with Frito-Lay

Electric Vehicles International logo - credit Electric Vehicles International

(Best Syndication News) - A Frito-Lay delivery route in Alameda, California, will be used as a test run for an all-electric vehicle that was created by Electric Vehicles International (EVI). After completion of the pilot program, Frito-Lay has committed to purchase five additional EVI Medium Duty vehicles (EVI-MD) vehicles, which are planned to be used in Northern California.

EVI-MD vehicle has the ability to travel at the fastest speed of 65 miles per hour. A 99 kWh lithium phosphate battery system comes from Valence Technology power the vehicle.

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