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City of Bishop: Big Day at the Park

The City of Bishop will be hosting their Annual “Big Day at the Park” on Saturday, . Everyone is welcome to enjoy a day at the City Park to celebrate the July 4th Fourth of July with activities starting at 11:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM.

Starting at 11 AM – For the spectator, come and watch an exciting Exhibition Baseball Game at Diamond Four; For some exercise, bring your tennis rackets and balls and play on the city tennis courts or check in at the City Pool Office to check out a bocce ball set or a volleyball to get started on a game of bocce ball or get some digs in this summer in our volleyball sand courts!

To cool off – come and join us at the City Pool free of charge from 11 AM to 4 PM! Live music will begin at 2:00 PM and FREE watermelon, ice cream, and pie will be served from 2 PM to 4 PM.

Don’t miss out on the fun! If you need more information please call Bishop City Hall at (760) 873-5863. Hope to see you there!

BCCA: Golf Fun Day

THE BISHOP AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS TEAMING UP WITH FRIENDS AT BISHOP COUNTRY CLUB FOR A FUN AFTERNOON OF GOLF, GAMES AND GREAT FOOD! SLATED FOR SATURDAY, JULY 18TH, THIS GOLF EVENT IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL TOURNAMENT FORMAT AND PROMISES TO BE A WHOLE LOT OF FUN FOR PLAYERS OF ALL AGES AND ALL SKILL LEVELS!

EACH HOLE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT GAME WITH PRIZES FOR EACH TWO-PERSON TEAM. EVERYONE WHO PLAYS WILL ALSO BE ENTERED INTO A RAFFLE FOR BIG PRIZES, INCLUDING CASH, GIFT CERTIFICATES, AND A LA-Z-BOY RECLINER PROVIDED BY FENDON’S FURNITURE IN BISHOP! ALL PLAYERS WILL ALSO BE TREATED TO A DELICIOUS BARBECUE DINNER ON THE PATIO.

COST IS JUST $35 PER PERSON AND INCLUDES GOLF GAMES, CART, RAFFLE ENTRY AND DINNER! CHECK-IN BEGINS AT 3PM WITH GOLF GAMES STARTING AT 4PM.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE – MEMBERS, NON-MEMBERS, GOOD GOLFERS & HACKERS WELCOME! PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE BISHOP CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - A COMMUNITY BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS HARD TO IMPROVE OUR LOCAL ECONOMY.

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING SPONSORSHIP OR TO REGISTER YOUR TWO-SOME, CALL APRIL (760)873-8405 OR BISHOP COUNTRY CLUB (760)873-5828.

Inyo County Public Health Brief: Tragic Death

Tragic Death Caused by Brain-Eating Ameba

Family and friends are mourning the tragic death of a 21 year old Bishop resident who died recently from an extremely rare infection known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). On June 16th, she woke up from a nap with headache, nausea, and vomiting. When these symptoms persisted into the next day, she went to the Emergency Department at Northern Inyo Hospital, where she was diagnosed with meningitis and admitted for treatment. Because her condition continued to deteriorate, she was flown to the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, where she experienced a cardiac arrest in the Emergency Department, and died. Testing performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta was positive for evidence of the ameba known as Naegleria fowleri.

Public health staff has been diligently working with family, friends, and other stakeholders and partners to investigate the most likely source of her infection. We believe that the exposure occurred on private property that is only used by family and friends, and does not represent any risk to the general public. The investigation will continue, and all appropriate measures will be taken to involve and inform affected parties of any actions needing to be carried out to minimize any risk to persons in the future.

Humans become infected when water containing Naegleria fowleri enters the nose, usually while swimming or diving. People DO NOT get infected by DRINKING contaminated water. The ameba migrates to the brain along the olfactory nerve in the nose, through a bony plate in the skull called the cribiform plate, where it reaches the brain and begins to destroy brain tissue. The ameba has never been shown to have spread from one person to another.

Symptoms start quickly, usually within days of exposure and infection, and include: headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stiff neck. Later symptoms include: confusion, lack of attention, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations. After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within 3-7 days.

This microscopic ameba is from a single cell class of organisms known as protozoa. They are common naturally occurring organisms that normally feed on bacteria and tend to live in the bottom layer of warm bodies of water. They thrive when temperatures are high and water levels are low. PAM infections have been reported worldwide. In the US, there have been 133 cases reported over the last 53 years (average of 3 per year), with only 3 survivors. Over half of cases were reported from Texas and Florida, with only seven cases from California. 75% of cases are associated with swimming in warm freshwater lakes and rivers. Other uncommon and unusual sources include:
- Geothermal water, such as hot springs/tubs
- canals
- slip-n-slide
- geothermal drinking water systems
- swimming pools that are poorly maintained and/or minimally chlorinated
- water heaters with temperatures less than 116 degrees F
- ritual nasal cleansing or irrigation using a neti pot
- religious practices

While the ameba is widespread, infections are rare because it is not a parasite that seeks out human hosts. Hundreds of millions of visits to swimming venues occur each year in the US that result in 0-8 infections per year. It is unknown why certain persons become infected with the ameba while millions of others exposed to warm recreational fresh waters, including those who were swimming with people who became infected, do not. The relative risk is extremely low, and yet the stakes are high because the chance of dying when infected is almost 100%.

How can you stay safe? As the CDC says, “The only certain way to prevent a Naegleria fowleri infection is to refrain from water-related activities in or with warm, untreated or poorly treated water”. I want to emphasize that there have been no evident cases of ameba contamination in the US in well-maintained, properly treated swimming pools or hot springs. Appropriate regular filtration and chlorination or other types of disinfectant should eliminate the risk.

Here are some tips:
- Keep your head above water in untreated hot springs or other thermally heated
- Hold your nose shut or wear nose clips when swimming in warm, untreated
- Avoid digging in or stirring up sediment in shallow, warm freshwater areas, where
- Avoid water-related activities in warm freshwater during periods of high temperature
- Avoid swimming in polluted water or unchlorinated swimming pools.
- If using a neti pot for nasal cleansing or irrigation, use only filtered or boiled water.

This is a tragic event for someone who becomes infected, as well as their family. I feel that it is important for all of us to be informed even though it does not affect lots of people each year. For more information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/index.html bodies of water, and during activities where water is forced up the nose, like water sports and diving. freshwater. the ameba may live. and low water levels.

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