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Napa County: No Radiation Threat in California

Napa County's top medical officer urges residents not to take potassium iodide, which can have serious side effects.

There is no current threat of radiation contamination in California from the damaged nuclear reactors in earthquake-racked Japan, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Public Health Division of the :

State and federal authorities agree that there is currently no danger to California residents from Japan's nuclear emergency, and no reason for residents to be concerned about possible radiation effects.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has assessed the situation and declared the release of radiation from Japanese nuclear power plants following the March 11, 2011, earthquake does not pose a health threat to California residents.

The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) radiological branch routinely tests air, water and food supply for safety. CDPH also has a response plan for radiological emergencies in place and stockpiles emergency supplies, including potassium iodide (KI) tablets. Potassium iodide tablets are useful in blocking some types of radiation in the thyroid following confirmed radiation exposure.

Napa County Public Health does not recommend taking potassium iodide at this time.

“Potassium iodide can have serious side effects and should not be taken unless recommended,“ said Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “We are in close contact with CDPH and we will work together to alert our residents if the situation changes.”

The State has established a hot line to answer questions from residents. For more information, please call the California Department of Public Health at (916) 341-3947.

From the Public Health Division of the .

RB March 17, 2011 at 01:58 PM
JH...That was a very rude comment directed at a concerned citizen as well as his family I suspect. Mr. Marotta has every right to know from our health officials just exactly what those "radiation level" readings are so as to take appropriate action based upon his understanding and care for himself and his family. The Feds have placed these meters throughout California to monitor the readings as a precautionary measure and Napa as well as the Feds are required to be transparent with their findings. If one of these meters is not in or around Napa I would then suggest Napa officials be transparent with their findings utilizing their own equipment. You JH are the one that needs to wake up and take the sack off your head and realize we are provided just enough information from the Feds to keep them happy, not us. I hope you're not one of those mis-informed Americans that still believes that the Federal Reserve is owned by the Federal Government and the current crisis we have was caused by the tooth fairy. There are a selected few that run this world and their interest in you and I is no more than monetarily. Wake up and take care of yourself and have more compassion not only for those in Japan but for your fellow man right here in the Valley. Good luck to all!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 17, 2011 at 03:23 PM
I'm not sure why the post from JH went away from this page. I found it on his profile and it's not particularly offensive, just a bit disagreeble: "Here's the thing. The radiation levels at the plants in Japan are too low to worry about them being high anywhere else. You should focus your fears into positive thoughts for those that are affected by the tragedy. Not yourself, a resident, of Napa, California. If you really want data, go get it yourself. Go out and buy a radiation meter, a radiation suit, some packaged meals, learn how to eat while wearing a gas mask etc. Head over to Japan, cause that's where you'll find it, not here in CA."
Paul Marotta March 17, 2011 at 04:16 PM
OMG, I had intended to say that I had NO, NONE , ZIP, ZILCH, NADA plans to leave. I'm not some wacko! I'm deeply troubled and saddened by the events of the past week in Japan and only want the best information to protect myself and my loved ones.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) March 17, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Speaking as one of the loved ones you mention: No, you're not some wacko. You're MY wacko, Paul. XOX.
Segway Napa March 20, 2011 at 05:03 PM
I think the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" applies. The health food and grocery stores are out of kelp (for iodine) If you do have iodine, it's very important not to take too much as your body could become toxic. 1/2 the dose on the bottle is what I've been told. And only for a few days. We've always bought the seaweed snacks from Whole Foods, they were completely out, when usually they have stacks and stacks of snacks. I think most people are trying to protect themselves from possible radiation.

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