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The nonprofit group Shot in the Dark offers safe injection kits at its needle exchange sites. The kits typically include clean needles, alcohol wipes, swabs and tourniquets. A law taking effect next month legalizes such programs, which research shows are effective in reducing the transmission of viral infections through dirty needles.

Arizona lawmakers in May passed legislation with bipartisan support legalizing syringe access programs, and Gov. Doug Ducey signed the measure days later. The law takes effect Sept. 28, 90 days after the June 30 conclusion of the legislative session. Read more»

Democratic mayors from across the state urged Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday to implement a statewide mask mandate, as COVID-19 cases surged past 4,000 for a second straight day and state hospitals neared capacity in their intensive care units. Read more»

Get your children immunized before the back-to-school rush. Read more»

The Pima County Health Department and Vail Unified School District are holding a meeting Thursday evening to inform parents of the rise in pertussis, or whooping cough, in the district and Pima County. Read more»

Two Pima County Health Department programs will extend their operating hours and update their services beginning in March. Read more»

Isaias Saldanaje gets a flu shot in December at a free vaccination clinic offered by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Despite the harsh flu season so far on the East Coast, it’s too early to determine whether Arizona will follow suit, health officials said Thursday. Although it’s not bad right now, the virus could get worse here because it appears to travel from the East Coast to the West Coast with snowbirds and other travelers. Read more»

The female American dog tick is known to carry the bacteria responsible for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Reported Arizona cases of a Rocky Mountain spotted fever have increased steadily over the past decade and spiked within the last two years. State and federal officials say those heading into the outdoors should be aware of the danger. Read more»

Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Laurence Jove listens as Angels for Animals volunteer Paige Beitz explains how the organization found a group of dogs while visiting a residence.

Two weak puppies sat on a couch on the front porch, struggling to keep their heads upright. On an adjacent couch, flies swooped over the body of a dead puppy. Welcome to "Dogpatch," where residents own a lot of animals. It's also a place people come to abandon animals they no longer want – or dump carcasses. Read more» 1