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Cycling for Social Equality

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – It’s a 3,500-mile trip. It’ll take him about 55 days, as he’ll average about 60 miles per day – with rest days in between. But, the University of California, Riverside student doesn’t mind, because it’s all for a good reason. Christian Lugo will cycle from Los Angeles, California, to Washington D.C. – the nation’s capital – this summer to help promote social equality, diversity, and tolerance.

“I just thought to myself, there’s been so much hate the last few years, and you can’t expect people to just flip a switch and end hate, but at least I can do something to get some positive change going,” Lugo said.

Lugo is a second-year student, majoring in Spanish with a concentration in cultural studies. He was inspired to cycle across the country by a few recent experiences. He started cycling in March 2016, and said he immediately took to the sport. Not only did he start cycling as a form of exercise, but he started using it as his mode of transportation—to the grocery store, to school, even as a means of travel and experiencing new things.

In summer 2016, Lugo studied abroad in the Dominican Republic. Inspired by the professors and the people he met there, as well as the 2016 U.S. presidential election, he decided he would give cycle touring a shot. Though Lugo said his trip is not political in nature, he hopes to promote a positive message of cooperation and respect among all people.

“I will ride across the country encouraging people to sign a pledge for social equality, based on five principles,” he said.

For the full news release, please visit: https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/47654

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Cool Center kickoff planned for June 2 in Banning

Who: Riverside University Health System-Public Health through County of Riverside Community Action Partnership.

What: Kickoff of Cool Center season in Riverside County.

Where: Banning Municipal Pool (749 N. San Gorgonio Ave., Banning, 92220)

When: June 2, 2017 starting at 9 a.m.

Why: Summer is almost here and temperatures are going to start rising throughout Riverside County. The Cool Center Program provides residents with a place to get out of the heat and cool off. There are about 50 locations throughout Riverside County, stretching from Temecula to Corona, and Hemet to the Coachella Valley, even as far away as Blythe. There is no better way to start the summer than with a free swim and some tasty food.

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Testing urged after active tuberculosis diagnosed at two hospitals in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials are working with administrators at Hemet Valley Medical Center and Parkview Community Hospital in Riverside to determine who may have been exposed to tuberculosis after some hospital employees were diagnosed with an active form of the respiratory illness.

There is no indication yet the cases are related and officials have not determined how the individuals contracted the illness. The three employees – two at Hemet Valley and one at Parkview -- are undergoing treatment and are expected to recover. The individuals are not being identified.

Riverside University Health System-Public Health and the hospitals are notifying more than 2,000 staff members and patients who may have been exposed to the disease. Those receiving the notification are being urged to be tested for TB, which can be done through their health care provider. Hemet Valley has made special arrangements for free TB testing of individuals seen at its hospital. The dates and times will be included in the notification letters. Those who do not receive a letter are not considered at-risk for TB exposure.

About 900 notifications are being sent from Hemet Valley and more than 1,200 from Parkview. Those who do not receive a letter are not considered at-risk for TB exposure. Those who test positive will be referred for an X-ray and evaluation for appropriate treatment.

“The risk of transmission is low, but TB can still be a serious illness,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer for the county. “If you receive notification you may have been exposed, getting tested promptly will ensure any risk you have is dealt with quickly.”

Tuberculosis is a disease spread through the air during prolonged, repeated and close contact with an individual who is infected with active tuberculosis. When left untreated, TB can result in serious complications. TB is not spread by shaking hands, sharing food or drink, or via bed linens or toilet seats.

Symptoms include a productive cough, unexplained weight loss, fever and fatigue. Not everyone infected with the TB bacteria becomes sick. A person with inactive (latent) TB cannot spread it to others.

Individuals concerned about TB can contact their health care provider or the Public Health Department Disease Control at 951.358.5107. For additional information about tuberculosis, visit www.rivco-diseasecontrol.org

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