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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Determination that a Public Health Emergency Exists

As a result of the consequences of the wildfires on the State of California, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby determine that a public health emergency exists and has existed since October 8, 2017, in the State of California. ​​


Eric D. Hargan
Acting Secretary

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  • This page last reviewed: October 15, 2017