Coronavirus, Travel and the Changing Situation

With the first reported cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, many people have questions about the risk of catching an infectious disease from travel. A frequent global traveler poses questions to Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

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Why the current exposure risk is low from novel coronavirus

On January 21, Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S. in a resident of Snohomish County who had visited Wuhan, China and traveled home through Sea-Tac International Airport. Even though a local resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection, the risk of infection from […]

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Questions and Answers about a Novel Coronavirus in Washington

Note: This has been updated on January 24, 2020 to reflect the most current information. The Washington Department of Health has confirmed the first case in the U.S. of a new novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Snohomish County. The virus emerged in Wuhan, China in December and a number of countries, including the United States, are actively […]

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King County influenza update

Based on monitoring of influenza-like illness levels at King County emergency departments and results of laboratory tests for flu, it looks like this season’s influenza B outbreak has peaked.  Even so, influenza B activity remains elevated at a relatively high level and is likely to continue circulating in our community for many weeks.  “It’s good […]

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New cases, including one death, in hepatitis A outbreak

While our community has been fortunate in that to-date we have not experienced an outbreak on the scale seen in other large cities and states across the country, we have seen a recent increase in hepatitis A cases in King County, including one death associated with hepatitis A.

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