Feel the pulse of a King County paramedic

For National Public Health Week (April 3-7th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight a public health worker through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. Today, we’re talking with Tony Smith, a paramedic with King County Medic One, […]

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World TB Day: Global epidemic hits home

Every week, two new people on average are diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in King County. Many of these cases are investigated, treated and managed through our local TB program without public attention, but we’ve seen recent instances in schools (here and here) and a university, health care facilities (here and here), a group residence and jail […]

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TB evaluation at King County Jail

An X-ray of the chest of a man with tuberculosis. The areas infected with TB bacteria are colored red. Science Photo Library/Corbis

An inmate in the King County Jail system was recently diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis (TB). The person came into contact with other inmates and staff at times between November 20, 2016 and March 1, 2017, mostly at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s TB control program has been […]

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TB evaluation at Harborview Medical Center

An X-ray of the chest of a man with tuberculosis. The areas infected with TB bacteria are colored red. Science Photo Library/Corbis

A patient at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). The patient potentially came into contact with other patients and staff on three different occasions between mid-December and January 20. Public Health – Seattle & King County has been notified, and is providing guidance to HMC as they identify and screen […]

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TB evaluation at Hazen High School

Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on the report of a Hazen High School community member who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working with the high school and Renton School District officials to define the extent of any potential TB exposures, conduct screenings for those exposed, and provide guidance and information […]

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Crisis Clinic supports people in need

When emotions feel too difficult to handle alone, the 24-Hour Crisis Line is available to help.  Answered 24/7/365 by volunteers, they are prepared to help callers in King County dealing with any type of emotional distress including grief, trauma, anger, anxiety depression or thoughts of suicide. They are also able to link callers to other […]

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