How to stay independent, prevent falls

It’s Fall Prevention Week! And before you panic, no, Public Health is not trying to take away your pumpkin spice. We’re talking about the other kind of fall. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury and deaths, unintentional injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Our fall prevention team works one-on-one with seniors […]

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Why you might want to get a hepatitis A vaccine

You have probably heard about the hepatitis A outbreaks occurring around the country. These outbreaks primarily have affected people living homeless or unsheltered, or people who inject drugs. Although conditions that would facilitate a large hepatitis A outbreak exist locally, we have not had an outbreak among persons experiencing homelessness or who use injection drugs […]

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TB EVALUATION AT TODD BEAMER HIGH SCHOOL

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

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Aw shucks! It’s pretty risky to eat raw and under-cooked oysters

As waters warm up, shellfish beds become breeding grounds for bacteria, including Vibrio parahaemolyticus or “Vibrio,” one of the most common causes of illness related to raw oyster consumption. And this year, we’re setting records. Why are so many people getting sick? We sat down with Vance Kawakami, our communicable disease epidemiologist, to better understand […]

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ONE YEAR LATER: things people still don’t know about the distracted driving law

It’s been a full year since Washington’s distracted driving law went into effect, but according to a survey of 900 King County drivers, there is still plenty of confusion about what is – and isn’t – allowed. Let’s explore the misconceptions. Washington’s cell phone law is 1 today! This calls for a cake smash! “It’s […]

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Seeking people exposed to bat at Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville

At around 6:30 a.m. on July 13, a bat was found in a public men’s restroom by park staff at Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville. Based on a description of the bat provided by park staff, the bat may have been handled by one or more people. Park staff were able to safely capture the […]

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