What we learned from those we lost in 2017

When people die suddenly, unexpectedly or unnaturally in King County, their cause and manner of death is reviewed by our Medical Examiner. This review process helps us understand what happened to a given individual, but it also helps us identify, from a public health perspective, trends in death that our department can work to address. […]

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What we love about 2018

We’re nearing the end of 2018, and that means it’s time to look back at our department’s hard work with partners throughout the year for a healthier community. Just a few things that made us proud this year Protecting family planning: Our Family Planning program successfully defended key programs threatened by federal policy changes. Addressing […]

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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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