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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Cold cases: Help identify unknown people found dead in King County

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is hoping forensic sketches of people who have died will help lead to their identification. At any given time, there are about 40,000 unidentified remains in the United States –  around 50 in King County. Washington’s only forensic anthropologist, Dr. Kathy Taylor, investigates these remains with help from law […]

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Repost: Confirmed measles case in Snohomish County

The following information has been shared by the Snohomish Health District and is also available here. While we do not have any reports of measles in King County at this time, the person infected with measles visited King County. See the list below for areas of potential exposure.  Potential risk of exposure for unvaccinated people at […]

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