A new case of Hantavirus suspected in King County

Update: 4/6/17: Tests have come back confirming hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the person reported on below. The patient is hospitalized in stable condition. Original post: Local public health officials are investigating a new suspected case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in an Issaquah woman. Test results are expected by Thursday, April 6, and an investigation […]

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Love oysters? Pay attention to this warning

Public Health officials are tracking multiple reports of norovirus-like illness (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) after eating raw oysters. Since January, Public Health – Seattle & King County has received multiple reports involving as many as 39 people whose illnesses we believe came from eating raw oysters.  We talked with Dr. Meagan Kay, Medical Epidemiologist with […]

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Two cases of hantavirus reported in King County since December, 2016: Be aware of health risks associated with deer mouse infestations

Hantavirus can cause a rare but deadly disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). In Washington State hantavirus is carried primarily by deer mice. Over the last several months, two people in King County have become ill with HPS, and one person died. A person gets HPS by breathing in hantavirus. This can happen when dust […]

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Dr. Duchin on Community Health Engagement Locations

Updated 3/8/2017 Recently, the King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force recommended a comprehensive set of strategies to address the growing opioid epidemic. In today’s PH Insider, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer at Public Health and Task Force Co-Chair shares his thoughts about CHELs. Community Health Engagement Locations (or CHELs) are one of […]

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New report summarizes what we know about marijuana and health

  Since the legalization of marijuana in Washington, there has been renewed interest in the scientific evidence related to marijuana and health. Now, thanks to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (a.k.a. The Academies), a new report details what is known and what isn’t. Importantly, the Academies’ report rates how strong the evidence […]

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Carbon monoxide in hookah smoke

The charcoal used to heat the tobacco in a hookah gives off potentially toxic amounts of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas that can poison you if you breathe it in. CO is in fumes produced when you burn fuel like charcoal. While many believe smoking hookah—a water pipe used to smoke […]

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