Rodents, your car, and hantavirus: What to do if you suspect rodents are living in your vehicle

Here at the Insider, we’ve been talking to Dr. Meagan Kay, Medical Epidemiologist, about the cluster of hantavirus cases that we’ve had in King County over the last several months. Meagan, what is hantavirus? Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a rare but sometimes deadly disease that people can get by breathing in hantavirus contained in […]

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Outbreak Responders: a Public Health comic strip

For National Public Health Week (April 3-9th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight public health workers through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. Today we’re featuring our Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunizations unit. I’ve […]

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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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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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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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