TB Evaluation at Transitional Care Center of Seattle

Chest x-ray of someone with tuberculosis

Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on the report of an individual at Transitional Care Center of Seattle who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working to define the extent of any potential TB exposures, and supporting the facility as they conduct evaluations for those exposed and provide guidance and information to staff and residents.

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Video & Transcript: Media Briefing on Presumptive Monkeypox Case

King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a media briefing on May 23, 2022, to share information about a presumptive case of monkeypox in King County and answer reporters’ questions. A transcript of the briefing is now available, and the video of the briefing is below. Originally published May 24, 2022.

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Case of Monkeypox Virus in King County

Public Health – Seattle & King County, with support from Washington State Department of Health, is investigating a presumptive case of monkeypox virus infection reported to Public Health yesterday. The case is in an adult male with international travel in the past month to a country that has also reported monkeypox cases recently.

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The number of TB cases in King County increased last year. They could have been prevented.

As much as a fourth of the world’s population is estimated to be infected by the tuberculosis bacterium. The vast majority are “latent” infections, meaning the bacteria is dormant, or “asleep,” in people’s bodies. But latent TB infection (LBTI) can lead to active tuberculosis: Ten million people developed active TB in 2020, and 1.5 million people died of the disease globally.

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TB Evaluation at Aki Kurose Middle School

Chest x-ray of someone with tuberculosis

Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on the report of an Aki Kurose Middle School community member who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working with the middle school and Seattle Public Schools officials to define the extent of any potential TB exposures, conduct evaluations for those exposed, and provide guidance and information to the Aki Kurose Middle School community.

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