How Smoke from Forest Fires Affects Your Health

This article was originally posted on Right as Rain, the blog by UW Medicine.  BY VANESSA RAYMOND If you lived in the Pacific Northwest last summer, you already know what it’s like when forest fire smoke becomes a part of your day to day. There’s that whole weird apocalyptic feeling, but what about its health effects? […]

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Who is most susceptible to heat? It could be YOU!

Temperatures this week are expected to rise into the low 90s, with some humidity. To my friends in Los Angeles and New Mexico, that’s scarcely hot enough to raise an eyebrow. But here in King County, most people don’t have air conditioning, so our local emergency departments see an uptick of people with serious health […]

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5 things to know about bats and rabies

Public Health Insider has reported on multiple incidents of human/bat interactions this summer – a bat in a park bathroom, a bat at an equestrian center and a bat near Husky Stadium. Statewide, bat-human encounters broke a record this spring.  So what are the essential 5 things to know about bats? Read on: 1. Anyone […]

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Wade for it: 5 things you DEFINITELY want to know about wading pools

Visiting a local wading pool is a fun, free way to spend a hot summer day with your little ones. But, even if the pool is chlorinated, there could be germs lurking in the water that can cause illnesses, such as E. coli or Giardia. So, before you bust out your floaties and lather yourself […]

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5 important tips for staying safe when cleaning areas with rodents

Some mice (deer mice, specifically) can carry hantavirus in their urine and droppings, This virus is rare, but can be potentially deadly in humans. So, if you are doing your annual spring cleaning and notice signs of infestation, take caution when cleaning it up.

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The Food Safety Rating System is one year old!

In 2017, King County launched our new food safety rating system with the goal of making it the best rating system in the country. With a year under our belt, Public Health – Seattle & King County’s food safety team is proud to say that the new system has achieved measurable success. Over 75 percent […]

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