Saving your OSS: How routine septic maintenance can prevent costly repairs

By Adiam Mengis, Educator Consultant, Environmental Health Division The fall rainy season can mean more stress on your on-site septic system. It’s a great time to think about how you’re maintaining your OSS to help prevent unnecessary and costly repairs. Tens of thousands of King County homes and businesses use an OSS, a mini-water treatment facility […]

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How protecting your dog’s health also protects yours

At Public Health, we usually leave dog-related health issues to our friends in the veterinary community, but when furry companions start getting people sick, our ears perk up. Our epidemiologists and veterinarians specialize in zoonotic diseases – diseases caused by germs that can be spread from animals to humans. We want your pup to be […]

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Air quality and health update

From Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) and the health departments of Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap counties,  who are committed to providing residents with health information to make decisions for their families: Yesterday, smoke was high up in the air, leaving our ground-level air cleaner than it looked. But pollution levels on the ground […]

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RABID BAT FOUND AT BALLARD INTERSECTION

A rabid bat was found at the intersection of NW 73rd and 8th Ave NW in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard on August 22nd. If you had any contact with a bat at this intersection on Tuesday or Wednesday, contact Public Health (206-296-4774) immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but is preventable […]

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Creating a Diverse Workforce Pipeline to Public Health

How do you inspire youth to make a difference in their community through public service? Ngozi Oleru, Director of the Environmental Health Services Division (EHS), and Greg Wilson, an EHS Project Manager, addressed this question by exposing diverse students within target communities to new possible career paths and helping to empower new leaders in public […]

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The poop-Loop scoop: How King County recycles waste and water

By Darrell Rodgers, PhD, Public Health – Seattle & King County Public health is committed to preventing disease and death from water-borne pathogens. Modern sanitation, including wastewater treatment, is key to keeping our waters clean and the people and animals that live here healthy. But the efficiency of modern sanitation creates an interesting problem. Today, […]

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