Public Health Vet says, “Don’t kiss your chicks”

On June 2, the Washington State Department of Health announced an ongoing Salmonella outbreak associated with live poultry. As of the latest update on this outbreak, 16 people in Washington (including two in King County) have been diagnosed with Salmonella, though the outbreak is affecting people nationwide. We sat down with Public Health Veterinarian Beth […]

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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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TB evaluation at King County Jail

An X-ray of the chest of a man with tuberculosis. The areas infected with TB bacteria are colored red. Science Photo Library/Corbis

An inmate in the King County Jail system was recently diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis (TB). The person came into contact with other inmates and staff at times between November 20, 2016 and March 1, 2017, mostly at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s TB control program has been […]

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Public Health’s role in protecting people from water contamination

Picture from Free Press Journal Earlier in February, equipment failures and heavy rains caused King County’s West Point Treatment Plant to divert wastewater into Puget Sound. We sat down with Public Health’s Environmental Health Division staff to ask about potential health impacts and Public Health’s role during this event and others like it. Why is […]

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Spike in King County flu cases

Influenza is hitting hard in King County. We caught up with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, to get his take on the flu season so far. What kind of levels of flu are you seeing in King County right now? Over the past two weeks we’ve seen […]

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Mumps Outbreaks: Why Do we Care and Is the Vaccine Working?

By Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County Learn about the on-going mumps outbreak in King County. Why do we care about mumps? Mumps causes painful swelling of the salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area that usually lasts for 1-2 weeks. Complications of mumps include inflammation of the testes […]

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