Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting

Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor shellfish on Vashon-Maury Island.  As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Quartermaster Harbor beaches to recreational shellfish harvest. The closure includes all species of shellfish including clams, geoduck, scallops, mussels, oysters, snails and other invertebrates; the closure […]

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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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Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin: Communicable disease outbreaks show homeless at increased risk

Public Health is currently responding to increases in several infectious diseases in King County that particularly affect people living homeless. These diseases include group A streptococcal infections, Shigella, and a cluster of serious infections transmitted by body lice called Bartonella quintana. We sat down with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer and Chief of Communicable Disease […]

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Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a highly contagious virus. A large outbreak in San Diego, along with outbreaks in Los Angeles and in Salt Lake City has Public Health officials concerned that a hepatitis A outbreak could occur in King County. Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County’s Health Officer, explains who’s at risk […]

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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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