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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Public Health investigates rare infection linked to fish in supermarket tanks

After a King County man was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes fatal bacterial infection, Vibrio vulnificus, public health officials are investigating the possibility that the bacteria came from fish purchased locally. Public Health cautions anyone who has come into contact with raw fish to seek medical care if they develop symptoms of infection. Read the […]

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A new case of Hantavirus suspected in King County

Update: 4/6/17: Tests have come back confirming hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in the person reported on below. The patient is hospitalized in stable condition. Original post: Local public health officials are investigating a new suspected case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in an Issaquah woman. Test results are expected by Thursday, April 6, and an investigation […]

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Mumps outbreak widens at UW

The number of mumps cases continues to rise across the state of Washington, including at the University of Washington. As of March 8, 2017, the UW has reported 12 cases of mumps. All of the cases to-date are students who are associated with several sororities and fraternities. The UW notified the campus community about the first […]

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Emerging mumps outbreak in King County

UPDATE (1/13/17) Current mumps case counts in King County are now available on Public Health’s website. The case counts are updated on weekdays after 3 pm (except on government holidays). Mumps cases for the entire state are reported on the Washington State Department of Health’s website. HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS UPDATES: For more information about why vaccinated […]

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