Aspergillus at Seattle Children’s and Public Health’s role in healthcare-associated infection (HAI) response

Cases of Aspergillus surgical site infections acquired at Seattle Children’s are concerning to public health authorities. Aspergillus is a microscopic mold that is common in the environment with little impact on healthy people, but when vulnerable patients are exposed to it in the operating room setting, there is increased risk for serious infections. Prevention of […]

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Updates on Hepatitis A Outbreak

As we’ve reported previously on Public Health Insider, many urban areas in the United States have been grappling with hepatitis A outbreaks, especially among people living homeless and people who use drugs (injection and non-injection). Some states have seen hundreds or even thousands of cases, and a high proportion of these cases have resulted in […]

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Overdose update: Recent increase in overdose deaths linked to fentanyl-laced pills and powders

Update October 3, 2019 – Public Health officials continue to be concerned about increases in fentanyl overdose deaths in King County, driven by fentanyl found in counterfeit pills and in powders. As we reported below, between mid-June and mid-September 2019, there have been 141 suspected and confirmed drug overdose deaths. Since September 26, 2019, there […]

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Public Health warns King County residents about severe lung disease associated with e-cigarette and use of THC products

Updated as of September 11, 2019: We have updated this information on September 11, 2019 here. Public Health has confirmed one case of vaping-related severe lung disease. The blog post below was published on August 30, 2019. Health Alert from Dr. Jeff Duchin – Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County As […]

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Do you have documentation of measles immunity?

If you are exposed to measles, you will need evidence of immunity to measles to be able to attend childcare, school, and work. We want you to know what counts as evidence of measles immunity so you can get your documentation before you are ever exposed to measles.

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New case of measles in King County

Public Health – Seattle & King County is investigating a new confirmed measles case with possible exposures at a Seattle emergency room department and a retail location in Kent

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