Rodents, your car, and hantavirus: What to do if you suspect rodents are living in your vehicle

Here at the Insider, we’ve been talking to Dr. Meagan Kay, Medical Epidemiologist, about the cluster of hantavirus cases that we’ve had in King County over the last several months. Meagan, what is hantavirus? Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a rare but sometimes deadly disease that people can get by breathing in hantavirus contained in […]

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Looking for restaurant ratings online? We have a new search tool!

  Full inspection histories of all King County restaurants have been available online since 2001. For the past 16 years, inspection results could be searched on a website that, we admit, was starting to show its age. That’s why we partnered with King County Information Technology (KCIT) to create a restaurant inspection search tool to […]

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Feel the pulse of a King County paramedic

For National Public Health Week (April 3-7th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight a public health worker through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. Today, we’re talking with Tony Smith, a paramedic with King County Medic One, […]

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Finding my way into restaurant kitchens: a Food Inspector Story

For National Public Health Week (April 3-7th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight a public health worker through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. To kick off the week we spoke with one of […]

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Love oysters? Pay attention to this warning

Public Health officials are tracking multiple reports of norovirus-like illness (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) after eating raw oysters. Since January, Public Health – Seattle & King County has received multiple reports involving as many as 39 people whose illnesses we believe came from eating raw oysters.  We talked with Dr. Meagan Kay, Medical Epidemiologist with […]

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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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