Protecting immigrant families is a public health priority — read King County’s official comment letter

The chilling effects are already harming people in King County. A federal proposal to re-define who is eligible to immigrate to the United States is impacting health and nutrition for thousands of families. In response, King County is filing comments with the federal government. The comment letter quoted below is signed by King County Executive Dow […]

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PRIORITIZING HEALTH AND SAFETY IN MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

By Lindsey Greto and Meghan King, Public Health marijuana program It’s been six years since Washington State legalized retail cannabis and since then, several other states and Canada have also legalized retail cannabis. This dramatic shift in public policy has raised some complex issues and public health challenges. To help focus their work, Public Health […]

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TB EVALUATION AT TODD BEAMER HIGH SCHOOL

Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on the report of a Todd Beamer High School community member who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working with the high school and Federal Way School District officials to define the extent of any potential TB exposures, conduct evaluations for those exposed, and provide guidance and […]

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Patient at local hospital diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease

The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of one patient admitted to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance hospital located at UWMC, was diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection with Legionella bacteria.  The patient’s medical history suggests that exposure to Legionella happened while hospitalized in […]

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Creative health permit process gives paws, not pause

Our friends at the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) deserve a treat – they’ve helped increase the pet adoption rate in King County by 20 percent in a single year. RASKC attributes some of this success to the several cat cafés located in our area. But, these cat cafes raised some questions for […]

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