New cases, including one death, in hepatitis A outbreak

While our community has been fortunate in that to-date we have not experienced an outbreak on the scale seen in other large cities and states across the country, we have seen a recent increase in hepatitis A cases in King County, including one death associated with hepatitis A.

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Norovirus 101

If you’ve been following local news in recent weeks, you may have seen stories about outbreaks of norovirus – a highly contagious virus that causes rapid onset of vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute, or short-term, gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines) in the country and is responsible for […]

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Multiple cases of E. coli potentially associated with King County Evergreens restaurants

Update (December 16, 2019): We’ve identified additional cases in the E. coli outbreak potentially linked to meals at King County Evergreens restaurants during November 5-11, 2019. This outbreak appears to be over. For more information, view the foodborne illness disclosure for this outbreak. Update (December 6, 2019): We’ve identified additional cases linked to this outbreak. […]

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Local E. coli cases connected to national outbreak

Update 12/24/19: Two additional King County residents have tested positive for E. coli infections genetically linked to the national outbreak connected to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region. Both infection were in adults, and both people became ill on December 1, 2019.  As a reminder, consumers are directed to avoid all romaine lettuce from the Salinas, […]

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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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What would a pandemic look like now? Part Four of “Pandemic in Seattle”

It’s been a hundred years since the 1918 influenza pandemic. The possibility of a severe influenza pandemic remains, but what would it look like now? We present the conclusion of a 4-part comic strip commemorating the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic.  Read in Spanish Read the full “Pandemic in Seattle” series: Story by Meredith […]

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