WASHING CHICKEN SPREADS GERMS

September is National Food Safety Education Month! To celebrate, we sat down with Dr. Eyob Mazengia, who specializes in food safety here at Public Health. We discussed a topic Eyob’s an expert in (he wrote his PhD dissertation on it!) – how to safely handle raw chicken in the home kitchen. Q: Let’s start with […]

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Get FLU-ent in the facts about flu shots

Flu season is nearly here. To help you decide when, where, and how to get vaccinated, we compiled answers to some of the most common questions we see regarding flu vaccinations. Who should get a flu shot? Everyone over 6 months of age should receive a flu vaccine yearly, unless a doctor has advised otherwise. […]

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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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Second case of lung illness in King County linked to vaping

Public Health – Seattle & King County has confirmed a second case of severe lung disease associated with vaping in King County. The patient, a female in her thirties, was admitted to a King County hospital in mid-September with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. The patient has since been released and is recovering. The […]

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Survivor Tales: In Deep Water

If you lived through a natural disaster, what would you want others to know about the experience so that they would be better ready to get through something similar? With that question in mind, we talked to real-life survivors of disasters to capture their stories, with the help of Seattle comics artist David Lasky. For […]

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First case of vaping-related lung illness confirmed in King County

As of September 20, 2019 – Public Health has identified a second case of vape-related illness. More information available here. Public Health – Seattle & King County has identified a confirmed case of severe lung disease associated with E-cigarette use in a King County teenager. The patient was hospitalized in August for fever, cough and […]

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