Court orders TB patient to comply with treatment

For what is believed to be only the eighth time in more than a decade, Public Health – Seattle & King County has taken the rare step of seeking a court order to detain a potentially contagious patient who resisted treatment for tuberculosis. On October 23, King County Superior Court issued an order for electronic home […]

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Public Health investigates E. coli outbreak

Public Health is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 – one of the most serious foodborne illnesses you can contract. Our thoughts are with the families affected by this outbreak, and we appreciate the support of the community as we work to protect the health of the public. A person can get an E. coli […]

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Better know a germ: SALMONELLA

Our state, and our county in particular, is in the middle of a salmonella outbreak. Government agencies at every jurisdictional level are working hard to stop it. We sat down with Berhanu Alemayehu from our food safety program to learn more about what people can do to keep themselves safe. What is salmonella? How do […]

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5 simple safety tips for swimming in pools

Click through the images to find out more about why these safety tips are so important. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website.

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Q & A about Public Health’s investigation of an endoscope associated outbreak

Voluntary reporting by Virginia Mason Medical Center led to identification of an outbreak of multidrug resistant bacterial infections in 2013. After months of investigative work, Public Health—working with Virginia Mason Medical Center, Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)—linked the outbreak to a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). […]

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