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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TB evaluation at Seattle supportive housing

Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on a person at 1811 Eastlake who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working with DESC, which operates 1811 Eastlake supportive housing, to determine whether others have contracted TB from exposure to this person. TB is an infectious disease, but it’s much harder to spread […]

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Two patients at local hospital test positive for Legionnaires’ disease

Update 10.10.16 UW Medical Center (UWMC) has not detected any additional Legionella cases. To-date, water samples taken from the in-patient unit in Cascade Tower have tested negative for Legionella bacteria since UWMC completed the hyperchlorination process on September 20. Two scrub sinks in the operating room showed a very low level of Legionella bacteria; those […]

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Public Health investigating possible outbreak at a Lake Sammamish swimming beach

Update 9/2/16 Tibbetts Beach at Lake Sammamish is approved to reopen. Public Health is aware of 15 people who got ill after swimming at Tibbetts Beach on Friday, August 26th. Based on their symptoms, the timing between when they swam and became ill, and the duration of illness, we suspect that the likely cause was […]

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Better know a germ: Strep zooepidemicus

By Vance Kawakami, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report discussed a recent, fatal Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus (Strep zooepidemicus) human infection contracted from close contact with a horse at a private horse riding and boarding […]

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Flying down to Rio? Health tips for travelers

Photo: Seattle Times Photography

We are so pumped for all of the Olympians representing King County and the USA, like weight lifter Morghan King from Redmond,  volleyball star Courtney Thompson from Kent, decathalete Jeremy Taiwo from Renton, diver Katrina Young from Shoreline, and the Seattle Reign’s Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo! If you are heading to Rio to cheer […]

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