New cases of Legionnaires’ Disease at Local Hospital

The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of two patients who were diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection with Legionella bacteria.  The patients’ medical histories suggest that exposure to Legionella happened while hospitalized at UWMC. The first patient, a male in his 40’s, […]

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Patient at Overlake diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

Update (10.14.16) Public Health – Seattle & King County confirmed that a King County resident who spent time in the Overlake emergency department on September 23 has tested positive for Legionella. The patient, a female in her fifties, experienced symptoms on September 29 and was hospitalized for Legionella pneumonia (Legionnaire’s disease) at another hospital.  She has […]

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Low risk for hepatitis B exposure in Virginia Mason dialysis unit

Today, Virginia Mason Medical Center notified the public about a lapse in recommended hepatitis B screening and isolation procedures for patients who had received care in their dialysis unit. Public Health – Seattle & King County conducted an investigation into the risk to patients and staff at Virginia Mason. We asked Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health […]

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