Tuberculosis at a Global Crossroads: Time to Bring the Heat

A quarter of the world’s population, including 100,000 people in King County, are estimated to be infected with TB bacteria! And this preventable, curable disease still kills more people each year than any other infectious disease including HIV and malaria. In King County, two new cases of TB disease are diagnosed each week on average.

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Why you might want to get a hepatitis A vaccine

You have probably heard about the hepatitis A outbreaks occurring around the country. These outbreaks primarily have affected people living homeless or unsheltered, or people who inject drugs. Although conditions that would facilitate a large hepatitis A outbreak exist locally, we have not had an outbreak among persons experiencing homelessness or who use injection drugs […]

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Local cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce outbreak

Two King County siblings, both under age 5, have been diagnosed with E. coli 0157:H7 infections that genetically match the ongoing national outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.  One child was hospitalized and has since been discharged. Both children have recovered and neither child developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can result […]

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Public Health Vet says, “Don’t kiss your chicks”

2018 update: While it’s not yet at the scale of last year’s outbreak, we are seeing cases of salmonella associated with backyard poultry, including at least one case in King County. As always, never kiss — or snuggle — your chicks! Original post: On June 2, the Washington State Department of Health announced an ongoing Salmonella […]

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Outbreak Responders: a Public Health comic strip

For National Public Health Week (April 3-9th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight public health workers through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. Today we’re featuring our Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunizations unit. I’ve […]

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Mumps outbreak widens at UW

The number of mumps cases continues to rise across the state of Washington, including at the University of Washington. As of March 8, 2017, the UW has reported 12 cases of mumps. All of the cases to-date are students who are associated with several sororities and fraternities. The UW notified the campus community about the first […]

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