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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TB evaluation at the University of Washington Seattle campus

An X-ray of the chest of a man with tuberculosis. The areas infected with TB bacteria are colored red. Science Photo Library/Corbis

Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on a person at the University of Washington Seattle campus who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working with the UW to determine whether others have contracted TB from exposure to this person. The University and Public Health are contacting all individuals who had […]

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Community conversation: Heroin and prescription opiate overdose and addiction

In early March, Dr. Jeff Duchin wrote about the “unprecedented epidemic of drug addiction and overdose caused by prescription pain medications and heroin” in King County. He explained that a public health approach to this serious problem would require two components: 1) helping people who are already addicted and 2) preventing people from becoming addicted […]

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Surviving the ‘Really Big One’

Did you read the New Yorker‘s recent article about the potential for a whopper of an earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone here in the Pacific Northwest, “The Really Big One?” Yes? Then you’re probably freaked out.

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