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More syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in King County

More syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in King County

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise across the U.S. and Washington and King County data show a similar trend towards more syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.

October 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat found on school grounds in Woodinville

Rabid bat found on school grounds in Woodinville

A rabid bat was found on the playground of Bear Creek Elementary School in Woodinville on the morning of Monday, October 2. If you or your child had any recent contact with a bat at Bear Creek Elementary School, contact Public Health.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

San Diego is experiencing a large outbreak that began last fall, and more than 400 people have gotten infected by mid-September of this year. Two-thirds of the ill people have had to be hospitalized, and unfortunately, at least 16 people have died. While hepatitis A is not an uncommon illness, an outbreak of this size is unusual.

October 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat numbers continue to rise in WA

Rabid bat numbers continue to rise in WA

Twelve bats found in public parks and private homes across Washington have tested positive for rabies since August 1. While health officials test for and find rabid bats every year – typically during summer months – the August numbers are the highest in a decade, bringing the total number to 21 this year.

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Raw sewage, dead bodies in the water and release of dangerous chemicals into the floodwaters could lead to the spread of disease through contact with contaminated water and to infection through open wounds.

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hey, what’s up with the bats?

Hey, what’s up with the bats?

Three rabid bats have been found in public areas within King County since August 19. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Meredith Li-Vollmer sat down with Vance Kawakami, DVM MPH, one of our public health veterinarians and an epidemiologist, to find out what is going on with bats lately.

August 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two new cases of Legionnaire’s Disease at UW Medical Center

Two new cases of Legionnaire’s Disease at UW Medical Center

The University of Washington Medical Center 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 the center.

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat found in Ballard neighborhood

Rabid bat found in Ballard neighborhood

A rabid bat was found at the intersection of NW 73rd and 8th Ave NW in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard on August 22nd. If you had any contact with a bat at this intersection on Tuesday or Wednesday, contact Public Health immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early.

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fighting AIDS in the nation’s capital

Fighting AIDS in the nation’s capital

Ten years ago, Washington, D.C., was on the verge of a public health disaster: It had the highest reported rates of HIV in the country. And in a city of 588,000, 1,333 people tested positive for HIV in 2007 alone. By the time they were tested, most had full-blown AIDS.

July 21, 2017 | By | Reply More