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Do not eat store-bought chopped romaine salads, CDC warns

Do not eat store-bought chopped romaine salads, CDC warns

To date, 35 people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states, including one case in Washington state.

April 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
13 cases of Salmonella in Washington state linked to herbal drug kratom

13 cases of Salmonella in Washington state linked to herbal drug kratom

Thirteen cases of Salmonella infections in Washington state have been linked to the herbal drug Kratom, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. 

April 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
State prison partnerships improve public health and safety

State prison partnerships improve public health and safety

State corrections officials Officials say the collaborations can improve public health and safety while providing states with a better return on the money spent on treating offenders while they are in prison.

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Seattle homeless shelter resident hospitalized with meningitis

Seattle homeless shelter resident hospitalized with meningitis

A resident of a homeless shelter in Seattle tested positive for bacterial meningitis (meningococcal disease) on March 18. The patient, a man in his 60s, is hospitalized and his condition is improving. The bacteria that causes meningococcal disease spreads through direct contact with infectious saliva or respiratory droplets (e.g. being coughed, sneezed or spit on, sharing utensils, bottles, cigarettes or pipes).

March 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
5 important tips for staying safe when cleaning areas with rodents

5 important tips for staying safe when cleaning areas with rodents

Some mice (deer mice, specifically) can carry hantavirus in their urine and droppings, This virus is rare, but can be potentially deadly in humans. So, if you are doing your annual spring cleaning and notice signs of infestation, take caution when cleaning it up.

March 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new animal study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

March 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Five diseases you can catch from pets

Five diseases you can catch from pets

Recently the US has seen outbreaks of Salmonella spread by pet turtles and guinea pigs. What other diseases can you catch from your pets?

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
How historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu

How historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu

The deadly 1918 epidemic posed a few epidemiological puzzles. The virus spread in an unusual way. Early outbreaks were mild and local – reported in a handful of countries around the world in the first half of 1918 – only to turn into uniquely severe infections later that year.

March 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Outbreaks highlight infectious disease risks among Seattle’s homeless

Outbreaks highlight infectious disease risks among Seattle’s homeless

Public Health is currently responding to increases in several infectious diseases in King County that particularly affect people living homeless. These diseases include group A streptococcal infections, Shigella, and a cluster of serious infections transmitted by body lice called Bartonella quintana.

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Salmonella outbreaks linked to live poultry

Salmonella outbreaks linked to live poultry

In 2017, the US had more Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry than ever recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — 1,120 cases in 48 states and D.C. In Washington, 23 cases associated with this outbreak were reported to state health officials. This is more than double the number of cases of Salmonella associated with backyard poultry outbreaks in the previous two years combined.

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More