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A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

University of Washington officials have apologized after failing for months to inform a pregnant woman she was likely infected with the Zika virus that can cause devastating birth defects.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Explosion of tattooing, piercing tests state regulators

Explosion of tattooing, piercing tests state regulators

Health officials worry that unregulated body art studios may not follow safe practices, which can lead to scarring, nerve damage and infections, including hepatitis C, the leading cause of liver cancer in the U.S.

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fighting AIDS in the Deep South: Glimmers of Hope

Fighting AIDS in the Deep South: Glimmers of Hope

Southern states have the highest rates of new HIV and AIDS diagnoses, the largest percentage of people living with the disease, and the most people dying from it. As AIDS death rates decline in the U.S., they are also declining in the region, albeit more slowly.

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

But when Aryanna Guadalupe Sanchez-Rios arrived — 5 pounds, 10 ounces, with a cap of straight, dark hair — it was clear that Rios’ fears had been realized. The baby’s head was far smaller than normal — 27 centimeters instead of the typical 35 centimeter.

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Officials urge people who may have been exposed to TB on UW campus to be tested

Officials urge people who may have been exposed to TB on UW campus to be tested

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). The University and Public Health are contacting all individuals who had enough exposure to the patient to warrant screening for TB infection.

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
“Don’t kiss your chicks,” says public health veterinarian

“Don’t kiss your chicks,” says public health veterinarian

On June 2, the Washington State Department of Health announced an ongoing Salmonella outbreak associated with live poultry. As of the latest update on this outbreak, 16 people in Washington (including two in King County) have been diagnosed with Salmonella, though the outbreak is affecting people nationwide.

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Salmonella outbreak sickens 16 in Washington state

Salmonella outbreak sickens 16 in Washington state

The Department of Health confirmed today that 16 people have been diagnosed with Salmonella after coming in contact with live poultry. The people infected are from Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, King (2), Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pierce (2), Snohomish, Yakima (2), and Whatcom counties.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

The sign says: “To help reduce the spread of germs, our NICU is now a handshake-free zone. Please find other ways to greet each other.” They didn’t ban handshakes outright. They suggested other options: a fist bump. A smile. A bow. A wave. A non-contact Namaste gesture.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
New Zika threat hovers as summer’s mosquitoes get buzz

New Zika threat hovers as summer’s mosquitoes get buzz

Zika, which can cause birth defects if contracted by pregnant women, is primarily transmitted by a mosquito more commonly found in southern areas of the country such as the Gulf Coast. Texas, Florida, Southern California and Louisiana were all deemed high-risk areas last year.

May 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika virus spread undetected for many months, NIH-supported study finds

Zika virus spread undetected for many months, NIH-supported study finds

Genetic analysis of samples collected as the Zika virus (ZIKV) spread throughout the Americas after its introduction in 2013 or 2014 has shown that the virus circulated undetected for up to a year in some regions before it came to the attention of public health authorities.

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More