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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
The raw deal: Why under-cooked oysters make you sick

The raw deal: Why under-cooked oysters make you sick

Vibrio species are bacteria that occur naturally in marine waters, where oysters live and are harvested. Eating undercooked or raw shellfish, especially raw oysters in warm-weather months, is the main risk for acquiring vibriosis from infection with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
STD rates double in Snohomish County over five years.

STD rates double in Snohomish County over five years.

Snohomish County has had a 40 percent increase in chlamydia, a 112 percent increase in syphilis, and a 243 percent increase in gonorrhea.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fifth hantavirus diagnosis confirmed in Washington state, most reported since 1999

Fifth hantavirus diagnosis confirmed in Washington state, most reported since 1999

Washington state officials confirmed today that the number of people diagnosed with potentially deadly hantavirus this year has reached five, the highest number reported in the state since 1999.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

In the past several years, advances in genome sequencing have begun to shed light on the beginnings of viral evolution, deep within individual infections. Could a single person’s flu infection tell us about how the virus changes across the world? As it turns out, a surprising amount.

July 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
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