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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
Why the flu makes you feel so bad

Why the flu makes you feel so bad

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. But just what causes all the havoc? Turns out that many of the body’s defenses that attack the flu virus also cause many of the symptoms associated with the flu.

February 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Flu Update: Just how bad has it been in King County?

Flu Update: Just how bad has it been in King County?

Copious media coverage has described the unusually widespread and severe flu season nationally. But what has it been like in our region?

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

If a student is sick enough, they get sent around the corner, to a room with a crazy-looking, Rube-Goldberg-like contraption known as the “Gesundheit Machine.” For half an hour, the student sits in the machine. As they breathe, the machine collects whatever virus they’ve got from the droplets in the breath they exhale.

February 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Four things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu

Four things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu

Should I get vaccinated? What symptoms should I worry about? Is it safe for me to go to the doctor? Should I ask for Tamiflu?

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Four things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu

Four things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu

This has been a particularly bad influenza season, starting early especially in the South and West Coast in the U.S. Here are some answers to frequent questions I am hearing from people about this year’s flu.

January 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
It’s not too late to get your flu shot

It’s not too late to get your flu shot

Influenza seasons and severity are unpredictable. Annual vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza among people ages 6 months and older. You also can reduce the spread of the flu and reduce its effects by taking such practical measures as washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you’re sick.

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Defending against this season’s deadly flu: 5 things to know now

Defending against this season’s deadly flu: 5 things to know now

The H3N2 influenza A subtype that appears to be most prevalent this year is particularly nasty, with more severe symptoms including fever and body aches. Australia, which U.S. public health officials follow closely in their flu forecasting — in part because their winter is our summer — reported a record-high number of confirmed flu cases in 2017.

January 9, 2018 | By | Reply More