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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
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
States face costly conundrum: How to treat inmates with hepatitis C

States face costly conundrum: How to treat inmates with hepatitis C

In 2013, Gilead Sciences introduced Sovaldi, the first of a new generation of drugs called direct-acting antivirals that can cure hepatitis C and with fewer side effects than the previous treatments. But the excitement was dampened by the drug’s price. A full course of treatment carried an $84,000 price tag.

January 24, 2018 | 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
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
Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

By Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County We recently launched our first-of-its kind food safety rating system, and we look forward to rolling it out over the course of the next year. One unique component of our approach to providing residents with easy-to-use signage is our adoption of a rating “curve,” or adjustment of […]

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Children exposes to hepatitis C may be missing out on treatment

Children exposes to hepatitis C may be missing out on treatment

  By Elana Gordon, WHYY Kaiser Health News Several times a month, Jessica Wen, a pediatrician specializing in liver diseases, has a teenager show up at her clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with an unexpected diagnosis: hepatitis C. Hepatitis C virus, or HCV, is the most common bloodborne infection in the U.S. and […]

July 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
More than 90,000 people in Washington state infected with hepatitis C, report

More than 90,000 people in Washington state infected with hepatitis C, report

From the Washington State Department of Health More than 90,000 people in Washington are likely infected with hepatitis C, an infectious disease which can cause liver damage, liver failure, and liver cancer, according to a new report by the Washington State Department of Health. According to the report, there are about 550 hospitalizations a year […]

July 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicaid, insurers begin to lift curbs on pricey hepatitis C drugs

Medicaid, insurers begin to lift curbs on pricey hepatitis C drugs

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News After legal battles and lobbying efforts, tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C are gaining earlier access to expensive drugs that can cure this condition. States that limited access to the medications out of concern over sky-high prices have begun to lift those restrictions — many, under the threat […]

July 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Joint Commission denies Virginia Mason full accreditation after discovering safety issues —

Joint Commission denies Virginia Mason full accreditation after discovering safety issues —

From Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality “A string of bad news at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle continues this week as the Joint Commission denied the hospital full accreditation after a surprise review in May revealed noncompliance with 29 standards, according to The Seattle Times. The accreditation announcement follows news of a possible […]

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More