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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
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
Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

A study has found that receiving housing assistance from the federal government — through vouchers, public housing and subsidies for so-called multifamily homes — increased people’s likelihood of having health insurance and access to regular care.

June 6, 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
Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

Every day, people use the internet to seek and share health information. This opens up exciting new ways for scientists to study the health of a population, an approach known as digital epidemiology.

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
One map shows how the Affordable Care Act affected King County

One map shows how the Affordable Care Act affected King County

The number of uninsured residents of King County has fallen by more than 50% since embracing the ACA, benefitting every neighborhood of the county.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Health officials in Minnesota are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened primarily Somali-American children. Officials have identified 34 cases as of Wednesday, and they’re worried there will be more.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

As various proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act continue to circulate, here is the yardstick Public Health—Seattle & King County will use to measure any proposals and the potential impacts.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rodents, your car, and hantavirus: What to do if you suspect rodents are living in your vehicle

Rodents, your car, and hantavirus: What to do if you suspect rodents are living in your vehicle

Three people in King County recently got sick with hantavirus, so Public Health – Seattle & King County wants to remind the public that deer mice in the area can carry the virus. That’s why health officials are urging people who live in areas where deer mice are found to inspect their cars for signs of rodents, and if they find any, to disinfect and remove droppings or nesting materials.

April 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tracking air quality block by block

Tracking air quality block by block

A local environmental advocacy group last week launched a first-of-its kind monitoring project, installing air quality sensors in the densely packed neighborhoods near this city’s port to give the people who live and work there on-the-ground readings of pollutants that can seriously injure their health.

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More