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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
Another case of Hantavirus suspected in King County

Another case of Hantavirus suspected in King County

By Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County Local public health officials are investigating a new suspected case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in an Issaquah woman. Test results are expected by Thursday, April 6, and an investigation is already underway to determine how and where the person may have been exposed to […]

April 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Food poisoning’ outbreak linked to raw oysters

‘Food poisoning’ outbreak linked to raw oysters

Love oysters? Pay attention to this warning Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health officials are tracking multiple reports of norovirus-like illness (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) after eating raw oysters. Since January, Public Health – Seattle & King County has received multiple reports involving as many as 39 people whose illnesses […]

March 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two Hantavirus cases reported in King County, one death

Two Hantavirus cases reported in King County, one death

Two cases of hantavirus reported in King County since December, 2016: Be aware of health risks associated with deer mouse infestations By Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County Hantavirus can cause a rare but deadly disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). In Washington State hantavirus is carried primarily by deer mice. Over […]

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Childbirth for women in their 30s at a 50-year high

Childbirth for women in their 30s at a 50-year high

By Tim Henderson Stateline Women in their 30s are having babies at the highest rate since the 1960s, providing a rare bright spot in what’s an otherwise stagnating U.S. population. For women in their early 30s, the birthrate in 2015 was the highest it’s been since 1964, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report this […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Inmates to be screened for TB after prison diagnosed with the infection

Inmates to be screened for TB after prison diagnosed with the infection

TB evaluation at King County Jail By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County An inmate in the King County Jail system was recently diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis (TB). The person came into contact with other inmates and staff at times between November 20, 2016 and March 1, 2017, mostly at the Maleng Regional Justice Center […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mumps continue to spread in King County

Mumps continue to spread in King County

Mumps continue to spread in King County: Know the symptoms By Hilary N. Karasz Public Health – Seattle & King County There have been 196 cases of mumps reported in King County since the beginning of the outbreak in late November, with the vast majority of cases in the Auburn area. The number of mumps cases across the state has risen […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
King County among first to hit HIV/AIDS 90-90-90 target

King County among first to hit HIV/AIDS 90-90-90 target

King County among the first in the nation to achieve a global milestone in the fight against HIV/AIDS By Hilary N. Karasz Public Health – Seattle & King County King County is among the first major metropolitan regions in the United States – and possibly the first – to reach a major milestone set by the World […]

February 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stories are better than lectures at teaching us about health

Stories are better than lectures at teaching us about health

By Sheila Murphy, Professor of Communication University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Humans having been using stories or narratives to transmit crucial information for thousands of years. Despite that, Western medicine largely ignores the use of narrative and instead continues to rely on lists of dos and don’t’s, facts and figures to compel […]

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More