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Syphilis rising: Public Health recommends more syphilis testing

Syphilis rising: Public Health recommends more syphilis testing

By Lindsay Bosslet Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health has documented a significant increase in syphilis cases in King County. We sat down with Dr. Lindley Barbee, the Medical Director of the Public Health – Seattle & King County STD Clinic, to understand the latest figures and how to prevent the spread […]

October 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
7 things to consider when communicating about health – Tips from the CDC

7 things to consider when communicating about health – Tips from the CDC

CDC: 7 Things to Consider When Communicating About Health Trust: Will people trust the information? Who is the best source to put the information out Information: What information is necessary, and how will people find it? How much is enough, or too much? Motivation: How relevant is the information to the people we’re trying to reach? Environment: What are […]

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health insurance Navigators will be everywhere this season

Health insurance Navigators will be everywhere this season

By Keith Seinfeld Public Health – Seattle & King County The past three years have proven historic for improving health insurance coverage across America – and especially in King County. Enrollment efforts led by Public Health—Seattle & King County helped push the county’s rate of uninsured adults below eight percent – cutting the rate more […]

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lights out and somebody’s home? Stay safe!

Lights out and somebody’s home? Stay safe!

Tips for riding out the storm safely from Public Health – Seattle & King County By Meredith Li-Vollmer The weather forecast is calling for two storms, one tonight (October 13) and then possibly a whopper of a storm on Saturday (October 15). That means fallen trees and branches will likely cause power outages in our area. […]

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during storms

Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during storms

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
It’s in the water: The debate over fluoridation lives on

It’s in the water: The debate over fluoridation lives on

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News Many people take for granted the addition of fluoride into public drinking water systems that aims to prevent tooth decay. It’s a seven-decade-old public health effort. But it’s not nearly as universally accepted as one might think. At least seven cities or towns across the country debated it […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
How ZIP codes nearly masked the lead problem in Flint

How ZIP codes nearly masked the lead problem in Flint

By Richard Casey Sadler, Michigan State University From The Conversation.com I write this as we approach the first anniversary of my involvement in the Flint Water Crisis, an ongoing catastrophe and basic failure of government accountability that will soon approach three years. On Sept. 25, 2015, I received a call from my colleague – the now-renowned […]

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Update on E. coli outbreak linked to Ballard’s Matador restaurant

Update on E. coli outbreak linked to Ballard’s Matador restaurant

The investigation is continuing to evolve, and information may change. From Public Health – Seattle & King County In addition to the 5 known ill people described in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s original update on Friday, September 9 who ate at Matador, we are aware of 5 other people who became ill with […]

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Two patients at UW Medical Center test positive for Legionnaires’ disease

Two patients at UW Medical Center test positive for Legionnaires’ disease

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of two patients who were diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection from Legionella bacteria.  Both patients received care in their cardiac care units. The first patient […]

September 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting

Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting

Paralytic shellfish poison found at unsafe levels Summary: Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor and as a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed the Harbor to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish. […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More