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Outbreak linked to Sammamish swimming beach

Outbreak linked to Sammamish swimming beach

By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health – Seattle & King County received a report that of up to 15 children becoming sick with vomiting and diarrhea after swimming at Tibbetts Beach on Lake Sammamish State Park on Friday, August 26. We are in the very earliest stages of investigating this possible […]

August 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

By Nina Martin ProPublica Last week, researchers studying maternal mortality in the U.S. reported an ominous trend: The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas seemed to have doubled since 2010, making the Lone Star State one of the most dangerous places in the developed world to have a baby. Reproductive health advocates were quick to […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Wildfire safety tips from the CDC

Wildfire safety tips from the CDC

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires this morning. The proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil. “I think it’s fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Public health officials seek help in investigation of Salmonella outbreak linked to Good Vibe Tribe Luau

Public health officials seek help in investigation of Salmonella outbreak linked to Good Vibe Tribe Luau

From Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health is investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis (caused by Salmonellabacteria) associated with a Good Vibe Tribe Luau held on 7/3/16 from 6:00-11:00 PM at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle. You can read more details about what we know about the ongoing investigation here. Some questions you may have: […]

July 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Utah health officials investigate unusual case of Zika

Utah health officials investigate unusual case of Zika

Utah health officials confirmed today that they were investigating a case of Zika infection in a family contact who had cared for an individual who had acquired the infection while traveling abroad and subsequently died of unknown causes. Based on what is known now, the new cases had not recently traveled to an area with Zika […]

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
First female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection reported in New York City

First female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection reported in New York City

First known case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection has been reported in New York City, the US Centers for Disease Control said Friday. The New York City  report of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection is the first documented case of sexual transmission of Zika from a woman to her sex […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Olympic travelers would pose a significant Zika threat for only four countries – CDC model predicts

Olympic travelers would pose a significant Zika threat for only four countries – CDC model predicts

Although all countries are at risk for travelers bringing the Zika virus home, only four countries–Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Yemen–have unique risk from travelers returning from the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an analysis by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found. This is because these countries usually have few […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Second case of Zika virus infection reported in Snohomish County

Second case of Zika virus infection reported in Snohomish County

Woman Exposed to Virus During Travel to Ecuador A young woman from Snohomish County has tested positive for the Zika virus according to results released to the Snohomish Health District. She had recently traveled to Ecuador, one of the areas known to have mosquitos infected with the Zika virus. While she is not pregnant and no […]

July 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Racism, injustice and public health – Viewpoint

Racism, injustice and public health – Viewpoint

By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer Public Health – Seattle & King County The horrible violence of the past week, with the killing of black men by police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis and of white police officers protecting peaceful demonstrators in Dallas, revolting and deeply offending to all, and has left us feeling […]

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More