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Health officials seek people exposed to rabid bat at UW

Health officials seek people exposed to rabid bat at UW

A rabid bat was found near Husky Stadium at the University of Washington (UW) on Saturday, May 19 and at least one person was bitten. Multiple people were likely exposed to the rabid bat. If you may have had contact with the bat, seek medical care immediately.

May 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Local cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce outbreak

Local cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce outbreak

Two King County siblings, both under age 5, have been diagnosed with E. coli 0157:H7 infections that genetically match the ongoing national outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. One child was hospitalized and has since been discharged. Both children have recovered and neither child developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can result from an E. coli infection.

April 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Texas disability groups want a voice at the table in gun debate

Texas disability groups want a voice at the table in gun debate

Mass shootings also tend to garner a lot of media attention but tens of thousands of Americans become disabled because of day-to-day gun violence in major cities. The publ cost of these injuries is astronomical. It’s also easy to forget, experts note, that among victims of gun violence, about three to five times the number of people who die from it actually survive.

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
New virus emerges from bats in China

New virus emerges from bats in China

A newly identified coronavirus that killed nearly 25,000 piglets in China emerged from horseshoe bats near the origin of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Although it does not appear to infect people, researchers say the finding is an important reminder that identifying new viruses in animals and quickly determining their potential to infect people is a key way to reduce global health threats.

April 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work

Older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work

Often, preliminary studies fuel irrational exuberance about a promising dietary supplement, leading millions of people to buy in to the trend. Many never stop. They continue even though more rigorous studies almost never find that vitamins prevent disease, and in some cases cause harm.

April 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Five diseases you can catch from pets

Five diseases you can catch from pets

Recently the US has seen outbreaks of Salmonella spread by pet turtles and guinea pigs. What other diseases can you catch from your pets?

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Possible case of PrEP-resistant HIV reported in King County

Possible case of PrEP-resistant HIV reported in King County

A community medical provider in King County recently notified Public Health of a man with newly diagnosed HIV infection found to have a virus resistant to both of the medications in the HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, better known as PrEP, which is marketed as Truvada.

March 12, 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
Rheumatoid Arthritis Update

Rheumatoid Arthritis Update

In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the immune system is triggered to attack an individual’s joints and, sometimes, other organs. The specific cause of RA is not known and, currently, there is no known cure. The goal of rheumatologists is to put RA into remission.

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

If a student is sick enough, they get sent around the corner, to a room with a crazy-looking, Rube-Goldberg-like contraption known as the “Gesundheit Machine.” For half an hour, the student sits in the machine. As they breathe, the machine collects whatever virus they’ve got from the droplets in the breath they exhale.

February 8, 2018 | By | Reply More