Public Health news
Public Health investigates rare infection linked to fish in supermarket tanks
Public health officials are investigating the possibility that a rare and sometimes fatal bacterial infection came from fish purchased from live tanks at a local store. A King County man was diagnosed with a bacterial infection caused by Vibrio vulnificus after preparing and consuming fish purchased from the live fish tanks at this store. Public Health cautions anyone who has come into contact with raw fish to seek medical care if they develop symptoms of the infection.
King County Board of Health meeting on July 20, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 7/20/17. Topics on the agenda include discussion and possible action related to limited service pregnancy center, Healthcare for the Homeless budget, and a legislative update.
King County Board of Health meeting on June 15, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 6/15/17. Topics on the agenda include a briefing about firearms and domestic violence, a briefing on the draft language related to the regulation of disclosure of information by limited service pregnancy centers, and a legislative update.
As weather warms, King County officials urge caution around cold rivers, lakes, Puget Sound
Sunshine and warmer temperatures are expected this weekend, and King County officials are reminding everyone to use caution around waterbodies that remain extremely cold this time of year, including lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.
King County Board of Health meeting on May 18, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on May 18, 2017. Topics on the agenda include briefings on the public health benefits of promoting accurate and informed reproductive health care choices and tobacco–free stadiums; the Director’s Annual Report, Part 2; and a legislative update.
King County Board of Health meeting on April 20, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 4/20/17. Topics on the agenda include discussion and possible action related to amending the rabies vaccination requirements for dogs, cats, ferrets and livestock, the Director’s Annual Report, and a legislative update.
April Pools Day – Enjoy family fun and free water time to get ready for the season
There will be free swim time and games at over 14 participating city, county and private pools throughout the state. An updated listing of participating pools is available at www.kingcounty.gov/April-Pools. Most events will be held on Saturday, April 15th, but check with your local pool for specific dates and times.
A new case of Hantavirus suspected in 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 in the next two days, and an investigation is already underway to determine how and where the person may have been exposed to the deer mice that carry hantavirus. Members of the public are reminded to avoid rodent droppings and nests and to take precautions when cleaning up after rodents.
Two measles cases in King County
Local public health officials have confirmed measles infection in a King County man and infant who may have exposed others while contagious. Most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, but people should check the exposure locations and their immunization records and call a health care provider promptly if they develop symptoms.
King County Board of Health meeting on March 16, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 3/16/17. Topics include election of the Chair and King County Vice Chair, regulation of farmers markets and temporary food establishment permits and fees, a guideline and recommendation on housing strategies and policies to improve the health of residents, Environmental Health Financial Status Report, and legislative update.