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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.
King County Board of Health meeting on February 16, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 2/16/17. Topics on the agenda include possible action related to the election of Board members, resolutions relating to Board rules and the 2017 Board work plan, election to the Standing Advisory Committee on Health Care for the Homeless Network, a briefing on Health Care for the Homeless, and a Legislative update.
King County Board of Health meeting on January 19, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 1/19/17. Topics on the agenda include possible action on a Rule and Regulation regarding food safety ratings for food service establishments, a resolution relating to the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force Final Report, and a briefing on the Secure Medicine Return 2016 Annual Report.
Water quality victory in Quartermaster Harbor
Parts of Quartermaster Harbor are reopened to shellfish harvesting after water quality improves. The harvest had been closed for decades due to contamination, primarily from faulty or failing septic systems.
Public Health investigates rare bacterial infection associated with raw seafood
After a King County woman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes fatal bacterial infection, Vibrio vulnificus, public health officials are investigating the possibility that the bacteria came from tilapia fish purchased locally. Public Health cautions anyone who has come into contact with raw fish to seek medical care if they develop symptoms of infection.
King County Board of Health meeting on November 17, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 11/17/16. Topics on the agenda include possible action on resolution relating to how public health is essential, a briefing on food safety restaurant grading, and a regulation relating to on site sewage system monitoring and performance inspection before transfer of title of property fees.