Public Health news
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.
King County Board of Health meeting on October 20, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 10/20/16. Topics on the agenda include briefings on recommendations from the Heroin/Opioid Taskforce and an update on the Public Health budget.
Recreational shellfish harvest closure expanded
Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been detected at dangerously high levels around Vashon-Maury Island, leading to the closure of the recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish.
King County Board of Health meeting on September 15, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 9/15/16. Topics on the agenda include possible action on a resolution pertaining to protecting people from papillomavirus-associated cancers, and briefings on Human Papillomavirus prevention and on the health of King County with a focus on health disparities.
Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting
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.
King County Board of Health meeting on July 21, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 7/21/16. Topics on the agenda include potential action on a resolution calling for meaningful actions to address lead poisoning and support for efforts to eliminate lead poisoning in King County and a briefing regarding a gun violence prevention program and Public Health approaches to firearm suicide prevention.
King County Board of Health meeting on June 16, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 6/16/16. Topics on the agenda include discussion on suicide prevention, pesticides in cannabis and a briefing on proposed service model and fee for the On-Site Sewage Program.
Beaches from Three Tree Point south to Pierce County line closed for shellfish harvesting
Puget Sound beaches from Three Tree Point south to Pierce County line closed for shellfish harvesting due to detection of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP). Health officials remind harvesters to always check to see if a beach is approved and open for recreational harvest before collecting shellfish.
Acetylfentanyl-laced cocaine may have killed two in King County
Two deaths may be related to cocaine laced with acetylfentanyl, a potentially deadly synthetic drug. Health officials are warning residents not to use cocaine.
King County Board of Health meeting on May 19, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 5/19/16. Topics on the agenda include potential action on resolutions relating the Health Care for the Homeless Network grant, a briefing on healthy housing guidelines, and a legislative update.
With weather warming, King County officials urge caution around cold rivers, lakes, Sound
After 17 people died in preventable drownings last year, King County officials are on high alert, urging caution around cold rivers, lakes and in Puget Sound. Swimmers should practice safety by: swimming in lifeguarded areas, wearing life jackets, and avoiding alcohol when swimming.
First Zika case reported in King County
The first case of Zika infection in a King County resident has been identified by Public Health – Seattle & King County. This Zika case does not pose a risk to the public in Washington state. The types of mosquitoes that transmit Zika are not found in the Pacific Northwest so local health officials do not expect Zika virus to spread.
Primer caso de Zika reportado en el condado de King
Salud Pública – Seattle y condado de King reportó hoy el primer caso de infección por el virus del Zika en el condado de King.
Enjoy free fun and family water time for April Pools Day
There will be free swim time and games at over 20 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 16th, but check with your local pool for specific dates and times.
Investigating the link between housing re-development and health at Yesler Terrace
Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Seattle Housing Authority are partnering on a study to evaluate the health impacts of community redevelopment at Yesler Terrace.
King County Board of Health meeting on March 17, 2016
The King County Board of Health meets on March 17, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include discussion on a resolution related to the surrender of firearms by individuals subject to certain court orders, Health Care for the Homeless governance changes, annual report of the Secure Medicine Return Program and a legislative update.
King County Board of Health meeting on February 18, 2016
The King County Board of Health meets on February 18, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include briefings on the Director’s Annual Report as well as a legislative update. Discussions and possible actions include the election of Chair and Vice Chairs, the Reappointment of Dr. Chris Delecki, and a resolution to ensure safe drinking and surface water in King County.
Innovative one-stop center for health brings expanded care options to North Seattle
Grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 23, 2016 for the Meridian Center for Health in North Seattle which expands access and introduces a bold model for patient-centered care to the Puget Sound region.