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2017

16
OCT

King County Board of Health meeting on October 19, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 10/19/17. Topics on the agenda include discussion and possible action related to a resolution on healthcare access for all, and briefings on health inequities in King County and an update on the food safety rating program roll out.

3
OCT

Rabid bat found on school grounds in Woodinville
A rabid bat was found on the playground of Bear Creek Elementary School in Woodinville on the morning of Monday, October 2. If you or your child had any recent contact with a bat at Bear Creek Elementary School, contact Public Health immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early.

18
SEP

King County Board of Health meeting on September 21, 2017
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on September 21, 2017. Topics on the agenda include resolutions on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, reducing unintended and teen pregnancies and calling on lawmakers to take meaningful action to address firearm tragedy; and a briefing on the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program.

31
AUG

Alki Beach south to the Pierce County line, including Vashon Island and Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting
Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been detected at unsafe levels and as a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Alki Beach south to the Pierce County line, including Vashon Island and Quartermaster Harbor beaches to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish.

30
AUG

Rabid bat found at City of SeaTac park
A rabid bat was found at Angle Lake Park in the City of SeaTac. If you had any contact with a bat at Angle Lake Park on Monday, August 28 or Tuesday, August 29, contact Public Health immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early.

25
AUG

Vashon Island (excluding Quartermaster Harbor) beaches closed for shellfish harvesting
Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been detected at unsafe levels at Vashon Island beaches (except in Quartermaster Harbor) and as a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Vashon Island (except Quartermaster Harbor) to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish.

24
AUG

Rabid bat found in Ballard neighborhood
A rabid bat was found at the intersection of NW 73rd and 8th Ave NW in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard on August 22nd. If you had any contact with a bat at this intersection on Tuesday or Wednesday, contact Public Health immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early.

19
AUG

Rabid bat found at Green Lake Park
A rabid bat was found at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Thursday evening, August 17th. If you had any contact with a bat at the park on Wednesday or Thursday, contact Public Health immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early.

25
JUL

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.

17
JUL

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.

14
JUN

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.

19
MAY

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.

15
MAY

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.

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APR

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.

11
APR

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.

4
APR

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.

21
MAR

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.

14
MAR

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.

14
FEB

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.

17
JAN

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.