Skip to main content
King County logo

Read all Public Health Insider blogs to get the latest news from Public Health — Seattle & King County.

Services and resource directory

Subscribe to our newsletter:
This Month in Public Health

Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system that is almost always fatal once symptoms begin. In Washington state, most cases of rabies in animals occur in bats:

Rodents (rats and mice) are common pests in our area and can be dangerous. Rats and mice also carry diseases that can make people sick:

Raccoons have adapted to urban life and may carry diseases that can be spread to people and pets, including raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris), leptospirosis, and rabies. They can also cause serious scratch and bite injuries:

The Public Health approach to Juvenile Justice

Working toward achieving better outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities.