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14
NOV

King County Board of Health meeting on November 15, 2018
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 11/15/18 at a special meeting start time of 1 p.m. Topics include discussion in support of funding for foundational public health services, disclosure of information by limited service pregnancy centers, disclosure of health risks related to firearms, and a public health approach to sexual assault.

1
OCT

Alki Beach to Pierce County line and Vashon Island beaches closed for shellfish harvesting
Paralytic shellfish poison has been detected at unsafe levels along Alki Beach south to the Pierce County line and on Vashon-Maury Island beaches. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed these areas to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish.

21
SEP

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

29
AUG

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.

24
AUG

Measles case in King County resident returning from travel
Local public health officials have confirmed measles infection in a King County man returning from overseas travel 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.

16
AUG

Two rabid bats found on the sidewalk near the corner of B Street NE and 3rd Street NE in Auburn
Two rabid bats were found on the sidewalk near the corner of B Street NE and 3rd Street NE in Auburn. If you had any contact with these bats near the corner of B Street NE and 3rd Street NE in Auburn, contact Public Health or seek medical evaluation immediately to determine if rabies preventative treatment is necessary. Rabies can be life-threatening, but is treatable if caught early before any symptoms develop.

16
JUL

King County Board of Health meeting on July 19, 2018
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 7/19/18. Topics on the agenda include briefings on health coverage and homelessness guidelines and recommendations.

13
JUL

Seeking people exposed to bat at Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville
Cottage Lake Park staff found a bat that appears to have been handled in the park men’s restroom. The bat was released by park staff so we do not know if it has rabies. If you had any contact with a bat in a restroom in Cottage Lake Park, contact Public Health or your medical provider immediately to determine if rabies preventative treatment is necessary. Rabies can be life-threatening, but is treatable if caught early before any symptoms develop.

9
JUL

Rabid bat found at Hollywood Hills Equestrian Park in Woodinville
A rabid bat was found at Hollywood Hills Equestrian Park in Woodinville. If you had any contact with a bat at Hollywood Hills Equestrian Park on June 23 or June 24, 2018, seek medical care immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early before any symptoms develop.

18
JUN

King County Board of Health meeting on June 21, 2018
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 6/21/18. Topics on the agenda include a briefing on LOK-IT-UP Safe Firearm Storage Program, discussion and possible action on local hazardous waste management fees and healthy housing recommendations, and a Legislative update.

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