Public Health news and blog
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.
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.
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.