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Restaurants will now receive one of four food safety ratings to provide the public with more information about the level of a restaurant’s food safety practices, helping them make informed decisions about eating out.
Learn more about the new food safety rating categories and how the new system was developed
Mumps outbreak in King County
Public Health is investigating an emerging mumps outbreak in King County. Find out the latest details on our blog and listen to Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin respond to common questions.
- Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin (Facebook Live video)
- Mumps fact sheet (PDF). Also available in Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, Korean, Marshallese, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Emerging mumps outbreak in King County, updated daily with new counts
- Mumps outbreaks: Why do we care and is the vaccine working?, Public Health Insider blog post
Zika virus updates for King County
Zika virus disease is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus.) Washington state does not have these species of mosquitoes, so currently there is no risk in King County of Zika spreading locally. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects.
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