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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.
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.
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.
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.
Water quality victory in Quartermaster Harbor
Parts of Quartermaster Harbor are reopened to shellfish harvesting after water quality improves. The harvest had been closed for decades due to contamination, primarily from faulty or failing septic systems.
Public Health investigates rare bacterial infection associated with raw seafood
After a King County woman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes fatal bacterial infection, Vibrio vulnificus, public health officials are investigating the possibility that the bacteria came from tilapia fish purchased locally. Public Health cautions anyone who has come into contact with raw fish to seek medical care if they develop symptoms of infection.
King County Board of Health meeting on November 17, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 11/17/16. Topics on the agenda include possible action on resolution relating to how public health is essential, a briefing on food safety restaurant grading, and a regulation relating to on site sewage system monitoring and performance inspection before transfer of title of property fees.
King County Board of Health meeting on October 20, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 10/20/16. Topics on the agenda include briefings on recommendations from the Heroin/Opioid Taskforce and an update on the Public Health budget.
Recreational shellfish harvest closure expanded
Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been detected at dangerously high levels around Vashon-Maury Island, leading to the closure of the recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish.
King County Board of Health meeting on September 15, 2016
The King County Board of Health holds its next meeting on 9/15/16. Topics on the agenda include possible action on a resolution pertaining to protecting people from papillomavirus-associated cancers, and briefings on Human Papillomavirus prevention and on the health of King County with a focus on health disparities.