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- 甲型肝炎: 针对无家可归人群的健康警告 (Chinese, Simplified)
- A형 간염: 홈리스 생활자를 위한 건강 경고 (Korean)
- Hepatitis A: Advertencia de salud para personas que están sin hogar (Spanish)
Special cleaning and disinfecting is important to prevent hep A from spreading
Get care for wound infections. Group A strep is a germ that is spreading in King County. It can cause "strep throat" and skin infections, and also severe infections, including "flesh-eating" bacterial infections. People living homeless and those who inject drugs are at higher risk.
Shigella causes diarrhea, fever and stomach pain and can be spread through tiny, invisible bits of poop (stool) that people touch and then accidentally ingest. Learn how to avoid getting and spreading it.
If you're a homeless service provider, encourage clients to prevent from getting Group A Strep by getting prompt treatment for skin infections, wounds and illnesses.
People with the flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Flu viruses are spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. If you are a shelter provider, learn tips on how to prevent the spread of flu by increasing the distance between people, separating clients with symptoms of flu and clean and disinfect surfaces.
Wildfire activity and weather patterns vary from year to year, making it a challenge to predict the likelihood of experiencing wildfire smoke events in any given year. However, for three of the past four years, wildfire smoke in our region has exposed people to unhealthy levels of particulate air pollution for prolonged periods of time.
When it's hot, the number of people in King County who have serious health problems like heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failure rises with the temperature.
Who is at higher risk
If you are in one of these groups, take extra precautions to stay cool, drink water, and take breaks from the heat:
- Older adults (65 and older)
- Young children
- People with chronic health conditions or mental illness
- Athletes who exercise outdoors
- Outdoor workers
- People living unsheltered or homeless
Learn more from our Hot Weather preparedness page