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Category: Health
June 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

8 measles cases reported in South King County, 1 in Pierce

Local public health officials are recommending that everyone in South King County or Pierce County make certain they’re up-to-date on their measles vaccinations after nine cases of measles were confirmed or suspected in the area. Eight cases are among members of the same extended family in south King County and one case is suspected in Pierce…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: measles, Public Health - Seattle & King County

June 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

2nd incident of indecent exposure reported at UW

University of Washington police are warning students about a second incident of public masturbation on campus in the past two weeks. A female student told police she was in an elevator in Schmitz Hall around 1 p.m. yesterday when a man walked in and said “hello.” When she acknowledged him she noticed that he was masturbating, police said. The student confronted the man,…

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Comments | More in General news, Health, The Blotter | Topics: indecent exposure, University of Wahington

May 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Fungus that causes fever found in state

SPOKANE (AP) — A fungus that can launch a fatal illness has been found for the first time in the soil of Washington. Officials for Washington State University say the fungus can cause an illness called valley fever. The fungus is normally found in semiarid parts of the Southwest. Valley fever occurs when the soil-dwelling fungus becomes…

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Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: fungus, valley fever

April 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Pot vending machines may be allowed in new stores

Pot vending machines may be coming to Washington’s pot stores. They’re apparently rolling into Colorado, or at least into one Colorado shop. The Denver Post reported that an “automated, age-verifying climate-controlled” vending machine is being installed inside a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary. Washington state is considering allowing such machines in its recreational pot shops, according to Randy…

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Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Initiative 502, liquor control board, marijuana

April 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

More exposed to measles as Kitsap County records state’s 12th confirmed case

A Kitsap County man has been diagnosed with measles, bringing the total number of people in Washington with confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease up to 12, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The Kitsap County resident, a man in his 40s, traveled around Puget Sound last week while he was contagious, the…

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April 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Warning issued for measles exposure at Sea-Tac airport

A traveler from California with a confirmed case of measles was at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on March 31 and two other Seattle locations the previous day while he was contagious, according to Public Health – Seattle and King County. The traveler was likely exposed to measles while on the same flight as a person with an…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

April 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Measles exposure reported in Seattle, Tacoma, elsewhere

A Whatcom County woman with a confirmed diagnosis of measles may have exposed people in several Western Washington locations, including Seattle, while she was contagious in late March, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Measles is uncommon in Western Washington because most people have been vaccinated, however for those who are not immune,…

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March 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Officials warn of possible measles exposure in San Juan County

A San Juan Island adult has been diagnosed with measles and may have exposed others to the virus at three San Juan County sites, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Others at the following sites may have been exposed: Cask and Schooner: March 21 from 3:45 p.m. to midnight, March 22 from 3:45 p.m. to…

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