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Category: Health
February 17, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Port Angeles hospital erects measles tent to screen patients

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — A hospital in Port Angeles has erected a tent to isolate patients with measles symptoms and prevent the disease from spreading inside the building. The public health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties, Dr. Tom Locke, says using the tent will limit possible exposure. The Peninsula Daily News reports a…

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February 13, 2015 at 5:56 AM

Health officials confirm 2nd measles case on Olympic Peninsula

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — A public health official says a second case of measles has been confirmed on Washington’s north Olympia Peninsula, this time in a 5-year-old girl. The Peninsula Daily News reports that area public health officer Dr. Tom Locke says tests showed Thursday that the girl has measles. The unidentified child is at…

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February 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

Authorities correct date when man with measles was in King Co.

Clallam County officials have revised the date that a Port Angeles man with a confirmed measles case visited sites in King County when he was contagious. The man was in King County on Jan. 28, according to the Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services. Officials previously said he was in Federal Way, Kent…

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February 11, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Fraternity, sorority held party at home of infected UO student

The Associated Press EUGENE, Ore. — A fraternity and sorority held a party at the home of the third University of Oregon student diagnosed with a contagious bacterial infection — meningococcemia. Lane County Public Health is contacting the students to tell them they may want an antibiotic to stop the spread of the disease. KVAL reports the agency…

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February 6, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Clallam County man visited King County while contagious with measles

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — Clallam County officials have released more information about a confirmed measles case. The Port Angeles man, who was hospitalized on Sunday, visited sites in King County in addition to sites in Clallam County during the time he was contagious.. Authorities say anyone who was in one of the following locations during the indicated…

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February 4, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Puget Sound Blood Center changes name to Bloodworks Northwest

Puget Sound Blood Center, the 71-year-old blood-collection and distribution agency, has changed its name to Bloodworks Northwest to reflect a reach that has grown beyond the Seattle area, officials said Wednesday. Established in 1944, the center was one of the nation’s first independent, nonprofit community blood banks. Today, Bloodworks Northwest, also known as BloodworksNW, serves 90 hospitals in Washington,…

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February 3, 2015 at 4:36 PM

King County measles case confirmed in traveler from Brazil

King County health officials have confirmed a measles infection in an adult traveler from Brazil who visited Seattle last week while contagious. The case is not related to a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in Orange County, Calif. Through the end of January, more than 100 people were sickened in 14 states, with most cases tied to the theme…

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January 21, 2015 at 6:51 PM

Doctors seek link between paralysis in 2 Oregon girls, virus

PORTLAND — Two Oregon girls are suffering from sudden paralysis, and doctors are trying to figure out whether it was caused by enterovirus 68. Dr. Richard Leman of the state Health Authority says more than 100 American children have suffered recently from such muscle weakness. About a third had enterovirus 68. Infectious disease specialists want to know…

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January 21, 2015 at 5:57 PM

Injunction sought against 2 Seattle hookah lounges

Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking an injunction against two Seattle hookah lounges for violating an indoor smoking law and local health code. The public-health department filed papers in King County Superior Court Wednesday seeking an injunction against The Night Owl, located in Seattle’s University District, and Medina Hookah Lounge in South Seattle. The…

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January 20, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Second measles case here linked to Disneyland outbreak

By JoNel Aleccia A second case of measles in Washington state has been linked to a Disneyland outbreak that has sickened at least 47 people in the U.S. and Mexico since mid-December. An unvaccinated teen boy in Grays Harbor was confirmed to be infected with measles, state health officials said Tuesday. He’s the brother of an unvaccinated…

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