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Category: Health
December 18, 2014 at 6:16 AM

More reports of flu-like illnesses; sickness closes Kirkland school

The Associated Press The state Health Department says the number of flu-like illnesses in Washington is slightly higher than at this time last year. Health Department educator Michelle Harper says there have been no laboratory-confirmed flu deaths. Last flu season there were 79 flu-related deaths in Washington. KOMO reports an outbreak of flu-like illness on Wednesday prompted Eastside…


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December 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Patient at Harborview being tested for possible Ebola

A 52-year-old King County man is in isolation at Harborview Medical Center, being monitored for possible Ebola infection after developing a fever following a trip to Mali in West Africa. Officials at a news conference Saturday afternoon said the measures are precautionary and that it is “very unlikely” the man has the disease. Dr. Jeff Duchin, the…


Comments | Topics: Ebola, Harborview Medical Center

December 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

3 nurses assaulted at state psychiatric hospital

The Associated Press TACOMA — Officials say three nurses at Western State Hospital in Lakewood were assaulted last week by two patients. The Nov. 25 incident has renewed concerns about staffing cuts and safety precautions at the state hospital, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported Tuesday. Lakewood Police spokesman Chris Lawler said one patient attacked a staff member…


Comments | More in Health, The Blotter | Topics: assault, Western State Hospital

December 3, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Avian flu outbreak on British Columbia farms

The Associated Press VANCOUVER, B.C. — Avian flu has been discovered at two poultry farms in southwestern British Columbia. Provincial and Canadian officials say the farms are under quarantine and thousands of birds will be killed. There are no reports of the disease being transmitted to humans. Canada’s chief veterinary officer, Harpreet Kochhar, said tests were conducted Sunday after…


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November 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Former King County health chief joins nonprofit PATH

Dr. David Fleming, who stepped down in August from his job as director of Public Health – Seattle  & King County,  is joining the Seattle-based PATH, a global health organization. Fleming will lead the nonprofit’s Public Health Impact Division, which includes programs to boost maternal, child and reproductive health in the developing world and programs to…


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November 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Workers on one-day strike at two Tacoma hospitals

TACOMA — About 1,100 workers have started a one-day strike at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The News Tribune reports the Service Employees International Union Local 1199NW called the walkout Tuesday during contract negotiations. A spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, Scott Thompson, says it will keep negotiating. A federal mediator…


Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Health | Topics: hospitals, strike, Tacoma

November 18, 2014 at 6:07 AM

8 Washington hospitals are prepared for Ebola patients

OLYMPIA — The state Health Department says the risk of Ebola in Washington is low, but eight hospitals are preparing to care for Ebola patients if needed. The hospitals following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are: Franciscan Health Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and…


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November 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Seattle’s FreakNight Festival canceled after deadly overdose

Updated, 10:30 p.m.: Seattle’s FreakNight Festival, an annual Halloween-themed electronic-dance music party that attracts tens of thousands of revelers, had its second night canceled Saturday after its opening night saw two partygoers overdose, according to the Washington Poison Center, one fatally. The overdoses and death from the Friday night event were confirmed by a nursing supervisor at…


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October 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

American Ebola patients could be airlifted to Harborview

Harborview Medical Center is one of five hospitals across the country that have agreed, if needed, to accept American Ebola patients airlifted from West Africa. At a news conference Monday, Dr. Timothy Dellit, Harborview’s associate medical director, said patients accepted for treatment at  the hospital likely would be residents of the Northwest or have other strong…


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October 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Mercer Island remains on a boil-water alert Monday

UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.| Water samples taken Sunday have tested clean, according to a Mercer Island news release. This is the fourth day in a row that water samples have tested negative for E. coli contamination, but detective work on Mercer Island’s water pipes continue. Seattle Public Utilities, which sends Mercer Island its water from the Cedar…


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