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Category: Health
September 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Two children first cases of enterovirus in the state

Officials with Public Health - Seattle & King County said Friday morning that two children, one from King County and the other from Snohomish County, are the state’s first diagnosed cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). The presence of the respiratory illness in the children was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The children were stable…

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September 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

More Ebola aid from Paul Allen, World Vision

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and the Federal Way-based aid organization World Vision both announced new efforts today to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Allen will donate $1.3 million to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, the organization that has provided hands-on medical treatment for most of the people diagnosed with Ebola…

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September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

$6 million grant awarded for King County hepatitis C treatment

A $6 million grant has been awarded to Public Health – Seattle & King County to improve testing, treatment and cure of people with hepatitis C. The four-year grant from the federal Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will fund the Hepatitis C Test & Cure Project, the public-health department announced…

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September 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Paul Allen gives another $6.6 million to fight Ebola outbreak

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced Monday that he is donating another $6.6 million to help stem the spread of Ebola in West Africa. A $3.6 million grant will be used to distribute 50,000 protection kits in Liberia. The kits, which will be airlifted by UPS, are designed to protect healthy people from contracting the virus…

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Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: donations, Ebola, Paul Allen Foundation

September 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Health officials warn of Sea-Tac measles exposure

The Associated Press Public-health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In a news release, Public Health-Seattle & King County officials say a passenger who contracted a confirmed case of the disease — likely outside the United States — was contagious when he or she was at the airport….

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Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: airport, exposure, measles

September 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Respiratory illness affecting children across country could be here

A severe respiratory illness affecting children in the Midwest may be showing up in the Seattle area, say local health officials. Officials are working with Seattle Children’s to investigate a cluster of patients with severe respiratory illness who tested positive for a possible enterovirus infection, according to a news release issued Thursday by Public Health…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: enterovirus, EV-D68, Public Health - Seattle & King County

September 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Oregon girl, 4, dies of E. coli infection

A 4-year-old girl from Oregon has died from complications associated with a strain of E. coli that her family says she contracted over the Labor Day weekend. Serena Faith Profitt died Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, the Oregonian reported. She tested positive for E. coli, but the state public health lab hasn’t confirmed the strain,…

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September 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Supreme Court gives state more time to find psychiatric beds

The Washington Supreme Court is giving the state until Dec. 26 to find beds in psychiatric hospitals for mentally ill patients who have been involuntarily committed because they were a danger to themselves or others. The court ruled on Aug. 7 that placing these patients in emergency rooms without treatment is not allowed. The state responded…

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August 19, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Washington has first 2014 case of West Nile virus 

KENNEWICK, Tri-Cities (AP) — Health officials are confirming the first case of West Nile virus contracted in Washington state this year. The Tri-City Herald reports  that the patient was a Walla Walla County man in his 20s. The state Department of Health says he was likely exposed near his home and he was hospitalized. Health officials…

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August 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Court’s psychiatric boarding ban will cost Washington tens of millions

Complying with the state Supreme Court’s recent ban on warehousing psychiatric patients in hospital emergency rooms will cost Washington’s already underfunded mental health system tens of millions of dollars, health administrators said Thursday morning. The state has been scrambling to respond to the high court’s ruling for the past week, but so far has only been able to free…

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Comments | Topics: Andi Smith, Department of Social and Health Services, Gov. Jay Inslee

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