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Category: Health
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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January 20, 2015 at 12:46 PM

VA settles more whistleblower complaints, including nurse in Washington

By  Matthew Daly / The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department is offering relief to more than two dozen employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about wrongdoing at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide. The corrective actions follow settlements reached last year with three employees who reported widespread problems at the Phoenix VA hospital…


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January 16, 2015 at 5:59 PM

1 dead, 2 ill from listeria outbreak linked to Yakima cheese maker

One death has been reported from an outbreak of listeria linked to consumption of Latin-style soft cheese produced by a Yakima company, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Three types of Queseria Bendita-brand cheese have been recalled after one person died and two others were hospitalized in King, Pierce and Yakima counties, the health…


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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…


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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…


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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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