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March 21, 2014 at 6:01 AM

TB cases are on the rise in Washington, health officials say

The Associated Press State health officials say tuberculosis cases are on the rise in Washington state after several years of decline. Last year, 209 cases of tuberculosis were reported. That was a 13 percent increase over the 185 cases reported in 2012. Health officials say the tuberculosis rate in Washington state has typically been lower than the national…

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October 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

US Customs seizes Halloween costumes in Seattle

The Associated Press More than 1,300 Halloween costumes made in China were recently seized because of high levels of lead detected in the buttons. Customs and Border Protection says two shipments headed for a distributor in the Seattle area were tested and found to have 11 times the acceptable level of lead. The agency says the pirate costumes…

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July 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Mothers plead Seattle City Council committee for more shelter space

Homeless mothers pleaded for more King County shelter space during a Wednesday Seattle City Council committee meeting at Mary’s Place, a women’s center in downtown Seattle. The center’s director, Mary Hartman, told KING5 news that she knows a mother who slept “last night in a port-a-potty with two children, one and three years…

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July 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Smoking ban at Everett Community College come September

If you got ‘em, don’t smoke ‘em… at least on the Everett Community College campus. The college’s board of trustees voted yesterday to ban tobacco use on college property beginning Sept. 1. See the full story at our community news partner’s site, My Everett News. The board wants the school to be a healthier place…

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March 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Friends of WWU student with meningitis get treatment

Associated Press BELLINGHAM– Ten friends of a Western Washington University student are being treated with antibiotics after it was confirmed he has a meningococcal infection. The Bellingham Herald reports the student was hospitalized over the weekend, and a lab test on Monday confirmed the disease. The university says no other cases have been identified, and those who…

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February 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Virginia Mason, Evergreen Healthcare deal finalized

The latest health-care partnership was made official this week: The boards of both Virginia Mason Medical Center and Evergreen Healthcare voted to approve their “strategic partnership” first announced in November. The two organizations say they plan to collaborate and integrate services, beginning with cardiac care and home and hospice care, but won’t combine finances or management….

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February 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Norovirus blamed for illnesses after cheerleading tournament in Everett

  Associated Press OLYMPIA– The Washington state Health Department says testing shows that norovirus caused more than 200 illnesses among people who attended a state cheerleading tournament last weekend in Everett. As of Friday, symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea had been reported by 229 people. Spokesman Tim Church says 33 sought medical attention but no one was sick…

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February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Intestinal illness hits attendees of Everett cheerleading event

An unknown number of people who attended a statewide cheerleading competition at Everett’s Comcast Arena on Saturday have become ill, and state and local health officials are investigating a possible intestinal-illness outbreak. The symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. The Washington State Department of Health and the Snohomish Health District are investigating. Health officials say thousands of people…

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December 5, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Audit: State paid $3.8M for missed medical visits

From The Associated Press SEATTLE – A state audit has found the Washington Department of Labor and Industries paid more than $3.8 million between July 2008 and the end of June 2011 for medical exams that never happened. The missed appointments were scheduled by the agency for workers claiming job-related injuries or illnesses. They’re required as part…

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