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April 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Fecal bacteria levels close Pierce County shellfish harvesting area

Shellfish harvesting in part of Vaughn Bay in Pierce County has been closed because of high levels of fecal bacteria, and health officials have identified 14 additional shellfish growing areas that could be closed if fecal pollution worsens, the Washington state Department of Health said today. The samples taken at growing-area stations failed to meet classification…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: shellfish, Vaughn Bay, Washington State Department of Health

April 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

More exposed to measles as Kitsap County records state’s 12th confirmed case

A Kitsap County man has been diagnosed with measles, bringing the total number of people in Washington with confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease up to 12, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The Kitsap County resident, a man in his 40s, traveled around Puget Sound last week while he was contagious, the…

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April 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Measles exposure reported in Seattle, Tacoma, elsewhere

A Whatcom County woman with a confirmed diagnosis of measles may have exposed people in several Western Washington locations, including Seattle, while she was contagious in late March, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Measles is uncommon in Western Washington because most people have been vaccinated, however for those who are not immune,…

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December 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Bothell doctor’s license suspended for allegedly smoking meth

The state Department of Health has suspended the license of Bothell physician Timothy James Smith on charges of smoking methamphetamine. In a new release Monday, the department said Smith has 20 days to respond to the Dec. 20 indefinite suspension. Smith is a surgeon licensed in Washington since 1980. According to alleged facts presented to state officials,…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Bothell, methamphetamine, Washington State Department of Health

September 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Des Moines ‘boil-water’ advisory lifted

Folks in Des Moines can drink straight from the tap again. The Washington State Department of Health has lifted an advisory for residents of Water District 54 to boil their water before drinking it, after lab tests showed the water now meets safe drinking-water standards, a spokesman confirmed. Officials issued the warning Saturday, after tests found E….

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0 Comments | More in Environment, General news, Health | Topics: Boil water advisory, Des Moines, Normandy Park

June 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

More patients, doctors using Washington’s Death with Dignity Law

Since Washington’s Death with Dignity Act took effect in March, 2009, the number of patients using it to acquire lethal medication, and the number of doctors prescribing it, has grown slowly but steadily. In 2010, the first full year for the law, which allows adult residents of Washington with six months or less to live…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: assisted dying, Death with Dignity, Dr. Tom Preston

April 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Frozen food E. coli outbreak sickens Pierce County woman

Several frozen food products have been recalled after an E. coli outbreak has sickened 27 people in 15 states, including a Pierce County woman in her 20s. The Washington State Department of Health says potentially contaminated products from brands Farm Rich, Market Day and Schwan’s have been distributed throughout the state. The United States Department of…

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0 Comments | More in Health | Topics: E. coli, Pierce County, Washington State Department of Health

June 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Parts of Penn Cove reopen to shellfish harvest

Parts of the Penn Cove shellfish growing area got the OK to re-open to harvest today, though areas closest to where a sunken boat leaked fuel remain closed. Based on test results, officials from the state Department of Health lifted the closures in the areas north of Mueller Park. In a news release, the department said that while earlier…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Deep Sea fishing vessel, Penn Cove, shellfish harvest

April 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Whooping cough at epidemic level, says state health secretary

From Staff Reporter Mary Jean Spadafora: The Washington State Department of Health today announced a dramatic increase in reported cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. So far this year in the state, 640 cases have been recorded, well over the 94 reported by this time last year.  Health Secretary Mary Selecky said the disease has reached epidemic levels in the state. At a…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: mary selecky, pertussis, Washington State Department of Health

February 8, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Record number of whooping cough cases; vaccinations recommended

After a record-setting number of whooping cough cases, Washington health officials are advising pregnant women and people who are around infants to get vaccinated for the highly contagious disease. In 2011, there were 912 cases of the disease in Washington state, the highest number in six years. State health officials recommend that women who plan to become…

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