This Month in Public Health - January Edition

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January 2019

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Disease investigators from Public Health – Seattle & King County have confirmed measles infection in a King County resident. The King County resident, a male in his 50s, was hospitalized but has since recovered. It is not clear where the man’s infection was acquired, although he reported recent travel to Vancouver, Washington during part of the time he could have been exposed. Vancouver is in Clark County, where there is a measles outbreak occurring. 

“Measles is a highly contagious disease and if you don’t have immunity, you can get it just by being in a room where a person with measles has been,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Fortunately, the measles vaccine is very effective. Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine provides over 95% protection against measles and that protection is long lasting.”


Additional Headlines

  • Measles outbreak in Washington state expected to grow [VIDEO] (KING 5)

  • Opinion: A call to vaccinate (Oregon Live)

  • Measles outbreak calls for our attention (Vashon Beachcomber)

  • With recent outbreak, here's how to stay protected against measles (KOMO)

  • New report paints grim picture of nation's drug crisis (KIRO 7)

  • Inslee Proposes ‘Public Option’ Health-Insurance Plan for Washington (Daily Chronicle)

  • Albany County Executive McCoy Delivers 'State Of The County' Address (WAMC)

  • Once again, homeless deaths in King County appear to break record (Seattle Times)

  • New middle school program focuses on mental wellness (Voice of the Valley)

  • Man reported missing in 2017 identified as body found in tree (Peninsula Daily News)

  • Hungry for data on food safety? In Minnesota, it's more than a click away (Star Tribune)