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Health Alerts

Action: The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum sends alerts via email to local health care providers. Alerts cover current local, regional or national health threats and important updates on medical care and protocols. Alerts are written as needed to cover urgent or emergent health issues.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Confirmed case of avian chlamydiosis in Snohomish County

August 17, 2017

One confirmed case of avian chlamydiosis has been found in a bird that had been boarded at “Wings of the World” in Bothell. That bird has died. Another bird in the same home which has also been boarded was exhibiting signs of avian chlamydiosis and was treated.  All other birds in that household were treated prophylactically.  Notification is being made to all bird owners that have purchased or boarded a bird at that facility since July 2, or attended their recent Customer Appreciation Day on August 12, encouraging them to watch for symptoms in both birds and humans.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Zika Virus Testing and Health Officer Changes

Action requested: Know how to order appropriate Zika virus testing through commercial laboratories.

Health Officer changes: June 1

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mumps, Measles, Shigella, Marijuana

April 28, 2017

Action requested:  Continue to be alert to potential mumps and encourage all patients to be current on their vaccinations.

Action requested:  Be aware of an outbreak of measles placing persons who travel to Minnesota at risk.
Action requested:  Be aware of increasing antibiotic resistance among Shigella strains and obtain cultures and sensitivities when testing.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Influenza and child care settings

Action requested: Know when to exclude children and staff from a child care setting and when to authorize their return to a child care setting.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Testing for mumps

Action requested:  Follow appropriate testing procedures for mumps.

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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.