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Health Alerts

Action: The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Mark Beatty 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.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Health Advisory – Increase in Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Infections

Action requested:

  • Be aware of an increase in GAS infections in the Puget Sound region in recent years, including invasive disease.
  • Review invasive GAS disease clinical presentation, risk factors, and the need for rapid evaluation and treatment of persons with suspected necrotizing fasciitis and other invasive GAS syndromes.
  • Review CDC guidance for chemoprophylaxis of household contacts of invasive GAS cases.
  • Be aware that people experiencing homelessness and persons who inject drugs (IDU) are at increased risk for GAS infections.
  • Report outbreaks of GAS to the Snohomish Health District 425.339.5278
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Health Advisory: Salmonella Newport Health Advisory and Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease

Health Advisory: Salmonella Newport

Action Requested:

Be aware of an ongoing Salmonella Newport outbreak affecting King, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Yakima Counties. The Washington State Department of Health is leading the outbreak investigation.

Health Advisory: Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease Outbreak at Oregon State University (OSU) issued November 30, 2017 revised December 1, 2017.

Action requested:

Be aware of an ongoing serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis. Students from Washington State may return to home during winter break (December 8, 2017 – January 7, 2017). Providers should be alert to the possibility of meningococcal disease among OSU students with compatible symptoms (see below).

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Corrected MERS health advisory

Health Advisory: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Upcoming Annual Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia – 29 AUG 2017

Action requested:

Healthcare providers should evaluate patients in the U.S. for MERS-CoV infection if they meet the following criteria, defined as a Patient Under Investigation (PUI):

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Action requested: Healthcare providers should evaluate patients in the U.S. for MERS-CoV infection if they meet the following criteria, defined as a Patient Under Investigation (PUI)

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.

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