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  • 01/19/24 Health Advisory: Measles Outbreak in Southwest Washington

    01/19/24 Health Advisory: Measles Outbreak in Southwest Washington

    An active measles outbreak investigation is underway in Clark and Wahkiakum Counties. As of Jan. 10, 2024, investigators have identified 3 lab-confirmed and 3 epidemiologically linked measles cases in unvaccinated adults. Symptoms began in mid-to-late December. All report isolating at home during their contagious period. Investigators have not identified any public exposure locations. Healthcare providers…

  • Health Advisory: Tuberculosis Testing For People Who Were Previously Incarcerated

    Health Advisory: Tuberculosis Testing For People Who Were Previously Incarcerated

    11/30/2023 The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC), and local health jurisdictions continue to work to address a large tuberculosis (TB) outbreak within the state prison system. Since July 2021, 28 people have been diagnosed with active TB; during the outbreak investigation, DOH and DOC identified over 2900 potentially…

  • 09/27/2023 Increase in Shigella Cases in Yakima County

    09/27/2023 Increase in Shigella Cases in Yakima County

    Requested Actions How Shigella Spreads Shigella bacteria cause an infection called shigellosis. Shigella can spread easily from one person to another- and it only takes a small amount of Shigella to cause illness. Shigella spreads easily and individuals can get infected by swallowing Shigella. Some ways Shigella can get on individuals’ hands are: Symptoms of…