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  • 06/13/24 Health Alert: Avian Flu Update

    Although recently detected in dairy cattle in some states, the risk of H5N1 avian influenza A to the general public is still considered low. It is primarily an occupational risk and limited to people with direct contact with infected or potentially infected animals, such as sick birds and dairy cattle and their environments, or to unpasteurized…

  • 06/04/24 Health Advisory: Pertussis Increasing in Washington

    06/04/24 Health Advisory: Pertussis Increasing in Washington

    Summary Current situation in Washington In 2023 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) week 1–18, healthcare providers reported 24 cases of confirmed or probable pertussis in Washington. In this same period in 2024, providers reported 170 cases. This is a 6-fold increase. Multiple health jurisdictions reported increases. DOH (Washington State Department of Health) updates its weekly pertussis update every Friday. Recommendations for…

  • 04/11/2024 Health Update: Low Respiratory Virus Transmission in the North Sound Region

    The North Sound Region has stayed below respiratory virus transmission thresholds for at least 2 consecutive weeks indicating low transmission for COVID-19, Influenza, and RSV. You can check out the current respiratory virus data here. WCHCS continues to recommend the general public follow CDC’s guidance on Preventing Spread of Respiratory Viruses When You’re Sick.]Preventing Spread…