Romaine Lettuce Health Alert Update
Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. [more]
Confirmed case of Acute Flaccid Myleitis in Skagit County; 6 in state
On October 11, 2018 Skagit County Public Health was notified of a child with sudden-onset of paralysis of one or more limbs, diagnosed as Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). This is the sixth case in Washington being investigated for AFM. Other cases are in King County (2), Pierce County (1), Lewis County (1), and Snohomish County (1). The Washington State Department of Health is working with experts in neurology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm whether these cases are AFM. [more]
Pilot needle pickup program kicks off October 10 countywide
Used needles can pose a public health hazard.
Skagit County shellfish harvest closure expanded due to Red Tide
Samish Bay, Padilla Bay, Fidalgo Bay and Guemes Channel south to Rosario Head (including Guemes, Burrows and Allan islands) are closed to recreational shellfish harvest. [more]
Secure Medicine Return program – Late Summer 2018 Update
As part of the implementation of Skagit County Code 12.20 Secure Medicine Return ordinance, the stewardship organization named MED Project LLC submitted a proposed Product Stewardship Plan to Skagit County Public Health. You may review the proposed plan here . A copy of the proposed plan is also available at the Public Health offices located at 700 South Second Street, Room 301, Mount Vernon WA. [more]
Blue green algae blooms
As Skagit County lakes heat up with the season they may be more likely to have blue green algae blooms. Blue green algae can produce toxins that can make people and animals sick. People and pets should stay away from water that has intense color and scum, like spilled paint. Recreate where lake water appears clear and clean. More information on blue green algae can be found at www.nwtoxicalgae.org .
A public health crisis has hit our nation and our local community. Opioid-related deaths have now surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death. Learn more.
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