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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Biotoxin at Unsafe Levels in Bellingham Bay

PSP biotoxin rose to the highest levels of the year in samples collected from Bellingham Bay this week. Biotoxin levels are high enough that severe illness or even life-threatening symptoms are likely if mussels are consumed.

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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Health Department Hosts Community Health Listening Sessions Across County

To look more closely at how health varies among the cities and towns within Whatcom County, the health department is hosting listening sessions to gather input from community members about the unique assets and challenges to their community’s health.

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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Bypass Bats to Reduce Rabies Risk

A bat recently submitted from Whatcom County to the state public health lab due to human exposure has tested positive for rabies, and the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) is reminding people to take precautions to protect against rabies.

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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Whatcom County Health Department Releases Community Health Assessment

From disease rates to graduation rates, the 2018 Whatcom County Community Health Assessment, released today by the Whatcom County Health Department, provides a comprehensive look at the state of the county’s health.

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Posted on: April 27, 2018

CDC Warns Consumers About Romaine Lettuce Contaminated with E. Coli

Consumers are being urged to not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless they can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. Five cases of E. coli illness linked to romaine lettuce have been identified in WA State.

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Posted on: March 16, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kratom, 1 Whatcom County Case

Washington State Department of Health announced today that the Salmonella outbreak linked to kratom has widened. Ten (10) cases have been confirmed in Washington State, including one (1) case in Whatcom County.

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Posted on: March 6, 2018

Free Needle Clean-Up Kits Available

Businesses and community groups who wish to clean up and safely dispose of needles found on private or public property can now do so with free needle clean-up kits provided by the Whatcom County Health Department.

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Posted on: February 14, 2018

Whatcom County Food Inspection Results Now Available Online

A search feature added this week to the Whatcom County Health Department’s website allows users to view summaries of food inspections for the most recent five years.

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

Whatcom Has Hope: Campaign Sheds Light on Opioid Crisis and What You Can Do

The Whatcom County Opioid Response Task Force is launching a new community education campaign, Whatcom Has Hope, designed to provide information about opioid addiction and prevention.

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Posted on: December 6, 2017

Whatcom County Health Board Approves New Secure Medicine Return Program

The Whatcom County Council, in their role as the Health Board, voted unanimously on December 5, 2017 to adopt regulation that creates and funds a secure medicine return program for Whatcom County.

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