Foodborne Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Bar Drinks
06/23/2019
The Benton-Franklin Health District Food Safety Program recently investigated an outbreak of norovirus that was linked to a local restaurant.
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Baby with measles
Washington State Measles Outbreak
05/23/2019
Nine new cases of measles have been confirmed in Washington in May. The current outbreak began on May 9 in three Puget Sound counties (King, Pierce and Snohomish). Benton and Franklin Counties have no confirmed cases.
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Rodents & Hantavirus
05/15/2019
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a rare, but often fatal disease. Exposure to this virus happens when rodent urine and droppings that may contain the virus are stirred up into the air.
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Syringe Exchange Services Position Statement
04/08/2019
The opioid epidemic is a complex problem that needs a comprehensive and collective approach. BFHD supports syringe service programs as well as any strategies that are effective and evidence-based.
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Influenza Activity Increasing
04/02/2019
Influenza activity has increased recently across the state, including the mid-Columbia region. Typically influenza activity decreases as spring approaches, but not this year.
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Health Disparities Report Cover Page with Cable Bridge
2018 Health Disparities Report for Benton and Franklin Counties
02/19/2019
The Assessment and Data team at Benton-Franklin Health District recently released a 2018 Health Disparities Report. This report was based on a model used by Kitsap Public Health and compiled local data for the bi-county region from multiple sources regarding a variety of health topics including health outcomes (diseases, hospitalizations, births, etc.) and health risk factors (healthy weight, physical activity level, poverty rates, etc.). The purpose of this report was to identify and highlight the health disparities that exist in the local community between demographic groups. The demographic groups examined in this report were based on race, gender, and sexual orientation.
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