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Posted on: August 20, 2018

Take Steps to Protect Yourself When Air Quality is Unhealthy

Air quality is currently unhealthy due to smoke, and it may stay that way for the next few days. Get the latest on air quality plus health information at the Washington Smoke Information blog at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com/.

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

Biotoxin Closure Lifted, All Whatcom Beaches Open for Shellfish Harvest

Recent shellfish samples show that Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning biotoxin levels recently dropped, and there are currently no biotoxin closures in effect for Whatcom County.

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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: July 12, 2018

Recreation Shellfish Harvest Closures Updated

Biotoxin levels have once again changed, and recreational harvest of molluscan shellfish has been closed on beaches from Bellingham Bay south to the Skagit County line due to increased levels of the diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) biotoxin.

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Recreational Shellfish Harvest Open in Most of Whatcom County

The Washington State Department of Health has lifted the biotoxin closure on recreational shellfish harvesting for all of Whatcom County except Point Roberts.

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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Recreational Shellfish Harvest Closed for All Whatcom County Beaches

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed recreational harvest for all species of molluscan shellfish on all beaches in Whatcom County.

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Posted on: May 31, 2018

BIOTOXIN LEVELS DROP IN DRAYTON HARBOR

Biotoxin levels in molluscan shellfish in Drayton harbor have dropped in recent weeks. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health has lifted the biotoxin closure for Drayton Harbor only.

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Biotoxin Levels Rise - Shellfish Harvest Closures Expand in Northern Whatcom County

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed recreational harvest for all species of molluscan shellfish on beaches from Sandy Point north to the Canadian border including Point Roberts.

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Biotoxin Causes Shellfish Harvest Closure for North Whatcom County Beaches

Unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin have been detected in molluscan shellfish on beaches in Drayton Harbor. Beaches from Birch Point north to the Canadian border are closed to recreational harvest for shellfish.

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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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