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West Nile Virus

Fact Sheet

WNV infection in local birds, animals or humans or travel to areas with WNV activity should raise suspicion in people with unexplained meningitis or encephalitis. Recent history of transfusion, transplant or vaccination may be important…

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MERS-CoV

Fact Sheet

Most confirmed MERS-CoV infections have resulted in severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Incubation period ranges from two to 14 days.┬áProviders and facilities should immediately report to the Health Department…

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Opioid Use

Washington is Taking Action

Opioids are a leading cause of unintentional injury death, even more than motor vehicle accidents or firearm fatalities. In communities across Washington, the opioid epidemic is devastating families and overwhelming law enforcement and social services. Washington has already taken important steps to address this epidemic…

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