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Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend Bay Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins

Hood Canal Reopens, Vibrio Warning Still in Place

Shellfish samples from Fort Flagler and Mystery Bay have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend Bay for recreational shellfish harvest. The closed area includes Admiralty Inlet from North Beach south to Kinney Point, including Port Townsend Bay. Danger signs are being posted at commonly used public access points, warning people not to consume shellfish from this area. 

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Ruth Merryman Presented with Certificate of Appreciation

Ruth Merryman was honored with a certificate of appreciation at the June 18, 2015 Jefferson County Board of Health meeting. Board Chair Sheila Westerman commended Ms. Merryman for her “hard work and dedication as an advocate for women’s rights, particularly in the areas of reproductive health and economic advancement.” 

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Mystery Bay and Kilisut Harbor Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins

Shellfish samples from Mystery Bay have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Mystery Bay and Kilisut Harbor for recreational shellfish harvest.

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Smoke from Wildfires Creates Health Risks

Wildfires threaten more than forests: Smoke from wildfires creates health risks

The danger from wildfires runs far deeper than the threats to property and structures around the fire itself. Smoke from the uncontrolled burns spreads over great distances, potentially impacting the air quality and health of residents hundreds of miles away.

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Measles Led to Death of Clallam Co. Woman; first in US in a dozen years

For immediate release: July 2, 2015                     (15-119)

Contacts:    Donn Moyer, Communications Office            360-236-4076

Measles led to death of Clallam Co. woman; first in US in a dozen years
Tragic outcome for immunocompromised patient shows need for community protection

OLYMPIA  The death of a Clallam County woman this spring was due to an undetected measles infection that was discovered at autopsy.

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SmileMobile Brings Smiles to Local Families

Chimacum – Inside the SmileMobile, a full service mobile dental office, it’s all smiles for young Gus Maberry and volunteer dentist, Rick Gadd.

The SmileMobile provides accessibility to affordable exams, cleanings, and other dental services, accepts Apple Health as full payment, and bases fees on a sliding scale for those without insurance. The SmileMobile will be rolling into Chimacum July 27-31, 2015, so schedule an appointment for kids, teens, and pregnant women by calling 1.888.286.9105.

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Hood Canal Shellfish Beaches Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins

Port Townsend – Shellfish samples from Squamish Harbor have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed part of Hood Canal for recreational shellfish harvest. The closed area is on the Jefferson County shore from the Hood Canal Bridge to Brown’s Point on the Toandos Peninsula. Danger signs are being posted at high-use beaches, warning people not to consume shellfish from this area.

 

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Discovery Bay Area Shellfish Beaches Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins; Dabob Bay Re-opens, Vibrio Warning Still in Place

Port Townsend – Shellfish samples from Discovery Bay have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Discovery Bay for recreational shellfish harvest. Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxins prior to distribution and should be safe to eat.
Marine biotoxins in Dabob Bay have declined and the closure earlier in the season has now been lifted. There is still a vibrio warning and all shellfish harvested from the Dabob Bay area should be cooked prior to consumption.
 

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Jefferson County Food Safety Awards

22 Jefferson County Food Establishments Demonstrate Commitment to Achieving the Highest Food Safety Standards in 2014

Port Townsend – The 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented at the May 21, 2015 Jefferson County Board of Health meeting to recognize 22 restaurants, full service food establishments, and their proprietors who demonstrated the highest standards for safe food handling during the past year.

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Port Ludlow and Mats Mats Bay Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish

Port Townsend – Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have recently been detected at elevated levels in shellfish samples collected on May 19, 2015. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Port Ludlow and Mats Mats Bays to the recreational harvest of shellfish.

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