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Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend Bay Re-open to Recreational Harvest of all Shellfish: Kilisut Harbor Open to all Species Except Butter and Varnish Clams

Port Townsend  Admiralty Inlet and Port Townsend Bay have re-opened for recreational shellfishing of all species. Kilisut Harbor is open to all species except butter and varnish clams, due to their tendency to retain biotoxins longer. Levels of the marine biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have fallen below the recreational closure limit.

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Gibbs Lake Closed Due to Toxin

High levels of the toxin microcystin were detected in a water sample taken from Gibbs Lake on Monday, August 3. Toxin levels meseaured at 14 microgams per liter, which is above Washington State recreational limits of 6 micrograms per liter. As a result, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation has closed Lake Gibbs for recreation including fishing, boating, and swimming. Visitors are also urged to keep pets out of water.

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Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at August 5 Picnic

Annual World Breastfeeding Week August 1 7, 2015

In honor of Annual World Breastfeeding Week, Jefferson County Public Health is sponsoring a breastfeeding picnic on Wednesday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend. Current and former breastfeeding moms, along with their children, families, and friends are invited to bring a lunch and attend the picnic to celebrate and support those who breastfeed.

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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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