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Brinnon Area Shellfish Beaches Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins

Special Meeting to be Held

Port Townsend – Shellfish samples from Hood Canal 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 extended the previous closure of Quilcene and Dabob Bays to include Hood Canal from Seal Rock south to the Jefferson/Mason County line. This includes public beaches at Seal Rock and Dosewallips and Triton Cove State Parks, among others. Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxin prior to distribution and should be safe to eat.

A special meeting has been scheduled at the Quilcene Community Center, Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 pm to discuss what is causing the closures last fall and now. Clara Hard from DOH will give a presentation and be available to answer questions. She will talk about why the areas are closed, the program that monitors harmful algae blooms and the health risks of the different biotoxins.

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Anderson Lake Closed Due to Toxin

PORT TOWNSEND - High levels of the potent nerve toxin anatoxin-a were detected in a water sample taken from Anderson Lake on Monday, May 4. The toxin level climbed to 17.8 micrograms per liter, which is above the Washington State recreational criteria of 1 microgram per liter.

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Dabob and Quilcene Bay Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish Due to Marine Biotoxins

PORT TOWNSEND - Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have recently been detected at elevated leves in shellfish samples collected on April 29th.

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CPC Key Leader Orientation Meeting and Panel Presentation

PORT TOWNSEND - The public is invited to the Chimacum Prevention Coalition’s Key Leader Orientation Meeting and Panel Presentation on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Chimacum High School Library.

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Child safety takes center field at Ms game

OLYMPIA - Preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States, and in Washington, eight children die or are hospitalized every day due to a preventable injury. That’s why state health officials are working to share information on how to keep kids safe – and especially to keep them safe at home

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Outbreak in Jefferson County

Jefferson and Kitsap counties are experiencing an increase in Pertussis cases (whooping cough).  To date 17 cases have been diagnosed in Jefferson County including high school, middle school, and elementary school students. In 2012, Washington had an epidemic with nearly 5,000 cases.  3 years later, pertussis is on the rise again statewide.  So far this year there have been 319 reported cases of pertussis compared to 49 during the same time period last year.

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2015 Public Health Heroes

Port Townsend – In celebration of National Public Health Week (April 6-12, 2015), an initiative of the American Public Health Association, the Jefferson County Board of Health is proud to announce its 2015 Public Health Heroes: Jumping Mouse Children’s Center (JMCC) and Jefferson County Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP).

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Septic System Classes Offered

Port Townsend – Taking care of your septic system is an important part of protecting public health as well as our beautiful and valuable water resources.  It can also save you money by extending the life of your septic system and prevent costly repairs.  Jefferson County Public Health is offering free classes to homeowners about septic system operation, maintenance, and inspection.

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Marijuana: Then and Now

Port Townsend – The public is invited to the presentation, “Marijuana: Then and Now” on Monday, March 9, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Chimacum High School Library. The Chimacum Prevention Coalition has arranged for Scott McCarty, PhD., to provide information on the neurological impact marijuana has on the developing teenage brain, the difference between marijuana today and in the past, and explain some of the new delivery systems (vaping, edibles, etc.) and their impact.

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Health Advisory from Flooding

Port Townsend – Heavy rains have caused flooding in southeastern Jefferson County including Quilcene and Brinnon. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning and reports that as much as 7 inches of rain has fallen in the eastern foothills of the Olympics. Hazardous conditions exist and emergency personnel are assisting residents and travelers; please heed their warnings and take the following precautions to protect your health and safety:

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