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Health Alerts

The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum sends alerts via email to local health care providers. Alerts cover current local, regional or national health threats and important updates on medical care and protocols. Alerts are written as needed to cover urgent or emergent health issues.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ebola virus disease

Action requested: Be aware of potential for Ebola Virus Disease in travelers returning from West Africa. Read More >>
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Listeria and Dengue & Chikungunya

Action requested: Be aware that specific lots of some fruits have been recalled due to potential Listeria contamination.
Action requested: Be aware that increasing numbers of cases of dengue and chikungunya have been reported in the U.S.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Imported dogs with questionable documentation

Actions requested: Be aware of imported dogs with questionable documentation and direct any questions about rabies vaccine or health certificates to your local animal control agency.  Refer clients to the CDC website or the websites below for any questions regarding zoonotic disease risks, animal importation requirements, and traveling with pets. Read More >>
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Animal bites & rabies

Action: Be aware that most animal bites do not pose a risk for rabies, but immediately report if you suspect human exposure to rabies. Read More >>
Thursday, June 5, 2014

PrEP, STIs, chickenpox

Actions requested:
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

  • Contact Snohomish Health District if you are willing to be added to a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) referral list
  • Offer PrEP to high risk patients and use the Drug Assistance Program to cover the cost of PrEP for those without insurance coverage.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

  •  Routinely provide HIV testing when screening for STIs in men who have sex with men (MSM).
  • Offer extra-genital testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea for MSM.
  • Include syphilis testing when genital, oral, and/or anal lesions are present.
  • Offer Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) to sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea OR refer patients to Snohomish Health District for assistance with EPT.


  • Test when considering the diagnosis of varicella.
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Communicable Disease


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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.