Currently the United States is in the midst of one of the largest food recalls in American history. As Americans dig through their cabinets and refrigerators to remove potentially contaminated food associated with the recent peanut recall, we would like to also remind citizens to open and check their Emergency Preparedness Kits to remove any potentially harmful items from these also.
Because peanut products are often recommended as staples in Emergency Preparedness Kits due to their long shell life and because they are a good source of protein, we encourage all kit owners to look at their kits to ensure food products are not on the peanut recall list. Please keep in mind that the peanut product recall extends beyond peanut-flavored products.
OLYMPIA ¾ At least 15 people with whooping cough (pertussis) attended the 2009 Mat Classic — the state high school wrestling championships held at the Tacoma Dome. The cases were among wrestlers, coaching staff, and spectators at the event February 20-21 — showing the importance of vaccination against whooping cough and other preventable diseases.
The whooping cough cases associated with the tournament are from Kittitas and Pacific Counties. People from all over the state attended the event — attendance has been estimated at 30,000. Pertussis is common in our state — over the past decade, an average 600 cases have been reported each year. There are currently other whooping cough cases in the state that aren’t associated with the tournament.
As the time change approaches on Sunday, March 8, 2009, State Fire Marshal Michael Matlick wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.
Mr. Matlick states, "An easy way to remember to do so is when changing your clock, change your batteries. When you change your clocks, you will be making a lifesaving change in your household when you also remember to change your smoke alarm batteries."
Remember smoke detectors save lives!
“In today’s economy, people are cutting corners wherever they can, but cancelling your insurance is not the answer,” said Kreidler. “Instead, shop around to find a lower rate. I continue to be surprised by how much some consumers save simply by shopping around. It will save you money now and could protect you from complete financial ruin in the future.”
OLYMPIA - Citizens and state employees will be honored March 10 for their efforts in salmon recovery during a public event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Salmon Recovery Lead Entity Program.
Sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.
During the celebration, members of the public will have an opportunity to learn more about lead entities, which are local, citizen-based organizations that develop salmon habitat protection and restoration projects with the help of technical experts.
The Grays Harbor Public Health Department has confirmed one Ocosta High School student diagnosed with Pertussis, or Whooping Cough. The infection is characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a whooping sound when the person breathes in, is not often dangerous to adults and older children, whooping cough can be dangerous to babies.
The one confirmed case in Ocosta High school is a Pacific County resident.
Karolyn Holden of the Grays Harbor County Public Health Department is quoted in the attached audio
As Holden tells us; Cover your cough, and wash your hands top help prevent communicable diseases.