Whatcom County public health nurses are available for consultation on management of animal bites, animal rabies testing, and rabies prophylaxis at 360-778-6100 or evening or weekends at 360-715-2588.
Listen to CDC podcast on avian influenza involving cases of recent wild bird deaths near Wiser Lake in Whatcom County. Transcript available.
A major concern with exposure to bats is rabies. An exposure would be any direct physical contact between a human and a bat (unless the exposed person is certain that a bite, scratch or mucous membrane exposure did not occur). Examining a person for evidence of a bat bite is unreliable and should not be used to determine if contact has occurred. Persons handling a bat can be exposed to rabies through small or unapparent cuts or rashes of the skin.
The Whatcom County Health Department relies on healthcare providers, laboratories and hospitals to report certain diseases to us.
Local health care providers, laboratories and hospitals are required by Washington State Law to report certain diseases to the Whatcom County Health Department. Once a report has been made, our staff members then investigate to ensure that diseases that can be transmitted from person to person are controlled in our community.
View information about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Helpful information about Head Lice for parents from The American Academy of Family Physicians.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.
Information about measles, a highly contagious disease.
Across the nation concerns are being raised about MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus). In Whatcom County local physicians are also being asked many questions about diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this infection.
Learn about Perinatal Hepatitis B prevention from the Washington State Department of Health.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial infection that is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths which result in a “whooping” sound.
Learn how to report a public health emergency.
On this page you will find STD resources and information for health care providers.
Information regarding Zika Virus for healthcare providers