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Israel battles measles outbreak as infant dies of disease

Israel is grappling with one of its worst measles outbreak in decades, with over 1,200 cases reported since the beginning of 2018.


Brazil health ministry says 4 million kids need vaccinations

Brazil’s health officials say more than 4 million children still need to be vaccinated against measles.


Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died.


Measles infects more than 1,000 in Brazil; 5 reported deaths

Brazil’s Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have been infected and five have died in a measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela.


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

National study shows Idaho counties, Spokane among top ‘hotspots’ for children at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases

Public health officials have long known that the United States has pockets of vulnerability where the risk of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases is higher because parents opt out of getting their …


100 years ago in Stevens County: First American from Inland Northwest dies in World War I

The Great War in Europe claimed its first local casualty: Paul Lindley, 23, of Addy.


15 children die in South Sudan after workers vaccinate them with dirty needles

Fifteen children died and dozens more fell ill after vaccination workers ignored basic hygiene procedures during South Sudan’s national measles vaccination campaign last month.


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy has been removed by the Trump administration and replaced temporarily by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.


Time to tighten vaccination law

State lawmakers are not justified in allowing the personal exemption, which is one of the reasons the state’s compliance rate is relatively low. Past efforts to tighten the law have …


John Wiesman: Don’t forget vaccines on your back-to-school list

Last year, nearly 13,000 kindergartners in Washington did not have all the required immunizations to start school. This means that several thousand kindergartners are without the protection that vaccines provide


Fatal measles case linked to tribal health clinic, officials say

Washington health officials have found the woman who was killed by measles was likely exposed at a Port Angeles tribal health clinic.


Washington woman who died of measles had been vaccinated

A local health official says a woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune …


Second case of measles confirmed in Spokane County

A second person in Spokane County has contracted measles, the Spokane Regional Health District announced Wednesday afternoon. Last week, the first measles case in Spokane County in more than 20 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2015, 4:57 p.m.

Health district confirms second measles case

A second person in Spokane County has contracted measles, the Spokane Regional Health District announced this afternoon.


Hospital first sent measles patient home

Doctors at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s emergency room didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with a measles case last week, hospital officials confirmed Wednesday evening. The patient went to the …


Missed measles diagnosis unsurprising given rarity in Spokane County, officials say

Doctors at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s emergency room didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with a measles case last week, hospital officials confirmed Wednesday evening.


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2015, 10:22 a.m.

Single measles case confirmed in Spokane

Health leaders are warning the public of the first measles outbreak in Spokane County in more than 20 years. So far, the outbreak is small – just one case, but …


UPDATED: Tue., April 21, 2015, 6:02 p.m.

First measles case reported in Spokane County in 21 years

An adult in Spokane County has tested positive for the measles, the first case of the highly contagious disease in the county in 21 years.


Mike Fagan says he won’t resign health board position

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan declared Wednesday that there was “no way” he would resign from the county health board amid criticism of his statements questioning the safety of vaccines. …


Fagan refuses to resign from health board, council moves to remove him

As Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan declared Tuesday that there was “no way” he would resign from the county health board, other council members began the process to remove him.


Shawn Vestal: Science faces tall order in educating Mike Fagan

Dear Science: Could you send Mike Fagan a memo? Like, a very long memo? One that mentions a bunch of the studies about the repeatedly disproven “link” between autism and …


Councilman Mike Fagan questions need for vaccines

Three days after the Spokane Regional Health District asked every adult and child in the region to get vaccinated against measles, health board member and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan …


Councilman Fagan spreads vaccine conspiracy; blames illegal immigrants

Three days after the Spokane Regional Health District asked every adult and child in the region to get vaccinated against measles, health board member and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan …


Vaccine ‘trutherism’ thriving, at public’s expense

Cast your mind back to June, when the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby could deny contraception coverage to its employees. At the time, some people wondered how far this …


Region taking steps to boost vaccination

Measles outbreaks during the past year have rekindled the national and Northwest debate regarding vaccines in an area with historically higher-than-average numbers of people who don’t have their children immunized …


WSU students asked to have mumps vaccination

PULLMAN — Washington State University is asking students to make sure their measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations are up to date before they return from the Thanksgiving break.


Measles has biggest year in U.S. since 1996

ATLANTA — Last year was the worst year for measles in the U.S. in 15 years, health officials said today. There were 222 cases of measles, a large jump from …


Some folks are missing the point of vaccines

We’re No. 1. Measles will be overjoyed. A new report shows that more parents in Washington refused to have their children vaccinated than any other state in the nation. I’d …


Court says measles vaccine not to blame for autism

Vaccines aren’t to blame for autism, a special federal court declared Thursday in a blow to thousands of families hoping to win compensation and to many more who are convinced …


Region lags in vaccinations

Many parents in Washington and Idaho fail to have their children vaccinated against deadly diseases, according to a report issued Thursday. Both states are among the bottom five nationally for …