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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

Air in Spokane hazardous as wildfire smoke fills city

The wildfire smoke blanketing Spokane is expected to linger – and perhaps worsen – through Wednesday as health officials warned residents to seek refuge inside during the waning days of …


Editorial: Walking to school is a smart choice

Health experts recommend children get at least an hour of physical activity per day. Walking to and from school provides a nice aerobic workout.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Spokane County mosquitoes, horses test positive for West Nile virus

The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed West Nile virus is present in local mosquitoes Tuesday, and said five horses in the county have been sickened.


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

Spokane man dies from hantavirus after likely exposure in Adams County

A Spokane man in his 50s has died from complications related to hantavirus, a rare respiratory illness usually spread through mice droppings.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Spokane Regional Health District chooses local doctor as new health officer

Dr. Bob Lutz of Spokane has been selected as the new health officer at the Spokane Regional Health District.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 11:53 a.m.

Black fly outbreak across Spokane brings itchy, bleeding misery

An outbreak of biting black flies has spread to pockets across the Inland Northwest, bringing misery in the form of itchy bleeding bite wounds and allergic reactions


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 11:49 a.m.

As Spokane AIDS Network closes its doors, clients and staff remember years of community, support

The Spokane AIDS Network, which began as a grassroots mutual aid project among gay men in 1987, closed its doors in March, shifting all clients to the Spokane Regional Health …


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Idaho officials warn residents of potential danger in drinking well water after a flood

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Management are warning residents of the potential danger in drinking well water after a flood.


Shore up ailing public health budgets

Treatment, facilities, equipment and workers represent a mountain of health care cash. Meanwhile, disease prevention is an eroding foothill.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Know Spokane: Our demographics are more diverse than our cuisine

Even the most optimistic foodie would have trouble calling Spokane a food destination. That’s not to say we don’t have great restaurants, but for someone accustomed to the dizzying array …


With opioid deaths on the rise, Spokane County expands methadone treatment program

Spokane County has eliminated two of the biggest barriers for people seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Ongoing Spokane mumps outbreak prompts new vaccination clinic

Health officials have confirmed 152 mumps cases in Spokane County, prompting another free vaccination clinic.


‘Knock on wood’: House of Charity appears to have suppressed second norovirus outbreak

Health officials said Tuesday that 22 patrons of the House of Charity have been evaluated for intestinal symptoms, with some testing positive for norovirus. But the downtown homeless shelter appears …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

More students excluded from regional schools in response to mumps outbreak

An additional 129 Spokane Public School students have been excluded from five schools following additional new cases of mumps.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 8:10 p.m.

12 sickened in second suspected norovirus outbreak at House of Charity

Norovirus is suspected of sickening a dozen people at the House of Charity, sparking concerns that a second wave of the vomit-inducing illness is sweeping through the downtown homeless shelter.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Number of schools impacted by mumps outbreak grows

Hundreds of unvaccinated students at a dozen Spokane County schools are being ordered to stay home during the ongoing mumps outbreak, almost double the number of schools previously identified.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

120 Spokane Public School students unvaccinated for mumps ordered home by health district

The Spokane Regional Health District has ordered 120 unvaccinated Spokane Public Schools students home following additional mumps cases.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Health district orders some students without mumps vaccinations to stay home

The Spokane Regional Health District has ordered unvaccinated students at schools where mumps cases have been reported to stay home.


Flu claims life of elderly woman in Spokane County

An elderly woman who died last week is the first flu-related death in Spokane County this season, health officials said Tuesday.


New Spokane County mumps cases prompt free vaccine clinic

Nine people in Spokane County have been diagnosed with mumps, prompting the Spokane Regional Health District to offer a free vaccination clinic Jan. 11.


Dozens hospitalized for flu in Spokane County, deaths reported in Western Washington

Flu season is underway in Spokane County, with reports of at least 43 people hospitalized for flu-related symptoms.


Free mumps vaccine offered after two Spokane County cases confirmed

The Spokane Regional Health District will host a free mumps vaccination clinic Wednesday at Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave.


Norovirus outbreak nearly contained, House of Charity set to reopen

A norovirus outbreak that infected dozens of homeless people and staff at Spokane’s House of Charity this week has been largely contained.


An administrator will lead the Spokane Regional Health District – not a doctor – for the first time in district’s history

Following a search committee’s recommendation, the Spokane Regional Health District has decided to entrust the direction of the district to an administrator – not a doctor – for the first …


Board to decide Thursday if non-doctor may lead Spokane Regional Health District

To better mirror other counties in Washington state, the Board of Health is deciding whether to change the governance structure of Spokane Regional Health District moving forward.


Police cracking down on public marijuana smoking in downtown Spokane

Marijuana may be legal now, but smoking it in public isn’t. After months of education efforts, the Spokane Police Department will shift to ticketing people found smoking marijuana in public …


Spokane police respond to ‘suicidal person’ calls an average of three times a day, new report says

Spokane police are called to help someone who’s thinking about committing suicide an average of three times a day, according to a new department report. The report analyzed the 556 …


Get flu shot now for early protection, health district says

Health officials recommend that local residents get their shots before the region sees its first confirmed flu case.


Spokane County reports first case of West Nile since 2009

A Spokane County man in his 40s was hospitalized and later released two weeks ago after contracting West Nile virus from an infected mosquitoes in the area.