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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Spokane sees high rates of an unusual flu strain this year

Flu season is starting early this year, and Washington state already has high flu activity reported at a regional level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Spokane Health District confirms two hepatitis A-related deaths

Two people died from complications related to hepatitis A in Spokane County this month, the health district announced Wednesday.


Washington State Board of Health bans vape products that contain vitamin E acetate

The Washington State Board of Health voted to ban vitamin E acetate in vape products amid a national health crisis that has led to dozens of deaths and thousands of …


Spokane’s high school principals supported fining students caught vaping; school board tabled proposal

Spokane Public Schools’ decision this week to table a proposal to cite students for vaping contradicted the earlier wishes of all five of its high school principals.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Health district confirms 47 cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County

The Spokane Regional Health District has confirmed 47 cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County.


State, Spokane County struggle with far-reaching health impacts of domestic violence, homelessness

Washington state fell six spots in the 2019 America’s Health Rankings for Women and Children


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Idaho agencies issue health advisory for Twin Lakes after harmful algae found

The toxins produced by the bacteria cannot be filtered or boiled out of water, and agency officials encourage anyone who has come in contact with the algae to wash off …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Opioid overdose reversal drug made available statewide without a prescription

Naloxone, the drug that can prevent overdose deaths from opioids, will be available to Washingtonians and organizations at pharmacies statewide after the state issued a standing order Wednesday.


Spokane Regional Health District hires new administrator

When Amelia Clark, the new administrator for the Spokane Regional Health District, compares Spokane and her home state of Indiana, the landscape differs, but the problems are similar.


Health district and charitable groups respond to hepatitis A outbreak

The Spokane Regional Health District is partnering with local community organizations to provide vaccinations against hepatitis A and B in the midst of a state-declared outbreak of hepatitis A last …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

Health district officials: 3 hepatitis A cases confirmed in Spokane

Spokane Regional Health District officials confirmed three cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Q&A: With measles on the rise, vaccine is still best defense

The Spokesman-Review asked health experts about any strategies to prevent a measles outbreaks, including for travel or if people can’t remember having the vaccine. Just four months into 2019, the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019

Washington bill would allow parents to give students marijuana extract drugs on public school grounds

The bill, which has been introduced twice before in the Washington Legislature, is intended to allow students with a documented condition treated by marijuana to receive the drug on campuses, …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018

Deadline for Spokane residents to sign up for public health care plans is Saturday

Statewide, enrollment numbers are surging in the final few days before the open enrollment period for public health options ends Saturday night. Spokane County residents may pick plans from among …


100 years ago in Spokane: Public gathering ban drives rift through citizenry as flu cases grow

The ban on public gatherings was reinstated – in a modified form – during a contentious meeting of the city board of health.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018

New WSU certificate program aims to give students grounding in public health

Washington State University is launching a public health certificate program for graduate students. Run out of the Spokane-based College of Nursing, the 12-credit program allows grad students at any of …


Spokane Regional Health District could teach Department of Health how to deal with marijuana and pregnancy

Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana in 2012, requires the state to support education programs with “medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use.” …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017

Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views.


Editorial: Politics infecting science, public health

We applaud the winners of this year’s Lasker prizes, but can’t help but wonder how much more could be achieved if science and public health could be inoculated against politics.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017

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: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017

First 2017 case of equine West Nile virus confirmed in Spokane County horse

A horse in Four Lakes is the first in Washington to contract West Nile virus this year, the Washington State Department of Agriculture said in a news release.


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017

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., April 6, 2017

Spokane health district, CHAS team up to help people quit smoking

Done My Way is a new campaign to get people to quit smoking using evidence-based, mostly free resources. It’s put on by the Spokane Regional Health District and CHAS.


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage in Puget Sound

Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000

The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017

Washington state mumps outbreak the worst in the nation in late December

There are 24 confirmed or probable cases of mumps in Spokane County, a sharp increase from a week


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.


Two vaccinated Spokane County residents diagnosed with mumps

Health officials say the MMR vaccine, which is 88 percent effective, remains the best way to prevent mumps.


Spokane health officials say risk of norovirus spreading widely is ‘extremely low’

Following a norovirus outbreak this weekend in two downtown Spokane homeless shelters, public health officials are saying the risk of the general population acquiring the virus is “extremely low.”


Whatcom County considers vaping ban

Officials in Whatcom County in northwest Washington are considering banning vaping in certain areas.