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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 6:26 p.m.

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, 9:42 p.m.

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, 9:20 p.m.

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, 9:34 a.m.

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, 10:23 p.m.

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, 11:19 a.m.

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, 11:40 a.m.

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, 7:51 p.m.

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, 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: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

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, 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., April 6, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

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, 4:55 p.m.

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, 10:43 p.m.

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, 10:27 p.m.

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.


North Idaho woman develops Zika virus

A North Idaho woman who recently traveled to Mexico infected with Zika virus.


Zika in part of Miami prompts CDC warning for pregnant women

Government health officials warned pregnant women Monday to avoid a Zika-stricken section of Miami and get tested for the virus if they’ve visited the neighborhood since mid-June, after the number …


Spokane City Council asks voters to determine if coal, oil trains should be fined

The ordinance before voters in November cites concerns about a derailment polluting water in the Spokane aquifer and Spokane River. City Councilmember Breean Beggs said he believes Congress has given …


Spokane approach could be model for federal public health programs, speakers say

Spokane could shape the federal government’s approach to a more holistic type of public health. The city was one of five included in the U.S. Department of Health and Human …


Idaho hot springs shut down to protect health, safety

An Idaho recreation spot known as the Skinny Dipper Hot Springs has been shut down by federal officials.


Officials: Two more Zika virus cases found in King County

Heath officials have confirmed two more cases of Zika virus in King County. That brings the total to four in the county and eight in Washington.