6:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Northwest States Shaping Up Ebola Policies As More Travelers Arrive Home

Washington, Oregon, and Idaho policies are working on how to deal with travelers in Ebola-exposed countries
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  Each day now, travelers are arriving home to the Northwest who may have been exposed to Ebola .

In Oregon, a woman who has come back from West Africa was hospitalized Friday with a fever. But the ink isn’t yet dry on Washington, Oregon and Idaho’s policies on how to isolate these travelers. And the hustle is on to adequately train healthcare workers. 

Oregon state officials said they have fully adopted the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention protocol. The state has also adapted its own CDC based algorithm to access someone’s risk level of developing Ebola.

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5:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ebola Makes West Africa A No-Go Zone For Washington Investment Officers

Map of Ebola outbreak distribution. The director of the Washington State Investment Board says she will not authorize travel to West Africa.
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The Ebola outbreak is West Africa means Washington state investment officers won’t be traveling to that region anytime soon.

Theresa Whitmarsh, executive director of the Washington State Investment Board, said her staff hasn’t been to West Africa in quite some time. And at this point she won’t authorize travel there because of Ebola.

“We don’t intend to send staff to West Africa until we have a better feel for the kind of controls they have on the ground there,” Whitmarsh said.

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Enterovirus Outbreak
6:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

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Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children. The widening disease outbreak is suspected - but not confirmed - to be a rare strain of enterovirus. 

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Gonorrhea Outbreak
6:24 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gonorrhea Rising Outside Urban Hubs In Northwest

Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years.
Credit CDC

Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak. Parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers. Health departments are seeing some unusual trends in the data.

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NW Flu
6:03 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Flu Season Arrives In Northwest, Bringing New Cases Of H1N1

The H1N1 influenza virus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 5:18 pm

The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Washington, Oregon and Idaho are among 25 states now facing widespread cases of the flu.

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Increase In Walking
5:14 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

More Adults Are Walking Nowadays

People in the U.S. are walking more often than they used to.
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People are walking more, especially in the West, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2005, 56 percent of adults reported walking for at least 10 minutes a week. Five years later, that percentage was up to 62 percent.

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Record Whooping Cough Cases
5:35 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

CDC Says U.S. On Track For Record Rates of Whooping Cough

This CDC graphic shows state-by-state changes in whooping cough cases from 2011-12.
Northwest News Network

The number of whooping cough cases in Washington State has passed 3,000. Washington’s infection rate was rising so rapidly that health officials called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help. That was in May. Yesterday, the CDC issued a report on its findings. Scientists noticed an unusual pattern.

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Lead Regulations
6:44 am
Thu May 17, 2012

CDC Cuts Lead Poisoning Threshold

Correspondent John Ryan of Seattle station KUOW has been investigating lead pollution in the Northwest. Lead has been known for centuries to be a powerful poison. Even small concentrations can lower children's IQs and cause permanent brain damage. As John reports, the federal government now says children's brains are even more sensitive to lead than previously thought.

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Whooping Cough
6:22 am
Mon May 7, 2012

CDC to Investigate Wash. Whooping Cough Epidemic

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has sent two epidemiologists to Washington State. The investigators will try to find out what’s causing the state’s rapid rise of whooping cough cases. We get more from Ruby de Luna.

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