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Category: Health
August 19, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Washington has first 2014 case of West Nile virus 

KENNEWICK, Tri-Cities (AP) — Health officials are confirming the first case of West Nile virus contracted in Washington state this year. The Tri-City Herald reports  that the patient was a Walla Walla County man in his 20s. The state Department of Health says he was likely exposed near his home and he was hospitalized. Health officials…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: 2014, first case, Kennewick

August 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Court’s psychiatric boarding ban will cost Washington tens of millions

Complying with the state Supreme Court’s recent ban on warehousing psychiatric patients in hospital emergency rooms will cost Washington’s already underfunded mental health system tens of millions of dollars, health administrators said Thursday morning. The state has been scrambling to respond to the high court’s ruling for the past week, but so far has only been able to free…

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Comments | Topics: Andi Smith, Department of Social and Health Services, Gov. Jay Inslee

August 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Sewage spill closes Bainbridge Island beaches

Officials have closed the beaches at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island to swimming and shellfish harvesting after a sewage spill. KIRO-TV reports that the spill began about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when there was a break in a sewer main on the Eagle Harbor shoreline near the state ferry terminal. The spill was stopped by 1:30 p.m. The…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Health | Topics: Bainbridge Island, sewage, spill

August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

State Supreme Court rules psychiatric boarding unlawful

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that boarding psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms and acute care centers because there isn’t space at certified psychiatric treatment facilities is unlawful. The court ruled unanimously that patients held temporarily in settings that don’t provide individualized psychiatric treatment violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act. “It’s always been…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Health | Topics: mentally ill, psychiatric boarding, Supreme Court

June 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

8 measles cases reported in South King County, 1 in Pierce

Local public health officials are recommending that everyone in South King County or Pierce County make certain they’re up-to-date on their measles vaccinations after nine cases of measles were confirmed or suspected in the area. Eight cases are among members of the same extended family in south King County and one case is suspected in Pierce…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: measles, Public Health - Seattle & King County

June 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

2nd incident of indecent exposure reported at UW

University of Washington police are warning students about a second incident of public masturbation on campus in the past two weeks. A female student told police she was in an elevator in Schmitz Hall around 1 p.m. yesterday when a man walked in and said “hello.” When she acknowledged him she noticed that he was masturbating, police said. The student confronted the man,…

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Comments | More in General news, Health, The Blotter | Topics: indecent exposure, University of Wahington

May 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Fungus that causes fever found in state

SPOKANE (AP) — A fungus that can launch a fatal illness has been found for the first time in the soil of Washington. Officials for Washington State University say the fungus can cause an illness called valley fever. The fungus is normally found in semiarid parts of the Southwest. Valley fever occurs when the soil-dwelling fungus becomes…

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Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: fungus, valley fever

April 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Pot vending machines may be allowed in new stores

Pot vending machines may be coming to Washington’s pot stores. They’re apparently rolling into Colorado, or at least into one Colorado shop. The Denver Post reported that an “automated, age-verifying climate-controlled” vending machine is being installed inside a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary. Washington state is considering allowing such machines in its recreational pot shops, according to Randy…

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Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Initiative 502, liquor control board, marijuana

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