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Spokane, other universities, report cases of flu

  Washington State Department of Health announced Wednesday evening that six “probable cases of swine flu” have been identified in the state — three in King County, two in Snohomish County and one in Spokane County.   Having testing multiple flu samples since Monday, the DOH is now sending “six samples it could not positively subtype […]

No known cases of swine flu in Washington state

No cases of swine flu have been detected in Washington state, according to a press release by the state’s Department of Health, and the risk of exposure is currently low.   Both the Department of Health and the national Centers for Disease Control have issued several press releases on the swine flu outbreak and posted […]

West Nile virus arrives as WSU research progresses

Last month the Washington Department of Health announced the state’s first apparent human case of West Nile virus (WNV). The flavivirus, which can cause encephalitis in birds, horses and humans, was first identified by a veterinary pathologist at the Bronx zoo in 1999. Since then the disease has spread across the continental United States much […]