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Airway Heights Water Contamination
Wells in Spokane County, in Airway Heights, which is north of Fairchild Air Force Base, have tested positive for toxic firefighting chemicals. The chemicals were discovered during testing conducted by the base; migrating through the water table. Known by the acronyms PFOS and PFOA, the perfluorinated chemicals degrade slowly in the environment and have been linked to an array of health defects. Find more information for health care providers here.
Between March 2014 and March 2016, West Africa experienced the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, with multiple countries affected including the United States. In total, the U.S. had four cases of Ebola diagnosed here, the last was confirmed on Oct. 23, 2014. Although widespread transmission of Ebola in West Africa is under control, experts predict that additional cases will continue to occur sporadically. Find more information for health care providers here.
Key information about vaccination, infection control, prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of seasonal influenza. Find more information for health care providers here.
Although there are currently no diagnosed cases in Spokane County, measles cases could occur here as a result of importations by people who were infected while in other countries and from transmission that may occur from those importations. Measles is more likely to spread and cause outbreaks in communities where groups of people are unvaccinated. Find more information for health care providers here.
From December 2016 until August 2017, Spokane County experienced its worst outbreak of mumps in the county’s history with 333 confirmed and probable cases. This outbreak shows that when people who are sick with mumps have close contact with a lot of other people (such as among students living in dormitories and students and families in close-knit communities) mumps can spread even among vaccinated people. However, outbreaks are much larger in areas where vaccine coverage rates are lower. Find information about clinical features, prevention, reporting and controlling mumps for health care providers here.
The rapid spread of Zika virus across the World Health Organization’s Region of the Americas has had a direct effect on the U.S. health care delivery system. Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are not found in the Pacific Northwest. However, travelers who visit an area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing could become infected if bitten by a mosquito. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus and can cause certain birth defects. Find clinical evaluation and disease information, including testing and infection control recommendations for health care providers here.