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Air Quality ‘Unhealthy’ in Much of NCW Due to Canada Wildfires

The Washington Department of Ecology issued an air quality alert thru noon Saturday for much of Eastern Washington, including all of Chelan and Douglas Counties. Air quality will vary between good and unhealthy depending on wind direction and time of day.
Smoke from wildfires in Okanogan County, British Columbia, Alberta and Montana is expected to affect central and eastern Washington as north winds push smoke around the state through Saturday.…

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As Mumps Cases Rise Statewide, Chelan-Douglas Area Reports Zero

Christal Eshelman, Communications Director at the Chelan-Douglas Health District, joins KOHO’s Chris Hansen to talk about the recent mumps cases in Washington state, although the number of cases locally remains at zero. State Health Officials say the number of mumps cases statewide is now about 350. Officials say 113 of the cases involve children age 17 and younger, with 62% of people in the reported cases saying they were vaccinated against the mumps.…

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Demystifying Flu Season

Health officials say two dozen people in Washington state have died from the flu so far this season, and the number is likely to climb. The Washington Department of Health said the victims have been older people — two were over 50, and the rest were over 65, with several victims in their 80s or 90s.…

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Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Wenatchee

On Aug. 3 Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife officials found a bat in Chelan County that tested positive for rabies. The Chelan-Douglas Health District said in this event, as in all similar events, public health conducts a risk assessment to determine if anyone needs post-exposure prophylaxis. In the wild, less than one percent of bats have rabies.…

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Chelan-Douglas Counties Rank High In Overall Health

National Public Health Week starts today. The American Public Health Association puts on the awareness week each April to recognize the work of public health workers and highlight health issues in our country. And it’s especially timely as the latest health rankings are out for all 39 counties of Washington State.
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New PIO at Chelan-Douglas Health District

Late last month, Mary Small announced her retirement. Small spent the last 30 years at the Chelan-Douglas Health District as their public information officer, among other duties, getting the word out amongst the community on health-related issues. The District has brought on a new community outreach director, a Leavenworth local, Christal Eshelman.
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Zika Virus Confirmed in Wash., Not Serious Threat Health Officials Say

Health officials here in Washington state have now confirmed two cases of Zika virus – the first in Mason County, the second in Spokane County. The mosquito-borne virus causes no more than a mild illness in most people but has been linked to severe birth defects. It’s has been spreading through Brazil, but is also being transmitted in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
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