Washington Department of Health http://kplu.org en Health Officials Perplexed by Spike in Number of Gonorrhea Cases http://kplu.org/post/health-officials-perplexed-spike-number-gonorrhea-cases <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health officials officials across the Northwest are trying to figure out why they’re seeing a big upswing in the number of people with gonorrhea this year. Washington announced Thursday five counties are in the midst of an outbreak of the infection.</span></p><p>The Washington outbreaks are in Spokane, Benton, Yakima, Kitsap, and Thurston counties. Overall, the state has seen a 34 percent increase in gonorrhea cases over this time last year.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:03:38 +0000 Jessica Robinson 10639 at http://kplu.org Health Officials Perplexed by Spike in Number of Gonorrhea Cases Whooping cough epidemic declared in Washington state http://kplu.org/post/whooping-cough-epidemic-declared-washington-state <p>Washington state&#39;s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 19:05:42 +0000 The Associated Press 4984 at http://kplu.org Seasonal West Nile Virus warnings http://kplu.org/post/seasonal-west-nile-virus-warnings <p>West Nile Virus may be returning to Washington State. The recent wet spring has created an attractive habitat for mosquitoes, some of which carry West Nile.</p><p> Mon, 23 May 2011 13:37:14 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1643 at http://kplu.org Seasonal West Nile Virus warnings