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News You Can Use from the WA DOH – January 2017

Public Health: Always working for a safer and healthier Washington

Marijuana

Marijuana Industry Fears If Sessions Is Confirmed, Dispensaries Could Get Shut Down
http://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2017/01/10/marijuana-industry-fears-if-sessions-is-confirmed-dispensaries-could-get-shut-down/#587833515d8a

Pot advocates see some hope in Sessions’ vague answers on marijuana
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nation-world/national/article125755694.html

Issue of legal weed in Yakima County may wind up in court
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/marijuana/issue-of-legal-weed-in-yakima-county-may-wind-up-in-court/

Tobacco / E-Cigs

WHO: Smoking costs the world economy $1 trillion per year
http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/jan/10/who-smoking-costs-the-world-economy-1-trillion-per-year/

AG trying again to raise tobacco purchase age to 21
http://www.king5.com/news/local/olympia/ag-trying-again-to-raise-tobacco-purchase-age-to-21/384857871

Why getting farmers to switch from tobacco crops is a struggle
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/10/why-getting-farmers-to-switch-from-tobacco-crops-is-a-struggle.html

Flu

You think you might have the flu. Should you go to the ER? Maybe
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article125639579.html#storylink=cpy

Flu-related deaths climbed to 12 in Pierce County
http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/flu-related-deaths-climbed-to-12-in-pierce-county/483117388

Pierce County flu epidemic death toll hits 12
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article125639919.html

Flu claims life of elderly woman in Spokane County
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jan/10/flu-claims-life-of-elderly-woman-in-spokane-county/

Doctors debate Tamiflu’s healing effects
http://q13fox.com/2017/01/10/doctors-debate-over-tamiflus-healing-effects/

Mumps

Puyallup schools see second confirmed mumps case
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article125515529.html

7 Mead School District students infected with mumps
http://www.krem.com/news/health/7-mead-school-district-students-infected-with-mumps/384944586

Pollution

Navy’s Aircraft Carrier Hull-Scraping Raises Puget Sound Pollution Concerns
http://kuow.org/post/navys-aircraft-carrier-hull-scraping-raises-puget-sound-pollution-concerns

Zika

Angola announces first 2 cases of Zika, but strain not clear
http://www.yakimaherald.com/lifestyle/health/angola-announces-first-cases-of-zika-but-strain-not-clear/article_08bd893d-3c03-5c88-b890-18f85ad3523a.html

Leavenworth-area hatchery violating Clean Water Act, judge rules
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/leavenworth-area-hatchery-violating-clean-water-act-judge-rules/

 


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