What you need to know about ticks

As summer heat descends, replacing balmy spring breezes, ticks are becoming active in many regions of the United States. In the coming months, some experts predict that ticks and the diseases they cause will be more abundant due to warmer winter temperatures. Worry, though, is unnecessary since prevention is possible.

Tick bite temporarily paralyzes 3-year-old

A normal bedtime routine turned into a trip to the emergency room for an Oregon couple and their 3-year-old after she experienced partial paralysis because of a tick bite.

Skin cancer increasing in Washington

OLYMPIA – Washington ranks among the top 10 states for the highest rates of newly diagnosed cancerous melanoma of the skin. According to data from the Washington State Cancer Registry (WSCR), the rates have been increasing by about 2% each year since 2000. During 2010-2014 combined, Jefferson, Island, King, San Juan, Kitsap, Skagit and Snohomish counties had higher rates of newly diagnosed cancerous melanoma of the skin than the state as a whole.

New infectious unit at Spokane hospital ready for patients

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A new ward at a Spokane hospital is ready to handle patients with highly infectious diseases such as Ebola.Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of 10 hospitals in the country chosen by the federal government to host "special pathogens unit" for people with Ebola or other highly infectious diseases. It could take patients from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska in the event of an outbreak.