Disease outbreaks

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 file photo, University of Pittsburgh pharmacy student Alexandria Taylor prepares syringes during a free measles vaccination clinic by the Allegheny County Health Department at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA in Pittsburgh. On Monday, May 13, 2019, U.S. health officials say the year’s count of measles cases has surpassed 800, in a growing tally that already is the nation’s highest in 25 years. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
May 13, 2019 - 9:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say this year's count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation's highest in 25 years. A total of 839 cases were reported as of last week. That's the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year. The Centers...
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Anti-vaccination protestors Christie Nadzieja, front, Bob Runnells, back left, and Katie Bauer, back right, all of Vancouver, Washington, stand up and turn their backs on Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Vancouver, Wash., as he signs a bill into law that eliminates personal belief and philosophical exemptions for the measles mumps and rubella vaccine for children who wish to attend school or day care. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
May 10, 2019 - 3:41 pm
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee...
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May 10, 2019 - 5:49 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Friday that it may not be possible to contain Ebola to the two affected provinces in eastern Congo if violent attacks on health teams continue. The ominous statement comes amid escalating violence nine months after the outbreak began,...
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May 08, 2019 - 4:42 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities say a city at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak has come under attack by militia fighters. Maj. Mak Hazukay says at least seven Mai-Mai fighters were killed Wednesday morning in Butembo. Others say the death toll could be higher. Violence in the region has...
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In this May 2, 2019, photo homeless people gather on the sidewalk at an encampment in Phoenix. Health officials say Arizona is seeing a surge in hepatitis A cases, with the majority of people infected being the homeless population and drug users, primarily in the Tucson area but also in metro Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 05, 2019 - 6:08 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is seeing a surge in hepatitis A cases, mostly in the Tucson area but also in metro Phoenix, health officials say. The outbreak of the viral disease that affects the liver began in November and cases have continued to rise since then despite efforts to step up vaccinations...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, a health worker feeds a boy suspected of having the Ebola virus at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo. The World Health Organization says Ebola deaths in Congo's latest outbreak are expected to exceed 1,000 later on Friday, May 3, 2019. WHO's emergencies chief made the announcement at a news conference in Geneva. The Ebola outbreak that was declared in eastern Congo in August is already the second deadliest outbreak in history, and efforts to control it have been complicated by a volatile security situation and deep community mistrust. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, File)
May 03, 2019 - 1:24 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the Ebola outbreak in Congo (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Congo's Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have died in an Ebola outbreak that started in August. Health Minister Oly Ilunga confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the number of infected people...
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Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, speaks about the Update on WHO Ebola operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, May 03, 2019. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
May 03, 2019 - 9:18 am
GENEVA (AP) — Ebola deaths in Congo's latest outbreak are expected to exceed 1,000 later on Friday, the World Health Organization announced, as attacks continue on health workers trying to contain the virus's spread. The outbreak that was declared in eastern Congo in August is already the second...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, a health care worker prepares syringes, including a vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), for a child's inoculations at the International Community Health Services in Seattle. Officials in the Pacific Northwest say a measles outbreak that sickened multiple people is over. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
April 29, 2019 - 7:31 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A measles outbreak that sickened more than 70 people, mostly children, in the Pacific Northwest is finally over even as the total number of cases nationwide continues to spike to near-record levels , officials said Monday. Six weeks have passed without a new infection in...
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health experts, Muntu Davis, Health Officer, left, and Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer answer questions regarding the measles response and the quarantine orders during a news conference in Los Angeles Friday, April 26, 2019. Hundreds of students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet to contain the spread of measles in the United States, where cases have reached a 25-year high. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 26, 2019 - 7:48 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the U.S., where cases have reached a 25-year high...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2015, file photo, Jennifer Wonnacott holds her son, Gavin, as he points to a sign showing supporters of a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated, at a news conference after the State Bill 277 was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento, Calif. State health officials say the number of measles cases in 2019 is up in California with cases stretching across 11 counties and affecting patients from 5 months to 55 years of age. Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, says more than 76% of patients were not vaccinated or didn't receive the recommended two doses of vaccine. Fourteen of those infected had traveled overseas to countries including Philippines, Thailand, India and Ukraine. Measles symptoms include high fever, a cough and a rash. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 25, 2019 - 4:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarantine order was issued Thursday for hundreds of students and staff at two Los Angeles universities who may have been exposed to measles and either have not been vaccinated or can't verify that they have immunity. Measles in the United States has climbed to its highest...
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