Infectious diseases

May 20, 2019 - 6:32 am
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. health agency says the risk that the Ebola virus will spread remains "very high." Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking Monday at the start of the World Health Organization's annual assembly, where issues like anti-microbial resistance, universal health care and...
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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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May 13, 2019 - 8:00 am
BENI, Congo (AP) — Authorities say an Ebola treatment has come under attack again in eastern Congo. Butembo Mayor Sylvain Kanyamanda said Monday that one of the attackers was killed in the overnight assault in Katwa. Two patients also died after all the nursing staff fled the health facility. The...
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Public Health of Curaçao epidemiologist Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth talks to reporters regarding the quarantined Church of Scientology ship docked in the port of Willemstad, Curacao, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Gerstenbluth said Saturday that some crew members and several passengers are required to stay on the 440-feet Freewinds ship until May 13 because they are still at risk of contracting measles after a female crew member was diagnosed with the disease. The rest of the passengers, about 300, are free to go. (AP Photo/Dick Drayer)
May 12, 2019 - 1:06 am
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Authorities in Curacao announced Saturday that 17 crew members and 11 passengers must stay aboard a ship owned by the Church of Scientology that is under quarantine following a confirmed case of measles. Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth said the group is required to stay on the 440-...
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May 10, 2019 - 4:11 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A microorganism that played a role in treating tuberculosis is now officially recognized as New Jersey's state microbe. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday giving the distinction to Streptomyces (strep-toh-MY'-seez) griseus (GREE'-say-us). The microbe was discovered in New...
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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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The Freewinds cruise ship is docked in the port of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Authorities in the eastern Caribbean island have quarantined the ship after discovering a confirmed case of measles aboard. (AP Photo/Bradley Lacan)
May 03, 2019 - 3:27 pm
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Authorities in Curacao debated on Friday how to respond to a ship with 300 people aboard that is heading to the Dutch Caribbean island after being placed under quarantine in nearby St. Lucia because of a confirmed case of measles. The ship left St. Lucia late Thursday...
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