Disease outbreaks

In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 photo Worcester Police officer Angel Rivera, right, returns a license to an unidentified man as Rivera asks if he has been tested for Hepatitis A at the entrance to a tent where the man spent the night in a wooded area, in Worcester, Mass. Dan Cahill, City of Worcester sanitary inspector, walks behind center. The city was hit hard when recent hepatitis A outbreaks across the country started sickening and killing homeless people and illicit drug users. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 12, 2019 - 8:41 am
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — This industrial city in central Massachusetts has had many nicknames through the years, including "the Heart of the Commonwealth" and "Wormtown." Among them was this less-known medical moniker: "Hepatitisville." Worcester has endured several outbreaks of the liver-battering...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018, a healthcare worker from the World Health Organization prepares to give an Ebola vaccination in Mangina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Armed assailants attacked an Ebola treatment center in Butembo, in the heart of eastern Congo’s deadly outbreak on Saturday March 9, 2019, with the mayor reporting one police officer killed. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, FILE)
March 09, 2019 - 7:19 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Armed assailants again attacked an Ebola treatment center in the heart of eastern Congo's deadly outbreak on Saturday, with one police officer killed and health workers injured. The early-morning attack in Butembo came less than a week after the treatment center reopened...
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March 07, 2019 - 2:19 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Doctors Without Borders is warning that the effort to control Congo's Ebola outbreak is hampered by a "toxic" security situation including a series of attacks on its treatment centers. The international organization's President Joanne Liu told reporters in Geneva on Thursday...
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Ethan Lindenberger testifies during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, to examine vaccines, focusing on preventable disease outbreaks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 05, 2019 - 12:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Ohio teen defied his mother's anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it's crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents. Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, said his mother's "love,...
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February 28, 2019 - 1:34 pm
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Intruders attacked a treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders for the second time in four days, leaving four Ebola patients missing and forcing the medical aid group to suspend its operations in the area Thursday. The decision was made after unknown assailants burned...
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FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows the marquee outside of the Wanaque Center For Nursing And Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J. A federal report says a viral outbreak that killed 11 children at the New Jersey nursing home was made worse because those in charge didn’t plan for such an outbreak and didn’t react fast enough.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)
February 27, 2019 - 10:12 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal report says a viral outbreak that killed 11 children at a New Jersey nursing home was made worse because those in charge didn't plan for such an outbreak and didn't react fast enough. The Record reports the pediatric medical director of the Wanaque Center for Nursing...
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February 21, 2019 - 6:06 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths. According to WHO figures, there have been more than 68,000 cases of the disease in which 553 deaths were confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles since the...
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FILE - This undated photo shows romaine lettuce in Houston. On Friday, June 1, 2018, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it wasn’t able to identify a contamination source for an E. coli outbreak that prompted it to warn people to avoid romaine lettuce in the fall of 2018. (Steve Campbell/Houston Chronicle via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 3:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. food regulators say they weren't able to identify a contamination source for a food poisoning outbreak that prompted them to warn people to avoid romaine lettuce this fall . The Food and Drug Administration says it wasn't able to determine how a water reservoir on a Santa...
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February 13, 2019 - 5:15 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Eight people have died of measles in Ukraine since the start of the year, already half as many as died in the whole of 2018, authorities said on Wednesday. The Health Ministry said in a statement that two deaths from the extremely contagious viral disease have been recorded...
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February 08, 2019 - 7:34 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China has reported a new outbreak of African swine fever that is threating the country's vital pork industry. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has reported the disease had been detected on a farm in Yongzhou in the central province of Hunan, where 4,600 pigs are being...
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