Infectious diseases

August 20, 2019 - 3:23 pm
DENVER (AP) — Thousands of people who planned to camp during three days of Phish concerts at a stadium outside Denver will no longer be able to because of concerns that fleas in and around nearby prairie dog burrows could spread the plague. The Denver Post reports public health officials are still...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks to hospital patient Scarlett Gibbons, 5, during a visit to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, south-west England, Monday Aug. 19, 2019. Johnson is under increasing pressure Monday to recall Parliament after leaked government documents warned of widespread problems if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a Brexit withdrawal agreement. (Peter Nicholls/Pool via AP)
August 19, 2019 - 5:53 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's government is planning to pressure social media companies to do more to fight misinformation on vaccines following a spike in measles cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that while the country had a great record on fighting measles, things were suddenly "going in...
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August 16, 2019 - 4:44 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. Two new patients tested positive in the Mwenga area of South Kivu, adding to North Kivu and Ituri...
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August 14, 2019 - 11:14 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a new tuberculosis medicine that shortens and improves treatment for the hardest-to-treat cases, a worsening problem in many poor countries. It's the first TB drug developed by a nonprofit group, the TB Alliance, which was formed to come up with...
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This 1978 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Legionella pneumophila bacteria which are responsible for causing the pneumonic disease Legionnaires' disease. In a report released Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said annual cases of Legionnaires’ jumped more than fivefold from 2000 to 2017, and that as many as 70,000 Americans get the disease every year. High-profile recent outbreaks occurred in Atlanta and Flint, Michigan. (Francis Chandler/CDC via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 8:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Top U.S. science experts are calling for stronger policies to combat the growing Legionnaires' disease problem. In a report released Wednesday, the experts said annual cases of Legionnaires' jumped more than fivefold from 2000 to 2017, and that as many as 70,000 Americans get the...
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Esperance Nabintu and her one-year-old son, Ebenezer Fataki, after the two had been declared cured of Ebola, in Goma, Congo Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. The two were treated with new anti-Ebola drugs by top doctors who said that the disease can be cured if people seek proper care. (AP Photo/Justin Katumwa)
August 13, 2019 - 8:10 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Two Ebola patients who were treated with new drugs in the city of Goma in eastern Congo have been declared "cured" and returned to their home. Top doctors fighting Ebola quickly used the case on Tuesday to press the message that people can recover from the potentially deadly...
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August 12, 2019 - 10:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health authorities in Congo have halted an Ebola treatment study early with good news: Two of the four experimental drugs seem to be saving lives. More than 1,800 people have died in the African country's yearlong outbreak. Health workers are trying to control it with vaccinations...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo, Philippine Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III displays a graph showing the decline of the measles outbreak in the country during a press conference during World Immunization Week 2019 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines' Department of Health has declared the country's massive outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic on Tuesday Aug. 6, 2019. An announcement from the agency says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the declaration in order to improve responses to the outbreak by allowing local governments to draw on a special Quick Response Fund. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
August 06, 2019 - 4:28 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' Department of Health on Tuesday declared the country's outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic. The agency said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the declaration to improve the response to the outbreak by allowing local governments to draw on...
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August 02, 2019 - 11:56 am
MIAMI (AP) — Officials have declared a public health emergency over the rising number of hepatitis A cases in Florida, the latest part of the country dealing with outbreaks of the liver disease. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared an emergency Thursday to allow the state to spend more on...
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August 02, 2019 - 4:17 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Researchers in Uganda are launching the largest-ever trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine that is expected to be deployed in neighboring Congo's deadly outbreak. The trial of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine involves up to 800 people and is supported by Doctors without...
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