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Brazil's flooded south sees first deaths from disease, as experts warn of coming surge in fatalities

May. 22, 2024 21:50 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The first two deaths from waterborne bacterial disease were reported in southern Brazil, where floodwaters were slowly receding, and health authorities warned additional fatalities were likely. Rio Grande do Sul state's health secretariat confirmed the death of a...

From Zambia to Afghanistan, WFP warns El Nino's extreme weather is causing a surge in hunger

May. 22, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Extreme weather attributed to the El Nino phenomenon is causing a surge in hunger in several countries, including Zambia and Afghanistan, the UN's World Food Programme said Wednesday, and called on donors for much-needed help. El Niño is a natural,...

English fishing village told to boil water after a parasite outbreak sickens over 45 people

May. 17, 2024 14:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A scenic fishing village in southwestern England was under instructions to boil its tap water for a third day on Friday after a parasite sickened more than 45 people in the latest example of Britain's troubled water system. Around 16,000 homes and businesses in the...

There's bird flu in US dairy cows. Raw milk drinkers aren't deterred

May. 14, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

Sales of raw milk appear to be on the rise, despite years of warnings about the health risks of drinking the unpasteurized products — and an outbreak of bird flu in dairy cows. Since March 25, when the bird flu virus was confirmed in U.S. cattle for the first time, weekly sales of...

Supreme Court denies California’s appeal for immunity for COVID-19 deaths at San Quentin prison

May. 13, 2024 20:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal from California corrections officials who sought immunity from lawsuits claiming they acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons four years ago. ...

US pledges money and other aid to help track and contain bird flu on dairy farms

May. 10, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

U.S. health and agriculture officials pledged nearly $200 million in new spending and other efforts Friday to help track and contain an outbreak of bird flu in the nation's dairy cows that has spread to more than 40 herds in nine states. The new funds include $101 million to...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

May. 09, 2024 07:15 AM EDT

Parkersburg News and Sentinel. May 4, 2024. Editorial: Mental Health: Know the resources available to you Declaring an awareness month is easy. Using the extra attention given during that month to actually make a difference is another story. But state Department of...

Southern California city detects localized tuberculosis outbreak

May. 03, 2024 12:45 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A localized tuberculosis outbreak has led a Southern California city to declare a health emergency, although officials say the risk to the general public is low. The Long Beach city health officer issued the declaration Thursday to increase resources for...

A new form of mpox that may spread more easily found in Congo's biggest outbreak

May. 02, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo is struggling to contain its biggest mpox outbreak, and scientists say a new form of the disease detected in a mining town might more easily spread among people. Since January, Congo has reported more than 4,500 suspected mpox cases and nearly 300...

This Texas veterinarian helped crack the mystery of bird flu in cows

May. 01, 2024 17:42 PM EDT

The first calls that Dr. Barb Petersen received in early March were from dairy owners worried about crows, pigeons and other birds dying on their Texas farms. Then came word that barn cats — half of them on one farm — had died suddenly. Within days, the Amarillo veterinarian was...