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Flu outbreak among asylum seekers reaches San Diego

May. 24, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sixteen asylum seekers who have exhibited flu-like symptoms after being flown to San Diego from South Texas are being quarantined. San Diego County authorities said Friday that the asylum seekers and their families are staying in motel rooms. Last week, U.S. immigration officials said they...

Flu outbreak sickens over 30 migrants at border center

May. 22, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center where a flu-stricken teenage boy died, the latest evidence of growing public health threats posed by inadequate facilities to deal with a surge of families and children reaching the U.S. border. It was...

Correction: WHO Travel story

May. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story May 20 about travel spending at the World Health Organization, The Associated Press reported erroneously that information about the organization's travel spending was obtained from internal documents. The information was made publicly available on WHO's website on May 9. A...

22 Tennessee racing horses sick with equine blood parasite

May. 21, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's state veterinarian's office is investigating an outbreak of a blood parasite in a group of racing quarter horses. The office says 22 horses have tested positive for equine piroplasmosis (pir-uh-plaz-MOH'-sis) in five locations within Bedford, Rutherford and Williamson...

China's pig disease outbreak pushes up global pork prices

May. 20, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong retiree Lee Wai-man loves pork fresh from the market but eats a lot less now that the price has jumped as China struggles with a deadly swine disease that has sent shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world's pork, but output is...

'Hippie' island off Seattle sees shift in low vaccine rate

May. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Sarah Day is a school nurse with "street cred" when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington state known for its rural beauty, counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates. Since she began communal living on Vashon Island more than...

CDC: Backyard chickens likely cause of Salmonella outbreaks

May. 17, 2019 5:18 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says backyard chickens likely are behind the Salmonella outbreaks in 21 states. The Tennessean reports the Thursday announcement says five people have been hospitalized and about a quarter of the total 52 infected people are under the...

About 500 people test positive for HIV in Pakistani district

May. 16, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

RATODERO, Pakistan (AP) — Nothing seemed unusual to Rehmana Bibi, the mother of 10-year-old Ali Raza, when the boy came down with a fever at their home in the dusty, largely neglected district of Larkana in southern Pakistan. Bibi took her son to a local doctor, who prescribed paracetamol syrup for Raza...

Correction: Oregon-Vaccine Exemptions story

May. 15, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 14 about vaccine legislation in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Washington state this year passed a law to end all non-medical exemptions for the measles vaccine. The Washington measure included religious exemptions. A corrected version of the story...

Parents sue tycoon's firm over dysentery outbreak in Moscow

May. 14, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Natalya Konkova got a call from her 5-year-old son's day care center at School No. 1357, asking her to pick up Yaroslav because he was running a fever and having trouble walking. He got worse over the next 24 hours, with severe diarrhea and vomiting, before an ambulance took him to a...