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Audit: Slow Legionnaires' response at Illinois veterans home

Mar. 25, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state audit released Monday contradicted former Gov. Bruce Rauner's claim that his administration had done everything federal experts recommended to remedy a deadly 2015 Legionnaires' disease crisis at an Illinois veterans' home. Auditor General Frank Mautino reported that the...

Moroccan teachers protest low wages, temporary contracts

Mar. 24, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Several thousand Moroccan teachers have staged a protest in the capital Rabat, in the latest outbreak of anger at low-wage, temporary teaching contracts that do not cover health care or provide for pensions. Sunday's march came the day after police used water cannon to disperse...

Cyclone death toll above 750; fighting disease new challenge

Mar. 24, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera, authorities said Sunday. In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446 while there...

UN: Ebola increasing in Congo due to 'security challenges'

Mar. 22, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Ebola has spiked in Congo in recent days because of "increased security challenges," a week after its director-general predicted the outbreak might be contained within six months. The U.N. health agency said in an update late Thursday the recent attacks on...

Kentucky anti-vaxxer gets hearing over chickenpox ban

Mar. 22, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

WALTON, Ky. (AP) — An unvaccinated student in Kentucky will get his day in court after suing because he can't participate in extracurricular activities during a chickenpox outbreak. The Courier Journal reports 18-year-old Jerome Kunkel's case will be heard in court April 1. Unvaccinated students have...

Officials: Temple mumps outbreak swells to 74 likely cases

Mar. 20, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia health officials say they now believe 74 people have contracted mumps at Temple University. City Department of Health spokesman James Garrow said Wednesday there are 15 confirmed cases and 59 probable cases, all but three of them in Philadelphia. Probable diagnoses indicate...

Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight, says WHO

Mar. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Attacks on Ebola treatment centers in eastern Congo threaten to reverse the gains being made against the current outbreak of the deadly virus, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday as a fourth assault on a health center was reported. Nearly 600 people have died...

WHO: Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight

Mar. 14, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The director-general of the World Health Organization says recent attacks on Ebola treatment centers in Congo threaten to reverse the gains that have been made in fighting the epidemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has just returned from a visit to eastern Congo, noted reports on Thursday...

Judge won't let unvaccinated children back in school

Mar. 13, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge, citing an "unprecedented measles outbreak" in suburban Rockland County, New York, has denied a request to let 44 unvaccinated children return to school. Parents of students in the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge have sued the county health...

2,200 quarantined over mumps outbreak at immigration centers

Mar. 12, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Over 2,200 people exposed to the mumps virus in at least two immigration detention facilities have been quarantined, authorities said Tuesday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the 25-day quarantine began March 7 at facilities in Pine Prairie, Louisiana, and Aurora, Colorado....