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Philippines confirms 2nd polio case after declaring outbreak

Sep. 20, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country's first outbreak in nearly two decades, and announced plans for a massive immunization program. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said authorities...

UN agency says 124 suspected cholera cases in Sudan

Sep. 20, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.'s humanitarian agency says that two of Sudan's southeastern provinces have reported 124 suspected cholera cases with seven deaths. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released a statement Friday saying that the provinces of Sennar and the Blue Nile were among...

Central America's dengue epidemic deadly in Honduras

Sep. 20, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a ward usually reserved for juvenile burn victims, children lay listlessly under mosquito nets next to worried parents. On a recent day, 9-year-old Carlos Benítez was headed home after enduring several days of intravenous fluids while doctors waited for his dengue fever...

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years

Sep. 19, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a news conference...

Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

Sep. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north. A statement by Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said that while no outbreak has been confirmed, road checkpoints...

South Korea confirms 2nd case of African swine fever

Sep. 18, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread and wreak havoc on the country's massive pig herds. Officials were planning to cull some 5,000 pigs raised at a farm in the...

Correction: Measles Outbreak story

Sep. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 16 about measles, The Associated Press reported erroneously how long it had been since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported no new cases. The last such report was eight months ago, not 11. A corrected version of the story is below: No new measles cases...

South Korea culls pigs after confirming African swine fever

Sep. 17, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is culling thousands of pigs after confirming African swine fever at a farm near its border with North Korea, which had an outbreak in May. Kim Hyun-soo, South Korea's agricultural minister, said the country's first case of the highly contagious disease was confirmed...

Oklahoma prison violence appears gang-related, coordinated

Sep. 16, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Weekend fights at six Oklahoma prisons that left one inmate dead and more than a dozen others injured were apparently coordinated and the result of race-based gang tension inside the facilities, the head of a prison workers association said Monday. The first fight erupted Saturday at...

US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Sep. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and urged...