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No new measles cases reported in fading US outbreak

Sep. 16, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's worst measles epidemic in 27 years could be in its final stages as a week went by with no new reported cases. "To get to zero is tremendously encouraging," said Jason Schwartz, a Yale University expert on vaccination policy. The current epidemic emerged about a year ago and...

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...

Sudan says cholera outbreak kills 7, dozens infected

Sep. 16, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's Health Ministry says at least seven people have died from a cholera outbreak over the past three weeks in a southeastern province. It says dozens have been infected in the outbreak in the Blue Nile province. No cases have been reported in other provinces. Authorities say 16 of Sudan's...

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

Former Syracuse star Tim Green has his No. 72 retired

Sep. 14, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse All-America defensive lineman Tim Green had his No. 72 jersey retired at halftime of the Orange's game against No. 1 Clemson. The 55-year-old Green, who was diagnosed just over three years ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly referred to as ALS or Lou...

Congo police detain ex-health minister in Ebola funds probe

Sep. 14, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Police in Congo have detained the former minister of health amid an investigation into the use of Ebola funds as confirmed Ebola deaths rose to near 2,000 and confirmed cases of the virus exceeded 3,000 in the sprawling African nation. Former Minister of Health Oly Ilunga was taken...

Illinois lawsuit filed against top e-cigarette maker

Sep. 13, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois teenager who fell ill with a lung disease after vaping for over a year sued a leading e-cigarette maker on Friday, accusing it of deliberately marketing to young people and sending the message that vaping is cool. Attorneys filed a lawsuit in Lake County Circuit Court on behalf...

Health experts back treatment for kids with peanut allergy

Sep. 13, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government experts on Friday backed an experimental treatment for children with peanut allergies that could become the first federally approved option for preventing life-threatening reactions. The treatment is daily capsules of peanut powder that gradually help children build up a...

Kenya becomes 3rd country to roll out malaria vaccine

Sep. 13, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Health authorities in Kenya on Friday started administering doses of the world's only licensed malaria vaccine to young children in rural areas facing high transmission rates. Kenya became the third African country to introduce the vaccine, after Malawi and Ghana. The aim is to reach...

Congo Ebola survivor passes college exam taken in isolation

Sep. 13, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The young Ebola patient who took his college entrance exam while being treated in isolation has passed the demanding test, to the joy of many in Congo where his story is now well-known. Claude Mabowa is among the nearly 3,000 people who have been confirmed to have Ebola in what has...