Latest Epidemics News

UN: Ebola outbreak in Congo has killed nearly 2,000 people

Aug. 23, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching a "stark" milestone with nearly 2,000 people killed by the virus in the year-long epidemic. In a press briefing on Friday, Dr. Mike Ryan said that although the U.N. health agency has the...

Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard

Aug. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and demanding steep ransoms. Government agencies that fail to keep...

Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment

Aug. 22, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials proposed Thursday to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation's opioid epidemic. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the goal is to...

Kasich, Gee group to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

Aug. 22, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and...

Tiny township saves, transforms historic quarantine station

Aug. 22, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A tiny community near Philadelphia that managed to save the oldest surviving quarantine station in the Western Hemisphere from the wrecking ball is now transforming the 18th-century structure into township offices. For Tinicum Township, renovating the Lazaretto Quarantine Station was...

Oklahoma judge expected to rule Monday in opioid case

Aug. 21, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge is expected to rule next week on whether consumer products company Johnson & Johnson helped fuel the state's opioid epidemic in the first such case against a drugmaker to go to trial. A court spokesman says Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman is expected...

Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides

Aug. 15, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rash of suicides by police officers has shaken the New York Police Department, leading the commissioner to declare a mental health emergency and highlighting the problem of untreated depression among law enforcement officers nationwide. On Wednesday, Robert Echeverría, 56, became the...

Humanitarian activist Winnie Byanyima named to head UNAIDS

Aug. 14, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Winifred "Winnie" Byanyima, a former Ugandan politician and the current head of the humanitarian group Oxfam International, was appointed the new executive director of the U.N. AIDS agency on Wednesday. The previous UNAIDS chief, Michel Sidibe, left the post early in May after allegations...

Trial opens for Utah man accused in major opioid ring

Aug. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stacks of potentially deadly fentanyl-laced pills sealed inside plastic tubs were displayed Monday on a table in a Salt Lake City courtroom, a haul that prosecutors say amounted to a tiny portion of the opioids shipped all over the U.S. as part of a multi-million dollar operation...

Dutch hospital sealed off but ebola scare proves false alarm

Aug. 7, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch emergency services say an ebola scare that led them to seal off part of a hospital in the port city of Rotterdam has turned out to be a false alarm. The Rijnmondveilig agency coordinates emergency responses in the Rotterdam region. It tweeted early Thursday that a...