Latest Epidemics News

UN says Ebola in Congo still qualifies as global emergency

Oct. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo still warrants being classified as a global emergency, even though the number of confirmed cases has slowed in recent weeks. The U.N. health agency first declared the epidemic, the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in...

Asian shares mixed on caution over China-US trade deal

Oct. 17, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday after officials signaled work remains to be done on an agreement for a truce in the tariff war between the U.S. and China. Hong Kong led regional gains after its chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced help for the property sector. The semi-autonomous city's...

Opioid settlement talks broaden ahead of 1st federal trial

Oct. 16, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that three major drug...

Drug distributor shares spike on word of opioid settlement

Oct. 16, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

Shares of big drug distributors soared Wednesday on word of a potential settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the opioid crisis. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations, which have lasted months, confirmed to The Associated Press that McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp., and Cardinal Health,...

Global Fund raises $13.92 billion to fight AIDS, TB, malaria

Oct. 10, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An organization that funds programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years at an international conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday. The Global Fund said after the conference that Macron, Microsoft co-founder Bill...

First lady calls for end of e-cigarette marketing to youth

Oct. 7, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Melania Trump said Monday that companies "must stop" marketing e-cigarettes to children, saying they are addictive and dangerous. Marketing tobacco products to kids is already prohibited in the United States, and Juul Labs Inc., the nation's largest maker of electronic cigarettes, has...

Victims gain a voice to help guide Purdue Pharma bankruptcy

Oct. 6, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic. Now that Purdue is in federal bankruptcy court, four people whose lives were touched by addiction have...

AP Exclusive: Colleges got millions from opioid maker owners

Oct. 3, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Prestigious universities around the world have accepted at least $60 million over the past five years from the family that owns the maker of OxyContin, even as the company became embroiled in lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic, financial records show. Some of the donations arrived before...

Gun control risks losing momentum as impeachment fever rises

Oct. 2, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After back-to-back mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this summer, gun control burst back on the scene as a major political issue for Democrats. Now it risks taking a back seat as impeachment fever overtakes Washington. Gun control advocates are determined to prevent that from happening. Ten...

South Korea confirms 2 more swine fever cases

Oct. 2, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed two additional cases of African swine fever near its border with North Korea despite heightened efforts to contain the epidemic that has wiped out pig populations across Asia. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said lab tests...