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Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Dec. 6, 2019 3:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffered lung damage had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of...

Vaccine group announces creation of Ebola vaccine stockpile

Dec. 5, 2019 9:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The vaccine alliance GAVI announced Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines, a decision that health officials say could help prevent future outbreaks from spiraling out of control. The public-private partnership includes the World...

Dozens sickened by outbreak of norovirus-like illness

Dec. 4, 2019 6:13 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials say at least 43 people have been sickened by an outbreak of norovirus-like illness - including vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, chills, and fever - linked to Brave Horse Tavern in Seattle. KOMO-TV reports the outbreak was investigated by Public Health Seattle-King County...

African swine fever kills more than 20 wild boar in Poland

Dec. 4, 2019 11:50 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An outbreak of African swine fever in Poland near the German border has killed 21 wild boar, the agriculture minister said Wednesday. Authorities were adding 56 kilometers (34 miles) to a previously installed 80-kilometer (48-mile) fence; local hunters were instructed to eliminate all...

Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries spreads to 1 more state

Dec. 3, 2019 3:56 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A hepatitis A outbreak tied to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores now includes 16 confirmed cases in six states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 16 cases of hepatitis A, including seven in Nebraska, as part of the outbreak in Nebraska, Indiana,...

Lawsuit filed over mold infections at Seattle hospital

Dec. 2, 2019 7:36 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against Seattle Children’s Hospital in connection with a second aspergillus mold outbreak in the last year. KOMO-TV reports attorneys for several former patients filed the lawsuit Monday. The hospital says that between 2001 and 2014, seven children who were...

50 children killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens

Dec. 1, 2019 11:58 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s government said Monday that another five children had died within the past day from a measles outbreak, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to more than 50 as authorities race to vaccinate the entire population. Samoa declared a national emergency last...

Rebel attacks in eastern Congo kill several Ebola responders

Nov. 28, 2019 11:39 AM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Rebels killed four Ebola response workers in an overnight ambush in eastern Congo, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that the attack will give the waning outbreak new momentum in what has been called a war zone. “We are heartbroken that our worst fears have been...

Reno school district reports new whooping cough case

Nov. 28, 2019 11:09 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Officials in a Reno school district say another case of whooping cough has been reported. The Washoe County School District confirmed Wednesday that a student at Damonte Ranch High School has been diagnosed with it. District administrators have sent a letter informing parents how to...

World Health Organization says attacks by armed groups in eastern Congo kill Ebola outbreak responders

Nov. 28, 2019 1:40 AM EST
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — World Health Organization says attacks by armed groups in eastern Congo kill Ebola outbreak responders.