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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, a health surveillance officer monitors passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International airport in Hong Kong. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said they will begin screening airline passengers at three U.S. airports who traveled from Wuhan in central China, for a new illness that has prompted worries about a new international outbreak. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

US to screen airline passengers from China for new illness

Jan. 17, 2020 11:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Three U.S. airports will screen passengers arriving from central China for a new virus that has sickened dozens, killed two and prompted worries about an international outbreak, health officials said Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say they will begin taking...

Maine recorded record number of Lyme cases in 2019

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine reported a record number of Lyme disease cases last year, and the number could rise as data continues to trickle in, officials said Thursday. There were at least 2,079 cases in 2019, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported. It's too early to say why the...

Maine unveils new tool to monitor exposure to radon

Jan. 10, 2020 3:28 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday it's providing a new online tool to help reduce residents' chance of radon exposure. The new data tool summarizes radon test results at the town, county and state levels and provides eight years of household survey data...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, a health surveillance officer monitors passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International airport in Hong Kong. A preliminary investigation into viral pneumonia illnesses sickening dozens of people in and around China has identified the possible cause as a new type of coronavirus, state media said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. In Hong Kong, 15 patients with symptoms of respiratory illness were being treated as of Sunday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Chinese report says illnesses may be from new coronavirus

Jan. 9, 2020 2:51 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A preliminary investigation into viral pneumonia illnesses sickening dozens of people in and around China has identified the possible cause as a new type of coronavirus, state media said Thursday. Chinese health authorities did not immediately confirm the report from state broadcaster CCTV....

Influenza now in all Maine counties; considered widespread

Jan. 8, 2020 9:19 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Cases of influenza have been found in all 16 Maine counties and the disease is now considered widespread, state health officials said Wednesday. So far in the current season that began in the fall and will last into spring, 90 people in the state have been hospitalized with the flu...

Less common flu strain helps boost number of Virginia cases

Jan. 6, 2020 2:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of flu cases in Virginia is on the increase, and state health officials say a less common type of the virus is turning up more often. The Virginia Department of Health says that out of more than 1,800 cases confirmed through lab reports since the beginning of the current...

Less common flu strain prominent this year in Virginia

Jan. 5, 2020 1:01 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Public health officials say a type of flu virus that's usually less prevalent is being reported more frequently in Virginia this year. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that of the more than 1,800 cases confirmed by lab reports since the start of the 2019-2020 flu season, 75% have...

Wisconsin elevated to high flu category after spike in cases

Jan. 3, 2020 11:36 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has elevated Wisconsin to a high flu category after a dramatic increase of cases at the state's Children's Hospital. Wisconsin had been in the low flu category but the CDC made the change Thursday. Children's Wisconsin Hospital said 829...

4 harmed by possible fentanyl exposure in Los Angeles

Dec. 31, 2019 1:50 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One person was in grave condition after possible exposure to the drug fentanyl at a Los Angeles hotel early Tuesday, authorities said. Three other people appeared to be in stable and fair condition, Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. The incident occurred before 7 a.m. at...

Chronic Wasting Disease Looms Large on Hunters' Horizon

Dec. 29, 2019 5:20 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — This year was a dark one for Montana hunters and lovers of wild game meat with the announcement that, for the first time, a wild elk and a wild moose were found infected with chronic wasting disease. CWD is a contagious neurological disease that infects deer, elk and moose. There is...