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Officials say death of Montana teenager was vaping-related

Oct. 16, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials say a teenager in Montana has died of a lung disease associated with a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services said Tuesday it was the state's first recorded death connected to e-cigarette use. Officials...

Scrutiny of vaccine exemptions banishes some from schools

Oct. 16, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Carl and Kerri Schwartz say they have good medical reason for not vaccinating their disabled 11-year-old son, Thorn, and until recently his local public school went along with their family doctor's advice. That changed, the Schwartzes said, when New York state did away with religious...

NKorea seen as weak link in swine fever's spread across Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

Utah's vaping illness count hits 83 amid national outbreak

Oct. 15, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials say the number of cases of lung damage linked to vaping is up to 83, with 11 more potential cases being investigated. The state Department of Health announced the new tally Tuesday, a rise in the 76 cases reported earlier. Most patients are in their 20s or 30s....

NC officials confirm 3rd death from Legionnaires' disease

Oct. 14, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials say a third person has died from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease linked to a hot tub display at a fair. The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the third death to news outlets Monday. The department says 140 cases of Legionnaires' have...

Oregon approves six-month ban on flavored vape products

Oct. 11, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon regulators enacted a six-month ban Friday on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vape products in stores and online statewide amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened nearly 1,300 people nationwide and killed 26, including two people in Oregon. The Oregon Liquor...

Salmonella outbreak likely tied to Elko casino restaurant

Oct. 11, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — State health officials have concluded a salmonella outbreak in Elko this spring that sickened more than two dozen people and prompted a federal lawsuit from one who was hospitalized for days was likely caused by eggs served at a local casino restaurant although no eggs tested positive for...

WHO anti-cholera vaccination campaign begins in Sudan

Oct. 11, 2019 7:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The World Health Organization has launched a vaccination campaign in two southeastern provinces in Sudan to contain a cholera outbreak following flash floods that swept the country in late August. Friday's statement from the WHO says more than 1.6 million people, aged 1 year and above, will be...

US vaping illnesses continue to rise, cause still a mystery

Oct. 10, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. continues to rise, now reaching about 1,300 cases and at least 26 deaths. Forty-nine states and one U.S. territory have reported illnesses. Only Alaska has not seen a case. The Centers for Disease and Prevention on Thursday said 219 cases...

Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 in Congo this year

Oct. 9, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world's largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children's agency said Wednesday. The Central African nation is also battling an Ebola outbreak that has killed about half that number since August 2018. Since January, more...