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Seattle-area health department expands vaccination program

Jul. 11, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-area public health officials say they are expanding their hepatitis A vaccination program to help prevent an outbreak of the highly contagious disease among people who are homeless. The Seattle Times reports the Seattle and King County health department announced Wednesday a $375,000...

Bat from Shawnee County tests positive for rabies

Jul. 6, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bat found in northeastern Kansas has tested positive for rabies. Topeka television station KSNT reports that the bat was found in Shawnee County. The Shawnee County Health Department is urging residents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of rabies and the steps to take if exposed....

Rhode Island gets $1.5M to fight diabetes, heart disease

Jul. 5, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is getting a $1.5 million federal grant to help fight heart disease and diabetes. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said in a statement Thursday the funding for the Rhode Island Department of Health from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to...

Kentucky students lose appeal in chickenpox vaccination case

Jul. 1, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than two dozen Catholic school students and their parents have lost their initial appeal in challenging a Kentucky health department's efforts to control a chickenpox outbreak they claim infringed on their religious beliefs. A three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals...

Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia

Jun. 21, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority. With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some...

California Assembly committee backs vaccine exemption law

Jun. 20, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Assembly committee backed new rules for vaccination exemptions on Thursday following a raucous, hours-long hearing in the midst of a national measles outbreak and renewed scrutiny of immunization policies. The 9-2 vote showed support among lawmakers for a modified...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jun. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: IT'S TIME, FINALLY, TO RAISE PENNSYLVANIA'S MINIMUM WAGE Easton Express Times, June 9 Wait, did we hear that correctly? A handful of Republican legislators in Harrisburg are saying this budget season might be the time to raise Pennsylvania's woefully deficient minimum wage....

North Korea says it's fighting swine fever with quarantine

Jun. 11, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it is actively fighting the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever weeks after it reported an outbreak near its border with China. The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said workers around the country were proceeding with "airtight"...

$11M grant seeks to prevent cervical cancer in Appalachia

Jun. 10, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Cancer Institute has gifted 10 Appalachian health systems a total of $11 million for cervical cancer prevention programs. News outlets report the grant was announced last week in collaboration with the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, Ohio State University,...

State Health Department calls for requiring outbreak plan

Jun. 6, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State authorities called Thursday for a law requiring long-term care facilities to develop disease outbreak plans in response to the deaths of 11 children at a New Jersey rehabilitation center last year. The call was included in a state Health Department report on the adenovirus...