Latest Epidemics News

Bar chain to change the name of its 'Crack Fries'

Dec. 12, 2018 6:14 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain plans to change the name of its "Crack Fries" in January to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic. A post on HopCat's website by BarFly Ventures CEO Mark Gray says the recipe and ingredients of its seasoned fries...

Correction: Death of a Young Mayor story

Dec. 10, 2018 1:28 PM EST

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Dec. 9 about the fatal overdose of a young mayor and his friend, The Associated Press erroneously reported the number of drug overdose deaths in 2017. It was about 70,200, not more than 72,000, which represented an earlier government estimate. A corrected version of the...

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

Dec. 7, 2018 11:46 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now...

WHO says it can fight Ebola outbreak despite US withdrawal

Dec. 3, 2018 5:31 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Monday it can fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo despite the withdrawal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insisting: "We can cover it." The comments by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus came in the wake...

Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic

Nov. 30, 2018 3:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic. Bloomberg Philanthropies said over the next three years it will help up to 10 states address the causes of opioid addiction and strengthen prevention and...

The Latest: Pennsylvania will be 1st to get Bloomberg funds

Nov. 30, 2018 10:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Michael Bloomberg's $50 million donation to fight the opioid epidemic (all times local): 10 a.m. Pennsylvania will be the first state to receive funding as part of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity donation of $50 million to help fight the nation's opioid...

Acting US attorney general talks opioids on Tennessee visit

Nov. 29, 2018 5:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has swung through Tennessee to laud the approach being taken against the opioid epidemic by the Trump administration. Whitaker read from prepared remarks alongside Tennessee's U.S. attorneys Thursday in Nashville. He steered clear of...

From Barron to casserole, first lady opens up on White House

Nov. 28, 2018 2:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump opened up a bit Wednesday about life in the Trump White House, where 12-year-old Barron is more interested in sports than social media, she has no inclination to make casseroles and she thinks the red topiary trees work just fine as part of her holiday decor. Mrs....

Denver is latest city pushing for 1st US drug injection site

Nov. 27, 2018 7:41 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to become what could be the first U.S. city to open a supervised drug injection site, a strategy that some liberal cities have tried repeatedly to launch to reduce overdose deaths fueled by a nationwide opioid epidemic. The Denver City...

Congo starts first-ever trial testing Ebola drugs

Nov. 26, 2018 7:24 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo has begun the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental Ebola drugs, the first time scientists have directly compared such treatments, the World Health Organization said Monday. The U.N. health agency described the multi-drug trial as "a giant...