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Ohio county urges people to top using vaping products

Sep. 21, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The county that includes Columbus is urging residents to immediately stop using e-cigarette and vaping products as authorities investigate an outbreak of lung injuries associated with their use. Franklin County Public Health officials say 17 of the 530 cases reported to the Centers...

South Korea says 2 farms tested negative for swine fever

Sep. 20, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Saturday that tests on dead pigs from two farms near its border with North Korea came back negative for African swine fever, at least temporarily easing fears over the spread of the illness that has ravaged pig herds across Asia. South Korea's Ministry of...

Agency: Hepatitis A outbreak spreads into Rio Arriba County

Sep. 20, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say an outbreak of hepatitis A cases has spread into northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County. The state Department of Health's announcement Friday says two cases of infections involving the contagious liver disease have been confirmed in Rio Arriba County and says...

Philippines confirms 2nd polio case after declaring outbreak

Sep. 20, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country's first outbreak in nearly two decades, and announced plans for a massive immunization program. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said authorities...

UN agency says 124 suspected cholera cases in Sudan

Sep. 20, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N.'s humanitarian agency says that two of Sudan's southeastern provinces have reported 124 suspected cholera cases with seven deaths. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released a statement Friday saying that the provinces of Sennar and the Blue Nile were among...

Central America's dengue epidemic deadly in Honduras

Sep. 20, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a ward usually reserved for juvenile burn victims, children lay listlessly under mosquito nets next to worried parents. On a recent day, 9-year-old Carlos Benítez was headed home after enduring several days of intravenous fluids while doctors waited for his dengue fever...

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years

Sep. 19, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a news conference...

West Nile virus cases reported in Eastern Oregon

Sep. 18, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — There's been a small outbreak of West Nile virus infections in Eastern Oregon this year. West Nile is a virus carried by mosquitos. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that this year there were five cases in humans, in Harney, Deschutes and Malheur counties. There were also four cases in...

Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

Sep. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north. A statement by Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said that while no outbreak has been confirmed, road checkpoints...

South Korea confirms 2nd case of African swine fever

Sep. 18, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed a second case of African swine fever near its border with North Korea, raising concerns that the outbreak could spread and wreak havoc on the country's massive pig herds. Officials were planning to cull some 5,000 pigs raised at a farm in the...