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State: Doctor's wife mishandled vaccines, caused outbreak

Jul. 22, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure says a Mount Sterling doctor allowed his unlicensed wife to mishandle vaccines, causing an infection outbreak in patients across Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the board on Friday placed Dr. Paul E....

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Jul. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention...

Man gets probation in case tied to meningitis outbreak

Jul. 18, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former employee of a Massachusetts pharmacy responsible for a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 has been sentenced to two years of probation for working as an unlicensed pharmacy technician. Scott Connolly of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, was sentenced Wednesday. Federal prosecutors...

Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday. Soldiers and police will "force" people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease...

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to...

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in...

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

Jul. 17, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international emergency , the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Here's a timeline of key events since this outbreak, now the second deadliest of Ebola in history, was declared almost a year ago in a region described as a...

World Health Organization declares the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo a global emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 1:46 PM EDT
GENEVA (AP) — World Health Organization declares the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo a global emergency.

Deaths related to retirement home's virus outbreak rise to 3

Jul. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Health officials say three people have now died amid a virus outbreak at a northern Virginia retirement community. The Fairfax County Health Department reported the third death Tuesday. Two deaths were reported last week. Officials said they did not know the full medical history of...

Clarification: Hepatitis A Outbreak story

Jul. 17, 2019 10:26 AM EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In a story July 15, The Associated Press reported that officials say the worst of a hepatitis outbreak may be over. Officials actually said they are hopeful the worst of the outbreak may be over.