Latest Infectious diseases News

New Mexico health secretary, experts push vaccine message

Apr. 15, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Combatting misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and tapping into networks of community health providers, faith leaders and other local organizers to share more public health information will be imperative as the U.S. aims to boost vaccination rates, experts told...

1M people in Louisiana fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Apr. 15, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 1 million people in Louisiana have completed their coronavirus vaccine series, about 22% of the state's population, according to the latest health department data released Thursday. While officials hailed the benchmark, that vaccination...

Arizona legislation fetes civil rights icon Fred Korematsu

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is honoring late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, whose fight against Japanese American internment went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday signed legislation establishing a “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties...

Bankers report strong growth in rural parts of 10 states

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Strong economic growth continues in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states even though business continues to lag behind the level it was at before the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a new monthly survey of bankers. The overall index for...

Report: Wyoming home to most vaccine-hesitant counties in US

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made public statistical models showing that Wyoming is home to the 11 most coronavirus vaccine-hesitant counties in the country. The models show 32% of residents in Johnson, Converse, Washakie,...

New Wisconsin Senate leader acknowledges 'rocky start'

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate's new majority leader acknowledged Thursday that he got off to a “rocky” start after he ran afoul of Assembly Republicans on a COVID-19 relief bill earlier this year. Senate Republicans elected Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg as...

UN warns COVID-19 is `roaring back' as Yemen faces famine

Apr. 15, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic “roaring back” in recent weeks as the Arab world’s poorest country faces a large-scale famine. ...

Lawsuit filed over delays at Virginia Employment Commission

Apr. 15, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Five women are suing the leader of the Virginia agency that handles unemployment benefits, alleging “gross failures" to provide needed help as required by law amid the coronavirus pandemic. The class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in...

US stocks rise to records on more proof of economic recovery

Apr. 15, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

U.S. stocks are rallying toward records on Thursday after a suite of encouraging data showed how hungry Americans are to spend again, how fewer workers are losing their jobs and how much fatter corporate profits are getting. The S&P 500 was 1% higher at 4,167 in...

Livers not returning for extra year with Michigan

Apr. 15, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan senior Isaiah Livers is not returning for an extra year of eligibility. A team spokesman confirmed Livers' decision Thursday. At this point, guard Eli Brooks is the only Michigan player expected to take advantage of the extra year that...