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10 Seattle Children’s ORs to be closed through January

Nov. 18, 2019 10:32 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children's Hospital says 10 of its operating rooms will now remain closed through January to deal with an Aspergillus mold outbreak. KOMO reports the hospital says they will immediately install what called custom in-room HEPA filtration in those 10 operating rooms and two equipment...

10 Things to Know for Today

Nov. 18, 2019 5:46 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO DEMOCRATS INVITED TO TESTIFY IN THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY As hearings enter a second critical week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he...

Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

Nov. 18, 2019 3:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people. For the past three weeks, the Pacific island nation of 200,000 people...

China diagnoses 3rd case of bubonic plague

Nov. 18, 2019 1:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says a 55-year-old man has been diagnosed with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit, adding to two plague cases already discovered in the capital Beijing. A statement from the health authority in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region north of Beijing said that as of...

Unvaccinated students unenroll from school due to outbreak

Nov. 16, 2019 12:17 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nineteen unvaccinated students were forced to temporarily unenroll from a Reno high school to avoid exposure during an outbreak of whooping cough. Unenrolling during the disease’s 21-day incubation period allows the Damonte Ranch High School students to avoid being classified as...

Congo’s president hopes Ebola outbreak will end this year

Nov. 15, 2019 8:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi says he’s hopeful the Ebola outbreak in his country will end in the coming weeks. Tshisekedi said Friday a few cases of the deadly contagious disease remain in the eastern province of Ituri but “we think we can end it completely by the end of...

New Jersey lawmakers advance e-cigarette flavor ban

Nov. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Candy, cocoa and chocolate, as well as any other flavor of e-cigarette, are among the flavors New Jersey lawmakers sought to prohibit on Thursday, along with a separate ban on menthol-flavored traditional cigarettes. New Jersey’s Democrat-led Assembly and Senate health...

Editorials from around New York

Nov. 13, 2019 2:59 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The Tax Increases to Come Wall Street Journal Nov. 12 The Democratic candidates for President are promising a smorgasbord of new taxes, but why wait until 2021? Last week Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen and Virginia Congressman Don...

Mold outbreak closes all Seattle Children’s operating rooms

Nov. 13, 2019 10:30 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — All operating rooms at Seattle Children's Hospital will be closed for several days as a crew inspects the building's air handling system after a renewed outbreak of Aspergillus mold was discovered. KOMO reports the corrective actions include calling in a third-party hygienist to help inspect...

Fungus causes Seattle Children's operating room closures

Nov. 11, 2019 12:57 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Operating rooms at Seattle Children's Hospital have been closed for the second time this year after a type of potentially dangerous fungus was discovered in air samples. Hospital spokesperson Kathryn Mueller says latest discovery has closed three operating rooms and two procedural areas,...