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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...

Correction: Measles Outbreak story

Sep. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 16 about measles, The Associated Press reported erroneously how long it had been since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported no new cases. The last such report was eight months ago, not 11. A corrected version of the story is below: No new measles cases...

Arizona reports cases of vaping-related respiratory illness

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — State health officials say three cases of vaping-related respiratory illness have been identified in Arizona, all in Maricopa County. The Department of Health Services said Tuesday the Arizona cases are part of an outbreak that has resulted in six deaths nationwide but none so far in...

South Korea culls pigs after confirming African swine fever

Sep. 17, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is culling thousands of pigs after confirming African swine fever at a farm near its border with North Korea, which had an outbreak in May. Kim Hyun-soo, South Korea's agricultural minister, said the country's first case of the highly contagious disease was confirmed...

Officials: Statewide outbreak in vaping-related illness

Sep. 16, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Department of Health officials say two more Washington residents have received medical treatment for severe lung disease linked to vaping in what officials say is now a statewide outbreak. Officials said Monday that the Spokane Regional Health District reported the...

Oklahoma prison violence appears gang-related, coordinated

Sep. 16, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Weekend fights at six Oklahoma prisons that left one inmate dead and more than a dozen others injured were apparently coordinated and the result of race-based gang tension inside the facilities, the head of a prison workers association said Monday. The first fight erupted Saturday at...

US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Sep. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and urged...

Sudan says cholera outbreak kills 7, dozens infected

Sep. 16, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's Health Ministry says at least seven people have died from a cholera outbreak over the past three weeks in a southeastern province. It says dozens have been infected in the outbreak in the Blue Nile province. No cases have been reported in other provinces. Authorities say 16 of Sudan's...