Latest Infectious diseases News

Officials report Maine's 1st flu-related death of season

Dec. 5, 2019 1:40 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials reported the state's first flu-related death of the season. According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of flu cases in the state are in York and Cumberland counties. No information was provided about the person who died from...

Hawaii health officials say school measles report mistaken

Dec. 5, 2019 10:10 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii elementary school sent a letter to families mistakenly reporting that a student had contracted measles, state health officials said. The Department of Education said the letter was sent by Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School on Oahu Monday, Hawaii Public Radio reported. There has...

Vaccine group announces creation of Ebola vaccine stockpile

Dec. 5, 2019 9:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The vaccine alliance GAVI announced Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines, a decision that health officials say could help prevent future outbreaks from spiraling out of control. The public-private partnership includes the World...

Samoa’s capital deserted as teams battle measles epidemic

Dec. 4, 2019 10:11 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people. The government told most public and private workers to stay home on Thursday and Friday and shut down roads to nonessential...

Dozens sickened by outbreak of norovirus-like illness

Dec. 4, 2019 6:13 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials say at least 43 people have been sickened by an outbreak of norovirus-like illness - including vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, chills, and fever - linked to Brave Horse Tavern in Seattle. KOMO-TV reports the outbreak was investigated by Public Health Seattle-King County...

African swine fever kills more than 20 wild boar in Poland

Dec. 4, 2019 11:50 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An outbreak of African swine fever in Poland near the German border has killed 21 wild boar, the agriculture minister said Wednesday. Authorities were adding 56 kilometers (34 miles) to a previously installed 80-kilometer (48-mile) fence; local hunters were instructed to eliminate all...

6 deaths linked to flu in Arkansas, health department says

Dec. 4, 2019 8:14 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State health officials say six people have died in Arkansas from influenza so far this flu season. The Arkansas Department of Health says the deaths have all occurred in people 45 years old or older. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, that's twice the number of people who...

Hot Water: Pressure to move Tokyo Olympics open-water venue

Dec. 4, 2019 4:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Now some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body are asking that something similar should be done with the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay....

James, Davis each score 25, Lakers beat Nuggets 105-96

Dec. 4, 2019 1:11 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan for his entire career, though on Tuesday night it was Anthony Davis who emulated the Hall of Famer. Davis, ailing from flu-like symptoms, took an IV at halftime and then scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter to lead the Los Angeles...

Majority of wells in new Wisconsin sample have fecal matter

Dec. 3, 2019 7:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new sampling of a batch of wells in southwestern Wisconsin found a majority contaminated with fecal matter from people, pigs and cows, according to results released Tuesday as part of a contentious regional pollution study. Scientists sampled 34 private wells in Grant, Iowa and...