Latest Infectious diseases News

Free hepatitis A vaccinations offered to high-risk residents

Aug. 21, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Local health departments in Tennessee are offering free hepatitis A vaccine for people in high-risk groups. The state Health Department says more than 2,000 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in Tennessee, including 13 deaths. The department said it is investigating and...

No camping at Phish shows near Denver over plague concerns

Aug. 20, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Thousands of people who planned to camp during three days of Phish concerts at a stadium outside Denver will no longer be able to because of concerns that fleas in and around nearby prairie dog burrows could spread the plague. The Denver Post reports public health officials are still finding...

Another human case of West Nile virus is reported in Utah

Aug. 20, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a human case of West Nile virus in eastern Utah. The TriCounty Health Department in Vernal didn't disclose the name, age or location of the infected person in the Uintah Basin. Health officials say at least four mosquito pools have tested positive for...

Louisiana: 9 West Nile cases include 5 dangerous infections

Aug. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Health reports the first nine human cases of this year's West Nile virus season, including five dangerous infections of the brain and spinal cord. Those five cases include two in Washington Parish and one each in East Baton Rouge, St. Tammany and Livingston...

Washoe County resident dies from Hantavirus; 1st since 2017

Aug. 20, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Washoe County resident who contracted hantavirus has died. Health district officials say it's the second fatality in the county since 2017 that resulted from the disease that is spread through the droppings, urine and saliva of infected rodents. Dr. Randall Todd said Tuesday hantavirus...

Woman dies in Spain as listeria-in-pork outbreak sickens 114

Aug. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Health authorities in Spain are on high alert after a 90-year-old woman died amid a listeria outbreak in the southern region of Andalusia that has affected more than 110 people. José Miguel Cisneros, director of the infectious disease department at Seville's Virgen del Rocío...

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

Aug. 19, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases. Although plans for such a gathering were still being worked out, Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed...

Oregon health officials confirm 23 measles cases this year

Aug. 19, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials say 23 measles cases have been confirmed, the most reported in the state in a single year since 1991. KATU-TV reported Monday that the Oregon Health Authority announced nine new cases were reported in Clackamas and Multnomah counties since the beginning of...

Congo to use second vaccine to fight Ebola

Aug. 19, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The head of Congo's Ebola response says another vaccine will be used to fight the outbreak that has killed more than 1,800 people in a year. Dr. Jean-Jaques Muyembe is the director of Congo's National Institute for Biomedical Research. He said Monday the World Health Organization has...

Health officials warn of spike in hepatitis A cases in Vegas

Aug. 18, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Health officials in Las Vegas are using the word "outbreak" to describe a sharp spike in hepatitis A cases reported mostly among homeless people and drug users. The Southern Nevada Health District reported Wednesday that from November to June it tallied 83 cases of the virus that causes...