Latest Infectious diseases News

Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program

Aug. 22, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an...

Hundreds gather in Goma, Congo for "Stop Ebola" march

Aug. 22, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Hundreds gathered in Congo's eastern city of Goma Thursday to support Ebola response teams that have seen increasing attacks and resistance among communities where Ebola continues to spread. North Kivu Governor Carly Kasivita, who organized the march, said that anyone spreading...

Health officials raise concerns about hepatitis A outbreak

Aug. 22, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officials are raising concerns that a hepatitis A outbreak in Missouri could worsen if the liver disease spreads to urban areas. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that officials are urging at-risk people, such as recreational drug users and the homeless, to get vaccinated. The Missouri...

Spain posts international health alert for listeria outbreak

Aug. 22, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain has issued international health alerts in light of a widening outbreak of listeria from pork meat that has affected 150 people and killed one person. Health Minister María Luisa Carcedo said Thursday alerts had been posted to the European Union and the World Health Organization...

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...

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...

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...

Would-be deputy, HIV-positive, suing over lost job offer

Aug. 16, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A January trial date has been set in a lawsuit accusing a Louisiana sheriff of rescinding a job offer to an applicant who is HIV-positive. William "Liam" Pierce sued Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and two captains last year, saying they violated the federal Americans with...

Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Congo

Aug. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases, including one death, confirmed in South Kivu, according to the government health ministry. The movement of the potentially deadly disease to a new province highlights the difficulties that health workers...