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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...

Officials probe respiratory illness at Quincy veterans' home

Aug. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — State officials are investigating several cases of communicable respiratory illness at the same state-run veterans' home in Quincy where there have been multiple outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease over the years. The (Quincy) Herald-Whig reports the departments of Veterans' Affairs and...

Colorado city may require detention center disease reporting

Aug. 17, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city is considering whether to require detention center employees to promptly notify health officials of infectious disease outbreaks. Aurora City Council members gave preliminary approval Thursday to requiring such notification within 48 hours of discovery. Sentinel...

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...

Congo says its year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases confirmed in South Kivu

Aug. 16, 2019 7:24 AM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo says its year-long Ebola outbreak has spread to a new province, with two cases confirmed in South Kivu .

Source confirmed in Legionnaires' outbreak at Atlanta hotel

Aug. 15, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the source of a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel. According to news outlets, officials said Thursday that the bacteria were present in the Sheraton Atlanta's cooling tower and in a decorative fountain in...

Tests find no harmful bacteria in Arizona romaine lettuce

Aug. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — No pathogenic forms of E. coli or salmonella were found in samples of romaine lettuce grown late last year in Yuma, Arizona, according to a federal report. Researchers collected 118 samples of romaine lettuce from Yuma-area cooling facilities in December, the Yuma Sun reported Thursday....

Response plans required after fatal outbreak under NJ law

Aug. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed into law a measure requiring certain long-term care facilities to submit outbreak response plans to the state. The new law came in response to the deaths of 11 children last year at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. One...

Pneumonia kills at least 8 dogs at Chicago-area shelter

Aug. 14, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — An animal shelter in south suburban Chicago has halted dog adoptions amid a pneumonia outbreak that's killed at least eight dogs. PAWS animal shelter in Tinley Park temporarily stopped taking in and adopting out dogs this month in response to the outbreak. Terri Buckley is vice...

Vaccinations offered amid hepatitis worries in Franklin Co.

Aug. 14, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) — Health officials in eastern Missouri's Franklin County plan mass hepatitis A vaccinations Friday and Saturday after another outbreak of the contagious liver infection. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an employee at a Bob Evans restaurant in Washington was infected. The...