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Flu outbreak among asylum seekers reaches San Diego

May. 24, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sixteen asylum seekers who have exhibited flu-like symptoms after being flown to San Diego from South Texas are being quarantined. San Diego County authorities said Friday that the asylum seekers and their families are staying in motel rooms. Last week, U.S. immigration officials said they...

Memorial Day weekend will see increased police activity

May. 23, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officials say the department will boost its deployment of officers over the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to prevent an outbreak of violence that has occurred in past years. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (Gooh-YEHL'-meeh) says 1,200 officers will be...

Bill to end non-medical vaccine opt-outs heads to governor

May. 23, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Legislature sent a bill to the governor's desk Thursday that would eliminate religious and philosophical exemptions for required vaccinations, amid growing concerns that abuse of such opt-outs is helping to fuel outbreaks. The state Senate voted 19-16 to enact the bill, which...

Bill targets vaccine misinformation amid measles outbreak

May. 23, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is partnering with two Midwestern Democrats to fight the spread of misinformation about vaccines in the face of measles outbreaks across the nation. The Kansas City Star reports Roberts introduced legislation Thursday to instruct Centers for...

Flu outbreak sickens over 30 migrants at border center

May. 22, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center where a flu-stricken teenage boy died, the latest evidence of growing public health threats posed by inadequate facilities to deal with a surge of families and children reaching the U.S. border. It was...

Correction: WHO Travel story

May. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story May 20 about travel spending at the World Health Organization, The Associated Press reported erroneously that information about the organization's travel spending was obtained from internal documents. The information was made publicly available on WHO's website on May 9. A...

22 Tennessee racing horses sick with equine blood parasite

May. 21, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's state veterinarian's office is investigating an outbreak of a blood parasite in a group of racing quarter horses. The office says 22 horses have tested positive for equine piroplasmosis (pir-uh-plaz-MOH'-sis) in five locations within Bedford, Rutherford and Williamson...

China's pig disease outbreak pushes up global pork prices

May. 20, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong retiree Lee Wai-man loves pork fresh from the market but eats a lot less now that the price has jumped as China struggles with a deadly swine disease that has sent shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world's pork, but output is...

'Hippie' island off Seattle sees shift in low vaccine rate

May. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Sarah Day is a school nurse with "street cred" when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington state known for its rural beauty, counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates. Since she began communal living on Vashon Island more than...

Officials confirm 6th measles case in Washington outbreak

May. 18, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials are investigating a sixth confirmed case of the measles in a western Washington outbreak involving people who spent time at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Public Health - Seattle & King County said Friday a woman in her 40s who lives in King County tested...