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Fungus causes Seattle Children's operating room closures

Nov. 11, 2019 12:57 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Operating rooms at Seattle Children's Hospital have been closed for the second time this year after a type of potentially dangerous fungus was discovered in air samples. Hospital spokesperson Kathryn Mueller says latest discovery has closed three operating rooms and two procedural areas,...

Florida's hepatitis A outbreak prompts vaccine push

Nov. 10, 2019 11:51 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay area has been hit especially hard by hepatitis A cases this year. The region has led the state this year with 466 new hepatitis A cases in Pasco County, 369 in Pinellas County and 145 in Hillsborough. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Pinellas health officials were...

US officials identify 'strong culprit' in vaping illnesses

Nov. 8, 2019 6:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough Friday into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a "very strong culprit." The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country, the Centers for Disease...

Bacteria that killed 3 infants traced to hospital equipment

Nov. 8, 2019 2:52 PM EST

A Pennsylvania hospital said Friday it has discovered the source of a waterborne germ that sickened at least eight premature infants, killing three. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville said the process it was using to prepare donor breast milk led to the deadly outbreak in the hospital's neonatal intensive care...

More than 2,000 in US diagnosed in vaping illness outbreak

Nov. 7, 2019 1:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New government figures show more than 2,000 people have been diagnosed with vaping illnesses in the still-unsolved U.S. outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said 2,051 confirmed and probable cases have been reported. Illnesses have occurred in every state but...

California cannabis group wants tighter vaping-safety rules

Nov. 4, 2019 8:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of major legal marijuana businesses in California urged the state Monday to adopt tougher safety rules for ingredients and devices used in vaping and get tougher with illegal shops, amid an outbreak of a mysterious illness apparently linked to vaping. The recommendations from...

India's worst-hit state for encephalitis turning a tide

Nov. 1, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

GORAKHPUR, India (AP) — Seven-year-old Aryan Singh could have met the same fate as his cousin, who died seven years ago because the nearest hospital was too far. When Aryan returned home from school with a low-grade fever in mid-September, his mother initially dismissed it as seasonal, worrying only when...

Pediatrician: Flavored vaping ban gives time to evaluate

Nov. 1, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Montana's proposed ban on the sale of flavored vaping juices is reasonable to allow time for scientists to determine the cause of a nationwide outbreak of lung illnesses and deaths tied to vaping, according to a pediatrician on the faculty at Stanford. Robert Jackler testified Friday...

Health officials disclose another romaine outbreak, now over

Nov. 1, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials disclosed another food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, but they said it appears to be over. The disclosure late Thursday comes after the produce industry said it was stepping up safety measures following a series of outbreaks , including one last year...

South Carolina college now has 18 confirmed cases of mumps

Nov. 1, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials have confirmed seven more cases of mumps at a South Carolina college, bringing the total number of cases to 18 since the state declared an outbreak in September. News outlets report the new cases of the viral disease at the College of Charleston were confirmed Thursday....