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EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

May. 24, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days. Officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases because, for the first time, the rare disease appears to be spreading among...

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

May. 19, 2022 22:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European and American health authorities have identified a number of monkeypox cases in recent days, mostly in young men. It's a surprising outbreak of a disease that rarely appears outside Africa. Health officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases...

State asks live poultry sales to end because of bird flu

May. 19, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — With bird flu hitting nine flocks scattered across seven counties, the Washington state Department of Agriculture on Thursday requested that live market poultry sales cease for the next 30 days. The closure is not mandatory. Confirmed cases of...

Bobcat who attacked man in home tests positive for rabies

May. 18, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A bobcat that entered a Vermont home and bit a man last week has tested positive for rabies, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said Wednesday. Windsor Police Chief Jennifer Frank told WCAX-TV that the bobcat had apparently been chasing a cat and ran...

Conspiracy theorists flock to bird flu, spreading falsehoods

May. 17, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

Brad Moline, a fourth-generation Iowa turkey farmer, saw this happen before. In 2015, a virulent avian flu outbreak nearly wiped out his flock. Barns once filled with chattering birds were suddenly silent. Employees were anguished by having to kill sickened animals. The family...

Bobcat enters home and attacks resident

May. 14, 2022 11:17 AM EDT

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A bobcat burst into a home in Vermont on Friday morning and attacked a man before he was able to trap the animal in the bathroom, police said. Windsor Police Chief Jennifer Frank told WCAX-TV that the bobcat had apparently been chasing a cat and ran through an...

More bird flu cases confirmed in Washington state

May. 13, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Additional cases of bird flu have been confirmed with the most recent in Whatcom and Okanogan counties, Washington state agricultural officials said Friday. The cases were confirmed Thursday in non-commercial backyard flocks, the state Department of...

Michigan DNR: Bird flu confirmed in 3 baby red foxes

May. 13, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Avian influenza has been confirmed in three baby red foxes in separate southeastern Michigan counties. The kits in Lapeer, Macomb and St. Clair counties were confirmed Wednesday to have died from the HPAI virus, Michigan's Department of Natural Resources said...

DNR: Fox kit tests positive for bird flu in Minnesota

May. 12, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A baby fox has tested positive for the bird flu in Minnesota, the first confirmed case in a wild mammal in the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The kit found in Anoka County died, as did two red fox kits in Ontario, Canada who tested...

Amid avian flu, Michigan bans bird shows at fairs, exhibits

May. 11, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have temporarily banned all poultry and waterfowl exhibitions amid the avian flu outbreak that's spreading quickly across the U.S. and has prompted farms to euthanize millions of birds. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural...