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Dikembe Mutombo records Ebola messages for US officials

Jun. 24, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known philanthropist...

Death toll in Indian encephalitis outbreak rises to 152

Jun. 24, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Monday directed state and national authorities to file reports to the court on an encephalitis outbreak in the eastern state of Bihar this month in which 152 children have died. A senior health department official in Bihar, Sanjay Kumar, said the epidemic is...

Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia

Jun. 21, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority. With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some...

Asian nations scramble to contain pig disease outbreaks

Jun. 20, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever with Vietnam culling 2.5 million pigs and China reporting more than a million dead in an unprecedentedly huge epidemic some governments fear has gone out of control. Smaller outbreaks have...

Delaware court revives Blue Bell Creameries shareholder suit

Jun. 19, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court has overturned the dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit against one the country's largest ice cream makers after a 2015 listeria outbreak that killed three people. The court ruled Tuesday that a judge erred because the plaintiff had not demanded that the board of...

Death toll rises in eastern India in encephalitis outbreak

Jun. 19, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — Indian authorities said Wednesday that 114 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak this month in eastern Bihar, one of the country's poorest states. The outbreak has been exacerbated by a heatwave, with temperatures in Patna, Bihar's capital, reaching a high of 45.8 Celsius...

Porous border could hinder efforts to stem spread of Ebola

Jun. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

MPONDWE, Uganda (AP) — Several well-trodden paths crisscross this lush area where people walk between Congo and Uganda to visit nearby family and friends and go to the busy markets. The problem is that the pedestrians may unknowingly be carrying the deadly Ebola virus, and hindering efforts to control the...

More than 100 children die in India in encephalitis outbreak

Jun. 18, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — More than 100 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak in India's eastern state of Bihar, authorities said Tuesday. Bihar health secretary Sanjay Kumar said 106 children had died and more than 430 others between the ages of 4 and 10 were being treated at hospitals in Muzaffarpur...

Kenya patient free of Ebola, as Congo, Uganda fight outbreak

Jun. 17, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya remains free from Ebola as test results show that a sick woman does not have the deadly hemorrhagic fever, while neighboring Uganda and Congo battle a stubborn outbreak of the disease. Kenya's Health Minister Sicily Kariuki Monday announced that a patient isolated at the Kericho...

Summer camp is newest front in battle with measles outbreak

Jun. 16, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The battle to contain the worst U.S. measles outbreak in 27 years has a new front: summer camp. Vaccinations have been made mandatory this summer for campers and staff in several counties north of New York City that annually fill up with kids from the Orthodox Jewish communities that...