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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...

Early study results suggest 2 Ebola treatments saving lives

Aug. 12, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of four experimental Ebola drugs being tested in Congo seem to be saving lives, international health authorities announced Monday. The preliminary findings prompted an early halt to a major study on the drugs and a decision to prioritize their use in the African country, where a...

Lawsuit: Negligence caused Legionnaires' outbreak at hotel

Aug. 12, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday alleges "negligence in the operation and maintenance of the water systems" caused a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel that killed one person and potentially sickened dozens. State and county health officials are investigating the outbreak among...

Rwanda, Congo restrict unnecessary border travel amid Ebola

Aug. 7, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda and Congo are discouraging travel across their border to prevent further spread of the highly contagious Ebola virus. Travel restrictions are part of measures taken by Rwandan and Congolese health officials who met in Rwanda. People traveling across the border for non-essential...

Philippines declares dengue outbreak a national epidemic

Aug. 6, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' Department of Health on Tuesday declared the country's outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic. The agency said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the declaration to improve the response to the outbreak by allowing local governments to draw on a...

Mike Moulin, key police figure during LA riots, dies at 70

Aug. 5, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

Mike Moulin, a former Los Angeles police lieutenant who came under fire for failing to quell the first outbreak of rioting after the Rodney King beating verdict, has died. He was 70. Moulin's daughter, Lee Moulin, confirmed Monday that her father died at a Santa Monica hospital on July 30 after a brief illness....

Former Ebola patient calls attention to current outbreak

Aug. 2, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — As the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history rages in Congo, a doctor who survived the deadly disease five years ago worries that people aren't paying enough attention. "We need the United States government and the international community to step up in a bigger way to come to the...

Uganda begins largest trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

Aug. 2, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Researchers in Uganda have launched the largest-ever trial of the experimental Ebola vaccine that is expected to be deployed in neighboring Congo, where a deadly outbreak has killed over 1,800 people. The trial of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine involves up to 800 people in the...