Latest Epidemics News

Central America's dengue epidemic deadly in Honduras

Sep. 20, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a ward usually reserved for juvenile burn victims, children lay listlessly under mosquito nets next to worried parents. On a recent day, 9-year-old Carlos Benítez was headed home after enduring several days of intravenous fluids while doctors waited for his dengue fever...

Who are the Sacklers, the family behind maker of OxyContin?

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

For a family with its name on a wing of one of the world's most famous museums and a school at a prestigious university, members of the Sackler clan have done a remarkable job of vanishing from public life. The family owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, which filed for bankruptcy this week as part of an effort to...

New Hampshire joins states suing family over Purdue Pharma

Sep. 17, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit against the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as part of an effort to address the opioid epidemic. Including New Hampshire, at least six states have sued members of the Sackler family in September. New Hampshire, which was among the states...

Correction: Measles Outbreak story

Sep. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 16 about measles, The Associated Press reported erroneously how long it had been since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported no new cases. The last such report was eight months ago, not 11. A corrected version of the story is below: No new measles cases...

'Once you have it, you need it': Opioid epidemic still rages

Sep. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

As lawyers exchange mountains of paper and dicker over the details of a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, Americans are dying from opioids by the tens of thousands in an epidemic that grinds on in state after state, community after community, with no end in sight. In July, the coroner serving the...

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

Settlement money won't restore Ohio city upended by opioids

Sep. 12, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The tentative settlement involving the opioid crisis and the maker of OxyContin could mean that thousands of local governments will one day be paid back for some of the costs of responding to the epidemic. But for public officials in Akron, no amount of money will restore the families...

Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal

Sep. 11, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation's opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the OxyContin maker had been seeking for months, with litigation sure to continue against the company and the...

Email: Opioid talks fail, Purdue bankruptcy filing expected

Sep. 8, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation's deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the talks said Saturday. The breakdown puts the first federal trial over the opioid epidemic on track to begin next...

Pope denounces danger of corruption in Mozambique Mass

Sep. 6, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Mozambique on Friday by consoling HIV-infected mothers and children and denouncing the rampant corruption that has helped make the southern African nation one of the world's poorest countries. Francis received a raucous welcome at both a...