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Hospital: Mold outbreak linked to infections since 2001

Nov. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children's Hospital said Monday it believes a mold outbreak that has sickened seven patients, one fatally, since summer 2018 is linked to mold-related infections dating back nearly two decades. Five children died from infections linked to Aspergillus mold in operating rooms at...

10 Things to Know for Today

Nov. 18, 2019 5:46 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO DEMOCRATS INVITED TO TESTIFY IN THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY As hearings enter a second critical week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he...

Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

Nov. 18, 2019 3:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people. For the past three weeks, the Pacific island nation of 200,000 people...

China diagnoses 3rd case of bubonic plague

Nov. 18, 2019 1:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China says a 55-year-old man has been diagnosed with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit, adding to two plague cases already discovered in the capital Beijing. A statement from the health authority in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region north of Beijing said that as of...

Congo’s president hopes Ebola outbreak will end this year

Nov. 15, 2019 8:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi says he’s hopeful the Ebola outbreak in his country will end in the coming weeks. Tshisekedi said Friday a few cases of the deadly contagious disease remain in the eastern province of Ituri but “we think we can end it completely by the end of...

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...