Epidemics

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 file photo, a health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo. The World Health Organization is announcing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 whether Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus should be declared a global health emergency. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, file)
October 17, 2018 - 3:16 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization has announced that Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is not yet considered a global health emergency. Some aid groups expressed alarm when the rate of new cases more than doubled this month. With the area compared to a war zone,...
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October 17, 2018 - 1:28 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it is "deeply concerned" by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. After convening an expert group to assess the epidemic on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency says "response...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015 photo taken through the eyepiece of a microscope, human cells infected with the flu virus glow green under light from a fluorescence microscope at a laboratory in Seattle. The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and flu complications in the winter of 2017-2018 - the highest flu-related death toll in at least four decades. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 26, 2018 - 6:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, revealed the total in an interview Tuesday night with The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Consumer and health care groups say they’re trying to block a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republican leaders were saying little about behind-the-scenes discussions on Sept. 21,, but a spokesman for Pelosi calls it a “a multi-billion dollar handout to Big Pharma.” (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
September 21, 2018 - 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republicans...
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September 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday released a new biodefense strategy that it said takes a more comprehensive approach to preparing the nation for deliberate biological attacks and natural outbreaks of infectious disease. The goal of the strategy, which was required by Congress,...
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Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo washes his hands before entering a cholera quarantine area in Harare, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, after a cholera emergency was declared in Zimbabwe's capital following the deaths of more than 20 people. The deaths in Harare have many fearing a repeat of the outbreak that killed thousands in 2008.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
September 14, 2018 - 12:00 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's new government is battling criticism over a cholera outbreak that has killed at least 25 people. A crowdfunding initiative by the finance minister amid reports of government spending on new vehicles for Cabinet members has only swelled public anger. Some local non...
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FILE - This Dec. 4, 2013 file photo shows vials of flavored liquid at a store selling electronic cigarettes and related items in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, U.S. health officials said teenage use of e-cigarette has reached “epidemic” levels in the U.S. and are calling on the industry to address the problem or risk having their flavored products pulled off the market. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
September 12, 2018 - 2:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an "epidemic" and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market. The warning from the Food and Drug Administration...
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August 30, 2018 - 1:20 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says nearly 120,000 suspected cases of cholera were reported in conflict-wracked Yemen between January and mid-August and the pace has been increasing. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Thursday that although the 120,000 figure is lower than...
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August 22, 2018 - 1:06 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is warning of a possible "third wave" of the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which is already "the largest outbreak on record." U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday there have been more than 1.1 million suspected cases of cholera since April 2017, and...
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August 01, 2018 - 2:41 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — At least four new cases of the Ebola virus have emerged in Congo's northeast, just a week after an outbreak in the northwest was declared over, the country's health ministry said Wednesday. There was no indication the two outbreaks, separated by more than 2,500 kilometers (1,...
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