Public health

December 14, 2018 - 6:26 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — They call her the "young miracle." A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center just six days after birth is now recovered from the virus. Congo's health ministry calls the baby the youngest survivor in what is now the world's second-deadliest Ebola outbreak. The...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2018, file photo, romaine lettuce sits on the shelves as a shopper walks through the produce area of an Albertsons market in Simi Valley, Calif. U.S. health officials have traced a dangerous bacterial outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least one farm in central California. Food regulators said Thursday, Dec. 13, that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine lettuce. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
December 13, 2018 - 6:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have traced a food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce to at least one farm in California. But they cautioned Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine...
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December 13, 2018 - 6:00 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 100 people and sickened hundreds were convicted Thursday of fraud and other offenses. A Boston jury acquitted another employee, pharmacist...
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FILE - This 2014 file electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows numerous, spheroid-shaped Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) virions. Doctors have suspected a mysterious paralyzing illness, acute flaccid myelitis, might be tied to the virus. This year has seen a record number of cases of the mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Yiting Zhang/CDC via AP, File)
December 10, 2018 - 3:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday. It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after...
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December 10, 2018 - 4:59 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says Ebola vaccinations soon will begin in South Sudan as the country is at "very high risk" in the current outbreak based in neighboring Congo. A statement says South Sudan's health ministry will begin vaccinating some health workers and other...
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Dr. Eden Wells listens as Genesee District Judge William Crawford reads through a prepared statement during a hearing Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Genesee District Court in downtown Flint, Mich. Wells, Michigan's chief medical executive, will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
December 07, 2018 - 5:28 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation over the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday, making Dr. Eden Wells the second member of Gov. Rick Snyder's Cabinet to go before a jury. Wells is...
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In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 and made available Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, a caretaker already cured of Ebola is seen carrying a four day old baby suspected of having Ebola into a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) supported Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, Congo. Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago, according to the World Health Organization. (John Wessels/Medecins Sans Frontieres via AP)
December 07, 2018 - 11:45 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now...
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December 06, 2018 - 8:24 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Thursday refused to order public prosecutors to open a criminal investigation of tobacco companies, in a major setback for anti-smoking activists. In a written ruling that upheld an earlier decision by prosecutors not to open an investigation,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, visitors walk toward Sleeping Beauty's Castle in the background at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. A health official testified that a cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2017 near the theme park. Dr. Matthew Zahn with the Orange County Health Care Agency testified Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, before an appeals board judge at the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 05, 2018 - 1:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park, a health official testified this week. Most of those who got sick visited the park in the fall of 2017...
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December 04, 2018 - 10:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Elm Pet Foods is the latest maker of dog food to issue a recall over elevated levels of vitamin D, which can cause kidney failure at high enough levels. Similar recalls have been issued by ANF Inc., Sunshine Mills Inc., Natural Life Pet Products, and Nutrisca over the last month...
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