Infectious diseases Headlines

  • US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

    The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more...

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  • Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass

    Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it's suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord's Prayer. The...

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  • Arkansas health officials say 150 people exposed to measles

    The Arkansas Department of Health says about 150 people were exposed to measles after an ill traveler flew from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Little Rock. Officials say those exposed to measles include passengers on United Airlines Flight 5314 on Jan. 10, as well as people in...

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  • Zambia says new cases dropping in deadly cholera outbreak

    Zambia has struggled to contain one of its deadliest cholera outbreaks in years, sending soldiers into a slum last week to keep order, collaborating with the World Health Organization on a vaccination program and even declaring a week of prayer.

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  • Zambia says new cases dropping in deadly cholera outbreak

    Zambia says it has made progress in containing a cholera outbreak that has killed about 70 people in the southern African nation since October. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya this week said there had been a "drastic reduction" in the number of new cases in the outbreak, which has mostly...

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  • Gunmen kill mother, daughter polio workers in Pakistan

    Pakistani officials say gunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were taking part in an anti-polio campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta.

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  • Gunmen kill mother, daughter polio workers in Pakistan

    Pakistani officials say gunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were taking part in an anti-polio campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta. Local police official Naseeb Ullah says Thursday's attack took place when hundreds of polio teams were vaccinating children to...

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  • Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

    The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard...

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  • Aetna to pay $17M over mailing that revealed HIV meds

    Health insurer Aetna has agreed to pay $17 million to settle claims that it breached the privacy of thousands of customers who take HIV medications. Attorneys for the plaintiffs announced the settlement Wednesday in Philadelphia. Court documents say the Hartford, Connecticut-based...

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  • Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

    The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard...

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  • Searches at French baby milk maker after salmonella scare

    French authorities are searching five sites run by dairy giant Lactalis in an investigation into the botched mass recall of baby milk products after a salmonella scare. The Paris prosecutor's office said sites being searched Wednesday include Lactalis headquarters in Laval in western France...

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  • Prominent AIDS crusader Mathilde Krim dies at age 91

    Mathilde Krim, a prominent AIDS researcher who galvanized worldwide support in the early fight against the deadly disease, has died. She was 91. Krim was founding chairman of The Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR. The nonprofit says she died at her home in King's Point, New York, on...

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  • Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive in Punjab province

    A Pakistani health official says a special anti-polio drive has been launched in the country’s eastern Punjab province.

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  • Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive in Punjab province

    A Pakistani health official says a special anti-polio drive has been launched in the country's eastern Punjab province. Imran Nazir says the week-long campaign was launched on Monday amid tight security. He says thousands of workers are taking part in the drive by going house-to-house...

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  • Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

    The head of French dairy company Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries from around 30. In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, the president of Lactalis, Emmanuel Besnier, said that more than 12...

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  • Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

    Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the flu season appears to be peaking. U.S. health officials on Friday said plenty of people are getting sick, and the flu has hit epidemic levels — just as it does most winters. But an update from the Centers for...

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  • France tries to stem damage from failed baby milk recall

    French President Emmanuel Macron's government is scrambling to save face after the alarming failure of a mass recall of baby milk prompted by a salmonella scare. The baby products were still available in hospitals, day cares, pharmacies, and leading supermarkets well after last month's...

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  • Macron condemns dairy giant Lactalis over tainted baby food

    French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized French diary giant Lactalis after major supermarkets admitted this week that baby food recalled over fears of salmonella contamination still made it onto French shelves.

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  • Zambia to vaccinate 1 million against cholera amid outbreak

    Zambia is set to vaccinate one million people in its capital against cholera as a deadly outbreak grows. The World Health Organization says doses of the cholera vaccine have been delivered to the impoverished southern African nation as fears spread in Lusaka. Zambia's health ministry...

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  • Officials: Utah hepatitis A outbreak spread from San Diego

    Thousands of people may have been exposed to hepatitis A in Utah amid a widening outbreak that originally spread from a large epidemic in San Diego, health officials said Wednesday. Infected workers may have exposed customers at two Salt Lake City area restaurants and a convenience store,...

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  • Judge urges action on '100 percent manmade' opioid crisis

    A federal judge has likened the nation's opioid epidemic to the deadly 1918 flu pandemic while noting the drug crisis is "100 percent manmade." Judge Dan Polster is urging participants on all sides of lawsuits against drugmakers and distributors to work toward a common goal of reducing...

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  • IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu

    An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound. Supplies of saline and nutrient solutions were already...

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  • Usage remains low for pill that can prevent HIV infection

    From gritty neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles to clinics in Kenya and Brazil, health workers are trying to popularize a pill that has proven highly effective in preventing HIV but which — in their view — remains woefully underused. Marketed in the United States as Truvada, and...

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