Infectious diseases Headlines

  • Pakistan kicks off year's first polio campaign in 2019

    A Pakistani health official says the country has kicked off its first nationwide polio vaccination campaign for the year in efforts to eradicate the crippling disease by the end of 2019. Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The other two are

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  • Pakistan kicks off year’s first polio campaign in 2019

    Health official says Pakistan kicks off first polio vaccination campaign for 2019 in efforts to eradicate disease

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  • Measles sickens 19 in Washington state

    A person infected with measles attended a Portland Trail Blazers home game in Oregon last week amid an outbreak that has left at least 19 people ill this month in neighboring Washington state. Contagious people also went to Portland International Airport, as well as to hospitals, schools, stores, churches and restaurants across Washington's Clark County and the two-state region, county officials said. A public health emergency was declared Friday in Clark County, less than a half hour drive from...

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  • 15 people have been charged in the Flint water scandal

    Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record. — Michael Prysby,

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  • Nebraska officials clear doctor being monitored for Ebola

    An American doctor being monitored in Nebraska for possible exposure to Ebola has been cleared and is no threat to the public, health officials say. The doctor, who did not want to be identified, was monitored for 21 days before physicians determined the patient had not developed the deadly disease and could be released from care, Nebraska Medicine said in a statement Saturday. "Because this individual was symptom free throughout the monitoring period, it was determined they did not have Ebola,...

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  • Possible Ebola patient released from Nebraska hospital

    An American being monitored at a Nebraska medical center for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus has been released from the hospital, having shown no signs of the disease. The Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said in a news release that the patient left the

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  • Argentina isolates 85 people to quell hantavirus outbreak

    An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help halt an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine people have died. Thursday's order by Judge Martin Zacchino affects people in Epuyen who have been in contact with people

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  • Scientists search for better flu vaccine

    Between 6.2 million and 7.3 million people in the United States have developed the flu this season, according to data released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the first time the agency has provided an in-season estimate of national flu cases. The CDC also estimates that between 2.9 million and 3.5 million people have seen a doctor because of the flu since the season began in October. Between 69,300 and 83,500 people have been hospitalized because of the...

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  • Argentina isolates 85 people to quell hantavirus outbreak

    An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help halt an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine people have died

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  • US flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

    It's early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said. In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the kind of flu

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  • Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

    Congo's health ministry says a baby has been born to a mother who recovered from the Ebola virus — a bright spot in an outbreak that is the second-deadliest in history. The health ministry tweeted a photo of "baby Sylvana" in her smiling mother's arms. The ministry says the baby

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  • Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

    Congo says healthy baby born to mother who recovered from Ebola, rare bright spot in outbreak

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  • Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak is over, CDC says

    "This outbreak appears to be over," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday of the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from some regions of Northern and Central California. In all, 62 people in 16 states became sick as a result of the outbreak. Twenty-five of them were hospitalized. Illnesses began in early October; the most recent illness was reported to have begun with symptoms on December 4. However, the US Food and Drug Administration is continuing to...

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  • Officials say Pakistan on track to eradicate polio in 2019

    Pakistani officials say the country is on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks and superstition that has spurred many parents in the region bordering Afghanistan to refuse to vaccinate their children against the crippling disease. Dr. Naima Abid says authorities told

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  • NY tackles 'largest measles outbreak' in state's recent history

    A measles outbreak in New York has been called the largest in the state's recent history, and it's occurring at a time when there have been spikes in measles cases globally. Since the outbreak emerged in September, measles has been diagnosed in at least 112 people across Rockland and Orange counties and at least 55 in New York City, according to numbers provided by the New York state and city health departments on Tuesday. "I would say this is the largest measles outbreak that New York state has...

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  • Flu shot may be more effective than nasal vaccine, study says

    When it comes to vaccinating yourself -- or your kids -- against the flu, there are two options in the United States: a traditional shot or a nasal spray. Yet among children, the nasal spray appeared to have reduced effectiveness against the flu, compared with the shot, in past flu seasons, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. That finding, which involved analyzing data from several previous studies, seems to align with existing research. "We were able to better...

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  • Sweden: No Ebola virus detected in hospital patient

    Swedish health officials say a suspected Ebola case reported by a hospital has turned out to be a false alarm with tests carried out on the unidentified patient showing no signs of the deadly virus. Medical authorities said late Friday that the young male patient was admitted to an isolated

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  • Sweden: No Ebola virus detected in hospital patient

    Swedish health officials say a suspected Ebola case reported by a hospital has turned out to be a false alarm with tests carried out on the unidentified patient showing no signs of the deadly virus

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  • Swedish hospital isolates patient amid Ebola suspicion

    A suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus has been reported by a Swedish hospital, officials said Friday, adding the patient has been isolated. Region Uppsala, which oversees several hospitals and medical clinics north of Stockholm, says a test had been carried out on the patient, who was

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  • Swedish hospital isolates patient amid Ebola suspicion

    Officials in Sweden say a Swedish hospital north of Stockholm has reported a suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus, adding the patient has been isolated

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  • Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears

    Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that country's troubled presidential election, a Red Cross official said Wednesday, heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of Ebola. Separately, the head of the World Health Organization said he has

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  • Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears

    Congolese flee to Uganda after troubled presidential election, raising Ebola fears

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  • Pediatricians: Sarah Sanders got it wrong on migrant child deaths

    Four physicians -- experts in pediatrics, infectious diseases and health policy -- have a message for White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders: Contrary to what she says, it's not clear that the federal government is doing everything it can to care for children crossing the border. And they'd like to help her understand what the government could do better so more children don't die. When asked Friday about the recent deaths of two migrant children in US custody, Sanders told reporters that it...

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