Infectious diseases

July 02, 2019 - 9:10 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — An African American man arrested outside a northern Illinois hospital where he was a patient says he thinks his race was the reason a white security guard accused him of trying to steal the IV stand he was attached to. Shaquille Dukes posted on Facebook and reiterated to the media...
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July 02, 2019 - 9:43 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities have confirmed an Ebola case not far from Congo's border with South Sudan, a country with a weak health care system after years of civil war that is vulnerable to the potential spread of the deadly disease. The 40-year-old woman had traveled nearly 500 kilometers (...
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June 30, 2019 - 1:18 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say E. coli bacteria encountered at the San Diego County Fair has killed one child and sickened three others. A Friday night release from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced four confirmed cases linked to animal contact. While three cases...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, a medical assistant at a community health center gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. U.S. health officials say the flu vaccine has again turned out to be a disappointment. The vaccine didn’t work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the season. Figures released Thursday, June 27, 2019, show the vaccine was only 29% effective overall. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
June 27, 2019 - 11:22 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The flu vaccine turned out to be a big disappointment again. The vaccine didn't work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the past flu season, dragging down overall effectiveness to 29%, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The flu shot...
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June 26, 2019 - 4:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For years, Louisiana offered hepatitis C treatment to only the most severe cases in its Medicaid program and prisons, unable to afford broader access to the extremely high-priced medications. That will change in July, when the state begins a first-in-the-nation treatment...
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June 26, 2019 - 2:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A vaccine against cervical and other cancers should be recommended for both men and women up to age 26, a U.S. government advisory panel decided Wednesday. The vaccine protects against HPV, a virus that is commonly spread through sex and can cause certain cancers and genital warts...
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People coming from Congo wash their hands with chlorinated water to prevent the spread of infection, at the Mpondwe border crossing with Congo, in western Uganda Friday, June 14, 2019. In Uganda, health workers had long prepared in case the Ebola virus got past the screening conducted at border posts with Congo and earlier this week it did, when a family exposed to Ebola while visiting Congo returned home on an unguarded footpath. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
June 25, 2019 - 12:42 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — About 7,500 Congolese fleeing violence have arrived in Uganda since the beginning of June, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday, urging the international community to give more toward humanitarian efforts. People are leaving Congo at a rate of 311 a day, adding...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Dikembe Mutombo speaks during the opening ceremony of Basketball without Borders Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. U.S. health officials are turning to a basketball hall of famer for help in one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history. Dikembe Mutombo is regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and is a well-known philanthropist in his native Congo. He recorded radio and video spots designed to persuade people to take precautions and get care that might stop the disease’s spread. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
June 24, 2019 - 9:19 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known...
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Aldo Davila, the first openly gay congressman-elect in Guatemala's history, poses for photos during an interview at his office in Guatemala City, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old businessman says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
June 20, 2019 - 10:28 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to take up a seat in Guatemala's congress in January, making history as the first openly gay man elected to the country's legislature. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old activist says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, an opponent of a measure to toughen the rules for vaccination exemptions gives a thumbs down as the bill's author, state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, makes his closing statements in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Pan have agreed to limit the role of public health officials in approving doctors' vaccine decisions. But the health officials will increase their oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions. Sen. Richard Pan announced the changes Tuesday, June 18 after Newsom said he had doubts about giving state public health officials instead of local doctors the authority to decide which children can skip their shots before attending school. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 18, 2019 - 2:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials would have more oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down...
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