Infectious diseases

October 15, 2018 - 5:07 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says it is convening a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether Congo's latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Aid organizations have expressed alarm as the rate of new cases has more than doubled this...
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This undated image provided by Merck on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 shows a vial and packaging for the Gardasil 9 vaccine. On Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the use of the company's cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. (Merck via AP)
October 06, 2018 - 6:03 am
U.S. regulators Friday expanded the use of Merck's cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through 45. The vaccine protects against the human...
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This March 2017 photo provided by Johns Hopkins University shows therapy dog Winnie at the university's hospital in Baltimore, Md. Therapy dogs who visit hospital patients can bring joy, affection, and _ superbug bacteria _ according to a new study by Johns Hopkins released Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Casey Barton Behravesh of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it adds to the growing understanding that while interactions with pets and therapy animals can be beneficial, they can also carry risk. (Meghan Davis/Johns Hopkins University via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 1:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. They discovered that kids...
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October 04, 2018 - 2:08 pm
TOLLESON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona company has recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of beef that could be contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Thursday. An investigation traced products including ground beef and...
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October 04, 2018 - 10:06 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The international community is sounding new alarm after three Red Cross workers were attacked while trying to contain the latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo. The U.N. Security Council has called for an immediate end to hostilities as it leaves for a Congo visit Thursday...
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October 04, 2018 - 8:29 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission. The mother and the child recovered after the 2017 transplant,...
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October 04, 2018 - 6:16 am
BERLIN (AP) — Patrons of a famed nightclub in the German capital are being told to immediately visit a doctor to be checked for bacterial meningitis after they may have been exposed to the life-threatening illness on the dance floor. Berlin media outlets reported Thursday that a KitKatClub visitor...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 file photo, health workers walk with a boy suspected of having the Ebola virus at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo. The World Health Organization says the risk of the deadly Ebola virus spreading from Congo is now "very high" after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border. The outbreak in northeastern Congo is larger than the previous one in the northwest and more complicated for health officials with insecurity from rebel groups. As of Friday, Sept. 28 there were 124 confirmed Ebola cases including 71 deaths. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, file)
September 29, 2018 - 8:42 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The risk of the deadly Ebola virus spreading from Congo is now "very high" after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border, the World Health Organization says. The outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in northeastern Congo is now larger than the previous one in the...
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September 26, 2018 - 3:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government estimates that 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...
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September 26, 2018 - 9:39 am
LONDON (AP) — British officials say a health worker involved in treating a patient with monkeypox has been infected with the rare disease, suggesting possible lapses in the hospital's infection control procedures. Earlier this month, Public Health England reported two unconnected cases of monkeypox...
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