Public health

In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The number of Zika virus cases has crossed 100 in Rajasthan, a state in northern India where palaces and forts draw large numbers of tourists each year. The agency says that the new cases come amid a state health department investigation to track the outbreak of Zika in pregnant women in their first trimester. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
October 22, 2018 - 8:56 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — The number of Zika virus cases has crossed 100 in Rajasthan, a state in northern India where palaces and forts draw large numbers of tourists each year. The Press Trust of India news agency reports eight new cases were reported from the state capital of Jaipur on Saturday. The...
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In this photo taken Friday, Oct 5, 2018, family members and onlookers mourn over the bodies of civilian killed by The Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Beni, Eastern Congo. Congo’ military said Sunday Oct. 21, 2018, that rebels attacked an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, leaving over a dozen civilians dead and abducted about a dozen children, which could force crucial virus containment efforts to be suspended in the area. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
October 21, 2018 - 1:11 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo's military said Sunday, as the violence again forced the suspension of crucial virus containment efforts. "We condemn this attack," said the...
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October 20, 2018 - 5:45 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congo's health minister calls it a "dark day" for everyone fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak after rebels shot and killed two medical agents with the Congolese army who had been assisting health officials. The statement late Saturday says Mai Mai rebels surged from the forest...
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October 19, 2018 - 8:41 am
LONDON (AP) — Europe's drug regulator has recommended approving the first vaccine for dengue despite concerns about the vaccine's wide use and a lawsuit in the Philippines alleging that it was linked to three deaths. The European Medicines Agency said Friday it had adopted a "positive opinion" of...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 file photo, a health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo. The World Health Organization is announcing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 whether Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus should be declared a global health emergency. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, file)
October 17, 2018 - 1:32 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization has announced that Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is not yet considered a global health emergency. Some aid groups expressed alarm when the rate of new cases more than doubled this month. With the area compared to a war zone,...
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October 17, 2018 - 1:28 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it is "deeply concerned" by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. After convening an expert group to assess the epidemic on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency says "response...
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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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In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, photo, manager Karen Stalk watches as a worker returns a greyhound after donating blood at Hemopet canine blood bank in Garden Grove, Calif. The organization said the dogs are walked at least five times daily and given outdoor recreation time. The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has filed a complaint alleging mistreatment of dogs at Hemopet, one of the nation's largest canine blood banks, a claim the nonprofit organization that runs the Southern California facility for retired racing greyhounds adamantly rejects. Hemopet said the dogs are well-cared for and provide a vital service that saves pets' lives. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)
October 12, 2018 - 2:10 am
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — The animal rights group PETA alleges dogs at one of the nation's largest canine blood banks are mistreated, but the non-profit that runs the Southern California facility says the retired racing greyhounds are well-cared for and save other dogs' lives. People for the...
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This 1981 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows varicella-zoster virions from a patient with chickenpox. On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, the CDC says a small but growing proportion of U.S. toddlers have not been vaccinated against any disease. (Dr. Erskine Palmer/CDC via AP)
October 11, 2018 - 1:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to a...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers her policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Lam has unveiled a major reclamation project called "Lantau Tomorrow Vision," under which about 1,700 hectares will be developed to provide homes for 1.1 million people, according to government radio. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
October 10, 2018 - 4:34 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health, the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory said Wednesday. Carrie Lam said in an annual policy address that her government was drawing up proposed legislation to forbid the import...
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