BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of fatal drug overdoses in North Dakota has dropped slightly since a deadly peak in 2016, a decline one health official attributes to a state overdose prevention...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths in North Dakota has declined after hitting a record number in 2016.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports drug...
CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep cut while playing on a farm,...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an unvaccinated Oregon boy who almost died of tetanus (all times local):
An unvaccinated Oregon boy who spent eight weeks in intensive...
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but health officials are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain.
Officials see no link between miscarriage risk and flu shots
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say further research has not found a miscarriage risk for women who get annual flu shots.
Two years ago, a puzzling study found women who had miscarriages...
Weeks after 2030 HIV pledge, report shows US headway stalled
NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after President Donald Trump announced a campaign to end the U.S. HIV epidemic by 2030, new government data show that progress against the disease stalled...
Maine CDC tells residents to ignore misleading vaccine flyer
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning residents of the state to ignore a flyer being circulated that contains incorrect information about vaccinations.
Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame
NEW YORK (AP) — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.
For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday.
Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.
When a baby is born with its intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it's called gastroschisis. Most are repaired through surgery.
Roughly 1,800 such cases are seen in the U.S. each year, but the number has been rising and officials don't know why.
Wasilla woman may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Wasilla woman found dead in her home may have died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Anchorage television station KTUU reports 44-year-old Michelle Ahern was found dead Jan. 5.
Alaska State Troopers say Ahern appeared to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. An autopsy was scheduled.
New Hampshire gets funding to prevent sexual violence
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is getting close to $300,000 from the federal government to help prevent sexual violence.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant has been awarded to the state Department of Health and Human Services. In announcing the grant, members of the state's Democratic congressional delegation said it would bolster efforts to educate the public, particularly young people, about how to prevent such violence.
US flu season poised to be milder than last year’s harsh one
NEW YORK (AP) — 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 that dominated a year ago, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines also work better against it, said the CDC's Dr. Alicia Fry.
CDC: Virginia woman died from rabies after 2017 India trip
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a Virginia woman who died in 2017 contracted rabies from a dog bite in India.
The Daily Progress reports the CDC released a report on Friday cautioning travelers to get the rabies vaccine.
Stem cell shots linked to bacterial infection outbreak
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials on Thursday reported an outbreak of bacterial infections in people who got injections of stems cells derived from umbilical cord blood.
At least 12 patients in three states — Florida, Texas and Arizona — became infected after getting injections for problems like joint and back pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. All 12 were hospitalized, three of them for a month or longer. None died.
CDC says mystery illness cases higher this year
Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness
NEW YORK (AP) — This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday.
It's still not clear what's causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after the children had a fever and respiratory illness.
No one has died from the rare disease this year, but it was blamed for one death last year and it may have caused others in the past.
Officials to study scooter crashes in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Austin are working with the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study how to prevent dockless scooter crashes and patterns tied to the crashes.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the effort is the country's first study conducted on the topic.
Las Vegas hospital to widen HIV testing policy this Saturday
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended 12 years ago that health care providers broaden testing for the AIDS-causing HIV virus to everyone, not just those deemed most at risk of contracting the disease.
University Medical Center in Las Vegas will adopt the CDC's guidelines on Saturday in hopes of driving down the number of HIV diagnoses in Nevada and persuading other health facilities in the area to do the same.
WHO says it can fight Ebola outbreak despite US withdrawal
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Monday it can fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo despite the withdrawal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insisting: "We can cover it."
Educator gets grant to improve health of Asian-Americans
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded nearly $3 million to an Eastern Michigan University educator to lead an effort to improve the health of under-served Asian-American populations in Wayne and Kent counties.
Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down US life expectancy
NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.
Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. It was the most deaths in a single year since the government began counting more than a century ago.
Arkansas collects thousands of unused prescription drugs
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Statewide participation in the last semiannual Drug Take Back Day differed heavily across the Arkansas-Oklahoma border.
Drug Take Back Day, held by the Drug Enforcement Administration in April and October each year, aims to lead people across the country to take unused prescription drugs to their nearest drop-off sites in hopes of combating opioid abuse.
2 in New Hampshire affected by E coli linked to lettuce
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Health officials say two people in New Hampshire have been affected by a new E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced the two cases Wednesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people to avoid eating the lettuce. They say the strain has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in Canada.
Illinois reports 2 cases of Shiga-toxin E. coli
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials report that two Illinois residents are among nearly three dozen people affected by a strain of E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Tuesday on data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The CDC reports that 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the same Shiga-toxin strain of E. coli.
Corrected study: Building, mining have high suicide rates
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say the workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs. That was the finding of a report correcting an earlier study that mistakenly said farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen killed themselves most often.
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More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown
NEW YORK (AP) — More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren't sure what's causing it.
This year's count could surpass the tallies seen in similar outbreaks in 2014 and 2016, officials said. Fortunately, the disease remains rare: This year, there have been 90 cases spread among 27 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Missouri cancer survivor urges others to get HPV vaccine
FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Last summer, 56-year-old Scott Ward discovered a lump on the right side of his neck. His primary care physician told him to give it some time. After a month, Ward got a scan. And then a biopsy. It was throat cancer.
Human papillomavirus was determined to be the primary cause.
1 death linked to ongoing turkey salmonella outbreak
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal health officials on Thursday reported the first death in an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the death was in California but didn't have any immediate details. Since last November, the agency said 164 people have fallen ill in 35 states, with the most recent case being reported on Oct. 20.
CDC confirms 3 Arkansas children have polio-like illness
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three Arkansas children have been diagnosed with a rare, polio-like illness that can cause paralysis in the arms and legs, according to federal and state health officials.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnoses following an investigation into an increase in reported cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, the Arkansas Department of Health announced on Monday.
CDC: More Oklahoma parents seeking child vaccine exemptions
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — More Oklahoma parents are seeking vaccination exemptions for their children, an increase that mirrors a national trend, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Alaska hit with largest syphilis outbreak in 40 years
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials have recorded 75 cases of syphilis in the state this year, marking the largest outbreak of the infectious disease in at least four decades.
The Alaska Section of Epidemiology said in an update this week that it has requested help with response efforts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, KTVA-TV reported Wednesday.
AP Investigation: Hospital patients held hostage for cash
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyatta National Hospital is east Africa's biggest medical institution, home to more than a dozen donor-funded projects with international partners — a "Center of Excellence," says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The hospital's website proudly proclaims its motto — "We Listen ... We Care" — along with photos of smiling doctors, a vaccination campaign and staffers holding aloft a gold trophy at an awards ceremony.
US advisory group urges hepatitis A shots for homeless
For the first time, a U.S. advisory committee is recommending a routine vaccination for homeless people, voting Wednesday to urge hepatitis A shots to prevent future outbreaks of the contagious liver disease.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made the recommendation at a meeting in Atlanta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to adopt it and send guidance to health care providers.
6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at rehab center
A severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for "medically fragile children" has left six youngsters dead and 12 others sick, the state Health Department said Tuesday.
There have been 18 cases of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of New York, the New Jersey Health Department said in a statement.
Oklahoma, Arkansas officials investigate polio-like illness
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Health officials in Arkansas and Oklahoma say a rare illness that's being compared to polio may have reached the states as it spreads across the U.S.
Officials call the condition acute flaccid myelitis. It attacks the spinal cord and nervous system and causes weakness or temporary paralysis in the arms and legs. Most cases of weakness and paralysis have been in children.
Drug OD deaths inched up in North Dakota last year
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says the number of drug overdose deaths increased slightly in the state last year.
According to the Division of Vital Statistics, North Dakota recorded 76 drug-related deaths in 2017. That's up from 68 deaths the previous year. The deaths include suicides and accidental overdoses.
Pima County officials accept grant to reduce chronic disease
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to accept a one-year, $762,865 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at reducing chronic diseases prevalent among Native American, Hispanic and other at-risk children and their families.
Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 states
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern.
At least 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year, and at least 65 additional illnesses in those states are being investigated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016.
Man likely got ‘brain-eating amoeba’ at Texas resort
WACO, Texas (AP) — A New Jersey man who died from a rare "brain-eating amoeba " was likely exposed to it during his visit to a Texas water resort last month, health officials said Friday.
Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.
"This is pretty concerning. It's something we need to understand better — and reduce," said the CDC's Dr. Amanda Cohn.
Texas surf resort tested after ‘brain-eating amoeba’ death
WACO, Texas (AP) — Test results are expected later this week after a man who visited a landlocked surf resort in Central Texas died from a rare "brain-eating amoeba," local health officials said Monday.
Texas surf resort closed for ‘brain-eating amoeba’ testing
WACO, Texas (AP) — A landlocked surf resort in Central Texas closed on Friday after a man who visited died from what is commonly known to as a "brain-eating amoeba."
APNewsBreak: 80,000 people died of flu last winter in US
NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 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 Tuesday night with The Associated Press.
Flu experts knew it was a very bad season, but at least one found the size of the estimate surprising.
Legionnaire’s outbreak causes 1 death, 14 hospitalizations
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials say an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease around Sioux Falls has caused one death and has hospitalized 14 others.
The Department of Health has asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the outbreak of Legionnaire's, which is a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria.
California governor blocks later school start time mandate
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Thursday requiring that California middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., saying the decision of when to start classes should be up to schools not the state.
Supporters of the bill cited research that says delaying school start times could result in better grades, attendance and graduation rates.
Flu shots: A pinch in the arm, but not always in your wallet
NEW YORK (AP) — It's flu shot season, but the pinch of a shot doesn't have to also hurt your wallet.
Health officials recommend that nearly all Americans get flu vaccinations to blunt the impact of a disease that annually infects millions.
Roughly 145 million Americans get flu shots each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That count represents about 60 percent of children and 40 percent of adults.
Here's what you need to know about getting vaccinated:
Passengers on quarantined jet appear to have the flu
NEW YORK (AP) — A large commercial jet from Dubai caused a scare on Wednesday after a pilot radioed that it would be landing at New York's Kennedy Airport carrying several passengers and crew members who fell ill with flu-like symptoms.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately quarantined the double-decker Emirates aircraft holding 520 passengers so it could evaluate about 100 of them. Some had complained about coughs, headaches, sore throats and fevers.