HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say last summer's Legionnaires' disease outbreak resulted in up to 49 confirmed, probable or suspected cases, and was linked to two...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A panel of Missouri lawmakers on Monday considered enacting a ban on discrimination against unvaccinated children, an effort that comes as other states look to increase...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey nursing home where 11 children died following a viral outbreak last year can now resume admitting pediatric ventilator patients.
Another misdemeanor deal in Flint water investigation
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's former drinking water regulator has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in the Flint water investigation.
It's a break for Liane Shekter Smith, who was facing felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter , in an investigation of Flint's lead-tainted water and a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.
Michigan’s new attorney general seeks review of Flint cases
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area prosecutor will review a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis and decide whether to take over the cases, Michigan's new attorney general announced Friday.
UW Hospital now has 14 cases of Legionnaires’ and 3 deaths
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Legionnaires' disease outbreak linked to UW Hospital's water system has infected 14 people with the pneumonia-like bacteria, and three have died.
Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Brunette tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the patients who died had other serious, life-limiting health conditions.
Disneyland tower suggested as Legionnaires’ disease source
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park, a health official testified this week.
Most of those who got sick visited the park in the fall of 2017. Disneyland has denied it was the source, pointing to three infected people who had been in the city of Anaheim where Disneyland is located, but not at the park itself. One of them died.
Meningococcal disease outbreak over at Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An outbreak of meningococcal disease at Oregon State University is officially over.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the university recorded five cases of the same strain of the potentially deadly disease over a 12-month span beginning in November 2016.
Big Island hospital struck by outbreak of scabies
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An outbreak of scabies has been confirmed at a Big Island hospital, affecting a number of employees, officials said.
The outbreak of the contagious skin disease caused by parasitic mites was officially identified at the Kona Community Hospital last week, hospital officials said.
The hospital has not said how many people have been infected, but officials said more cases are likely to appear.
Fighting for seat, Rauner rips Pritzker as ‘trust fund baby’
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, battling to keep his job, attacked Democrat J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday as a "trust fund baby" and a tax cheat who "represents everything that's wrong in Illinois."
Pritzker accused Rauner of being slow to act after he learned a suburban Chicago company where he once had a business interest was emitting cancer-causing gas, and of covering up a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans' home.
Family: Alabama prison was ‘indifferent’ as inmate was dying
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a man who died in an overcrowded Alabama prison said officials provided inadequate medical care before his death last month in a facility where the state health agency has confirmed a disease outbreak.
Illness outbreak reported at state prison, 1 inmate dead
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Public health and corrections officials are responding to an illness outbreak at an Alabama prison that left one inmate dead.
The Alabama Department of Public Health said Friday that here has been a pneumococcal disease outbreak at the Ventress Correctional Facility in Barbour County. Three inmates were hospitalized and one inmate died after developing meningitis.
Harvard’s ‘Outbreak Week’ marks centennial of flu pandemic
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University will be honoring the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic with a series of events on disease outbreak.
The school's Global Health Institute is hosting "Outbreak Week" starting Monday, featuring public lectures and discussions with prominent scholars and scientists.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is scheduled to give a keynote address Friday.
Italy confirms Legionnaires’ outbreak from cooling towers
ROME (AP) — Officials in northern Italy say they have confirmed that commercial water cooling towers were the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that sent more than 400 people to the hospital with pneumonia. Two people died.
Of the 10 tests on samples taken from three cooling towers in the three hardest-hit towns, nine tested positive for the Legionnaires' bacteria.
Michigan health chief fights to undo manslaughter charges
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The head of Michigan's health department is trying to overturn a decision that sends him to trial for two deaths in the Flint water crisis.
In court filings Monday, Nick Lyon's legal team asked a judge to dismiss involuntary manslaughter and other charges. A lower court judge in August said there was enough evidence to send Lyon to trial.
Hotel sued over Legionnaire’s disease outbreak
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Two Massachusetts women are suing a New Hampshire hotel at the center of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak.
WMUR-TV reports that Louise Pare, of Gardner, and Celeste Billington, of Templeton, were diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease after staying at The Sands Resort for three days starting Aug. 3.
Key moments in lead in water crisis in Flint, Michigan
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Flint, Michigan on Monday ruled that there is enough evidence for the head of Michigan's health department, Nick Lyon, to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter related to the city's lead-contaminated water crisis. He's accused of not providing timely notification to the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015.
Michigan health chief wants judge to drop charges
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for Michigan's health director urged a judge Wednesday to "resist public pressures" and dismiss criminal charges arising from the Flint water scandal, arguing that the head of a sprawling state agency shouldn't be held responsible for the deaths of two people during a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge is hearing key arguments in the most significant criminal case related to Flint's lead-contaminated water.
The head of Michigan's health department, Nick Lyon, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes. He's accused of not timely alerting the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois workplace safety officials reprimanded state veterans' officials for how the agency told staffers about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a Quincy veterans' home, according to documents.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A member of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration says the governor's senior aides were told about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area months before it was publicly announced.
Eric Brown is testifying Monday in the criminal case against Nick Lyon, Michigan's health director. Brown works for Snyder in Michigan's Washington office.
Wayne State University on Thursday defended environmental engineering professor Shawn McElmurry, who has been accused by Virginia Tech water expert Marc Edwards of falsifying a research proposal and exaggerating his work resume to obtain grant funding.
A Flint researcher and key witness in a criminal case against two high-ranking Michigan officials used a falsified research proposal and exaggerated work resume to obtain grant funding, according to a national water expert who first helped expose the city's water contamination crisis.
Seattle infectious-disease outbreaks cause concern
SEATTLE (AP) — Public health officials are becoming increasingly concerned about a variety of outbreaks of serious infectious diseases among people who are homeless in Seattle and throughout King County.
Flint – State health leaders including state Medical Executive Eden Wells were familiar with the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2015 as it continued to bedevil Genesee County health officials, a former state health epidemiologist testified Wednesday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators are proposing three new bills to prevent future Legionnaires' disease outbreaks at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy, which has had 13 deaths since 2015.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced on Monday that it plans to replace residence halls at the Quincy veterans' facility which housed victims of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak responsible for the deaths of 13 people and making dozens more ill since 2015.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a legislative hearing on the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Quincy veterans' home (all times local):
Gov. Bruce Rauner's spokeswoman says replacing the plumbing at the Quincy veterans' home beset by Legionnaires' disease is still an option even though officials say they plan to construct a new facility.
Flushing -- A Genesee County health expert admitted that he had said it wasn't "reasonable" to notify the public about the Legionairres' disease outbreak in January 2016 as he also acknowledged that mistakes were made in the Flint water crisis.
The testimony from Genesee County Health Department official James Henry came in the involuntary manslaughter hearing of state Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon on cross examination by defense attorney Larry Willey.
The Latest: Officials pledge cooperation on Legionnaires’
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois Senate's inquiry in the Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans' home (all times local):
Officials with Gov. Bruce Rauner's cabinet agencies invited to a hearing on the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Quincy veterans' home say they couldn't attend because of the short notice.
A portion of blame for Flint's water crisis falls on Gov. Rick Snyder for his "failure to assure rigorous investigation by state agencies" charged with protecting people's health, his lack of taking responsibility for their failures as well as not declaring an emergency sooner, according to a new report released by the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Health chief requires FOIA from senator to release emails
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is forcing state lawmakers to use the public-records law to get emails regarding a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy.
Illinois lawmakers plan 2nd Legionnaires’ disease hearing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers will meet again next month in Springfield for a bipartisan hearing about the deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans' home.
The Latest: Rauner to speak publicly about Quincy home stay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Legionnaires' disease outbreak (all times local):
Gov. Bruce Rauner will address the public regarding his stay at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy on Wednesday.
The Republican's office released a notice Tuesday evening that he will speak at an 11:30 a.m. news conference at the home.
Maine adding 50 new public health nurses
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is hiring 50 public health nurses to help address disease outbreaks and the opioid crisis.
The Portland Press Herald reports a new law sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Brownie Carson is responsible for the hiring increase. Under the measure, Maine is required to have at least 50 public health nurses on staff.
Audit finds failures in state’s response to outbreaks
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health had breakdowns in communication and inconsistencies in practices in its response to three disease outbreaks in 2015 and 2016, according to a state audit.
The state auditor's report made public Thursday indicates that the department failed to properly communicate with its own divisions, other agencies and the public during the outbreaks of dengue fever, hepatitis A and salmonella.
Hearing to address Legionella outbreak at veterans home
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly's two veterans committees are scheduled to hold a joint legislative hearing to address the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a veterans home.
Thirteen residents at the Illinois Veterans Home have died of the disease over the past three years, including 12 who died in 2015 and one whose death was reported in October.
Legionnaires’ lawsuits against Quincy home seek $100K each
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Multiple lawsuits against the state over a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a Quincy veterans' home have been filed in the Illinois Court of Claims.
The (Quincy) Herald-Whig obtained the lawsuits through a Freedom of Information Act request and reports there are 10 lawsuits. An 11th is expected.
Families blame state in veterans home Legionnaires’ outbreak
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Eleven families are suing the state for negligence saying a fatal Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2015 and continued problems at a western Illinois veterans' home were preventable.
Northey requests funds in response to potential foreign animal disease outbreak
(Des Moines)--Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today requested an additional $150,000 for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Animal Industry Bureau to provide additional support for preparations for and potentially responding to a foreign animal disease outbreak. Northey also requested continued funding to support the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program and the Agriculture Drainage Well Closure Program.
Disease outbreak at Westview Primary in Goose Creek sends more than 100 students home sick
The Berkeley County School District has announced it will disinfect Westview Primary School this weekend after a disease caused diarrhea and vomiting this week at the Goose Creek school.
Diane Etling, the parent of a first-grader at Westview, said she saw students leaving the school in droves when she went to pick her daughter up early Thursday afternoon. She said a school nurse told her the school quit counting after it sent the 140th student home sick.
Snyder adviser challenged over being mum about Legionnaires’
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An adviser to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was challenged Wednesday about why he didn't sound the alarm about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area, despite getting a heads-up long before the state finally acknowledged dozens of cases possibly linked to poor water quality.
The Latest: Snyder adviser challenged over Legionnaires’
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest in a criminal case against Michigan's health director, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak during the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint (all times local):
A senior member of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration has been challenged in court about why he didn't speak up sooner about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area.
Flint — The involuntary manslaughter hearing for Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon restarts Wednesday with the expected continuation of testimony by Gov. Rick Snyder's urban affairs aide that previously created a national controversy.
Lansing — Defense attorneys for Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon are accusing special prosecutor Todd Flood of intentionally creating a political "sideshow" to publicly malign Gov. Rick Snyder.
The attorneys are asking Genesee County Judge David Goggins to strike video of Snyder's congressional committee testimony on the Flint water crisis from the court record in Lyon's manslaughter trial, calling it "irrelevant" to the case.
Amid Marburg outbreak, Uganda hosts global health summit
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A global summit is underway in Uganda aimed at boosting countries' capacity to respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
The United States-backed conference of the Global Health Security Agenda includes over 50 nations, nonprofits and other groups working to help poor countries prevent, detect and deal with threats to public health.
Michigan governor stands by congressional testimony on Flint
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor insisted Thursday that his congressional testimony regarding the Flint water crisis "was truthful and I stand by it," shortly after a committee pointed out a potential discrepancy and warned him about committing perjury.