Virginia officials say deer deaths caused by viral outbreak
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has confirmed that a viral disease has killed a number of deer across the state.
University of Maryland gets $200M contract for flu research
BALTIMORE (AP) — The University of Maryland has received a $200 million contract to research seasonal flu vaccines.
The university's School of Medicine said in a statement Friday that the...
More chlamydia cases than the flu last year in Utah County
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah County health officials say sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in the region for at least the fifth year in a row.
Collins conducting hearing on spread of Lyme disease
ORONO, Maine (AP) — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is coming to the state's flagship public university to conduct a field hearing on the rising toll of Lyme disease.
Uganda says a traveling Congolese girl has Ebola
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A 9-year-old Congolese girl tested positive for Ebola in Uganda on Thursday after traveling from Congo, where an outbreak of the highly infectious disease has killed nearly...
‘Dramatic resurgence’ of measles seen in Europe, WHO reports
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says there has been a "dramatic resurgence" of measles in Europe, in part fueled by vaccine refusals, with nearly 90,000 people sickened by the virus in...
Woman dies in Spain as listeria-in-pork outbreak sickens 114
MADRID (AP) — Health authorities in Spain are on high alert after a 90-year-old woman died amid a listeria outbreak in the southern region of Andalusia that has affected more than 110...
Colorado city may require detention center disease reporting
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city is considering whether to require detention center employees to promptly notify health officials of infectious disease outbreaks.
Minnesota declares outbreak of hepatitis A
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say there's an outbreak in cases of hepatitis A, a virus that can cause severe liver damage.
Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city
BENI, Congo (AP) — After feeling sick for several days the pastor boarded a bus to eastern Congo's largest city. Only upon arrival at his destination did anyone suspect he had the highly deadly...
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting a $7.5 million grant to help in the fight against HIV.
A news release says the money will go to UAB's Center for...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New HIV diagnoses dropped last year to their lowest number in Louisiana in more than a decade — and possibly even a generation, the state Department of Health said...
New gene tests for germs quickly reveal source of infections
Brian Jetter was on life support, a healthy 40-year-old suddenly battling pneumonia and sepsis, and a slew of tests had failed to find the cause.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The ACLU of Vermont and Harvard Law School have sued leaders of two state departments and a private health care provider, accusing them of refusing to treat inmates...
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston nonprofit is voicing concern about the continued spread of HIV among residents struggling with opioid addiction.
The Whittier Street Health Center said Tuesday its...
South Sudan measles outbreak raises questions about vaccines
KUAJOK, South Sudan (AP) — Despondent, Akon Mathiong points to two small mounds of dirt where she buried her grandsons, 4 and 5 years old, last month. They died after contracting measles in one of...
North Macedonia declares measles epidemic
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's health authorities have declared a nationwide measles epidemic in the small Balkan country after more than 960 cases were registered since the...
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Study: Safe to transplant hepatitis C-infected hearts, lungs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors can safely transplant hepatitis C-infected lungs and hearts into people desperate for a new organ, say researchers who may have found a way to protect those patients from...
Mozambique races to contain 1,000 cholera cases
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambican and international health workers raced Monday to contain a cholera outbreak in the cyclone-hit city of Beira and surrounding areas, where the number of cases...
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.
Study: Many in Ebola outbreak don’t believe virus is real
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn't real, according to a new study, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers...
Whooping cough case at Texas Capitol leads to vaccinations
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly 50 people who work at the Texas Capitol have been vaccinated this week because a page contracted whooping cough, a health scare that comes as legislatures around the...
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Flu has killed 4 Utah children since October
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials say four children have died from the flu in Utah since October, and with a new strain of the illness, the threat may not subside for weeks.
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is getting behind a push to increase the federal government's funding for research to create a universal flu vaccine.
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...
How ‘completely avoidable’ measles cases continue to climb
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017 — and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents balk at...
Horseracing to resume in Britain after equine flu contained
LONDON (AP) — Horseracing in Britain is to resume on Wednesday with strict biosecurity protocols after an outbreak of equine flu.
Racing has been shut down since Thursday, and six cases have arisen at two stables, but the British Horseracing Authority announced on Monday it has contained the highly infectious disease to the unanimous agreement of its veterinary committee.
Four meetings can go ahead in Musselburgh, Plumpton, Southwell, and Kempton, the BHA said.
New blow to horse racing as more equine flu cases announced
LONDON (AP) — Four new cases of equine flu have been reported by the British Horseracing Authority in a blow to the sport's hopes of resuming action on Wednesday.
The cases were identified in vaccinated thoroughbreds at the Newmarket yard of trainer Simon Crisford, the BHA said late Sunday.
Racing has been on an enforced six-day shutdown since Thursday following three cases — which subsequently rose to six — of the highly infectious disease found at Donald McCain's stable in Cheshire.
Trump plan to stop HIV epidemic targets high-infection areas
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk.
Senators want update on progress of universal flu vaccine
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent U.S. senator says he's joining a group of Senate colleagues to call on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to provide an update on research into a universal flu vaccine.
Sen. Angus King says the initiative is about reducing "the relentless burden the flu places on American families each year." The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released a strategic plan for a universal flu vaccine last year.
U of Nebraska Medical Center joins global network
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center has joined a worldwide network composed of 29 countries combatting major threats from human viruses.
The medical center says the Global Virus Network represents experts at 45 Centers of Excellence and seven affiliates recognized for expertise in infectious diseases. The work includes drug development, research and training and education in the areas of biocontainment and antiviral therapeutics preparedness.
San Diego hepatitis A outbreak ends after 2 years
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County health authorities have declared an end to an outbreak of hepatitis A that began two years ago, killed 20 people and sickened nearly 600.
Public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said that Oct. 25 marked 100 days since the most recent case, the threshold for no longer meeting the definition of an outbreak, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.
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.
UVM receives $12.3 million to study infectious diseases
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont has received a $12.3 million federal grant to open a new center to study infectious diseases.
The university announced Thursday the Translational Global Infectious Disease Research Center will focus on decreasing infectious disease rates, especially in low-income countries.
The program will target diseases such as HIV, influenza, tuberculosis and Ebola, and it will rely on a partnership between engineers and biologists.
Officials: Stadium worker who spit on pizza has no diseases
DETROIT (AP) — Tests show that a food vendor at the Detroit Tigers' home stadium who was fired after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza that was apparently intended for a customer doesn't have any communicable diseases.
Authorities say 20-year-old Jaylon Kerley tested negative for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and hepatitis. Kerley is charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes.
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.
Louisiana seeking ‘subscription model’ for hepatitis C drugs
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health secretary thinks she's found a way to get hepatitis C drugs to more Medicaid patients and prisoners struggling with one of the nation's deadliest infectious diseases: by patterning medication purchases off the Netflix subscription model.
White House sets ‘new direction’ in biodefense strategy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday released a new biodefense strategy that it said takes a more comprehensive approach to preparing the nation for deliberate biological attacks and natural outbreaks of infectious disease.
The goal of the strategy, which was required by Congress, is to more effectively prevent, prepare for and respond to biological threats, which the document said are "among the most serious threats" facing the U.S. and the world.
UN warns of a possible new cholera epidemic in Yemen
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is warning of a possible "third wave" of the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which is already "the largest outbreak on record."
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday there have been more than 1.1 million suspected cases of cholera since April 2017, and the number is increasing. He said over 2,300 deaths have been reported.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say measles has been diagnosed in a 5-year-old child who lives in Hennepin County.
The state Health Department said Tuesday the child became ill in early August shortly after returning from traveling to a region where measles is common. The child likely was infectious from July 30 through Aug. 7.
Health officials say the child was not vaccinated against measles and was hospitalized.
AIDS drugs show more promise for preventing new infections
New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus.
There were no infections among gay men who used a two-drug combo pill either daily or just before and after sex with someone with HIV, one study found. In a second study, no uninfected men caught the virus if they had sex only with a partner whose HIV was well suppressed by medicines.
GERING, Neb. (AP) — The first human case of West Nile virus in Nebraska this season has been reported in a western county, according to health officials.
The Scotts Bluff County man who contracted the infectious disease is between age 50 and 70 and spends time outdoors, said Paulette Schnell, director of the county's Health Department. He wasn't hospitalized.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A National Institutes of Health grant supporting the Tulane National Primate Research Center has been renewed.
A Monday news release from Tulane says the five-year $42 million grant enables the center to continue research seeking cures, treatments and prevention methods for infectious diseases. The work includes research on HIV-AIDS, Lyme disease, malaria and tuberculosis.
Tulane says the center, located in Covington, employs 300 scientists, staffers and animal care workers.