Infectious diseases

February 04, 2019 - 11:06 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international group of public health experts on Monday called on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee to consider declaring Congo's Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency. The group of experts wrote in the Lancet that such a call...
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FILE - This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called “philosophical” exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout from the disease. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week declared a state of emergency because of the outbreak on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
February 01, 2019 - 5:31 pm
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called "philosophical" exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout. At least 44 people in Washington and Oregon have...
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Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, informs the media about an update on WHO Ebola operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during a press conference, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
February 01, 2019 - 7:41 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is marking six months with officials noting a worrying number of confirmed cases linked to health centers. Such infections are seen as a major problem that highlights poor practices and the risk of spread among patients and workers...
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In this Jan. 30, 2019 photo, Dr. Rick Sacra speaks to the Associated Press at his home in Holden, Mass. Sacra, a Massachusetts doctor who was among a handful of Americans treated and cured of Ebola in 2014, is being honored for his work in Liberia through the deadly epidemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
January 31, 2019 - 6:41 pm
HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — Almost five years have passed since he nearly died of Ebola in Liberia, but Richard Sacra has never wavered from his commitment to the struggling West African nation. The 56-year-old family doctor from Massachusetts was among a handful of Americans treated and cured of Ebola...
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Signs posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The outbreak has sickened 39 people in the Pacific Northwest, with 13 more cases suspected. At least one patient who was sick with the measles has come to this clinic for treatment since the outbreak began Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
January 30, 2019 - 7:14 pm
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest became more worrisome Wednesday with word that people infected with the extremely contagious viral illness traveled to Hawaii and central Oregon after being exposed. The revelation prompted public health officials in Oregon's...
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FILE - This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, shows a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. A measles outbreak near Portland has sickened dozens of people in Oregon and Washington, with several more cases suspected, and public health officials scrambling to contain the virus say low vaccination rates are making the situation worse. Clark County Public Health said Sunday, Jan. 28, 2019, that the majority of the cases involve children younger than 10. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
January 28, 2019 - 8:30 pm
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest warned people to vaccinate their children Monday and worried that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2007 file photo, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Craig Mello, front, acknowledges applause from members of the Massachusetts House and Senate on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Boston. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show Chinese scientist He Jiankui told Mello about the gene-edited babies in April 2018, months before the claim became public. Mello objected to the experiment and remained an adviser to He's biotech company for eight more months before resigning. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
January 28, 2019 - 3:04 pm
Long before the claim of the world's first gene-edited babies became public, Chinese researcher He Jiankui shared the news with a U.S. Nobel laureate who objected to the experiment yet remained an adviser to He's biotech company. The revelation that another prominent scientist knew of the work,...
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A sign prohibiting all children under 12 and unvaccinated adults stands at the entrance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide public health emergency Friday as confirmed measles cases rose to 30, with nine more suspected. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
January 25, 2019 - 10:08 pm
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The number of confirmed measles cases near Portland grew to 31 on Friday — an outbreak boosted by lower-than-normal vaccination rates in what has been called an anti-vaccination U.S. "hot spot." Public health officials in southwest Washington, just across the Columbia River...
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January 23, 2019 - 4:27 am
LONDON (AP) — In a story Jan. 22 about polio in Mozambique, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of polio cases. There is one case, not two. A corrected version of the story is below: Global health officials say they have identified one case of polio in Mozambique caused by a...
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FILE - This Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shows Felix Tshisekedi of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress opposition party, at a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Congo's Constitutional Court early Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, declared the election of Tshisekedi as president, rejecting challenges to the vote by runner-up Martin Fayulu, who had alleged fraud. Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is now set to be inaugurated on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
January 20, 2019 - 1:09 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo is on the brink of its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 after the Constitutional Court on Sunday confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, although questions remain about the result. Tshisekedi, son of the...
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