Infectious diseases

July 14, 2019 - 3:34 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Congolese Health Ministry is confirming Congo's first Ebola case in the city of Goma, home to more than 2 million people. The regional capital in eastern Congo borders neighboring Rwanda, which has been preparing for possible cases since an outbreak began nearly a year...
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July 02, 2019 - 8:10 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — An African American man arrested outside a northern Illinois hospital where he was a patient says he thinks his race was the reason a white security guard accused him of trying to steal the IV stand he was attached to. Shaquille Dukes posted on Facebook and reiterated to the media...
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July 02, 2019 - 8:43 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities have confirmed an Ebola case not far from Congo's border with South Sudan, a country with a weak health care system after years of civil war that is vulnerable to the potential spread of the deadly disease. The 40-year-old woman had traveled nearly 500 kilometers (...
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In this undated photo made available by Wade J. Fleming, Lynn Fleming is seen with her grandchildren Jonathan and Jensen Fleming. Fleming stumbled and cut her leg while walking in Coquina Beach, near Bradenton, Fla., with her feet in the water during a family visiting from Pittsburgh. Fleming was later diagnosed with flesh-eating disease and died days later. (Wade Fleming via AP)
July 01, 2019 - 3:57 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A 77-year-old woman was infected by flesh-eating bacteria and died nearly two weeks after she fell and scraped her leg while walking on a Florida beach, her family said Monday. Wade Fleming told The Associated Press that his mother Lynn Fleming, who retired to Florida's Gulf Coast,...
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July 01, 2019 - 12:47 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than two dozen Catholic school students and their parents have lost their initial appeal in challenging a Kentucky health department's efforts to control a chickenpox outbreak they claim infringed on their religious beliefs. A three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of...
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June 30, 2019 - 12:18 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say E. coli bacteria encountered at the San Diego County Fair has killed one child and sickened three others. A Friday night release from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced four confirmed cases linked to animal contact. While three cases...
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June 27, 2019 - 8:37 am
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. health officials say the flu vaccine has again turned out to be a big disappointment. The vaccine didn't work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the flu season. Figures released Thursday show the vaccine was only 29% effective overall. The Centers for Disease...
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People coming from Congo wash their hands with chlorinated water to prevent the spread of infection, at the Mpondwe border crossing with Congo, in western Uganda Friday, June 14, 2019. In Uganda, health workers had long prepared in case the Ebola virus got past the screening conducted at border posts with Congo and earlier this week it did, when a family exposed to Ebola while visiting Congo returned home on an unguarded footpath. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
June 25, 2019 - 11:42 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — About 7,500 Congolese fleeing violence have arrived in Uganda since the beginning of June, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday, urging the international community to give more toward humanitarian efforts. People are leaving Congo at a rate of 311 a day, adding...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Dikembe Mutombo speaks during the opening ceremony of Basketball without Borders Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. U.S. health officials are turning to a basketball hall of famer for help in one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history. Dikembe Mutombo is regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and is a well-known philanthropist in his native Congo. He recorded radio and video spots designed to persuade people to take precautions and get care that might stop the disease’s spread. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
June 24, 2019 - 8:19 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known...
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Aldo Davila, the first openly gay congressman-elect in Guatemala's history, poses for photos during an interview at his office in Guatemala City, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old businessman says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
June 20, 2019 - 9:28 pm
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to take up a seat in Guatemala's congress in January, making history as the first openly gay man elected to the country's legislature. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old activist says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause...
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