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Stories with subject: Disease outbreaks
  • 4th patient infected during mold outbreak at hospital dies 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 2:00 pm

    PITTSBURGH - A fourth transplant patient who contracted a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at a western Pennsylvania hospital has died, officials said Sunday.

  • Local researcher continues grandfather's work on Zika virus 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 9:00 am

    FREDERICK, Maryland - As the Zika virus rages through South and Central America, probably causing women to give birth to babies with abnormally small heads, few people understand that the virus has its origins in Africa. And even fewer realize that the man who originally discovered the virus 70 years ago, Alexander John Haddow, has a Frederick and a Fort Detrick connection.

  • Date set for appeal by ex-doctor in Vegas hepatitis C case 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 7:10 am

    LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Supreme Court is scheduling oral arguments April 5 on an appeal by a once-prominent Las Vegas doctor serving 18 years to life in prison for the largest hepatitis C outbreak in state history.

  • Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:19 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding.

  • Snyder defends office's handling of Legionnaires' outbreak story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:58 pm

    FLINT, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday defended how his office responded to an email flagging a potential link between a surge in Legionnaires' disease and Flint's water, saying an aide asked for further investigation but a state agency did not bring forward the issue again.

  • 10 arrested on drug charges tied to Indiana HIV outbreak 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 7:29 pm

    SCOTTSBURG, Indiana - Ten people were arrested Friday on charges alleging they distributed drugs that helped fuel the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana history, authorities said.

  • Alabama governor authorizes tuberculosis response funding 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 6:05 pm

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced the authorization of more than $200,000 in emergency funding to help public health officials continue responding to a tuberculosis outbreak in Perry County.

  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:42 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream - five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.

  • The Latest: Puerto Rico declares Zika emergency story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:03 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Latest on efforts to battle the Zika virus (all times local):

  • CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 2:54 pm

    NEW YORK - U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women.

  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:46 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream - five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this year's debauchery.

  • Tucson Rodeo to continue as planned despite equine herpes 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:58 am

    TUCSON, Arizona - Officials with the Tucson Rodeo say the festivities will go forward as planned despite a herpes outbreak spreading through Tuft Paradise racetrack.

  • Tonga declares Zika epidemic after 5 confirmed cases 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:38 am

    NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga - The tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga said Friday it has a Zika epidemic after five people tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected of having it.

  • Florida, vulnerable to Zika virus, gets ready for fight 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 6:49 pm

    MIAMI - Florida's warm climate, year-round mosquitoes and revolving door of international travelers make it vulnerable to the Zika virus, but local governments here have a history of fighting off outbreaks before they become widespread.

  • Officials warned of water, Legionnaires' link 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 2:15 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show.

  • British Olympic Association providing guidance on Zika 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 2:09 pm

    LONDON - The British Olympic Association says it will provide medical guidance to athletes about the Zika virus ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Uruguay has 'no qualms" playing at center of Zika outbreak story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 1:58 pm

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Uruguay will go ahead with a World Cup qualifier scheduled next month in Recife, the Brazilian city at the center of an outbreak of the Zika virus.

  • Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-04-16 12:03 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.

  • US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 5:28 pm

    NEW YORK - A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness.

  • Higher temperatures make Zika mosquito spread disease more story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 1:03 pm

    WASHINGTON - In its brief lifespan, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is caught in a race: Will it pass the disease to humans before it dies?

  • Sexually-transmitted Zika case confirmed in Texas story has photos
    Updated: Feb-03-16 2:33 am

    DALLAS - Health officials on Tuesday reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America.

  • Chipotle says criminal investigation widens, sales plunge story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 6:26 pm

    NEW YORK - The E. coli outbreak that was linked to Chipotle restaurants may be over, but the burrito chain's indigestion continues.

  • Kansas dinner theater cleans up from norovirus outbreak 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 9:39 am

    OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - A suburban Kansas City dinner theater has spent $40,000 cleaning up after a norovirus outbreak sickened more than 600 people.

  • Operations normal at Indiana prison after flu outbreak 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 7:38 am

    GREENCASTLE, Indiana - State officials say normal operations will resume Tuesday at a western Indiana prison where a flu outbreak sickened nearly three dozen and killed one.

  • California trims number of inmates in Legionnaires' outbreak 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 7:57 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Officials say three fewer California inmates were sickened by a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year than originally reported.