- Mexico officials: Bacterial infections sickened children Updated: May-22-15 7:01 pm
MEXICO CITY - Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas.
- Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu Updated: May-22-15 4:43 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa.
- Panel backs bill aimed at boosting Maine vaccination rates Updated: May-22-15 3:01 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine legislative committee endorsed a bill Friday that seeks to bolster vaccination rates among schoolchildren but lawmakers balked at an effort to prohibit parents from using the philosophical exemption to send their unvaccinated kids to school.
- Senate approves requiring vaccinations for day care workers Updated: May-22-15 2:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Day care workers would have to be vaccinated, under a bill moving through the California Legislature.
- Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees, UN calls for help Updated: May-22-15 1:27 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda - An outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees fleeing political unrest in Burundi have massed, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday.
- Guinea families transport bodies in public taxis Updated: May-22-15 12:41 pm
CONAKRY, Guinea - Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.
- Police: Stray bullets fired into bedroom of 5-year-old girl Updated: May-22-15 7:23 am
BROCKTON, Massachusetts - Authorities say officers responding to a call of shots fired found that bullets ripped through the bedroom of a 5-year-old girl in Brockton.
- Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant Updated: May-21-15 6:12 pm
WASHINGTON - A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria.
- Iowa cancels bird shows at Iowa State Fair, county fairs Updated: May-21-15 5:45 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa State Fair and county fairs will not have poultry shows this year, Iowa agriculture officials said Thursday, as the state continued to struggle with a bird flu outbreak that has claimed more than 25 million chickens and turkeys.
- Indiana approves 1st needle-exchange program under new law Updated: May-21-15 4:41 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana approved a yearlong needle-exchange program Thursday for a rural county at the center of an HIV outbreak that spurred a new state law allowing such programs to curb the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users.
- WHO: Cholera kills 30 Burundi refugees in Tanzanian camp Updated: May-21-15 9:40 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - A cholera outbreak has killed at least 30 people in a Tanzanian refugee camp for Burundians, a World Health Organization official said Thursday, underscoring the dire circumstances of masses of people who are fleeing political unrest.
- Salmonella outbreak grows to 60 cases Updated: May-21-15 8:44 am
KENOSHA, Wisconsin - Kenosha County health officials say the number of salmonella cases has grown to 60.
- Indiana official to testify in Congress about HIV outbreak Updated: May-21-15 8:44 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's health commissioner is set to testify before Congress about Indiana's largest HIV outbreak and the drug abuse that's behind that epidemic.
- Smoking among Hawaii teens declines Updated: May-20-15 11:14 pm
HONOLULU - A new federal health study finds that fewer Hawaii teens are smoking cigarettes.
- Indiana county seeks year-long needle exchange to fight HIV Updated: May-20-15 1:18 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana county experiencing the worst HIV outbreak in state history asked health officials Wednesday to approve a yearlong needle-exchange program to combat the disease.
- ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle salmonella criminal case Updated: May-20-15 12:37 pm
SAVANNAH, Georgia - ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million to settle a federal criminal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia more than eight years ago, triggering a massive recall and food-safety investigation after more than 600 people got sick.
- Hormel overcomes bird flu in 2Q, but drag seen in 2nd half Updated: May-20-15 12:08 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Hormel reported a record second-quarter profit of $180.2 million Wednesday despite a bird flu scourge that has killed more than 8 million birds in Minnesota.
- UNMC says donation will strengthen public health focus Updated: May-20-15 5:10 am
OMAHA, Nebraska - An Omaha couple has donated $1 million to create an endowed professorship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center focused on public health.
- Judge approves $200M settlement in 2012 meningitis outbreak Updated: May-19-15 7:39 pm
BOSTON - Victims of a 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by a now-closed Massachusetts compounding pharmacy will have access to a $200 million compensation fund, following approval Tuesday by a federal bankruptcy judge.
- Board approves adding deductibles to employee health plans Updated: May-19-15 6:21 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin's insurance board voted Tuesday to add deductibles and increase out-of-pocket payments in state employees' health care plans in a move designed to save an estimated $85 million over the next two years.
- Lawmaker adopts new strategy to combat campus sexual assault Updated: May-19-15 6:15 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Rhode Island lawmaker changed her strategy for trying to address sexual assaults on college campuses.
- Asbestos-contaminated community to weigh in on final cleanup Updated: May-19-15 5:32 am
BILLINGS, Montana - Residents of a Montana mining community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure will weigh in this week on a proposal to leave the dangerous material behind in many houses and buildings.
- Indiana officials push back against reducing ozone levels Updated: May-18-15 5:09 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana environmental officials and Republican Gov. Mike Pence are pushing back against new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that would reduce the amount of ozone levels allowed in the atmosphere.
- Merkel: Global catastrophe plan needed after Ebola crisis Updated: May-18-15 7:21 am
BERLIN - The Ebola crisis in western Africa showed the world in a painful way that a global catastrophe plan is needed to deal with future epidemics, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.
- 2 million more Minnesota chickens to be destroyed due to flu Updated: May-17-15 7:29 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.