- Kentucky officials urge residents to get flu vaccine Updated: Feb-09-16 4:05 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - State health officials are urging residents in Kentucky to get the flu vaccine now if they haven't already had it.
- Hospital accepts patients again after 18 cases of illness Updated: Feb-09-16 2:56 am
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas - A suburban Kansas City hospital has resumed taking new patients after it reported 18 cases of gastrointestinal illness with at least one of them preliminarily identified as norovirus.
- Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika Updated: Feb-08-16 10:40 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."
- Living with people they bite, Zika mosquitoes hard to fight Updated: Feb-08-16 10:38 pm
SAVANNAH, Georgia - The mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus are among the hardest species to fight because they live and breed in tub drains, dog bowls, buckets, flower pots and other spots where water collects inside the houses and yards of the people they bite, insect experts noted Monday.
- Mayor: state of emergency for Big Island dengue outbreak Updated: Feb-08-16 9:59 pm
HILO, Hawaii - Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi is declaring the island's ongoing dengue fever outbreak a state of emergency.
- Country legend Merle Haggard returns to stage after illness Updated: Feb-08-16 8:19 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Country legend Merle Haggard has returned to the stage after canceling several shows in February because of health issues caused by pneumonia.
- Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits Updated: Feb-08-16 7:11 pm
DETROIT - One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires' disease.
- Indiana to lift most bird flu-related restrictions soon Updated: Feb-08-16 4:37 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Animal health officials monitoring the bird flu outbreak in southwestern Indiana say they will lift most restrictions in two weeks if ongoing testing finds no additional infections.
- Chipotle urges workers to stay home if they're sick Updated: Feb-08-16 3:57 pm
NEW YORK - Chipotle repeatedly told employees they need to stay home if they feel sick and the restaurant chain kept all its U.S. locations shuttered early Monday as executives went over new food safety procedures.
- Flu season see slow start across Minnesota Updated: Feb-08-16 2:54 pm
MANKATO, Minnesota - A year after Minnesota and much of the nation was hit hard by influenza, the virus is having less of an impact on residents throughout the state.
- Johns Hopkins approved for HIV-positive organ transplants Updated: Feb-08-16 2:45 pm
BALTIMORE - Johns Hopkins Medicine has recently received approval to perform organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and recipients.
- Governor, health officials sued over Ebola quarantines Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Several people quarantined in Connecticut after returning from West Africa during the Ebola epidemic in 2014 were essentially imprisoned illegally under a state policy based on politics, not science, according to a lawsuit they filed on Monday.
- 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.
- Rally for AIDS awareness planned for North Carolina capitol Updated: Feb-07-16 6:16 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Religious groups and elected leaders are holding a rally at the North Carolina capitol for AIDS awareness.
- Doctors: Meningitis threat not high for use of new vaccine Updated: Feb-06-16 7:31 pm
SANTA CLARA, California - Officials say the public health threat of meningitis isn't high enough to justify the widespread use of a vaccine approved for use in the United States in 2014.
- Colombia: 3,177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly Updated: Feb-06-16 5:13 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday that there's no evidence Zika has caused any cases of the birth defect known as microcephaly in his country, though it has diagnosed 3,177 pregnant women with the virus.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: Feb-06-16 1:17 pm
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- 19 confirmed cases of salmonella in Estill County Updated: Feb-06-16 11:45 am
IRVINE, Kentucky - Estill County Emergency Management says there are 19 confirmed salmonella cases and 41 people with gastrointestinal illnesses in the county.
- Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism 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 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.
- Health official: Alaskans at low risk for Zika virus Updated: Feb-05-16 9:09 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - An official with the state Division of Public Health says Alaskans are not likely to contract the Zika virus unless they have contact with people who have been travelling in affected areas.
- Historian: Zika won't stop Olympics; only war has done that Updated: Feb-05-16 6:22 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The world's best known Olympic historian said Friday it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
- Iowa APME contest winners Updated: Feb-05-16 6:17 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners:
- 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.