Infectious diseases

December 09, 2019 - 12:35 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia began a vaccination campaign in a rural town on Borneo island after a 3-month-old boy was confirmed to have polio in the country's first case of the highly infectious virus in 27 years. The infant from Tuaran town in Sabah state tested positive for vaccine-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
December 06, 2019 - 10:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say. The last flu season to rev up...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2013, file photo, African migrants cover themselves with blankets after being captured by the Libyan Coast Guard while on a boat heading to Italy, in a detention center for illegal migrants in Abu Salim district on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya. The United Nations opened its "Gathering and Departure Facility" in Libya a year ago as an alternative to imprisonment in such places as Abu Salim. But Libyan security officials and U.N. and other aid workers inside Libya confirmed that what was supposed to be a place of calm and order has fallen into chaos. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)
December 06, 2019 - 12:39 am
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. The...
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In this image from video, a red flags hangs outside homes of residents who have not been vaccinated in Apia, Samoa, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday, as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people. (TVNZ via AP)
December 04, 2019 - 9:10 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people. The government told most public and private workers to stay home on Thursday and Friday and shut down roads to nonessential...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, athletes dive into the water at the start line during a women's triathlon test event at Odaiba Marine Park, a venue for marathon swimming and triathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo. The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body want similar treatment: find an alternative to the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay known as the “Odaiba Marine Park.”(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 04, 2019 - 12:42 am
TOKYO (AP) — The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Now some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body are asking that something similar should be done with the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Denver. The Lakers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
December 04, 2019 - 12:11 am
DENVER (AP) — LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan for his entire career, though on Tuesday night it was Anthony Davis who emulated the Hall of Famer. Davis, ailing from flu-like symptoms, took an IV at halftime and then scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter to lead the Los...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar pauses while speaking during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, in Washington. The government opened a new program Tuesday to provide an HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 03, 2019 - 8:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government launched a new program on Tuesday to provide an HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it. Taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day dramatically reduces the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes...
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In this photo from the late 1800s provided by the Saranac Lake Free Library, tuberculosis patients rest on the porch of a sanatorium in Saranac Lake, N.Y. The local boom ended with the rise of effective antibiotic treatment in the 1950s, but residents still honor the village's novel legacy. (Saranac Lake Free Library via AP)
December 01, 2019 - 10:50 am
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Tuberculosis put Saranac Lake on the map. Through the middle of the 20th century, ailing people seeking a “rest cure” reclined on cottage porches in the community to take in the crisp Adirondack Mountain air. Saranac Lake grew into a mini-metropolis of medical care, with a...
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November 29, 2019 - 1:46 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The flu season is off and running in the Deep South. The most recent weekly flu report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds high levels of flu-like illness in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. The highest level in that report...
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November 29, 2019 - 10:16 am
BURLINGTON CITY, N.J. (AP) — A state appellate court upheld a southern New Jersey school teacher’s legal victory in an ongoing dispute over using a sick day during last year's Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory parade. The panel Wednesday upheld a state Public Employment Relations Commission...
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