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NY Declares Health Emergency as Flu Spreads on Continent

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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New York state declared a public health emergency Saturday, in the latest push against the influenza epidemic gripping the United States and threatening parts of Canada. The executive order allows pharmacists to administer flu shots to individuals under age 18, clearing the way for vaccinations to children as young as six months old. The mayor […]

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US Health Experts: Thousands May Be Infected with Rare Meningitis

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. health authorities say a contaminated steroid suspected of causing five fatal cases of rare fungal meningitis may have been given to thousands of patients. The company that manufactured the suspect medicine, the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, has been shut down. It has recalled the steroid. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

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US Health Experts: Rare Meningitis Outbreak May Spread

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. health authorities say a contaminated steroid suspected of causing five fatal cases of rare fungal meningitis may have been given to patients in 23 states. The company that manufactured the suspect medicine, The New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, has been shut down. It has recalled the steroid. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

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Infection Outbreak Hits Flooded Philippine Regions

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Philippine officials say an outbreak of a deadly water-borne disease has claimed at least four lives in the flood-stricken southern region. Health officials said Tuesday that 128 cases of leptospirosis have been confirmed and that further 200 people are suspected of being infected. The disease is caused by a deadly bacteria from flood waters. The […]

Cholera Outbreak Sickens Thousands in DRC

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 250 people and caused nearly 4,000 others to become ill. A cholera outbreak has been declared in four provinces with northeastern Orientale province showing the most cases. In a statement last week, the World Health Organization said it […]

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