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  • WHO: Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak is officially over

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is free of Ebola, the World Health Organization declared Monday in a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease. Nigeria’s containment of …


  • UN health agency: Ebola outbreak over in Senegal

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency has officially declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in Senegal. The World Health Organization says it commends the country for its diligence …


  • Colo. farmers arrested in fatal listeria outbreak

    DENVER (AP) — The owners of a Colorado cantaloupe farm were arrested Thursday on charges stemming from a 2011 listeria epidemic that killed 33 people in one of the nation’s …


  • Dozens sue pharmacy, but compensation uncertain

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dennis O’Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, …


  • New tests could hamper food outbreak detection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New tests that promise to speed up diagnosis of food poisoning pose an unexpected problem: They could make it more difficult to identify dangerous outbreaks like the …


  • New tests could hamper food outbreak detection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s about to get faster and easier to diagnose food poisoning, but that progress for individual patients comes with a downside: It could hurt the nation’s ability …


  • Med tech in hepatitis C case pleads not guilty

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes has pleaded not guilty to the charges in New …


  • Peanut butter plant closure angers New Mexico town

    PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in a revered peanut-growing region along the New Mexico-Texas border should be celebrating one of the best harvests in recent memory. Instead, millions of pounds …


  • FDA suspends operations at peanut butter plant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using new authority …


  • FDA halts operations at peanut butter plant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country’s largest organic peanut butter processor Monday, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with new …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 419 cases, 30 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication was recalled in late September. Latest numbers …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 377 illnesses, 29 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 363 cases, 28 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 338 cases, 25 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • Unprecedented ‘black mold’ meningitis a challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The black mold creeping into the spines of hundreds of people who got tainted shots for back pain marks uncharted medical territory. Never before has this particular …


  • Mass. pharmacy dodged reprimand after protest

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts regulators in 2004 proposed a formal reprimand for a company now linked to deadly meningitis outbreak, but they never delivered it after the company protested the …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 317 cases, 24 deaths

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • State officials find problems at Mass. pharmacy

    BOSTON (AP) — Water from a leaking boiler collected just outside a room that was supposed to be sterile. Floor mats used by technicians were filled with dirt and debris. …


  • State officials find problems at Mass. pharmacy

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials say their preliminary investigation has found problems with cleanliness and sterilization at a pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak. They said the problems at …


  • Mass. firm in meningitis case: Officials inspected

    BOSTON (AP) — An attorney for a Massachusetts company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak says it’s “hard to imagine” state regulators didn’t know the scale of its operations because …


  • Mass. gov.: Fungus seen at meningitis-linked firm

    BOSTON (AP) — State officials investigating a pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis said Tuesday they found shoddy sterilization practices and unclean conditions there, including debris-covered floor mats …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 308 cases, 17 states

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • Meningitis outbreak toll: 297 cases

    An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. Latest numbers from the …


  • Questions for Medicare in meningitis outbreak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is coming under scrutiny in the meningitis outbreak that has rekindled doubts about the safety of the nation’s drug supply. The giant health insurance program for …


  • APNewsBreak: Questions for Medicare in outbreak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is coming under scrutiny in the meningitis outbreak that has rekindled doubts about the safety of the nation’s drug supply. The giant health insurance program for …


  • APNewsBreak: Tenn.’s meningitis has likely peaked

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s chief medical officer says the rate of new infections from a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak appears to be declining in the state where it was …


  • NM peanut capital at heart of national recall

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The country’s largest organic peanut processing plant is scrubbing its facilities top to bottom and hopes to get back in production soon after a massive recall …


  • FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday. The …


  • Meningitis outbreak deaths rise to 19

    NEW YORK (AP) — Four more people have died in the national meningitis outbreak, bringing the death toll to 19, health officials said Wednesday. The deaths are among the 247 …


  • Dirty shoes? How did steroids get contaminated?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Was it some moldy ceiling tiles? The dusty shoes of a careless employee? Or did the contamination ride in on one of the ingredients? There are …


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