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Officials confirm 6th measles case in Washington outbreak

Health officials are investigating a sixth confirmed case of the measles in a western Washington outbreak involving people who spent time at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

U.S. measles count rises to 764, driven by New York outbreaks

U.S. health officials say at least 60 more measles cases have been reported, increasing a 2019 tally that is already the highest in 25 years.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

Congo Ebola cases hit record for most reported in single day

There is growing alarm about the Ebola virus outbreak in eastern Congo, with a record number of cases being reported for a single day. Congo’s health ministry says 27 cases …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 10:32 a.m.

Vancouver-area measles outbreak could soon be over

The Vancouver-area measles outbreak may be drawing to a close.


WHO says Congo’s Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency

The World Health Organization said Friday that while the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is of “deep concern,” the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 4:54 p.m.

NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood.


Teen testifies to Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 – and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Latest crack in fight against vaccinations has officials and schools scrambling

They call them nonmedical exemptions, and the resurgent measles virus loves them.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

North Dakota sends specialized team to help with measles breakout in Pacific Northwest

North Dakota is sending an emergency response team to assist in efforts to control an escalating measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.


Kids traveling from Washington develop measles in Hawaii

Two confirmed cases of measles in Hawaii were in unvaccinated children who traveled to Hawaii from Washington state.


Measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, sickens 35

A measles outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington, with 11 more cases suspected. Thirty-one patients had not been vaccinated against measles.


Washington measles outbreak prompts warning to Idaho doctors

Health officials in southwestern Idaho are warning medical care providers to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles because of an outbreak in western Washington that has sickened at …


Officials: 30 measles cases in western Washington outbreak

Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has grown to 30, with nine more cases suspected.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Officials: 26 measles cases in Western Washington outbreak

Health officials have confirmed 26 measles cases in western Washington in an outbreak that began earlier this month.


23 confirmed measles cases in Clark County, 20 not immunized

Health officials now say they have confirmed 23 measles cases in Clark County since the beginning of the year.


Measles cases hit 19 with more suspected in SW Washington

Officials say the number of confirmed measles cases in southwestern Washington has increased to 19 with seven more cases suspected.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Whooping cough outbreak worsens in southwestern Idaho

Health officials say a whooping cough outbreak has now sickened roughly 122 people in southwestern Idaho, and they’re warning those numbers could increase with the start of the school year.


Hepatitis C outbreak linked to Puyallup hospital reaches double digits

The numbers have grown slowly, but they’re growing nonetheless: An outbreak of hepatitis C linked to Puyallup’s Good Samaritan Hospital continues to generate new confirmed cases.


Congo confirms end of latest deadly Ebola outbreak

Congo’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is over, the health ministry announced Tuesday, after a speedy response to limit its spread in remote rural areas and a city …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

‘Major, major game-changer’: Ebola spreads to big Congo city

Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first time the vast, impoverished country has encountered …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 11:38 a.m.

Seven ‘probable’ new hepatitis C cases tied to Puyallup outbreak

Experts from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department say they have discovered seven “probable” new cases of hepatitis C tied to an


Recent E. coli outbreak spreads to Idaho

Idaho Health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections that are linked to a national outbreak affecting at least 11 states, including in Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 4:15 p.m.

Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak gets 8 years in prison

The pharmacist convicted in connection with a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday after he tearfully apologized to the victims for the pain …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Salmonella outbreak in Washington, Oregon tied to fruit

Washington state health officials say a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut fruit sold at Washington and Oregon grocery stores has sickened 18 people.


Legionnaires’ disease outbreak sickens 12; 9 visited Disneyland

Disneyland has shut down two bacteria-contaminated cooling towers after health officials discovered several cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who had visited the Anaheim theme park, authorities said.


Puerto Rico investigates post-hurricane disease outbreak

Four deaths in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath are being investigated as possible cases of a disease spread by animals’ urine, Puerto Rico’s governor said Wednesday amid concerns about islanders’ exposure to …


To fight hepatitis outbreak, San Diego begins power-washing streets with bleach

Crews have started sanitizing streets, sidewalks and gutters in San Diego to try to combat a hepatitis A outbreak among the city’s homeless population.


U.S. salmonella outbreak is linked to papayas from Mexico

U.S. health officials say consumers should avoid a variety of papaya from Mexico linked to a salmonella outbreak that has been blamed for the death of a person in New …


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

3,000 to 5,000 new cholera cases in Yemen each day, says UN

A suspected cholera outbreak is spreading quickly in war-ravaged Yemen, with an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 new cases every day, the U.N. children’s agency said on Saturday.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 5:27 p.m.

Grant County identifies mumps outbreak near Moses Lake

Grant County officials are tracking a mumps outbreak at the Columbia Basin Job Corp near Moses Lake, where there were five confirmed cases of mumps and nine suspected cases Friday.