Public Health

  • Experts: Unlikely German sailor fell ill in Rio's water

    Medical experts and scientists said Friday it's unlikely that a German sailor with a bacterial skin infection that's resistant to antibiotics contracted the illness in polluted Olympic waters. Sailor Erik Heil fell ill after competing in a pre-Olympic test event held Aug. 15-22 in Rio's Guanabara…

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  • The germiest places in your home (and the right way to clean them)

    After you wash your dishes or cutting board, then use the same sponge to wipe your countertops, you’re spreading bacteria across a wide surface, leaving behind the potential for salmonella or E. coli contamination. Still, it’s sponge-worthy for a few more uses, so simply sanitize it by soaking it…

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  • Ebola transmissions over in Liberia, enters 90-day watch

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free for a second time on Thursday after the country hardest hit by the deadly virus saw a brief resurgence of cases not long after the first time it thought the disease was gone for good.

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  • Norovirus Linked to Nearly 100 Cases of Food Poisoning at Chipotle

    Health officials believe that the food-borne illness that sickened nearly 100 customers at a California Chipotle is Norovirus. A number of diners that ate at an outpost in Simi Valley ended up in the ER last month with extreme cases of food poisoning. The restaurant sent home 17 sick employees and…

  • As U.S. Legionnaires' cases rise, so do expert theories on causes

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cases of Legionnaires' disease have been increasing dramatically in the United States, with reported cases in August alone more than doubling from expected levels for that period, U.S. health officials say. Infectious disease experts say they cannot pinpoint…

  • Sierra Leone to vaccinate 200 people connected to Ebola victim

    Sierra Leone is to vaccinate around 200 people who came into direct or indirect contact with a woman who died of Ebola on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the U.N. World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.  The death of the woman, a trader from Kambia District near the border with Guinea, sets back…

  • Governments are not following advice on MERS, experts warn

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Governments are not doing all they should to tackle the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a committee of health experts at the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The WHO's emergency committee, which meets regularly to consider the international…

  • Liberia Is Ebola Free (Again)

    For the second time this year, Liberia has stamped out Ebola transmission and been declared free of the disease, health officials say. Today (Sept. 3) marks 42 days since the last person to have Ebola in Liberia was cured and released from the hospital, according to a new report from the Centers…