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Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Turkish Pomegranate Seeds

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Turkish Pomegranate Seeds

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FDA announced Saturday it will block shipments of pomegranate seeds from a company in Turkey after U.S. health officials determined that the seeds are to blame for a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A that has sicken…

MERS Coronavirus Kills Three More in Saudi Arabia

MERS Coronavirus Kills Three More in Saudi Arabia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) — Saudi health officials say three more people have died from the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll in Saudi Arabia to 24. The country has seen the highest number of MERS cases since the outbreak st…

FDA Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak in Five States

FDA Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak in Five States

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A in five states that may be linked to a frozen food blend.According to a press relea…

FDA Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak in Five States

FDA Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak in Five States

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A in five states that may be linked to a frozen food blend.According to a press relea…

SARS-Like Virus Continues to Spread Through Middle East

SARS-Like Virus Continues to Spread Through Middle East

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) — A new virus spreading through the Middle East has claimed three more lives, according to Saudi health officials, bringing the death toll to 30.At least 50 people have been sickened by the virus, newly-dub…

Seven People Suffer Complications After Using Common Pain-Reliever

Seven People Suffer Complications After Using Common Pain-Reliever

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEWBERN, Tenn.) — Seven people in Midwest and south are suffering complications after being injected with medicine routinely used to treat back pain and joint swelling, and health officials are on the case because this particula…

Alabama Mystery Illness Could Be Coincidence

Alabama Mystery Illness Could Be Coincidence

Pixland/Thinkstock(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — A mystery illness has sickened seven people in southeastern Alabama, killing two of them, according to the state Health Department, but it’s not clear whether the patients — or their symptoms — are connected.
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Tuberculosis Outbreak Hits LA Homeless

Tuberculosis Outbreak Hits LA Homeless

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Tuberculosis appears to be on the rise among Los Angeles County’s vulnerable homeless population, prompting the county health department to seek federal help.In the last five years, the county health department…

City Under Flu Crisis: 48 Hours in Boston’s Massive Flu Outbreak

City Under Flu Crisis: 48 Hours in Boston’s Massive Flu Outbreak

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Little Cassie Colice fought off another coughing fit as she sat in the emergency room at Boston Children’s Hospital with her mother. Despite getting a flu shot this season, doctors believed the toddler was sufferi…

Flu Outbreak: Fighting the Virus with Social Media

Flu Outbreak: Fighting the Virus with Social Media

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The flu season has arrived — and it’s weeks early.In one week, 16 states and New York City reported high levels of the flu. By the following week, that number was up to 29.Each day for the past week, more t…

New Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

New Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Hemera/Thinkstock(KAMPALA) – ABC News has learned of reports of a new Ebola outbreak in Uganda, not far from the capital of Kampala.The country’s Ministry of Health released a statement Thursday morning, saying that two family members from …

Meningitis Outbreak: 404 Cases, 29 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak: 404 Cases, 29 Deaths

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Eighteen more people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, health officials reported Friday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased…

Meningitis Outbreak Still Grows: 386 Cases, 28 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak Still Grows: 386 Cases, 28 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Nine more people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, health officials reported Thursday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has increased the tall…

Meningitis Outbreak: 331 Cases, 25 Deaths, 7 Joint Infections

Meningitis Outbreak: 331 Cases, 25 Deaths, 7 Joint Infections

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Another person has died from fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, bringing the total to 25 deaths, health officials reported Friday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has …

Compounding Pharmacists Defend Their Trade After Meningitis Outbreak

Compounding Pharmacists Defend Their Trade After Meningitis Outbreak

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Chuck Leiter remembers getting an earful from his father after he helped a young Barry Cadden and his wife set up their booth at a conference for pharmacists in the late 1990s.”My dad almost killed me,”…

Meningitis Outbreak: 271 Cases, 21 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak: 271 Cases, 21 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — One more person has died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections, raising the death toll for the outbreak to 21.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has increased the tally of cases to 27…

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Claims Four More Lives; 245 Cases Reported

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Claims Four More Lives; 245 Cases Reported

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The national meningitis outbreak continues to spread as health officials say the infection has killed four more people in Tennessee, Florida and Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now reporti…

Meningitis Outbreak: Minnesota Woman Sues Pharmacy

Meningitis Outbreak: Minnesota Woman Sues Pharmacy

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(SHAKOPEE, Minn.) — A Minnesota woman is the first person to sue the compounding pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak that has claimed 14 lives.In a class action filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Barb…

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 170 Cases, 14 Deaths

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 170 Cases, 14 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported two more deaths linked to the outbreak of fungal meningitis from steroid shots for back pain, bringing the total number of people who have died to 14.The CDC als…

Meningitis Outbreak Toll Rises Amid New Questions on Oversight

Meningitis Outbreak Toll Rises Amid New Questions on Oversight

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As the death toll climbs to 12 in the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, calls for FDA oversight of the contaminated drugs that caused the outbreak continue to stack up from congressmen, doctors and think…

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