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  • Health officials defend their response to Ebola

    October 16, 2014 1:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers are criticizing the government response to the arrival of Ebola on U.S. shores. The criticism came at a House hearing where top public health officials have been defending their actions. Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, said Americans are "scared."... more »
  • 2nd Texas health worker with Ebola was on flight

    October 15, 2014 12:34 PM

    NEW YORK - A top federal health official say a Texas health worker should not have been flying aboard a commercial airline after being exposed to Ebola. The worker has now been diagnosed with the virus, and officials are contacting other passengers on the plane. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of... more »
  • CDC: 76 TX health care workers monitored for Ebola

    October 14, 2014 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say they are actively monitoring 76 hospital workers in Dallas who may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan or his blood when he was being treated for Ebola. Dr. Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that doesn't mean they were directly... more »
  • CDC urges all US hospitals to 'think Ebola'

    October 13, 2014 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health authorities are telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden is urging hospitals to watch for patients with fever or symptoms of Ebola who have traveled from the three Ebola-stricken African nations in the past 21 days. He... more »
  • Federal officials cast doubt on Ebola travel ban

    October 5, 2014 5:18 PM

    Top government health officials say they are opposed to placing a ban on travelers from Ebola-infected countries, warning that shutting down borders could impede efforts to stop the deadly virus. The idea of a ban gained currency last week after the first U.S. case was diagnosed in Dallas. Proponents have... more »
  • Ebola in US: People scared, but outbreak unlikely

    October 5, 2014 10:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - Ebola has arrived in the United States and people are scared. The nation's top infectious diseases expert says it's normal to feel anxious about a disease that kills so fast and is ravaging parts of West Africa. But Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW'-chee) of the National Institutes of Health... more »
  • Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

    September 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    DALLAS - Health officials say a patient at a Dallas hospital who has tested positive for Ebola arrived in Texas from Liberia earlier this month and showed no symptoms while on the plane. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Tuesday that officials "don't believe there... more »
  • TX hospital isolates patient who might have Ebola

    September 29, 2014 9:49 PM

    DALLAS, Texas - Doctors could know as early as Tuesday if a patient that has been placed in isolation has the Ebola virus. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in a statement Monday night that the patient's symptoms and travel history suggest the patient may have Ebola, the virus... more »
  • Trend for trying e-cigarettes may be leveling off

    September 24, 2014 3:59 PM

    NEW YORK - A new government study suggests the number of U.S. adults who have tried electronic cigarettes may be leveling off. The proportion of adults who have ever used e-cigarettes rose from about 3 percent to 8 percent from 2010 to 2012. But there was no significant change last... more »
  • Malaria identified as cause of illness on ship

    September 18, 2014 11:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Health officials have identified malaria as the cause of an illness that hospitalized at least one crew member aboard a ship that's now docked in New Orleans. The Centers for Disease Control says at least one crew member of the Liberian-flagged ship, Marine Phoenix, tested positive Wednesday... more »
  • Report: ship's crew member has malaria

    September 17, 2014 6:03 PM

    MARRERO - Four crew members of a Liberian-flagged cargo ship are being treated at a hospital here after becoming ill Wednesday. A few hours after one crew member arrived at the hospital, WWL TV reported a Jefferson Parish government official said federal health officials informed leaders that the patient... more »
  • Two kids with EV-D68 being treated in Baton Rouge Play Video

    September 16, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials in Louisiana said two children are being treated in Baton Rouge after they contracted a respiratory illness caused by a recent strain of enterovirus. The CDC said from mid-August to Sept. 16 a total of 130 people from 12 states were confirmed to have... more »
  • Ga. trial shows food safety relies on honor system

    August 9, 2014 12:41 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - Jurors at the nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and others at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted products, and that... more »
  • CDC confirms two cases of MERS Virus in U.S.

    May 14, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEWARK, N.J. - The Center for Disease Control is warning people traveling outside of the United States to be careful after two reported cases of the MERS Virus. A pair of doctors who have recently treated patients abroad tested positive for the virus in Indiana and Florida. As a... more »
  • Due to brain-eating amoeba, water systems told to make changes

    October 9, 2013 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State health leaders have asked water companies that use the same solution to cleanse water as the two systems where brain-eating amoeba were found to increase the amount of solution being used. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Wednesday night it strongly recommends residual chlorine levels... more »
  • Deadly amoeba not likely in Baton Rouge Play Video

    September 13, 2013 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday they found a brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water system. Four locations tested positive in the parish, located just outside of New Orleans. One of those areas was in the home of a child.... more »
  • Mississippi gets funds for anti-obesity program

    July 19, 2013 10:11 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Department of Health will receive $8.5 million over the next five years to help combat obesity and chronic disease across the state. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says in a news release that the funds come from the Centers for Disease Control and... more »
  • Flu shot did poor job against worst bug in seniors

    February 21, 2013 11:08 AM

    ATLANTA- Health officials say this season's flu shot is only 9 percent effective in protecting seniors against the most common and dangerous flu bug. Flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than older ones and is never 100 percent effective. But experts say the preliminary results released Thursday are... more »
  • CDC: New version of stomach bug causing US illness

    January 24, 2013 11:40 AM

    NEW YORK- Health officials say a new strain of stomach bug that's sweeping the globe is taking over in the U.S. In the last four months, more than 140 outbreaks in the U.S. have been caused by the new Sydney strain of norovirus. These kinds of contagious bugs cause bouts... more »
  • Flu remains widespread in US; eases in some areas

    January 18, 2013 10:24 AM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say nine more deaths of children from the flu have been reported, bringing the total this flu season to 29. In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu, so it is not known whether this year will be better or worse than usual.... more »
  • Report: Baton Rouge second in HIV cases

    January 17, 2013 7:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the Baton Rouge metro area ranks second among major United States metro areas for new HIV infection diagnoses. The report, released Jan. 10, is based on 2010 data of all U.S. metropolitan areas with more... more »
  • CDC says data shows worsening flu season

    January 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say this flu season is shaping up to be one of the more severe in recent years. Earlier reports indicated that this could be a bad flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the data now confirm it. In the last week... more »
  • CDC: Language barrier caused chlorine gas leak

    December 6, 2012 12:25 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a chlorine gas leak at an Arkansas poultry plant last year that sickened nearly 200 people occurred because a worker couldn't read English. The CDC said in a report released Thursday that a Spanish-speaking worker at the Tyson... more »
  • CDC: 158 cases of new swine flu strain from pigs

    August 9, 2012 12:48 PM

    ATLANTA - Officials say there's been a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people. The case count jumped from 29 a week ago to 158 this week, thanks to a wave of new cases confirmed in Indiana and Ohio. The... more »
  • CDC: Whooping cough rising at alarming rate in US

    July 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    ATLANTA - The U.S. appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades. Federal health officials say nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far. That's more than twice the number seen at this point last year. Nine children have died. more »
  • Helping patients after a dog bite Play Video

    July 12, 2012 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Center for Disease Control reports that about 4.5 million patients are bitten by dogs, of those people 800,000 end up in the emergency room. We spoke with Dr. Anthony Stephens about what you and your family should know. Dr. Stephens says out of the millions... more »
  • CDC compares wedding preparations to disasters

    July 11, 2012 5:15 PM

    ATLANTA - Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want you to be prepared for a big event many of us will experience: a wedding day. The CDC put up a tongue-in-cheek blog post this week with a wedding season survival guide. They say planning... more »
  • CDC: Half of overweight teens have heart risk

    May 21, 2012 7:22 AM

    ATLANTA - New federal research is revealing alarming new statistics about heart risks in the nation's overweight teens. The study in the journal, Pediatrics, says half the nation's overweight teens have unhealthy blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels that put them at risk for future cardiac problems. One expert... more »
  • Higher educated live longer

    May 17, 2012 7:50 AM

    Higher education isn't only good for your wallet, it's good for your health. According to the CDC's annual report people with a bachelor's degree or higher live nearly 9 years longer than those who don't finish high school. Researchers say those with more education tend to avoid unhealthy behaviors and... more »
  • US lowers cutoff for lead poisoning in young kids

    May 16, 2012 11:25 AM

    ATLANTA- For the first time in 20 years, U.S. health officials have lowered the threshold for lead poisoning in young children. The change means many more children could be diagnosed with high levels of lead in their blood. Too much lead is harmful to developing brains and can mean a... more »
  • Flu season off to latest start in decades

    February 17, 2012 11:02 AM

    ATLANTA- Health officials say the flu season is finally here - the slowest start in nearly 25 years. Until this month, there weren't enough flu cases in the U.S. to signal the start of the season. This is the latest start to a flu season since the winter of 1987-1988.... more »
  • CDC: HPV vaccinations dropping off

    August 29, 2011 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials with the Centers for Disease Control fear falling HPV vaccination rates could lead to an increased number of cervical cancer cases. The HPV vaccine came out in 2006, and by last year just 49 percent of teenage girls had received the first of three shots... more »
  • FDA approves flu vaccine for coming season

    July 18, 2011 12:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a new flu vaccine for the season beginning this year that will be manufactured by a half-dozen drug companies. Each year the FDA works with other federal agencies and global health experts to design a vaccine to protect... more »
  • Flu picks up in other southern states

    December 30, 2010 3:32 PM

    ATLANTA- Flu season is in full swing around the South. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says five states had widespread reports of flu last week. That's up from zero two weeks earlier. A CDC report says four of the states were southern states: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia,... more »
  • US says proportion of attention deficit kids up

    November 10, 2010 12:27 PM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say ADHD is becoming more common in the U.S. The latest study says nearly 1 in 10 children ages 4 through 17 has been diagnosed with it. The numbers come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed parents in 2007. A... more »
  • CDC: West Nile virus illness continue to decline

    July 1, 2010 11:37 AM

    Last year's West Nile virus season was the mildest in eight years, and just one case of serious illness has been reported so far this year. U.S. health officials on Thursday said 386 cases of severe West Nile illness and 33 deaths were reported last year. That's a far... more »
  • USDA strengthens salmonella standards for poultry

    May 10, 2010 1:14 PM

    The Department of Agriculture is setting new standards for the levels of salmonella and another pathogen in young chickens and turkeys as part of an effort to strengthen food safety. The new standards would hold poultry slaughterhouses more accountable by decreasing the number of samples allowed to test positive... more »
  • CDC confirms new strain of norovirus

    April 15, 2010 4:46 PM

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that recently tested samples submitted by state health officials contain a new strain of norovirus. The CDC reports the new strain, like other norovirus strains, is transmitted person to person, and has been confirmed nationwide for about 50 percent... more »
  • Swine flu deaths more prevalent than previously thought

    November 12, 2009 11:20 AM

    Federal health officials now say that 4,000 or more Americans likely have died from swine flu, about four times the estimate they've been using. The new, higher figure includes deaths caused by complications related to swine flu, including pneumonia and bacterial infections. Until now, the Centers for Disease Control and... more »
  • Swin flu spreads, vaccines low

    October 16, 2009 8:44 PM

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says swine flu is rampant in 41 states, including the deaths of children, 86 so far this year. The CDC also warned because of production delays, vaccine supplies will be even more scarce than expected through this month. Delays in manufacuring the vaccine... more »
  • Two La. Deaths From Swine Flu Complications

    September 9, 2009 7:41 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed two additional deaths from complications related to the swine flu, bringing the total of swine flu related deaths in the state to six. The victims included a female child from the Greater New Orleans area and a female young adult from... more »

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