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  • White House to transfer Ebola funds to combat Zika virus

    April 6, 2016 6:37 AM

    WASHINGTON- Congressional officials say the Obama administration is about to announce it will transfer leftover money from the largely successful fight against Ebola to combat the growing threat of the Zika virus. The officials say roughly 75 percent of the $600 million or so would be devoted to the Centers... more »
  • CDC confirms 2 cases of Zika virus in Louisiana

    February 26, 2016 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells state health officials that the two suspected cases of Zika virus Louisiana reported earlier this month have been confirmed. The state Department of Health and Hospitals announced Feb. 11 that officials were investigating two cases of the suspected... more »
  • CDC: 14 more US reports of possible Zika spread through sex

    February 23, 2016 3:04 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. health officials are investigating more than a dozen possible Zika infections that may have been spread through sex. The 14 cases all involve men who visited areas with Zika outbreaks, and who many have infected their female sex partners, who had not traveled. Zika virus is... more »
  • Lumber Liquidators falls in premarket on revised CDC report

    February 22, 2016 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - Lumber Liquidators' stock is plunging in premarket trading Monday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says people exposed to certain types of the company's laminate flooring were three times more likely to get cancer than the agency previously predicted. The CDC said that in... more »
  • Report: Hawaii leads nation in getting too little sleep

    February 18, 2016 6:36 PM

    NEW YORK - Tired of hearing that more than a third of U.S. adults don't get enough sleep? Here's something new: a government report about which states get the most sack time. It says South Dakota has the largest proportion of residents who get at least seven hours of... more »
  • DHH reports 2 possible cases of Zika virus in Louisiana

    February 11, 2016 2:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says they’re investigating two possible cases of imported Zika virus in the state. DHH reports that both suspected cases are from individuals who recently traveled to countries in the Caribbean. Results gathered from DHH lab tests have been sent... more »
  • CDC sends Florida 950 kits to test for Zika virus antibodies

    February 9, 2016 5:12 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Federal health officials have sent the state of Florida an additional 950 kits to test for viral antibodies in people who have shown Zika symptoms after traveling to affected countries. Gov. Rick Scott's office released a statement Tuesday saying none of the 16 Zika cases confirmed in... more »
  • White House proposes more money to battle heroin epidemic

    February 2, 2016 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing a significant boost in federal spending to battle the nation's heroin addiction epidemic. The administration will seek a $1 billion increase in spending to expand access to treatment during the next fiscal year. It will also seek about $90 million more... more »
  • CDC says Chipotle-linked outbreak of E. coli appears over

    February 1, 2016 1:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal agency that monitors public health says the outbreak of E. coli illness linked to Chipotle restaurants that sickened 60 people appears to be over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the most recent illness reported to the agency started on Dec. 1.... more »
  • Dr. Mindy Calandro on Zika outbreak and RSV

    January 28, 2016 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Mindy Calandro joined us on News 2 at 4 Thursday with some information about a pair of viruses that the medical community has been observing with an alarming increase in frequency. Headlines have been dominated as of late by updates about the mosquito-borne Zika virus.... more »
  • CDC expands tropical virus alert; 22 destinations on list

    January 22, 2016 12:41 PM

    Health authorities have added eight tropical destinations to a travel alert about an illness linked with a severe birth defect and spread by mosquitoes. Friday's update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brings the total to 22 destinations, most in Latin America and the Caribbean, where there... more »
  • Chipotle set to close all restaurants for safety meeting

    January 15, 2016 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fast-casual Mexican restaurant, Chipotle, announced it will be closing all of its stores nationwide at some point during the next month to conduct staff meetings about food safety. The meetings will be held on Feb. 8 and are only expected to last a few hours. The announcement... more »
  • Number of people in latest E. coli outbreak expected to grow

    November 25, 2015 4:02 PM

    SEATTLE - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of people affected by an E. coli outbreak linked to Costco chicken salad will likely grow over the next few weeks, even though the product has been removed from store shelves. The agency said Wednesday the spread... more »
  • CDC: More food poisoning outbreaks cross state lines

    November 3, 2015 2:37 PM

    NEW YORK - The government is reporting an increase in food poisoning outbreaks that span multiple states, like the one that this week prompted Chipotle to close 43 of its restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's been an average of... more »
  • Health official: States should post local vaccination info

    August 27, 2015 5:15 PM

    NEW YORK- How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out. Last school year, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and... more »
  • Rate for adult cycling deaths in Louisiana rises

    August 17, 2015 8:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has the third-highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the nation. That's according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state's bicyclist death rate fell 34.4 percent since 1975, but that was mostly due to the lower child mortality rate because... more »
  • USDA rules will require safety labels on tenderized meat

    May 13, 2015 3:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government will soon require labels on packages of beef tenderized by machines so shoppers know to cook it thoroughly. The Agriculture Department said Wednesday the labels will be required starting in May 2016. Mechanically tenderized meat is poked with needles or blades to make it tender, a... more »
  • CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

    April 22, 2015 11:45 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Federal officials say they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's affected the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low. Dr. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says they're... more »
  • Blue Bell says it's still trying to pinpoint listeria cause

    April 20, 2015 9:47 PM

    HOUSTON - Blue Bell Creameries says it's getting closer to identifying how listeria got into its facilities, after the century-old Texas ice cream maker issued a massive recall because its products were linked to a deadly string of illnesses. Company spokesman Joe Robertson said Tuesday finding the cause is a... more »
  • CDC: Imported drug-resistant stomach bug spreading in US

    April 2, 2015 3:03 PM

    NEW YORK - Health officials say a drug-resistant strain of a nasty stomach bug made its way into the U.S. and spread, causing more than 200 illnesses since last May. Many cases were traced to people who had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic, India or other countries. Outbreaks of... more »
  • New virus linked to Kansas man's death

    February 21, 2015 4:04 PM

    CNN - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced they found a new virus Friday which could be linked to a man's death in Kansas. It is called the Bourbon virus, named after the county the patient lived in. The CDC says they believe it is spread through... more »
  • CDC: Nasty flu season has peaked, is retreating

    February 13, 2015 12:10 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A new report shows this winter's nasty flu season has peaked and is clearly retreating. The flu reached its highest levels around the beginning of January, and stayed there for weeks. The government report out Friday shows flu has become less widespread and less intense in... more »
  • Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

    January 30, 2015 12:00 PM

    NEW YORK - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that about 198 out of every 100,000 people... more »
  • CDC: Flu season continues to worsen, could peak this month

    January 5, 2015 12:44 PM

    NEW YORK - Health officials say the flu is rampant in most of the country and could peak soon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported flu was widespread in 43 states and flu activity was intense in most of them. A CDC expert said those trends... more »
  • Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 5 deaths

    December 19, 2014 10:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says investigators are trying to determine the specific brands that were involved. But consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged... more »
  • CDC declares 'National Influenza Vaccination Week' Play Video

    December 10, 2014 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Center for Disease Control has named the week of December 7-13 National Influenza Vaccination Week. Louisiana continued to report a high number of flu cases this week, according to the CDC. State officials took time Wednesday to tell people about the importance of getting a... more »
  • Officials designate 35 hospitals for Ebola care

    December 2, 2014 11:24 AM

    NEW YORK - Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. In the... more »
  • $2.2M to educate young breast cancer survivors

    November 5, 2014 10:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - LSU Health New Orleans says a $2.2 million social media campaign will educate and support young breast cancer survivors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the School of Public Health a five-year grant to lead a coalition developing the campaign.... more »
  • DHH monitors travelers

    November 3, 2014 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state is monitoring 7 people in 5 homes on the chance who recently traveled to ebola-infected countries. It's part of new recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control. The Department of Health and Hospitals says it is monitoring the people who recently traveled to... more »
  • Obama says US can't shy away from Ebola battle

    October 28, 2014 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the United States can't be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola. Obama did not directly criticize quarantine policies for returning health care workers implemented in New York and New Jersey. But he says the response to Ebola needs to be sensible and... more »
  • CDC: New restrictions for those at high Ebola risk

    October 27, 2014 3:37 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. health officials are recommending that people who are at highest risk for coming down with Ebola avoid commercial travel or attending large public gatherings, even if they have no symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the updated advice to state and local officials... more »
  • La. DHH monitoring N.O. area man for Ebola signs

    October 23, 2014 6:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State health officials are monitoring a New Orleans man for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, but say the patient is at low risk and is only under observation out of an "abundance of caution". Officials from Centers for Disease Control contacted state Department of Health... more »
  • CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations

    October 22, 2014 10:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are significantly expanding the breadth of vigilance for Ebola, saying that all travelers who come into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for symptoms of illness for 21 days. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says... more »
  • 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 »

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