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  • Mississippi has 25 West Nile cases, 1 death this year

    August 14, 2017 7:23 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi says six new cases of West Nile virus bring the state's total this year to 25. State Health Department officials say the death toll remains at one, in Grenada County. A news release Monday says the new cases were in Clay, Forrest,... more »
  • Horse infected with lethal mosquito-transmitted virus in Iberville Parish

    July 25, 2017 1:13 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says an unvaccinated horse in Iberville Parish has been infected with a potentially deadly mosquito-transmitted disease. According to LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, the horse tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a severe virus that can infect both pets and... more »
  • More mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in West Baton Rouge Parish

    July 4, 2017 12:39 PM

    PORT ALLEN – More mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in West Baton Rouge Parish this weekend. According to West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control, eight samples tested positive for the virus after 52 samples were submitted for testing last week. Spray truck... more »
  • Mosquitoes infected with West Nile found in West Baton Rouge Parish Play Video

    May 31, 2017 5:26 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Mosquito experts are warning residents in West Baton Rouge Parish to take precaution after some area mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile virus. The infected mosquitoes were trapped near Highway 415 near Kahns Road. Three out of 104 samples tested positive for the disease.... more »
  • LSU offers free mumps vaccines to students, faculty and staff Play Video

    March 20, 2017 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Student Health Center will partner with the Louisiana Office of Public Health to provide the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine for all students, faculty and staff starting Wednesday. The vaccinations will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 22, and Thursday, Mar. 23... more »
  • Virus found at New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack

    December 29, 2016 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State agriculture officials say they've confirmed a case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy, an often deadly neurological disease spread by horse-to-horse contact, at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, in a news release Wednesday, said a 2-year-old thoroughbred gelding reportedly developed... more »
  • Louisiana's 1st West Nile death of 2016 reported

    October 31, 2016 5:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting the state's first death this year from West Nile virus, and says six cases have been reported to the state since Oct. 14. That brings the total number of cases to 36, including 21 dangerous infections of the nervous system.... more »
  • Now 30 West Nile cases in Louisiana

    October 14, 2016 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health says there are now 30 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana, up four from Sept. 23. A news release says 17 cases involve serious infections of the brain or other parts of the nervous system. Another 10 are flu-like West... more »
  • 4 new West Nile virus cases bring Mississippi total to 26

    October 3, 2016 8:43 PM

    JACKSON - Mississippi health officials confirm four new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total to 26 cases this year. The state Department of Health said in a news release Monday that the new cases of the mosquito-borne virus are in Forrest, Hinds, Jackson and Lamar counties. Seven... more »
  • 26 West Nile cases in Louisiana so far this year

    September 23, 2016 6:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The number of West Nile virus cases this year in Louisiana has risen to 26. That's up from 24 earlier this month. Details released Friday by Louisiana's health department show that 16 of those cases involve serious infections of the brain or other parts of the nervous... more »
  • Louisiana confirms another 10 West Nile cases in the state

    September 10, 2016 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Another 10 cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health said Friday that brings the total to 24 cases in the state this year. Of the latest cases, five are dangerous infections of the brain or other parts of the... more »
  • CDC Director: Just a few weeks' of Zika funding remain

    September 9, 2016 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the government's fight against the Zika virus says that "we are now essentially out of money" and warns that the country is "about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly" in the coming months. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden... more »
  • Florida finds Zika in trapped mosquitoes, 1st in US mainland

    September 1, 2016 2:18 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Authorities in Florida have found the Zika virus in trapped mosquitoes, the first time this has happened in the continental US. Officials say 3 mosquitoes from Miami Beach have tested positive. The state agricultural commissioner calls the development disappointing, but not surprising. The number of non-travel-related Zika... more »
  • First West Nile virus death this year reported in Miss.

    September 1, 2016 2:00 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Department of Health says a Hinds County resident has died from the West Nile virus. It's the first human death of 2016. In addition to the Hinds County death, state Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said two new human cases of West Nile have been... more »
  • Poll: Half of Americans wary of travel to US Zika zones

    September 1, 2016 11:33 AM

    MIAMI - A new poll on Americans' health care attitudes finds almost half are wary of traveling to places in the U.S. where people have been infected with the Zika virus by mosquitoes, such as parts of Florida. The poll released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 48 percent... more »
  • Mosquito spraying over some Baton Rouge neighborhoods Friday

    August 26, 2016 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control says it will be conducting aerial spraying Friday over Baton Rouge. Officials say the planes will be spraying over the Broadmoor, Sherwood Forest, S. Harrell’s Ferry Rd. and Woodland Ridge subdivisions Friday. EBRPMARC Assistant Director... more »
  • NIH official: Gulf Coast states most vulnerable to Zika

    August 21, 2016 3:24 PM

    MIAMI - A National Institutes of Health official says the Zika virus could "hang around" the United States for a year or two. Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that other Gulf Coast states, besides Florida, are most vulnerable to the spread of the disease. Mosquito-borne Zika... more »
  • Louisiana floods not expected to raise Zika risk

    August 17, 2016 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials tracking the mosquito-borne Zika virus say they aren't expecting an increased risk in flood-ravaged south Louisiana. Flooding and storms often boost the mosquito population. But Dr. Ben Beard with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that those aren't the mosquito types... more »
  • Fans boo, shout 'Zika!' at US goalkeeper Hope Solo

    August 6, 2016 5:51 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The boos just keep coming for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo. Solo riled some Brazilians before the Rio Games started with when she posted a photo of herself on social media decked out in mosquito netting and armed with insecticide, with the caption: "Not sharing this!!! Get... more »
  • 10 additional Zika Cases found in Florida; Governor activates 'emergency response'

    August 1, 2016 11:48 AM

    MIAMI – Ten additional cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in northern Miami, according to government officials. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated the "emergency response" team from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to help stem the outbreak. Four people were confirmed last week... more »
  • Officials encourage travelers not to shun Florida for Zika

    July 30, 2016 3:09 PM

    MIAMI - Florida mosquitoes have likely spread the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, and Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says the tourism-dependent state may face an economic crisis if visitors start canceling plans to come here. But officials in Miami and Orlando caution against panic,... more »
  • 15th travel related Zika virus case confirmed in Louisiana

    July 29, 2016 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Health officials Friday announced that another travel related case of the Zika virus was discovered in Louisiana. According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, the latest case brings the total to 15 cases of travel associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. Health officials say local... more »
  • Louisiana awarded $2.4 million to help battle Zika virus

    July 21, 2016 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana has been awarded $2.4 million to fight the Zika virus. The award is the state's share of about $60 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to states cities and territories to support efforts to protect citizens from the Zika virus and adverse health... more »
  • Obama urges Congress to pass Zika prevention bill

    July 1, 2016 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in "fairly short order" if Congress acts quickly to pass a bill to prevent the spread of the disease. Obama says researchers are beginning to develop and test a vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus. He... more »
  • CDC: Puerto Rico may see hundreds of Zika birth defects

    June 17, 2016 11:50 AM

    NEW YORK - A top U.S. health official is warning that dozens or hundreds of babies in Puerto Rico could develop severe birth defects because of Zika, based on how an outbreak is playing out there. Screening of blood donations in the island territory has indicated a rapid increase in... more »
  • Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo

    May 21, 2016 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need. With federal financing in limbo, health officials are shifting resources... more »
  • Health official: Zika not worry now for pregnant women in US

    April 17, 2016 3:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top public health official says there's been no local transmission of the Zika virus in the United States, so any talk about women in the country delaying pregnancy "is not even an issue for discussion at this point." Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health... more »
  • Officials confirm two new Zika Virus cases in La.

    April 6, 2016 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials notified the Center for Disease Control Wednesday of two new cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, two Louisiana residents who recently traveled to the Caribbean and South America were found to have the virus. Both... more »
  • FDA grants use of experimental blood test for Zika screening

    March 30, 2016 1:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step that will help protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus. The action means U.S. territories with active Zika infections, primarily Puerto Rico, will be able to resume... more »
  • Chipotle store in Mass. closed on norovirus fears

    March 9, 2016 4:08 PM

    NEW YORY - Chipotle says one of its stores in Massachusetts is closed after four employees said they were feeling ill. The closure comes as Chipotle fights to win back customers following a series of food scares that sickened customers around the country. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has said it's... 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 »
  • Republicans urge Obama to use Ebola funds to fight Zika

    February 18, 2016 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top House Republicans say the fastest way for President Barack Obama to obtain money to combat the spread of the Zika virus is to tap leftover funding from the 2014 battle against Ebola. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and other senior panel members told White House budget... more »
  • Babies' eye damage and Zika? Brazil study suggests a link

    February 10, 2016 3:26 PM

    CHICAGO - A small study in Brazil says the Zika virus might cause eye damage in small-headed infants born to women infected during pregnancy. The study lacks hard proof of any link with Zika and vision abnormalities. But as a precaution, the authors recommend routine vision testing in infants born... more »
  • Alabama health agency confirms first Zika case in state

    February 10, 2016 1:15 PM

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama health officials say they've confirmed the first travel-related case of the Zika virus in the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a statement Wednesday saying a resident of Morgan County in the Tennessee Valley tested positive for the virus. Acting State Health Officer Tom Miller... more »
  • Florida, vulnerable to Zika virus, gets ready for fight

    February 4, 2016 2:40 PM

    MIAMI - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state has three new cases of Zika and he's adding a fifth county to his health emergency declaration. Scott said Thursday at a news conference in Tampa that the 12 cases in Florida are all from people who became infected with the... more »
  • Florida governor declares Zika emergency

    February 3, 2016 3:22 PM

    TAMPA - Gov. Rick Scott has declared a health emergency in four counties due to the Zika virus. At least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while traveling to affected countries.... more »
  • Higher temperatures makes Zika mosquito spread disease more

    February 3, 2016 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting a variety of dangerous illnesses. Although it's too early to say for this outbreak, past outbreaks... more »
  • Zika case detected in Arkansas traveler

    January 26, 2016 2:06 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Arkansas Department of Health says a person who recently traveled out of the United States has tested positive for the Zika virus. The department says that the person has a mild case of Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes and is suspected of causing a... more »
  • No West Nile in EBR yet Play Video

    June 26, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control told News Two, lab results that were released Friday show there are no mosquitoes that have tested positive for the West Nile virus. "We're happy this year but we're not letting our guard down," said Randy Vaeth,... more »
  • Vets warn dog flu may hit Louisiana Play Video

    May 20, 2015 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Canine Influenza has hit Louisiana and the U. S. again, but this time vets warn it's a different strain of the virus. The first case reported case of dog flu in the U.S. was in 2004. There's a vaccine for that strain of the virus, called... more »
  • Mosquito population explodes

    April 22, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Standing water left behind by last weeks rain is causing the mosquito population to explode. The major concern is West Nile Virus. So parishes with mosquito control workers are out in force this week. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the virus shows no... more »
  • DHH warns April showers can lead to heavier West Nile season

    April 22, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials warned people in Louisiana to prepare for a heavy mosquito season after all the rain that poured into the state this month. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the frequent April showers left behind lots of standing water. They recommended people check their... more »
  • Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm with 5.3 million chickens

    April 20, 2015 5:05 PM

    DES MOINES, IA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the bird flu virus has been found at a farm holding nearly 10 percent of Iowa's egg-laying chickens. The confirmation of the highly infectious and deadly H5N2 virus means up to 5.3 million hens must be destroyed at the farm... more »
  • Forcasted low shrimp prices

    March 29, 2015 1:03 PM

    DELCAMBRE, La. - Louisiana State University researchers say Louisiana shrimpers face lower prices this year with an expected rise in imported shrimp. Sources say that imports last year were hit by a virus called Early Mortality Syndrome, or EMS. But this year imports are re-entering the market and that... 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 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 »
  • New HPV vaccine strengthens cancer protection

    December 10, 2014 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. The Food and Drug Administration approved the company's Gardasil 9, which protects against nine... 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 »
  • Ebola workers ask Congress for help

    November 12, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn't letting up. They are making that pitch as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease. Despite reports that the number of infections... more »
  • BR company producing Ebola protective gear Play Video

    October 30, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Convergence Equity, LLC, a company based out of Baton Rouge, is teaming up with medical supply partners to produce thousands of vital protective suits used in treating and dealing with patients infected by the deadly Ebola virus. The company is currently ramping up production of the bright... 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 »
  • Feds vs. states: Who decides on Ebola quarantines Play Video

    October 28, 2014 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says the Constitution prevents President Barack Obama from forcing all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients. A hodgepodge of state policies is sowing confusion about what's really needed to stop Ebola from spreading in the United States. While... 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 »
  • Governors back home quarantine for Ebola workers

    October 27, 2014 2:03 AM

    NEW YORK - The governors of New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as they back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa. The two governors late Sunday night emphasized separately that their policies permit home confinement for medical workers who've had contact... 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 »
  • Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

    October 23, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient. The Associated Press poll also finds that most Americans say the... more »
  • Family: Doctors don't detect Ebola in nurse's body

    October 22, 2014 6:33 PM

    COLUMBUS, OH - The family of a Texas nurse who flew to Ohio and was diagnosed with Ebola says doctors no longer detect the virus in her body. A family statement released Wednesday through a media consultant says officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and... more »
  • Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US

    October 22, 2014 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S. Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been freed from quarantine. And he notes that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected... 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 »
  • 2 new West Nile cases in Louisiana

    October 17, 2014 6:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says two new cases of West Nile virus infections were reported in the state this week. One case was in Caddo Parish; the other, in East Baton Rouge Parish. West Nile can involve a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal... more »
  • Nurse infected with Ebola says she's 'doing well'

    October 14, 2014 11:48 AM

    DALLAS - The Texas nurse infected with Ebola says in a statement that she's "doing well," and her hospital remains optimistic about her recovery. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas released a statement on Nina Pham's behalf Tuesday as she is treated for Ebola that she contracted while caring for... 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 »
  • State health officials: 2nd Ebola case in Texas

    October 12, 2014 1:00 PM

    DALLAS - Texas health officials say a health care worker who provided hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition. Dr. Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, says the worker was in full protective gear when they... more »
  • US adds extra level of airport screening for Ebola

    October 9, 2014 9:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five major U.S. airports will soon begin an extra level of screening to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease. About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and Health officials expect false alarms from... more »
  • Sick journalist to get blood from Ebola survivor

    October 8, 2014 8:59 AM

    OMAHA, NE - The first American flown back to the U.S. for treatment of Ebola this summer has donated blood to the most recent one to return from West Africa with the disease. The Nebraska Medical Center said Wednesday that it called Dr. Kent Brantly on Tuesday to tell him... more »
  • US health providers expand their Ebola precautions

    October 7, 2014 2:59 AM

    NEW YORK - Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up... more »
  • Journalist with Ebola arrives at Nebraska hospital Play Video

    October 6, 2014 8:57 AM

    OMAHA, NE - An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated. The ambulance carrying 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo pulled up to a receiving bay at the Nebraska Medical Center's on Monday. The area isn't visible from the... more »
  • La. reports 5 West Nile cases, 1 chikungunya case

    October 4, 2014 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The state health department confirms five new cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana, bringing this year's total to 123 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday the new infections include one case of serious neuroinvasive disease in East Baton Rouge Parish. There... more »
  • NBC cameraman tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

    October 3, 2014 5:58 AM

    NEW YORK - An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment. NBC News President Deborah Turness said Thursday the rest of the NBC News crew including medical... more »
  • Capital region has most of new West Nile cases

    September 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    GONZALES- A new case of West Nile in Ascension Parish is among the 15 total new cases state-wide the health department released Friday. The additional cases bring the year's total to 118 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the new infections include five of the more... more »
  • African country tries to lockdown Ebola again

    September 25, 2014 4:00 AM

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone's government says a nationwide lockdown revealed that an Ebola outbreak is worse than thought and ordered three more "hotspots" of transmission to be cordoned off. It warned that unless more is done, "the situation will rapidly deteriorate." On Wednesday night, President Ernest Bai Koroma... more »
  • Local experts warn Louisianians of virus Play Video

    September 10, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State experts said Wednesday that even though a respiratory virus that's hit other states hard hasn't appeared in Louisiana yet, people should still be on the look out. The Enterovirus D68 has hit 12 states already and some fear Louisiana will be next. Doctors have some... more »
  • Another US citizen with Ebola to be treated in Atlanta Play Video

    September 9, 2014 2:06 AM

    ATLANTA, GA - A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to treat its third Ebola patient. Emory University Hospital said in a news release that a person who had contracted the disease was expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday. The hospital said the patient would be treated in its isolation... more »
  • US doctor infected with Ebola arrives in Nebraska Play Video

    September 5, 2014 2:14 AM

    OMAHA, NE - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital for treatment. Dr. Rick Sacra was driven by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after landing a little after 6 a.m. Friday at Offutt Air Force Base just... more »
  • Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

    September 4, 2014 4:49 AM

    LONDON, England - As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors. The evidence is mixed for using infection-fighting antibodies from survivors' blood for Ebola, but without any licensed drugs or vaccines for... more »
  • More Ebola cases in past week than any other Play Video

    August 29, 2014 5:31 AM

    DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says the past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak began, more evidence that the crisis is worsening. In an update Friday, the U.N. health agency said more than 500 cases were recorded over the past week, by... more »
  • American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak Play Video

    August 22, 2014 3:51 AM

    ATLANTA, GA - An American doctor who was released from an Atlanta hospital after surviving the Ebola virus says he's glad for any attention his situation brought to African countries fighting an epidemic. Dr. Kent Brantly spoke to reporters briefly Thursday after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at... more »
  • WHO says Ebola has killed more than 1,200

    August 19, 2014 4:48 AM

    GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people. The World Health Organization says the death toll has risen to 1,229 from among the 2,240 reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The latest figures Tuesday include... more »
  • Miss. officials: 2 new cases of West Nile virus

    August 19, 2014 2:05 AM

    JACKSON, MI - State health officials say two more Mississippians have been infected with West Nile Virus. The state Department of Health said Monday that a Hinds County resident and a Rankin County resident have confirmed cases. So far this year, nine cases of West Nile have been reported, including... more »
  • Ebola centers fill faster than they can be opened

    August 15, 2014 6:59 AM

    DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says beds in Ebola treatment centers in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided. Spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva Friday that the flood of patients to newly opened treatment centers shows that the outbreak's size is far larger... more »
  • What's scary about Ebola, reasons not to fear it

    August 9, 2014 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus." The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading. That's scary. But it also cries out for context. AIDS alone takes more than... more »
  • US doctor with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

    August 2, 2014 11:05 AM

    ATLANTA - A doctor infected with Ebola in Africa has arrived in Atlanta for treatment. Dobbins Air Reserve Base spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson says a plane carrying the patient landed Saturday morning at the base. An ambulance from Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital left the base shortly afterward. Samaritan's Purse... more »
  • 2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

    August 1, 2014 3:09 PM

    ATLANTA - Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital. Dr. Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients... more »
  • Cases of a new mosquito virus in Louisiana

    July 30, 2014 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chikungunya is a mosquito borne virus that comes from the Caribbean and it is spreading into the states including in Louisiana. Chikungunya started to break out in the Caribbean last year, and has spread throughout the United States. The Center for Disease Control said there are six... more »
  • First Louisiana West Nile death of the year

    July 25, 2014 7:36 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Louisiana health officials say a person in Shreveport has died from the West Nile virus. The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. The gender of the victim has not been released at this time. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, tells the... more »
  • HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

    July 22, 2014 2:05 AM

    There is more good news about the HIV treatment pills that are used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus. Researchers say that taking these prevention pills does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses. The results come... more »

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