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US virus cases climb to 35 with return of cruise passengers

By CARLA K. JOHNSON | February 21, 2020

At least 18 Americans who returned home from a quarantined cruise ship are infected with the new virus, bringing the number of cases in the U.S. to 35, health officials said Friday.More confirmed cases are likely among the returned passengers from the...

Italy’s virus cases more than quadruple as cluster emerges

By LUCA BRUNO and NICOLE WINFIELD | February 21, 2020

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — The number of people in Italy infected with the new virus from China more than quadrupled Friday due to an emerging cluster of cases in the country's north that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to...

In rough US flu season for kids, vaccine working OK so far

By MIKE STOBBE | February 20, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — It may end up being a bad flu season for kids, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working OK.The vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor's office, the U.S. Centers...

AP-NORC poll: More Americans worry about flu than new virus

By CARLA K. JOHNSON and HANNAH FINGERHUT | February 20, 2020

A wide share of Americans are at least moderately confident in U.S. health officials’ ability to handle emerging viruses, and more express concern about catching the flu than catching the new coronavirus, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC...

Questions complicate efforts to contain new virus from China

By LAURAN NEERGAARD | February 15, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports one day suggest the respiratory outbreak in China might be slowing, the next brings word of thousands more cases. Even the experts have whiplash in trying to determine if the epidemic is getting worse, or if a backlog of the...

Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

By MIKE STOBBE | February 14, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.The number of child deaths and the hospitalization rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season...

In virus outbreak, fretting over a name that might go viral

By MIKE STOBBE | February 4, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — West Nile virus, Lyme disease, Ebola virus.And now: 2019-nCoV?“Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?” said Trevor Hoppe, a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who has studied the history of disease names.The...

Health experts: Human-to-human spread of new virus worrying

By KEN MORITSUGU | January 29, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — World health officials expressed “great concern” Wednesday that a dangerous new virus is starting to spread between people outside of China, a troubling development as China and the world frantically work to contain the outbreak....

UAE confirms 4 Chinese tourists have virus, first in Mideast

By JON GAMBRELL | January 29, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A family of four Chinese tourists in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday became the first cases in the Mideast of a new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, with an Emirati doctor saying the first to fall...

US beefs up screening of travelers for new virus from China


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials offered a reality check Tuesday about the scary new virus from China: They're expanding screenings of international travelers and taking other precautions but for now, they insist the risk to Americans is very...

The Latest: AP source: Plane leaves China with Americans

January 28, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China that has sickened thousands of people and killed more than 100 (all times local):5:45 a.m.A U.S. State Department official has told The Associated Press that a chartered plane sent...

Migrants should receive vaccines

By Alicia LaRouech | September 2, 2019

Denying people access to vaccinations is insensitive and unjustifiable, as well as dangerous.Migrant children detained at the border will not be receiving vaccinations, according to an August 2019 statement from Customs and Border Protection.During the...