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Number of measles cases rises in Washington amid outbreak

Number of measles cases rises in Washington amid outbreak

Health
The number of measles cases in Washington continues to grow as an outbreak rages on. As of Monday afternoon, Clark County public health officials announced that there have now been 35 confirmed cases and 11 suspected cases of the disease. This marks a continued increase in the number of confirmed cases, as there were 31 confirmed on Friday when the governor declared a state of emergency. The day before, there were 25 confirmed cases. The majority of those infected were children, with 25 of the 35 confirmed cases impacting children 10 years old or younger. Nine of the other cases are children between the ages of 11 and 18 years old. Only one of the confirmed cases appeared in someone who is between 19 and 29 years old. The county health website lists various locations where infected ...
E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce traced to California farm

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce traced to California farm

Health
The E.coli outbreak in romaine lettuce has been linked to a single water reservoir on a farm in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration identified sediment from a farm as being the source for the November outbreak. The CDC reported that the farm in question is owned by Adam Bros. Farming Inc., located in Santa Maria, California, about 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara County is one of three California counties, along with San Benito and Monterey, that the CDC is advising consumers to avoid when choosing romaine lettuce. Some romaine products are now being labeled with their harvest regions. In addition to romaine, the farm's website notes that it produces red and green leaf lettuce, celery, cauliflower and brocc...
2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city

2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city

World
The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city. Butembo, a bustling city of almost a million people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is reporting an increasing number of cases of Ebola virus disease in the country's current epidemic. There has been a "significant increase" in infections there over the past three weeks, with a total of 25 confirmed cases thus far, according to Thursday's bulletin from the country's health ministry. Butembo is a key trading and transport hub with links to other major cities in the country as well as to neighboring Uganda. It's about two times the size of the city of Beni, the outbreak's epicenter, and is located just 35 miles away. The health ministry said the "high density and mobility" of Butembo's ...
CDC warns against eating romaine lettuce after E. coli outbreak

CDC warns against eating romaine lettuce after E. coli outbreak

Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now warned U.S. and Canadian consumers not to eat romaine lettuce after 32 people in 11 states were infected with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. "CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available," the agency said in a press release. Thirteen people were hospitalized, including one person who developed kidney failure, specifically hemolytic uremic syndrome, the agency said, adding that no deaths have been reported. In Canada, the Public Health Agency has identified 18 people infected with the same DNA fingerprint o...