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CDC Director: Ebola Has 'Upper Hand'

August 26, 2014 8:47 am | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola virus has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it. Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is visiting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three hardest hit countries, this week.

CDC Director to Visit Ebola Outbreak Countries

August 25, 2014 9:01 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is scheduled to...

Report: CDC Scientist Kept Quiet About Flu Blunder

August 15, 2014 2:56 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it...

CDC Recommends Pfizer’s Prevnar 13® Vaccine in Adults Aged 65 Years and Older

August 14, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Pfizer announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee...

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McKesson Settles Tennessee Vaccine Case for $18M

August 11, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

McKesson Corp. was required to ensure vaccines were maintained at proper temperatures by, among other things, setting electronic temperature monitors to detect when air temperature in the box reached certain levels.      

CDC Director: Scale of Ebola Crisis Unprecedented

August 8, 2014 8:25 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. The next few weeks will be critical, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, which is sending more workers into the affected countries to help.

U.S. Government Exercises $18.9M Contract Option for Emergent BioSolutions' Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous Program

August 8, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

Emergent BioSolutions announced today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has exercised options under contract 200-2012-52242 for the supply of Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV) into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

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No Ebola Drug for Africans; Troops Deployed

August 7, 2014 2:05 pm | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africans battling to contain the spread of Ebola will have to wait for months until a potentially life-saving experimental drug used on two Americans infected with the dreaded disease could even be made, officials said. Soldiers in two of the affected countries deployed Thursday to try to stem further spread of the virus.

Ebola Outbreak: CDC on Highest Alert

August 7, 2014 8:58 am | Videos | Comments

The CDC's emergency operations center is watching the outbreak around the clock.                             

Tekmira's Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used on U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 8:35 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus. Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said in an email that no one infected in the ongoing outbreak in West Africa has been treated with its drug, called TKM-Ebola.

Officials: Little Risk of Ebola Outbreak in US

July 29, 2014 8:49 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.                  

Lou Gehrig's Disease is Rare, First US Count Finds

July 25, 2014 8:54 am | News | Comments

The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the devastating disease is rare.                     

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More US Girls Now Getting Cervical Cancer Vaccine

July 24, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

Last year's rise follows a couple of years when the girls' HPV vaccination rate was flat and health officials worried that it wouldn't budge. For girls ages 13 to 17, the rate is now up to about 38 percent of girls, from 33 percent.   

Head of Troubled CDC Anthrax Lab Has Resigned

July 23, 2014 4:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. Michael Farrell was head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab since 2009. He submitted his resignation Tuesday, the spokesman said.

Sanofi Pasteur Begins Shipping Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for Upcoming 2014-2015 Season in United States

July 22, 2014 9:04 am | News | Comments

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that the first lots of Fluzone (Influenza Vaccine) for the 2014-2015 influenza season have been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for distribution.   

CDC Director Admits Safety Problems at Germ Labs

July 17, 2014 8:44 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged Wednesday that systemic safety problems have for years plagued federal public health laboratories that handle dangerous germs such as anthrax and bird flu.   

300 Vials Labeled Influenza, Dengue Found at Lab

July 17, 2014 8:26 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA officials said Wednesday the undocumented collection contained 327 carefully packaged vials, listing pathogens like dengue, influenza and rickettsia. Last week the government only disclosed that it had recovered six glass vials of smallpox dating from the 1950s.        

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Opinion: Big Government Can Kill You

July 16, 2014 9:06 am | Videos | Comments

Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths Chairman Betsy McCaughey on the CDC’s admission that its scientists mishandled anthrax and deadly flu strains.                  

Second Probe Details More CDC Anthrax Lab Problems

July 15, 2014 9:07 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A second investigation has detailed additional safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags.         

Forgotten Vials of Smallpox Found in Storage Room

July 8, 2014 2:04 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Government workers cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.        

CDC: The South Prescribes More Painkillers

July 2, 2014 9:36 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Powerful painkillers have been driving the nation's rising rate of overdose deaths, and now the government is singling out the states where doctors write the most prescriptions. A second report released Tuesday spotlights how a crackdown in Florida led to hundreds fewer overdose deaths from prescription painkillers in just a few years.

Dozens of CDC Workers Taking Anti-Anthrax Drugs

June 23, 2014 8:41 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

At least 52 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are taking antibiotics as a precaution because of a lab safety problem that may have accidentally exposed them to anthrax. The federal agency on Friday raised its estimate of potentially affected workers from 75 to 86, and said the number could rise again as additional workers such as janitors and support staff come forward.

Mosquito-Transmitted Virus Reported in US

June 13, 2014 8:21 am | Videos | Comments

Chikungunya fever is said to have been brought into this country from recent Caribbean travelers.                          

CDC: Men Who Shack Up Less Likely to Get Checkups

June 12, 2014 8:40 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Tie the knot, see a doc? A new study says men are more likely to get medical checkups if they're married rather than just living with a woman. And, surprisingly, more single guys see the doctor than men with live-in girlfriends.    

US Virgin Islands Confirms First Chikungunya Case

June 12, 2014 8:36 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nasty mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean has made its way to the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities said Wednesday. Health officials in the U.S. Caribbean territory said they confirmed the islands' first locally transmitted case of chikungunya.

Report: Diabetes Numbers Continue to Rise in US

June 10, 2014 2:31 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In new report released Tuesday, federal scientists calculated that more than 9 percent of Americans have diabetes — or 1 in 11 people. The report estimates that about a quarter of them haven't been diagnosed yet and don't know they have diabetes.

CDC: Texas Patient Died of Mad Cow-Related Disease

June 9, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

Health officials say a Texas patient is the fourth person in the United States to die of a rare brain disorder that is believed to be caused by consumption of beef products contaminated with mad cow disease.       

Officials: Measles Tally Doubled in the Past Month

May 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Measles cases are accelerating, and in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996. Health officials say 307 cases have been reported since New Year's Day. About half have been in the past month — most from a huge outbreak in unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio.

CDC Officials Take Back Report of MERS Spread in US

May 28, 2014 3:30 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials on Wednesday backtracked on an earlier report that a mysterious Middle East virus had apparently spread from one person to another in the United States. Additional testing has shown the virus did not, in fact, spread to an Illinois man from a traveler he'd met in a business meeting.

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