Colton Tucker gives water to a pig to be shown at the California State Fair in Sacramento in July. Federal health officials say most of the cases of a new flu virus in Indiana, Ohio and Hawaii after kids came in direct contact with pigs at agricultural fairs.
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Federal health officials Friday reported a jump this summer in the number of people who have gotten infected with a new swine flu virus.
Sixteen cases of the new H3N2 swine flu have been confirmed in the last few weeks, including 12 in the last week alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Ten of last week's cases occurred in Ohio, while the two others were in Indiana and Hawaii.
The West Nile virus is back, and it's looking like it could be particularly bad this year. As as result, federal health officials are warning people to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne infection.
The West Nile virus first showed up in the U.S. in 1999 and quickly spread from coast to coast, raising widespread alarm. Some have argued that red-breasted robins play a key role in the spread of the virus.
Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 12:48 pm
Although infections with the Ebola virus are rare, they can be deadly.
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An outbreak of the Ebola virus has emerged in western Uganda.
Twenty cases were reported by the World Health Organization yesterday. At least 14 people have died. The number of Ebola infections is expected to rise in the next few days, as more patients are admitted to hospitals.
The outbreak began in a rural district of Uganda about 125 miles west of the Uganda capital, Kampala.