Distracted driving deaths fall in 2009, but government says they remain an epidemic

Govt: Distracted driving deaths fall in 2009

State officials: 4,000 infected, 9 dead from whooping cough in California as infections rise

Calif. whooping cough: 9 dead, infections on rise

Cholera strikes West Africa as heavy rains carry disease throughout villages, killing hundreds

Cholera stalks West Africa as rains spread disease

Health Ministry: Cholera epidemic in Nigeria, which has killed 352, threatens entire country

Nigeria: Cholera epidemic death toll rises to 352

Pakistani president says recovering from devastating floods will take at least 3 years

Asif Ali Zardari elected as
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Wildfires smoke in Moscow increases, forces residents to don masks

Fires lay ghostly shroud of smoke on Moscow

Pakistani medical teams race to prevent disease outbreak after worst floods in history

Risk of disease rises amid deadly Pakistan floods

Rabies epidemic hits tourist haven of Bali; govt short on vaccines, kills 200,000 dogs

Rabid dogs roam holiday hotspot, kill at least 78

Flooded Dominican Republic communities on alert for deadly dengue, leptospirosis outbreaks

Flooded Dominican towns fight disease outbreaks

Dengue epidemic threatens Caribbean as number of infections and deaths increase

Dengue epidemic threatens Caribbean, kills dozens

AP IMPACT: 40 million doses of expired swine flu vaccine to be burned; $260 million lost

AP IMPACT: Millions of vaccine doses to be burned

China, US open Shanghai field epidemiology center, to train disease sleuths, boost prevention

China, US open disease study center in Shanghai

Will the Gulf oil spill cause any health problems? Experts to weigh in at New Orleans meeting

President Barack Obama speaks briefly on Afghanistan

Malaria cases shoot up in Venezuela, epidemic grips region where miners venture into jungle

Malaria epidemic hits southern Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — Malaria cases have doubled in Venezuela so far this year as health officials confront an epidemic in a vast southern region where wildcat gold miners are often infected in remote jungle camps.

Officials monitoring air, water, seafood to guard against health problems from Gulf oil leak

Oil spill may endanger human health, officials say

Bangladesh world leader in lifesaving diarrhea remedy; millions continue to die globally

Poor man’s Gatorade saves Bangladeshi kids

Swine flu provides test run for next epidemic, but Mexicans grappling with its lessons

1 year after swine flu, Mexicans split on response

Floods recede in Fargo, but environmental hazards from livestock carcasses, dirty sand linger

Floods recede in Fargo, but other hazards linger

Chile begins vaccinations, emphasizes health threats a week after deadly quake

Foreign hospitals help quake-damaged health system

Cancun, Mexico’s spring break king, recovers from swine flu, drug violence’s blow to tourism

Mexico’s spring break king rebounds

CANCUN, Mexico — Mexico’s spring break king — Cancun — is rebounding quickly from last year’s triple blow to its tourism industry caused by the country’s swine flu epidemic, drug violence and a global economic crisis.

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Chile quake death toll over 700 as rescue ramps up

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Chile quake death toll hits 708 as rescue ramps up

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Chile quake death toll hits 708 as rescue ramps up

Puerto Rico health officials declare dengue epidemic, fear repeat of 2007’s large outbreak

Puerto Rico declares epidemic of dengue fever

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Chile quake death toll over 700 as rescue ramps up

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Chile quake death toll hits 708 as rescue ramps up

Product recalls this week include pull toys, umbrella strollers, dog and cat food

Recalls this week: pull toys, umbrella strollers

Aid groups launch emergency vaccination campaign for 140,000 in quake-hit Haiti

Aid groups launch Haiti mass vaccination campaign

Is the US swine flu epidemic over? It looks that way, but feds aren’t prepared to say so yet

Is the US swine flu epidemic over?

ATLANTA — If the U.S. swine flu epidemic isn’t over, it certainly looks as if it’s on its last legs.

Swine flu cases at a low level for weeks, leading some experts to suggest epidemic is over

US swine flu epidemic shows signs of being over

Basic medicines running out as doctors, aid groups treat Haiti’s thousands of sick and injured

Medicine running out at Haiti hospitals, clinics

Haiti to move 400,000 people from capital to temporary camps on outskirts this month

Haiti to resettle 400,000 quake victims to camps

Rescue hopes dim for those trapped in Haiti quake; focus now on aiding injured, homeless

Rescue hopes dim; focus now to help Haiti homeless

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