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May 20, 2015 11:53 PM South Korea confirms second case of MERS virus; third case possible

SEOUL May 21 South Korean health officials have confirmed the country's second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who nursed her infected husband before he was diagnosed with the disease after a trip to Bahrain. The woman is in stable condition. A 76-year-old man who shared the hospital room with the first confirmed patient 28

May 20, 2015 9:35 AM Music festival in Cullman adding acts

Organizers of the Rock The South music festival are adding more acts ahead of next month's two-day show in Cullman. Promoters say Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Mary Sarah and Southern Halo are joining the lineup of the festival. The event already features acts including Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert and Sara Evans. The first Rock The South festival 34

May 20, 2015 6:20 AM UPDATE 1-South Korea reports first case of MERS virus; patient stable

* "No possibility" of spread among general public (Adds detail, comment) SEOUL, May 20 (Reuters) - South Korean health officials on Wednesday confirmed the country's first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who recently returned from Bahrain and is in stable condition after being treated for a high fever and cough. The 68-year-old 28

May 20, 2015 1:53 AM U.S. Investigation of 2007 Peanut Butter Recall Wraps Up

OMAHA, Neb.-- ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Georgia, Pam Lightsey, said Tuesday that prosecutors plan to reveal details of the investigation Wednesday. ConAgra spokeswoman Teresa 37

May 18, 2015 10:25 AM German Chancellor Merkel tells WHO global catastrophe plan needed for epidemic outbreaks

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Ebola crisis in western Africa has shown the world in a painful way that a global catastrophe plan is needed to deal with future epidemic outbreaks. Merkel told the World Health Assembly Monday that "the struggle (against Ebola) is only won if there are no new cases and if we have learned the lessons 23

May 17, 2015 8:03 PM 2 million more Minnesota chickens to be destroyed due to flu

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus. The outbreak at the Minnesota chicken farm brings the total of affected birds to 35 million in 15 states, with Minnesota and Iowa poultry flocks hit the hardest. The Star Tribune reports (http 36 12

May 14, 2015 8:37 PM California Senate Passes Bill That Eliminates Parents Option to Not Vaccinate

The California senate has passed a bill that could help ensure that parents vaccinate their children, months after a measles outbreak in the state linked to low vaccination rates. The bill, which passed the senate 25 to 10, would prohibit parents from not vaccinating their kids for religious or philosophical beliefs, public radio station KPCC reports 44

May 14, 2015 6:57 AM Patient in Connecticut tests negative for Ebola

MILFORD, Conn. A patient being monitored at a Connecticut hospital for possible Ebola after traveling in Liberia has tested negative for the deadly virus but positive for malaria, hospital officials said on Wednesday. The man developed fever and muscle aches after returning to the United States on April 30. He had been working at Ebola treatment centers 22

May 14, 2015 12:08 AM Vatican recognizes 'State of Palestine'

The Vatican recognized Palestinian statehood in a treaty Wednesday, generating praise from Palestinians and criticism from Israelis, who said the move does not advance peace efforts. An announcement from the Holy See on long-discussed bilateral issues with Palestinians said an agreement was reached with the “State of Palestine,” a change from the Roman 40 2

May 13, 2015 4:30 PM Patient at UConn Health Center being tested for Ebola

Hospital running tests on man who recently returned from Liberia FARMINGTON, Conn. (WWLP-WTNH) – A patient at a Hartford area hospital has been put in isolation, over concerns that person may be infected with Ebola. Officials with the UConn Health Center in Farmington confirmed to our Connecticut sister station, WTNH News 8, that a patient at the John Dempsey 34