There were no new measles cases in the United States last week, CDC says

For the first time since early January, no new measles cases were reported in the United States last week, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials continue to monitor ongoing outbreaks in two New York counties. The number of measles cases in the United remained at 1,241 for the year as of last Thursday. The majority of cases were among people who were not vaccinated against measles, and more than 75% of cases were linked to outbreaks in New York and New York City. New…

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12th case of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirms a 12th case of Legionnaires’ disease in Chesterfield County. As of September 12, the health department said there have been a dozen confirmed cases among older adults and people with certain medical conditions since May 1. Officials say on average, the county normally sees three cases of the disease each year. The Chesterfield Health District is continuing to investigate an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the northeast quadrant of the county. The Legionella bacteria can cause Legionnaire’s…

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Purdue Pharma — the company that makes OxyContin — files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK — Purdue Pharma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York Sunday as part of its framework for settling litigation with multiple states and governments. The maker of the painkiller OxyContin said in a statement that the bankruptcy was the next step in implementing the agreement to pay billions of dollars to the states and local and tribal governments that accuse the pharmaceutical giant of helping to drive the opioid crisis. The company has denied any wrongdoing. “This court-supervised process is intended to, among other things, facilitate an…

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