German lawmakers approve compulsory measles vaccine plan

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament has passed a law requiring that children who attend school or daycare must be vaccinated for measles. Lawmakers approved the government’s bill Thur...

Taiwan parents warned against kids visiting Philippines over polio fears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Parents in Taiwan are advised to err on the side of caution if they are planning to visit the Philippines with their kids, since the country has recorded three polio cases...

India's worst-hit state for encephalitis turning a tide

GORAKHPUR, India (AP) — Years of recurring encephalitis outbreaks and high fatality rates of the brain inflammation disease among children in some of India's poorest regions have revealed the cracks i...

Free flu shots available nationwide in Taiwan starting Nov. 15: CDC

The government will launch its annual free flu vaccination program on Nov. 15 at hospitals and other medical facilities throughout Taiwan, a month later than usual, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) D...

WHO anti-cholera vaccination campaign begins in Sudan

CAIRO (AP) — The World Health Organization has launched a vaccination campaign in two southeastern provinces in Sudan to contain a cholera outbreak following flash floods that swept the country in lat...

At UN, Africa balances highlighting its progress and poverty

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At the U.N. building in New York, "United Nations" means the trappings of protocol, the gravitas of diplomatic relations, the grandiose speeches. But in the fie...

2nd Ebola vaccine to be used in Congo, as UN efforts slammed

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Congo will start using a second experimental Ebola vaccine, as efforts to stop the spiraling outbreak are stalled and Doctors Without Borders criticize...

Philippines, thought to be polio-free, confirms first case in over 25 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Health Secretary of the Philippines Francisco Duque the 3rd announced on Thursday (Sept. 19) that the country has confirmed its first case of the polio virus in 19 yea...

Taiwan admitted to global foot-and-mouth disease control alliance

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced on Saturday (Aug. 17) that Taiwan has been admitted into the Global Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA), an internationa...

AP Photos: Ebola's life and death struggle in eastern Congo

BENI, Congo (AP) — They made their way through the thick forest like astronauts carrying a fallen comrade. Their booted steps were slow and deliberate as if they walked on the moon. A few men waited b...

AP Photos: Life and death in eastern Congo's Ebola outbreak

BENI, Congo (AP) — They made their way through the thick forest like astronauts carrying a fallen comrade. Their booted steps were slow and deliberate as if they walked on the moon. A few men waited b...

Deep distrust undermines effort to fight Ebola in Congo

BENI, Congo (AP) — Until his last breath, Salomon Nduhi Kambale insisted he had been poisoned by someone and that was the reason he was vomiting blood. The 30-year-old man wouldn't give community heal...

Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city

BENI, Congo (AP) — After feeling sick for several days the pastor boarded a bus traveling to eastern Congo's largest city. Only upon arrival at his destination did anyone suspect he had the highly dea...

Oregon Republican senators end walkout over carbon bill

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some Republican lawmakers returned to the Oregon Senate on Saturday, ending a walkout over a carbon-emissions bill they said would harm their rural constituents. N...

Taiwan wants to resume pork exports

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following the absence of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) for a year, Taiwan will apply to resume pork exports, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Saturday (June 29). From J...