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CDC launches investigation into blood infection linked to 18 deaths in Wisconsin

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A blood infection known as Elizabethkingia has been linked to 18 deaths in Wisconsin and local health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the source, officials said on Wednesday.

The infection has been found in 48 people between Nov. 1, 2015 and March 9, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) website. Most of the patients, in southeastern and southern Wisconsin, are older than 65 and have a history of at least one underlying serious illness.

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Health officials are unaware how the outbreak began, but were working with eight CDC investigators to determine the cause, DHS and CDC spokeswomen said.

Elizabethkingia are bacteria that are rarely reported to cause illness in humans, and can sometimes be found in the respiratory tract.

Symptoms of illness that can result from exposure to the bacteria can include fever, shortness of breath, and chills or cellulitis. Confirmation of the illness requires a laboratory test.

Officials are not sure whether Elizabethkingia contributed to or caused the death of the 18 people, even though they tested positive for the infection, according to the Wisconsin DHS.

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(Reporting by Justin Madden; Editing by Alan Crosby)


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New documents reveal the military has paid Trump’s Scotland resort more than $180,000

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Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. military has spent more than $180,000 at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland while service members have been stopped at the Glasgow Prestwick airport, according to a Pentagon letter sent to the House Oversight Committee.

Politico first reported on and published the letter on Wednesday.

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Accused child molester Roy Moore defends Brett Kavanaugh: ‘I too was the object of false allegations’

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Accused child molester Roy Moore on Wednesday came to the defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault.

Moore's remarks came after The New York Times published accounts from a new book, which found that two of Kavanaugh's accusers were credible.

In a statement to the press, Moore defended Kavanaugh on Wednesday.

"I too was the subject of false allegations, but unlike Justice Kavanaugh and others who have suffered the ire of the left, I filed suit against my accusers and their conspirators," Moore said. "For over two years, I have not seen nor been able to question any of those who went on national television tol tell their false stories just 32 days before the election in December 2017, and ironically I have been sued for defamation for merely denying their false and malicious accusations."

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Trump says ‘many options’ on Iran response

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US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has "many options" in addition to military strikes against Iran and that details of newly announced sanctions will come within 48 hours.

Asked by reporters about a possible US attack on Iran, Trump said "there are many options. There's the ultimate option and there are options a lot less than that."

He explained that by "ultimate option" he meant "war."

Trump said that the specifics of sanctions he announced earlier would be made public "over the next 48 hours."

US ally Saudi Arabia says Iran was behind a missile or drone attack setting ablaze major oil facilities last weekend.

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