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Health Highlights: April 21, 2016

Music Icon Prince Found Dead at Home GOP Proposes Partial Funding of Obama's Zika Request Ten Cases of Rare Bloodstream Infection Reported in Illinois

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Music Icon Prince Found Dead at Home

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and pop legend Prince was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis on Thursday, according to his publicist.

However, Yvette Noel-Schure did not provide any more details to the Associated Press.

A Carver County Sheriff's squad car was parked outside Prince's music studio called Paisley Park, located about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis, along with a small group of fans.

The sheriff's office tweeted that an investigation began on Thursday morning, but Chief Sheriff's Deputy Jason Kamerud said the identify of the deceased person is being withheld until next of kin had been notified, the AP reported.

Prince was believed to have been hospitalized in Illinois last Friday on his way back from a concert in Atlanta, but later appeared at a dance party at Paisely Park.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson and acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, the singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist's hits included "Little Red Corvette," "Let's Go Crazy," and "When Doves Cry," the AP reported.


GOP Proposes Partial Funding of Obama's Zika Request

Republican leaders in Congress are proposing to provide $1.1 billion of President Barack Obama's request for $1.9 billion in funding to slow the spread of the Zika virus and develop a vaccine against it, according to Democrats.

The measure was circulating Wednesday and being worked on with Democrats in advance of an Appropriations panel meeting Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

The measure has not been finalized and is part of ongoing negotiations.

The Zika issue is "in play" for a Thursday Appropriations panel vote, top Democrat member Barbara Mikulski of Maryland told the AP on Wednesday.

"I think we're working toward something that could produce results even this week," said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who is responsible for a panel that oversees the bulk of the request.

Republicans control Congress and are under increasing pressure to respond to Obama's request for funding to fight Zika, which can cause severe birth defects and is expected to become a more serious threat in coming months, the AP reported.


Ten Cases of Rare Bloodstream Infection Reported in Illinois

A cluster of rare bloodstream infections was discovered by Illinois health officials while investigating an outbreak in Wisconsin.

An additional 10 cases of infection from the bacterium Elizabethkingia were announced Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health, including six deaths, the Associated Press reported.

Most cases occurred this year, but some date back to 2014.

The strain of Elizabethkingia in the Illinois cases is different from the one in the Wisconsin outbreak. One death in Illinois linked to the same strain in Wisconsin was previously confirmed, the AP reported.

The cases in Illinois were identified when hospitals in that state were asked to help with the investigation into the Wisconsin outbreak.

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