Health Highlights: Nov. 24, 2015
E. Coli Cases Linked to Costco Chicken Salad Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Medicaid Funding Liberia Reports First Ebola Death Since July
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
E. Coli Cases Linked to Costco Chicken Salad
A number of E. coli cases in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Washington have been linked to chicken salad from Costco, health officials say.
The chicken salad was purchased in late October or early November. People who have Costco chicken salad with item number 37719 should throw it away, CNN reported.
People who feel ill after eating the chicken salad should call their doctor. Symptoms such as cramps and diarrhea typically appear two to eight days after eating food contaminated with E. coli.
Federal and state health officials are working with Costco to pinpoint the source of the E. coli. contamination, CNN reported.
Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Medicaid Funding
A Planned Parenthood lawsuit filed Monday against Texas seeks to prevent the state from blocking Medicaid funding to the group, the largest abortion provider in the United States.
If Texas has its way, Planned Parenthood will be kicked out of the state's Medicaid program by Dec. 8, the Associated Press reported.
Similar measures in Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama have been halted by federal courts.
In 2012, Planned Parenthood lost a legal challenge against Texas after the group was barred from the state women's health program. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear a legal challenge against a 2013 Texas law that abortion rights groups say would reduce the number of abortion clinics in the state to just 10, the AP reported.
Liberia Reports First Ebola Death Since July
The first Ebola death since July has been reported in Liberia.
The victim, who died Monday night, was a 15-year-old boy from the eastern part of the country. His brother and father also have the deadly disease and are at an Ebola treatment center, along with the mother and two other siblings, the Associated Press reported.
Nearly 160 other people, including eight health care workers, might be at risk of infection, health officials said.
Two experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are traveling to Liberia to help determine the causes of the latest Ebola cases.
The World Health Organization first declared Liberia Ebola-free in early May, but new cases appeared in June. The country was declared Ebola-free again on Sept. 3. The country's latest cases were confirmed last week.