The Journal.ie — Why a US court ruling could be a turning point in one of the country’s worst-ever drug epidemics

Judge Thad Balkman determined that Johnson & Johnson’s actions “compromised the health and safety of thousands of Oklahomans” and ordered the company to fund an ‘abatement plan’ for care for addicts, families and communities ravaged by the opioid crisis. His ruling could set a precedent for similar lawsuits throughout the US taken by those affected by the opioid epidemic.

CNN — One woman has died in Massachusetts after contracting EEE, the rare but dangerous mosquito-borne virus

Laurie Sylvia, the fourth person in Massachusetts infected with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) since the beginning of August, has died. The other cases of infection this month are those of two men over 60 and another man between 19 and 30. This is the first time EEE cases have been reported in Massachusetts since 2013.

REUTERS — Venezuelan migrants to get regional vaccination cards under 10-nation pact

Venezuelan migrants will be provided with a regional vaccination card beginning in October, health officials from 10 countries agreed on Monday, in an effort to ensure they receive needed vaccines and are not given double doses.

CNN — Dog-killing toxic algae discovered in 3 New York City parks

Green-blue blooms of toxic algae have been discovered in three New York City parks this past month posing a threat to young children and pets, according to a state environmental website.