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  1. News - Asia - HEALTH

    Mers virus unlikely to spread in Asia: World Health Organisation

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila World Health Organisation downplays risks to Asia from Sars-related Middle East respiratory virus, which has killed at least 287 people in the Arabian peninsula Asian countries should keep their guard against the deadly Middle East respiratory virus, although it is unlikely to spread to the region, a World Health Organisation expert said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551081/mers-virus-unlikely-spread-asia-world-health-organisation
  2. News - World - HEALTH

    Fear and ignorance help spread of killer Ebola virus in west Africa

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:09pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Lagos As killer virus spreads to urban areas in west African nations, local traditions and suspicion of corruption are hindering health officials Ebola on rise amid fear ... to convince them that Ebola even exists." As the death toll from the latest outbreak of the world's deadliest virus climbed to 467- far exceeding the previous most lethal outbreak which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545751/fear-and-ignorance-help-spread-killer-ebola-virus-west-africa
  3. News - World

    Sierra Leone steps up efforts to halt spread of Ebola virus

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:23pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Freetown, Sierra Leone Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency in a frontier region yesterday in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, shutting its borders ... figures showed. Health checkpoints would be mounted in the eastern Kailahun district, and all deaths there must now be reported before burial. Anyone who dies of the virus must be buried under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1531014/sierra-leone-steps-efforts-halt-spread-ebola-virus
  4. News - World - DISEASE

    Scientists recreate deadly Spanish flu

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:17pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian Spanish influenza killed 50 million people in 1918. Now US researchers who have copied the virus have been labelled 'crazy' by opponents Scientists recreate deadly flu in a lab Scientists have created a life-threatening virus that closely resembles the 1918 Spanish flu strain that killed an estimated 50 million people in an experiment labelled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1531011/scientists-recreate-deadly-spanish-flu
  5. News - World

    5 dead as Ebola virus hits Sierra Leone

    Posted May 27th 2014, 01:48am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Abidjan Disease has killed 185 people in neighbouring nations Guinea and Liberia since March 5 dead as Ebola virus hits Sierra Leone Five people have died in Sierra Leone's first confirmed outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday, signalling a new expansion of the disease that regional officials said had been brought under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1519828/5-dead-ebola-virus-hits-sierra-leone
  6. News - World - MEDICINE

    Risk of pandemic too great to justify mutant virus research, study claims

    Posted May 21st 2014, 10:49pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian New study argues that risk to life outside the lab may outweigh benefits Pandemic possible in mutant virus research Public health experts have warned that controversial experiments on mutant viruses could endanger lives by unleashing an accidental pandemic. Several groups of scientists around the world are creating and altering viruses to understand how natural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1517453/risk-pandemic-too-great-justify-mutant-virus-research-study-claims
  7. News - Asia - ENTERTAINMENT

    Virus forces disappointed Paul McCartney to cancel Japanese tour

    Posted May 20th 2014, 12:25pm

    ... with an unspecified virus. He “will regrettably have to cancel the remaining Japanese shows. Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable”, organiser Kyodo Tokyo said. The music ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1516109/virus-forces-disappointed-paul-mccartney-cancel-japanese-tour
  8. News - World - HEALTH

    Saudi Arabia confirms six people died of Mers virus over the weekend

    Posted May 19th 2014, 04:04pm by AFP

    ... Respiratory Syndrome was a 59-year-old man who died yesterday in the western city of Taif. Saudi Arabia is the worst-hit by the virus. It reported two new infections, one in Riyadh and the other ... recorded cases, mostly in people who had been to the desert kingdom. Mers is considered a deadlier but less transmissible cousin of the Sars virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1515583/saudi-arabia-confirms-six-people-died-mers-virus-over-weekend
  9. News - Asia - HEALTH

    Pakistan to ramp up Polio measures after WHO warns virus is re-emerging

    Posted May 06th 2014, 10:51pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Mandatory immunisation at border points promised after WHO issues warning about a regional resurgence of the crippling virus Pakistan to ramp up Polio ... warned on Monday that the crippling disease had re-emerged as a public health emergency, with the virus currently affecting 10 countries worldwide and endemic in three, including Pakistan. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1506187/pakistan-ramp-polio-measures-after-who-warns-virus-re-emerging
  10. News - World - DISEASE

    Spectre of Sars weighs on US as Mers virus arrives in Indiana

    Posted May 05th 2014, 12:28pm by Reuters

    ... Mers is caused by a coronavirus, a family of viruses that includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or Sars, which emerged in China in 2002-2003 and killed some 800 people. “If you recall ... to take lightly.” State health officials in Indiana report the man is in good condition and improving daily. Hospital personnel who may have been exposed to the virus are being kept in home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1504893/spectre-sars-weighs-us-mers-virus-arrives-indiana

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