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  1. News - World - DISEASE

    Ebola outbreaks explained

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:53am by Adolfo Arranz

    ... Adolfo Arranz Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses on earth, with a mortality rate of up to 90 per cent, higher than influenza viruses. Currently, the virus is spreading in West Africa, leading the WHO to say that it is spreading faster than efforts to control it. Ebola outbreaks Click to view the full-size infographic in high resolution. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565340/ebola-outbreaks-explained
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong is not equipped to study the Ebola virus

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 02:57am by Jessie Lau and Emily Tsang

    ... is not equipped to study Ebola virus Despite its hard-earned reputation as a centre for excellence in handling infectious diseases, Hong Kong is not equipped to conduct investigations into the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed more than 1,000 lives so far in the world's biggest outbreak to date in West Africa. But health experts insist the absence of a laboratory safe enough ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1574397/hong-kong-not-equipped-study-ebola-virus
  3. News - China - HEALTH

    Shenzhen company develops kit to test for Ebola virus, report says

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 02:51pm by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com PLA scientists are helping the company synthesise a chemical solution that would change colour in the presence of the deadly virus A Shenzhen-based company has developed a field test kit that can quickly identify the Ebola virus, People’s Daily reports, as China is trying a range of countermeasures against the possible spread of the deadly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1573511/shenzhen-company-develops-kit-test-ebola-virus-report-says
  4. News - Hong Kong - DISEASE

    Ebola virus threat to Hong Kong is minimal, say health experts

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 05:49am by Bryan Harris

    ... Bryan Harris bryan.harris@scmp.com Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung urges people in the city to be vigilant but says special preventative measures will not be necessary Ebola virus threat ... such as banning travellers from the affected countries from entering Hong Kong. Watch: What is the Ebola virus "I do not think all these are necessary at this stage," he said. "Prohibition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1565238/ebola-virus-threat-hong-kong-minimal-says-microbiologist-yuen-kwok
  5. News - Hong Kong - ANIMAL HEALTH

    New virus blamed for killing 31 snakes at Ocean Park

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 05:49am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Scientists link illness that decimated Ocean Park's newborn anacondas to new reptile bug HKU study finds virus that killed 31 baby snakes A new virus ... the virus that killed the newborn anacondas was closely related to other reptilian paramyxovirus, but it was capable of being transmitted only among snake species. The report was published ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1565198/hku-study-identifies-virus-killed-31-baby-snakes-ocean-park
  6. News - World - HEALTH

    Ebola epidemic unlikely outside West Africa, says scientist who helped discover deadly virus

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 12:38pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Professor Peter Piot, who co-discovered Ebola virus in 1976, adds that he wouldn’t worry about sitting next to a victim on a train The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in West Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1563352/ebola-epidemic-unlikely-outside-west-africa-says-scientist-who-helped
  7. News - World - HEALTH

    Deadly Ebola virus reaches Nigeria as West Africa death toll hits 660

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 01:53pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Abuja Liberian man flies to Lagos and dies there, bringing recent toll from virus to 660 Deadly outbreak of Ebola now in Nigeria An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard a flight to Nigeria and then died there. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1559736/deadly-ebola-virus-reaches-nigeria-west-africa-death-toll-hits-660
  8. News - World - HEALTH

    Senior doctor leading fight against Ebola contracts the virus in Sierra Leone

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 10:37am by Reuters in Freetown

    ... treatment The head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the West African state of Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers infected ... to 90 per cent of those infected, although the mortality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 per cent. It was not immediately clear how Khan had caught the virus. His colleagues said he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1558008/senior-doctor-leading-fight-against-ebola-contracts-virus-sierra-leone
  9. News - World - DISEASE

    Mosquitoes spreading chikungunya virus brought home by US travellers

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 12:19am by AP

    ... Associated Press in West Palm Beach, Florida Florida witnesses first cases of locally acquired chikungunya infection Mosquitoes spreading virus in US Health officials are saying that for the first time, US mosquitoes are spreading a virus that has been tearing through the Caribbean. Two people in Florida have domestically acquired chikungunya infections, officials said on Thursday. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556215/mosquitoes-spreading-chikungunya-virus-brought-home-us-travellers
  10. 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

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