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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. News - World - MEDICINE

    Monkey HIV drug-resistant within days, dampening hopes for Aids cure

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 09:26pm by AFP

    ... hopes for a human cure. If the same holds true for human beings, treatment may have to start "extremely early" after a person is infected with the virus that causes Aids, according ... birth and continued for 18 months, tested positive for the virus after two drug-free years. "The unfortunate clinical findings of viral rebound in the Mississippi baby appear ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557018/monkey-hiv-drug-resistant-within-days-dampening-hopes-aids-cure
  9. 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
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Second encephalitis case found in Yuen Long

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Ernest Kao

    ... for the virus on Saturday. She is now in stable condition at Tuen Mun Hospital. The woman reported feeling ill on July 4 after coming down with a fever, headaches and bouts of vomiting. She did ... A 26-year-old from Tin Shui Wai was infected with the virus last month. The large bodies of water such as ponds and marshes abundant across Yuen Long are prime breeding grounds for culex mosquitoes, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557051/second-encephalitis-case-found-yuen-long

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