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Angola yellow fever outbreak spreads

The number of deaths from a yellow fever outbreak in Angola has risen to 225 with at least another 1,600 infected. However experts fear the numbers

The number of deaths from a yellow fever outbreak in Angola has risen to 225 with at least another 1,600 infected. However experts fear the numbers

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US health officials warn of mass Zika virus infections in Puerto Rico

There is concern that hundreds of thousands of people on the US island territory of Puerto Rico could become infected with the Zika virus this year

There is concern that hundreds of thousands of people on the US island territory of Puerto Rico could become infected with the Zika virus this year

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Mosquitoes the world’s deadliest animal (after man, of course)

Mosquitoes (all genera combined) kill more than 500,000 people worldwide each year. That makes them the second most deadly species to humans after

Mosquitoes (all genera combined) kill more than 500,000 people worldwide each year. That makes them the second most deadly species to humans after

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Zika link to microcephaly may be weeks away, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) says a suspected link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and microcephaly in newborn babies should be

The World Health Organization (WHO) says a suspected link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and microcephaly in newborn babies should be

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Combating the spread of Zika

Efforts are being stepped up across the Americas, including in Panama, Uruguay, Peru and Honduras, to help fight the rapid spread of the

Efforts are being stepped up across the Americas, including in Panama, Uruguay, Peru and Honduras, to help fight the rapid spread of the

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WHO declares global emergency over condition connected to Zika

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global emergency over a condition linked to the Zika virus. A connection has been made been the

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global emergency over a condition linked to the Zika virus. A connection has been made been the

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Race to find vaccine, as mosquito-born Zika virus grips Americas

The race is on to find a vaccine, as the mosquito-born Zika virus takes hold in the Americas. It is being linked to severe birth defects. Around

The race is on to find a vaccine, as the mosquito-born Zika virus takes hold in the Americas. It is being linked to severe birth defects. Around

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"Explosive" risk of baby-crippling Zika virus spreading says WHO

The World Health Organisation is sounding the alarm, belatedly say its critics, about what it says is an “explosive” threat of the incurable Zika

The World Health Organisation is sounding the alarm, belatedly say its critics, about what it says is an “explosive” threat of the incurable Zika

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Hospital in Denmark confirms Zika case - patient recovering

A Danish man has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, but is expected to recover soon, health officials said. The man, who is in

A Danish man has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, but is expected to recover soon, health officials said. The man, who is in

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Ebola is back after West Africa declared Ebola-free

A aid agency report says a woman who died of Ebola in Sierra Leone this week has potentially exposed at least twenty-seven other people to the virus

A aid agency report says a woman who died of Ebola in Sierra Leone this week has potentially exposed at least twenty-seven other people to the virus

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Cholera spreads from Iraq to Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain

A cholera outbreak in Iraq has spread to neighbouring Syria, Kuwait and Bahrain, and risks turning into a region-wide epidemic as millions of

A cholera outbreak in Iraq has spread to neighbouring Syria, Kuwait and Bahrain, and risks turning into a region-wide epidemic as millions of

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New Ebola vaccine is tested on Spanish volunteers

A new Ebola vaccine is being tested for the first time in Europe on volunteers at a Spanish hospital in Madrid. Forty health workers are being

A new Ebola vaccine is being tested for the first time in Europe on volunteers at a Spanish hospital in Madrid. Forty health workers are being

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Ebola-infected Scottish nurse readmitted to hospital

Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has been readmitted to a hospital isolation unit. Medical personnel

Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has been readmitted to a hospital isolation unit. Medical personnel

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Ebola: is the epidemic over?

It has now been a week since any new cases of Ebola were declared in the three West African countries at the centre of a recent epidemic. The World

It has now been a week since any new cases of Ebola were declared in the three West African countries at the centre of a recent epidemic. The World

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Ivory Coast uncovers new bird flu case

Ivory Coast said on Friday that H5N1 bird flu had spread to a third location in the country, in the latest in a series of outbreaks in West

Ivory Coast said on Friday that H5N1 bird flu had spread to a third location in the country, in the latest in a series of outbreaks in West

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Liberia launches child registration drive post Ebola crisis

The Liberian government is on a drive to register more than 70,000 children born at the height of the Ebola epidemic. 70,000 Liberian births

The Liberian government is on a drive to register more than 70,000 children born at the height of the Ebola epidemic. 70,000 Liberian births

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New Ebola cases in Liberia raise fears of fresh outbreak

New cases of Ebola have been detected in Liberia, nearly two months after the West African country was declared free of the virus. The authorities

New cases of Ebola have been detected in Liberia, nearly two months after the West African country was declared free of the virus. The authorities

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Man infected with MERS earlier this year dies in Germany

A man infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, earlier this year has died in hospital in Germany. The 65-year-old suffered

A man infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, earlier this year has died in hospital in Germany. The 65-year-old suffered

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South Korea: two hospitals sealed off amid MERS outbreak

Two South Korean hospitals have been sealed off, in a bid to stop the spread of a deadly respiratory disease. MERS has infected 126 people in the

Two South Korean hospitals have been sealed off, in a bid to stop the spread of a deadly respiratory disease. MERS has infected 126 people in the

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South Korea confirms five more MERS cases

Five more cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have been confirmed in South Korea. It takes the total number of people infected to 30

Five more cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have been confirmed in South Korea. It takes the total number of people infected to 30

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Sierra Leone cancels Christmas celebrations to fight Ebola outbreak

Sierra Leone has announced house-to-house searches for Ebola patients and internal travel restrictions as part of a new plan to battle the outbreak

Sierra Leone has announced house-to-house searches for Ebola patients and internal travel restrictions as part of a new plan to battle the outbreak

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Thailand: parade to promote safe sex on World AIDS Day

Thousands of students, activists and health officials paraded through Pattaya beach town on Monday (December 1) to promote safe sex on World

Thousands of students, activists and health officials paraded through Pattaya beach town on Monday (December 1) to promote safe sex on World

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British bird flu confirmed as H5N8

British health officials have begun killing 6,000 ducks at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire after an outbreak of bird flu. The strain of the virus

British health officials have begun killing 6,000 ducks at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire after an outbreak of bird flu. The strain of the virus