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What you need to know about the disease called MERS

A few years ago it was SARS, now MERS is on the rise. What is this disease, where is it globally and how can we prevent its spread?

A few years ago it was SARS, now MERS is on the rise. What is this disease, where is it globally and how can we prevent its spread?

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S.Korea steps up efforts to eradicate MERS as seventh person dies

A seventh patient has died in South Korea of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome known as MERS. There have also been eight more reported cases bringing

A seventh patient has died in South Korea of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome known as MERS. There have also been eight more reported cases bringing

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Report suggests billions wasted on 'ineffective' Tamiflu drug

A major new study suggests billions may have been wasted worldwide on a flu drug it says works no better than paracetamol. The report claims

A major new study suggests billions may have been wasted worldwide on a flu drug it says works no better than paracetamol. The report claims

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Flu vaccine: A race against time

Each year hundreds of thousands die as a result of influenza, millions become infected and the loss to the economy runs into billions. Vaccines

Each year hundreds of thousands die as a result of influenza, millions become infected and the loss to the economy runs into billions. Vaccines

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Schools close in France because of H1N1

Numerous schools and classes have been closed in France because of the H1N1 flu pandemic. Unlike countries such as the US and Britain, who say

Numerous schools and classes have been closed in France because of the H1N1 flu pandemic. Unlike countries such as the US and Britain, who say

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WHO reports progress on H1N1 flu vaccine

The World Health Organisation has said research into a vaccine against the H1N1 flu virus is “on track.” Dr Marie-Paule Kieny said clinical trials

The World Health Organisation has said research into a vaccine against the H1N1 flu virus is “on track.” Dr Marie-Paule Kieny said clinical trials

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Italy closes schools amid flu fears

Four new cases of H1N1 flu in Italy have led to the closure of two schools in Rome. The high school students are thought to have caught the bug on a

Four new cases of H1N1 flu in Italy have led to the closure of two schools in Rome. The high school students are thought to have caught the bug on a

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Mexico gets the green light

In Mexico – where the recent swine flu scare first began – health alert levels are back to normal for the first time. No new cases of the disease

In Mexico – where the recent swine flu scare first began – health alert levels are back to normal for the first time. No new cases of the disease

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Mexican economy shrinks

Mexico says its economy shrank by a worse-than-expected 8.2 percent between January and March compared with the same period last year. That is

Mexico says its economy shrank by a worse-than-expected 8.2 percent between January and March compared with the same period last year. That is

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WHO says flu pandemic could be unfolding

The World Health Organisation says the A-H1N1 flu strain is spreading quickly in Japan in what may the first stage of a pandemic. Experts and

The World Health Organisation says the A-H1N1 flu strain is spreading quickly in Japan in what may the first stage of a pandemic. Experts and

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Virus makes new appearance in Japan

In the last three days 125 cases of infection with the A-H1N1 flu virus have flared up in Japan, starting at a a school in Kobe. There are fears this

In the last three days 125 cases of infection with the A-H1N1 flu virus have flared up in Japan, starting at a a school in Kobe. There are fears this

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Influenza A under spotlight at WHO assembly

Debate over the H1N1 flu is likely to dominate discussion at the annual assembly of the World Health Organisation that opens today. The four-day

Debate over the H1N1 flu is likely to dominate discussion at the annual assembly of the World Health Organisation that opens today. The four-day

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Two more countries confirm H1N1 flu cases

As Mexico continues to bury suspected victims of the new flu virus, two more countries have reported confirmed cases. A total of 13 countries now

As Mexico continues to bury suspected victims of the new flu virus, two more countries have reported confirmed cases. A total of 13 countries now

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New pig-flu strain puts North America on alert

A deadly strain of the flu virus, which has never been seen before, has killed at least 16 people in Mexico and there are fears that it is spreading

A deadly strain of the flu virus, which has never been seen before, has killed at least 16 people in Mexico and there are fears that it is spreading

Science_technology

Grenoble scientists in flu "knife" breakthrough

Disarming the flu virus of its “knife” element, through which it hijacks human proteins, has become a key strategy in the battle against the illness

Disarming the flu virus of its “knife” element, through which it hijacks human proteins, has become a key strategy in the battle against the illness