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US govt lab reveals series of dangerous mix-ups

The United States' top public health agency revealed Friday a series of alarming incidents in which dangerous biological agents including anthrax, influenza and botulism were mishandled over the past decade.

US govt lab reveals series of dangerous mix-ups
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Deadly virus spotted in Southern Kazakhstan

10 people, including an ambulance crew, were hospitalized on suspicions of carrying a deadly virus of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in southern Kazakhstan.

Deadly virus spotted in Southern Kazakhstan
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Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj

The Philippines urged its large Muslim minority to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to a deadly virus outbreak there.

Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj
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US-based scientist makes potent version of H1N1 flu

A US-based Japanese scientist said he has succeeded in engineering a version of the so-called swine flu virus that would be able to evade the human immune system.

US-based scientist makes potent version of H1N1 flu
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Malware worms its way into more apps: study

Malicious software is increasingly making its way into mobile phones through "cloned" versions of popular apps, and software weaknesses in legitimate ones, security researchers said.

Malware worms its way into more apps: study
Chikungunya virus spreads from Caribbean to C. America
Chikungunya virus spreads from Caribbean to C. America

The mosquito-born chikungunya virus is spreading into Central America, health authorities there say, after outbreaks in several Caribbean nations.

Chikungunya virus spreads from Caribbean to C. America
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After 8,000 cholera deaths, Haiti faces new epidemic

Hard-hit by a cholera epidemic that started in 2010, Haiti now faces a new threat in the expanding chikungunya virus, authorities said

After 8,000 cholera deaths, Haiti faces new epidemic
McCartney to make full recovery from virus in Tokyo
McCartney to make full recovery from virus in Tokyo

Music legend Paul McCartney has been treated in a Tokyo hospital for an illness that forced him to cancel a tour of Japan but is expected to make a full recovery, his representatives said.

McCartney to make full recovery from virus in Tokyo
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13 new MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has announced 13 more deaths from the MERS coronavirus, as the World Health Organisation prepared for an emergency meeting over worries about the spread of the disease.

13 new MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia
Unusual new penguin flu found in Antarctica
Unusual new penguin flu found in Antarctica

A new kind of bird flu has been detected for the first time in Adelie penguins in Antarctica, though the virus does not seem to make them sick, researchers said.

Unusual new penguin flu found in Antarctica
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France suspends pig imports from North America, Japan

France has suspended imports of live pigs from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan to try to prevent the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus entering the country, the French agriculture ministry announced.

France suspends pig imports from North America, Japan
Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations
Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations
Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak
Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday.

Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak
Romania keeps ancient tradition of bee medicine alive
Romania keeps ancient tradition of bee medicine alive

Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds -- the humble bee has been a key source of alternative medicines since ancient times, and Romania is working to keep the tradition of "apitherapy" alive.

Romania keeps ancient tradition of bee medicine alive
Pig virus threatens US outdoor grilling season
Pig virus threatens US outdoor grilling season

A dark cloud is menacing the cherished US summer season of outdoor grilling: a deadly pig virus that has been sweeping through farms and driving up pork prices.

Pig virus threatens US outdoor grilling season
Guinea battles to contain Ebola as death toll rises
Guinea battles to contain Ebola as death toll rises

Guinea raced to contain a spiralling Ebola epidemic spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, as the death toll rose to 78 and neighbouring Senegal closed its border.

Guinea battles to contain Ebola as death toll rises
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What is behind anti-vaccination movements in Kazakhstan?

Every day there are more and more parents refusing to get their children vaccinated for religious reasons.

What is behind anti-vaccination movements in Kazakhstan?
Ebola epidemic spreads to Guinea's capital: UNICEF
Ebola epidemic spreads to Guinea's capital: UNICEF

An Ebola epidemic which has already killed dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Sunday.

Ebola epidemic spreads to Guinea's capital: UNICEF
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Saudi MERS death toll rises to 63

Saudi health authorities said Saturday a young man had died from the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the worst-hit country to 63.

Saudi MERS death toll rises to 63
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China bird flu deaths reach 72 this year: government

A total of 72 people died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in China in the first two months of this year, government figures showed, far more than in the whole of 2013.

China bird flu deaths reach 72 this year: government