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Ebola crisis vastly underestimated, says WHO

Ebola crisis vastly underestimated, says WHO Fri, 15 Aug, 2014

The UN's health agency said the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated and "extraordinary measures" were needed to contain the disease.
West Africa struggles to deal with Ebola outbreak

West Africa struggles to deal with Ebola outbreak Fri, 15 Aug, 2014

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa claimed a fourth victim in Nigeria on Thursday while the United States ordered the evacuation of diplomats' families from Sierra Leone and analysts warned of a heavy economic toll on the stricken region.
WHO declares Ebola an international health emergency

WHO declares Ebola an international health emergency Fri, 08 Aug, 2014

West Africa's Ebola epidemic constitutes an international health emergency and the virus, which has killed nearly 1,000 people, could continue spreading for months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
Liberia declares state of emergency over Ebola virus

Liberia declares state of emergency over Ebola virus Thu, 07 Aug, 2014

Liberia declared a state of emergency Wednesday due to the deadly Ebola outbreak as US President Barack Obama said it was premature to send experimental drugs to victims in Africa.
Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729 Fri, 01 Aug, 2014

Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.
Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus Wed, 30 Jul, 2014

The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country's chief medical officer said.
US jury awards smoker's widow $23.6bn

US jury awards smoker's widow $23.6bn Sun, 20 Jul, 2014

A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain-smoker who died of lung cancer punitive damages of more than $23bn in her case against the RJ Reynolds Tobacco, the nation's second-largest cigarette maker.
HIV infection rate in the US falls by a third in a decade

HIV infection rate in the US falls by a third in a decade Sun, 20 Jul, 2014

The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S.
More than 100 AIDS researchers killed on Malaysian jet

More than 100 AIDS researchers killed on Malaysian jet Sat, 19 Jul, 2014

Scores of leading AIDS research experts were among those killed when a Malaysian passenger jet crashed in Ukraine after being allegedly shot down.
Global refugee figures highest since Second World War, UN says

Global refugee figures highest since Second World War, UN says Fri, 20 Jun, 2014

The number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people has surged to more than 50 million people, the first time since the post-World War II.
Liberia reports seven new deaths linked to Ebola

Liberia reports seven new deaths linked to Ebola Wed, 18 Jun, 2014

A health official says seven people believed to have the Ebola virus have died in recent days in the Liberian capital, in the first reported deaths in Monrovia.
Ebola death toll hits 208 in Guinea

Ebola death toll hits 208 in Guinea Thu, 05 Jun, 2014

Some 208 people have now died from the Ebola virus in Guinea after a deadly spike in recent days, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
Saudi MERS death toll surges to 282

Saudi MERS death toll surges to 282 Tue, 03 Jun, 2014

A report by the official Saudi Press Agency said authorities have registered a total of 688 confirmed infections and 282 deaths as a result of MERS since the virus was first identified in 2012.

Russia suspends U.S. pig imports over virus fears Thu, 29 May, 2014

Russia said on Thursday it was suspending pig imports from the United States due to concern about outbreaks of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).
Hospital fire in South Korea kills 21

Hospital fire in South Korea kills 21 Wed, 28 May, 2014

A fire at a hospital annex housing elderly patients in the south-western county of Jangseong killed 21 people early on Wednesday, South Korean officials said.
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