Epidemics

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WHO mission gets underway as COVID-19 death toll passes 1 770

Specialists from the World Health Organization (WHO) have started meetings with their Chinese counterparts on dealing with the coronavirus disease-- now officially called COVID-19-- which has so far officially killed 1 776 people. The number of infected with the...

February 17, 2020

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Coronavirus death toll exceeds 1 000 as public backlash against government grows

On Monday, February 10, China recorded the highest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV), adding to overall 1 018 fatalities as of Tuesday, February 11, 2020. A group of professionals from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in...

February 11, 2020

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Coronavirus death toll nears 500 with fatalities outside China confirmed, over 24 000 infected

The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) has jumped to 492 as of Wednesday, February 5, 2020, according to the National Health Commission, who also confirmed that the number of confirmed infections rose to 24 324. For the first time, countries...

February 05, 2020

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Coronavirus outbreak declared a global emergency as death toll tops 213

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan, China has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, January 30, 2020. By Friday, January 31, the number of fatalities jumped to 213 and the number of confirmed cases to 9 820. ...

January 31, 2020

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China coronavirus death toll rises sharply to 82, Beijing confirms first fatality

Authorities confirmed on Monday, January 27, 2020, that the death toll from China's coronavirus has hit 82 while the number of confirmed cases has reached more than 2 700. Beijing officials also reported the capital's first fatality who was a 50-year-old man...

January 27, 2020

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China coronavirus death toll hits 26 with 830 infected, more than 33 million people in lockdown

China's coronavirus has killed 26 people and infected 830 as of Friday, January 24, 2020, the National Health Commission (NHC) confirmed. The worsening case prompted more cities in Hubei province to restrict travel, following the lockdown of Wuhan-- the center...

January 24, 2020

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Major Chinese city goes into lockdown as new virus death toll rises to at least 17 - Wuhan, Hubei

The death toll from China's coronavirus has jumped to at least 17 as of Thursday, January 23, 2020. Amid heightening concerns, officials in Wuhan-- the outbreak's epicenter-- announced a partial lockdown of the city in efforts to contain the outbreak. Wuhan...

January 23, 2020

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China's SARS-like virus spreads to U.S., heightens fears of worldwide spread

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on January 21, 2020, the first case of the new SARS-like virus in the United States. This raised concerns about the epidemic spreading worldwide as China also confirmed that the infection can be...

January 22, 2020

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Dengue cases rise in Sri Lanka due to previously latent serotype 3 and changing weather patterns

The Sri Lanka National Dengue Control Unit's (NDCU) released a report on January 19, 2020, stating that the rise of dengue cases in the country-- especially during the last two months of 2019-- is due to the previously latent serotype 3 (DENV3) being active, as...

January 22, 2020

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China confirms new SARS-like virus can be spread through human contact

A new, SARS-like virus in China has claimed at least six lives and infected more than 300 people as of Tuesday, January 21, 2020. It was also confirmed that the infection can spread between humans and that the virus has been reported beyond the country. Zhong...

January 21, 2020

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China identifies new type of virus behind mystery disease outbreak

Researchers investigating the cause of a mysterious pneumonia outbreak have discovered a new strain of coronavirus-- a species of viruses that can lead to fatal illnesses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome...

January 16, 2020

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Dengue outbreak threatens Sri Lanka, officials warn of new strain

Sri Lanka's health officials have warned of a dengue outbreak on Monday, December 16, 2019, as at least 120 people have died so far and 87 000 have been affected. Incessant rain in many parts of the island was said to be one of the leading causes of the...

December 16, 2019

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Fourth case of bubonic plague confirmed in China

Chinese health authorities have confirmed another case of bubonic plague in the northern Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, November 28, 2019, making it the fourth reported case this month. A herder in Siziwang county, Ulanqab was diagnosed with the disease in a...

November 28, 2019

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Dengue fever cases surge to 15 084 in 2019 in Mexico

The number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Mexico has seen a surge to 15 084 or 200% in 2019, according to the country's Health Ministry report issued on Friday, October 4, 2019. In 2018, only 3 494 cases were registered. Half of the confirmed cases have been...

October 09, 2019

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Worst flu season on record, Australia

According to statistics, the 2019 flu season is Australia's worst in recorded history with over 257 359 confirmed cases so far this year. This record beat the previous one in 2017 with a total number of 251 163 influenza cases. Meanwhile, only 52 000 cases were...

September 06, 2019

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Uganda confirms new Ebola case as 9 year old girl dies

Uganda reported another case of Ebola disease on August 29, 2019, as 9-year-old girl from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo died from the virus. The child crossed the border between Uganda and Congo with her mother on August 28, 2019, in hopes of finding...

August 31, 2019

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Ebola outbreak declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on July 17, 2019. The declaration...

July 18, 2019