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WHO declares an international state of emergency over Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public state of emergency on the Zika virus currently spreading across South and North America. Despite uncertainties about the disease, the WHO decided to take prompt action on the rising issue. The...

February 01, 2016

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Zika virus spreads to Americas, 3 cases reported in the UK

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus first isolated from a monkey in Zika Forest, Uganda in 1947, spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on January 23, 2016. The virus will continue to spread and probably reach...

January 25, 2016

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Lead-contaminated water prompts a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan

President Obama declared a state of federal emergency for Flint, Michigan over lead-contaminated water, on January 16, 2016. Lead contamination is a potentially dangerous health hazard, as it can cause brain damage and other problems when ingested. The city has been...

January 18, 2016

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Dengue fever outbreak in Yemen

The consequences of a rare hurricane hit in Yemen on November 3, 2015 are still felt today. Tropical Cyclone "Chapala" caused flash floods across the port of Mukalla, and regions of the Hadramout province, which damaged roads, houses and sewer systems....

January 05, 2016

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Disease outbreaks and towering food prices threaten flood-stricken Somalia

Severe flooding across Somalia, on-going since October 19, 2015, has triggered an epidemic in water-borne diseases, an escalation of local commodity prices and an interruption of humanitarian aid delivery, according to the United Nation's (UN) report from...

November 25, 2015

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Scientist who discovered Ebola calls rising viral pandemic an 'unimaginable catastrophe'

The scientist who discovered the Ebola virus in 1976 after a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had mysteriously fallen ill in Zaire says the disease has pandemic potential and he now fears that the world is on the edge of an "unimaginable cata

October 12, 2014

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Virus researchers say Ebola could spread through air - and even spread without symptoms

The chorus of U.S. health officials constantly reassuring the public that Ebola can't transmit through the air is quickly tailing off, as virologists and other disease experts say "not so fast." Health experts know very little about the nature of the

October 09, 2014

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Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food prices skyrocket

High-density population areas of Sierra Leone have just been locked down in the largest pandemic quarantine in history, and it's already causing a collapse of the food delivery infrastructure. The local government says forced isolation orders will remain in effect u

September 26, 2014

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Liberia warns of total collapse of its government due to Ebola outbreak

The death toll from Ebola is surging in West Africa, and officials in Liberia are warning that the entire country could collapse from the devastation. Speaking at a recent meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Liberia's Minister of National Defense, Browni

September 22, 2014

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45 liters of live Polio virus released into Belgian rivers

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in its Communicable disease threats report from September 11, 2014 reported about an accidental release of 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the environment. On September 2, 2014,

September 21, 2014

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Sierra Leone's 6 million residents endure mandatory three-day confinement to their homes

An unprecedented national lockdown is about to take place in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries most embattled by the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Reports indicate that Sierra Leone's 6 million residents are being asked to stay home for three

September 21, 2014

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Ebola death toll passes 2 400, WHO pleads for more aid to West Africa

In an unexpected turn of events, Cuba has announced that it will send over the largest medical team yet to aid West Africa during the worst Ebola outbreak in history. More than 2 400 people have now died of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), prompt

September 18, 2014

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Liberia runs out of hospital beds as Ebola cases increase exponentially, overwhelming healthcare system

As West Africa's Ebola epidemic continues to worsen, local healthcare systems are being completely overwhelmed. In Liberia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports, there is not a single bed available for any more patients.The WHO reports that more than 4,200 ca

September 12, 2014

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Ebola – Catastrophic pandemic

If you are not taking the threat of Ebola seriously, you are making a big mistake. President Barack Obama takes it very seriously and has just signed an amendment to an executive order allowing him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who mer

August 04, 2014

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Chikungunya and dengue outbreak reported in El Salvador

El Salvador is now the first country in Central America with a chikungunya outbreak after several cases appeared in early June 2014 in the municipality of Axutuxtepeque in the Department of San Salvador. Dengue cases have also increased in the country in recent mon

July 22, 2014

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Death toll from Ebola outbreak reaches 603, West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to closely monitor the evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current epidemic trend in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with high numbers of new cases and deaths being

July 15, 2014

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Nearly 4,600 now affected by untreatable virus spreading through Caribbean

Many people have heard of malaria and may even know about Dengue fever, two health-ravaging, mosquito-borne diseases. Malaria brings fever, chills and flu-like symptoms, and Dengue fever elicits fever, headache, pain and skin rash.What few people have heard of is the&nb

June 24, 2014