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First U.S. case of deadly virus MERS confirmed in Indiana

The first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was reported in a traveler to the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday, May 2, 2014. This deadly virus is relatively new to human

May 03, 2014

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Unidentified fatal disease broke out in West Nile region, Uganda

An unidentified fatal disease broke out last week in West Nile subregion, Obongi County, Uganda. According to local press, as of April 28, 2014, the disease already claimed 4 lives and sent at least 64 to hospitals. New patients are soaring

April 29, 2014

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MERS outbreak hits 30% death rate as pandemic spreads in Saudi Arabia

The MERS outbreak sweeping through Saudi Arabia and Egypt has accelerated yet again with 26 new confirmed cases today. Infections have exploded by 73 percent in just one month, reports Reuters.What really has virologists alarmed, however, is the 30% death rate curr

April 28, 2014

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Anthrax spreading over northern regions of Tajikistan

According to media reports anthrax virus is spreading over northern regions of Tajikistan. On July 16, 2013, 2 cases of infections were confirmed in Bobojonghfur district of Tajik Sogdiysk region. Measures to prevent the the spread of this infectious disease

July 18, 2013

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CDC warns on new deadly virus previously unseen in humans

United States CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) warned state and local health officials on Thursday, March 7, 2013 about potential infections from a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that has by now sickened 14 people and killed 8.In its

March 08, 2013

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Tracking the origins of HIV

Alfred Roca, an assistant professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, thinks that the genomes of an isolated West African human population provide important clues about how the Human immunodeficiency

December 26, 2012

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2012 record setting West Nile Virus year

The summer of 2012 has seen the worst outbreak of the West Nile Virus since its discovery during 1999 in the U.S.  The record high temperatures appear to have allowed for the rapid spread of mosquito-borne arboviruses.  With over 50% of the cases appearing Texas, the

September 14, 2012

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Largest outbreak of West Nile virus in United States

According to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the United States.West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. The disease was first detected in the United States

August 22, 2012

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Mutated flu virus is killing New England harbor seals

In the fall of 2011, 162 young harbor seals were discovered stranded or dead on New England beaches. It was officially declared and classified as UME (Unusual Mortality Event) by federal government. H3N8 seal virus is likely to have caused the 2011 mortality event in

August 08, 2012

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Outbreak of Ebola virus in Uganda - quarantine near impossible

The Ugandan Government has created an emergency task force to deal with an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Dozens of terrified patients have fled hospitals afraid of contracting the disease, making quarantine near-impossible.The onset of the virus outbreak – the third

July 31, 2012

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Scientist found new powerful way to combat flu viruses

International research team has manufactured a new protein that can combat deadly flu epidemics. Scientists used manufactured genes as antivirals, which disable key functions of the flu virus. The most potent design has proven effective on the vulnerable sites on

June 01, 2012

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Squirrel tested postive for plague in US

A ground squirrel found in the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain has tested positive for plague, San Diego County health officials announced on May 3rd. Officials found the infected animal during routine monitoring, according to local North Country Times.

May 07, 2012

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Deadly mysterious disease claiming victims in Vietnam

Vietnam has asked international health experts to help investigate a mystery illness that has killed 19 people and sickened 171 others in an impoverished district in central Vietnam. Most of the patients are from Ba Dien village in Ba To. It is one of the poorest

April 23, 2012

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Dengue numbers in Sri Lanka triple in first quarter of 2012

Sri Lankan health personnel have reported a three-fold increase in the number of recorded dengue fever cases in the first quarter of this year. The Epidemiology Unit said 9,317 dengue cases and 38 deaths were reported in the first three months of 2012, against 3,103

April 19, 2012

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27 districts in Nepal face high risk of bird flu

The Directorate of Animal Health (DAH) reported that 27 districts, including the capital Kathmandu, are facing high risk of bird flu.DAH program director Ram Krishna Khatiwada said during a press meeting on Sunday that they had intensified surveillance in those high

April 02, 2012

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Winter solstice in Hong Kong - H5N1 avian flu virus found in chickens

At the same time we saw mass media making news of Dutch scientists who created highly contagious killer bird flu, yesterday, deadly H5N1 avian flu virus was found in a chicken carcass at a wholesale market in Hong Kong. Workers began culling 19,451 birds, including

December 22, 2011

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Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu

A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill millions of people has been created in a laboratory by European scientists – who now want to publish full details of how they did it. The discovery has prompted fears within the US Government that the

December 21, 2011