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August 21, 2014
Seals, sea lions help bring tuberculosis from Africa to Americas
Washington (UPI) Aug 20, 2014
It's widely agreed that seals and sea lions are adorable. But they're also deadly - sort of. Tuberculosis is not adorable; it kills between one and two million people every year. And new research suggests that the furry sea mammals known for balancing beach balls on their nose likely played a key role in transporting tuberculosis from Africa to the Americas. In fairness, humans in Africa started the whole thing. Researcher at Arizona State University and the University of Tubingen, in G ... read more

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Ebola highlights growing global virus threat: experts
Like the Spanish flu, polio, AIDS, and SARS before it, Ebola has erupted from seemingly nowhere to claim lives and sow fear of a catastrophic global outbreak. ... more
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West Africa anxiously awaits experimental Ebola drugs
Up to 1,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine were headed for west Africa Wednesday as the world scrambled to halt the spread of the virus which felled dozens more victims this week . ... more
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Older people are likely to benefit from a high-dose flu vaccine to ward off the seasonal malaise, which can be particularly dangerous to those over 65, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
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Eight Chinese quarantined as panic grips Ebola-hit west Africa
Eight Chinese medical workers who treated Ebola patients have been quarantined in Sierra Leone, as health experts grapple with ethical questions over the use of experimental drugs to combat the killer virus. ... more
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WHO declares Ebola epidemic a global emergency
Nigeria became the latest country to declare a national emergency over the deadly Ebola virus on Friday, as the World Health Organisation called the epidemic that has claimed nearly 1,000 lives a global health crisis. ... more
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U.S. firm supplies geo-spatial mapping to track Ebola
A U.S. geo-spatial technology company is providing Liberia with portable mapping devices to help in the effort to contain and defeat an outbreak of Ebola. ... more
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New Nigeria Ebola cases amid fears epidemic 'out of control'
The death toll of the Ebola epidemic neared 1,000 on Wednesday as fears rose that the disease is taking hold in Africa's most populous nation of Nigeria, after a second death among seven confirmed cases in Lagos. ... more
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New Nigeria Ebola cases amid fears epidemic 'out of control'
The death toll of the Ebola epidemic neared 1,000 on Wednesday as fears rose that the disease is now taking hold in Africa's most populous nation of Nigeria after a second death among seven confirmed cases in Lagos. ... more
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HIV may help prevent multiple sclerosis: study
Scientists said on Monday they had statistical evidence to back a novel theory that infection by the AIDS virus may reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). ... more
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Sierra Leone deploys troops to Ebola clinics
The government of Sierra Leone has deployed hundreds of troops Ebola clinics, to enforce the isolation of patients, the president's office said on Tuesday. ... more
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AIDS conference delegates seek asylum in Australia: agency
Some 25 delegates to an international AIDS conference held in Melbourne last month fear returning home and will seek asylum in Australia, refugee and welfare agencies said Monday. ... more
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US evacuating two Americans sick with Ebola
Two US citizens infected by the Ebola virus in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States to be cared for in strict isolation in the coming days, the State Department said Friday. ... more
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US says Ebola epidemic won't alter Africa summit plans
The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa in seven months will not affect plans for next week's US-Africa summit, the White House said Thursday. ... more
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Hong Kong makes Ebola 'contingency' measures
Hong Kong said Wednesday it was quarantining all people from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who were showing Ebola-like symptoms on arrival in the city, as fears grow worldwide about the spread of the deadly virus. ... more
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Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns
The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history. ... more
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Australian injecting room upholds fight against AIDS epidemic
Nestled among the bars and strip clubs of Sydney's Kings Cross is a service which not only saves lives, but continues the pragmatic approach which prevented a HIV epidemic among drug-users in Australia. ... more
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South Africa targets screening whole population for AIDS
South Africa's government plans to extend AIDS tests to the country's entire population and speed up antiretroviral treatment of those who test positive for the virus, the health minister said Wednesday. ... more
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Poland suffers first cases of African swine fever in pigs
Poland on Wednesday confirmed its first cases of deadly swine fever in domestic pigs, as the World Trade Organisation reviewed a Russian embargo on EU pork imports imposed over the disease. ... more
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Brazil to release millions of GM-mosquitos to fight dengue
Next week, the biotech company Oxitec, based in Abingdon, England, will begin raising millions of genetically modified mosquitos at a new factory in Campinas, Brazil. The objective: curb the spread of dengue fever. ... more
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Town 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China
A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday. ... more
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AIDS cure: Study sees advance for 'kick and kill' strategy
The elusive quest for an HIV cure received a boost at the world AIDS conference Tuesday as scientists said they had forced the virus out of a hiding place where it had lurked after being suppressed by drugs. ... more
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Latvia extends emergency zone for African swine fever
Latvia on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in a second area of this Baltic EU state as efforts continued to contain an outbreak of deadly African swine fever in its pig population. ... more
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New report shows MERS virus may be airborne
MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, may be transmitted by air, a paper published Tuesday in the scientific journal mBio suggests. ... more
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Study finds promise toward treating HIV and hep C
A new hepatitis C drug has shown early promise in patients whose infection with both HIV and hepatitis C has made them traditionally difficult to treat, said a study Saturday. ... more
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