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September 01, 2017
Flooded Texas faces higher risk of disease, experts warn
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Sewage-laden floodwaters dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey bring a higher risk of disease, such as bacterial infections and mosquito-borne illnesses, and the fallout may linger for years, experts warn. Immediate risks from floods include death by drowning - often people drown in their cars as they try to flee - electrocution, and hypothermia. The long-term picture could be even more dire, as communities grapple with immense amounts of polluted water in the streets, in homes and businesses. ... read more

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Quake scares tourists from Mexico City's trendy heart

Anxiety as Mexico mounts last-ditch search for quake survivors

Desperate rescue effort after Hurricane Maria toll hits 33

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Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Mexico's quake-proof building codes not always respected

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Actress Charlize Theron dreams of AIDS-free S.Africa
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Charlize Theron hopes to create an AIDS-free generation in her home country South Africa which has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. ... more
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Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak
The Philippines declared its first ever outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu on Friday, but said there had been no cases of humans infected. ... more
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Magnetized viruses can break through biofilms, attack bacteria
A team of scientists from the United States and China have found a way to deploy viruses against biofilm-forming bacteria capable of fouling water distribution systems. The secret to their success is magnetization. ... more
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Malaria already endemic in the Mediterranean by the Roman period
Malaria was already widespread on Sardinia by the Roman period, long before the Middle Ages, as indicated by research at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine of the University of Zurich with the h ... more
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Myanmar seeks WHO help with deadly swine flu outbreak
Myanmar health authorities have asked the UN's health agency for help to combat a deadly outbreak of swine flu that has sparked alarm in the commercial capital. ... more
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Scientists divulge latest in HIV prevention
A far cry from the 1990s "ABC" campaign promoting abstinence and monogamy as HIV protection, scientists reported on new approaches Tuesday allowing people to have all the safe sex they want. ... more
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Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised
Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a women's health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test. ... more
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Swaziland halves world's highest HIV infection rate
Swaziland, which bears the world's heaviest HIV burden, has almost halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers said Monday. ... more

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S.African girl, 9, is third child with HIV remission: study
A South African girl has become only the third child to beat the AIDS virus into long-term remission - almost nine years and counting - after receiving a drug cocktail in infancy, researchers announced Monday. ... more
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Candidate AIDS vaccine passes early test
The three-decade-old quest for an AIDS vaccine received a shot of hope Monday when developers announced that a prototype triggered the immune system in an early phase of human trials. ... more
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Injectable AIDS drug may work 'as well' as pills
A two-drug cocktail injected every month or two may be just as effective as a daily pill at keeping the AIDS virus under control, said a study Monday that promised relief for millions. ... more
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Love hotels targeted to fight HIV among Cameroon's teens
The two big maps show the districts of the northern Cameroonian town of Guider along with its brothels, nightclubs and other seedy spots to identify places from where AIDS could spread among adolescents. ... more
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Paris spotlight on latest in AIDS science
Some 6,000 HIV experts gather in Paris from Sunday to report advances in AIDS science as fading hopes of finding a cure push research into new fields. ... more
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As tide turns, AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016: UN
AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday proclaiming "the scales have tipped". ... more
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Headway on AIDS threatened by funding slowdown
Progress in beating back the AIDS epidemic risks being eroded by a funding shortfall set to grow under Donald Trump's proposed cuts to global health projects, experts and campaigners warned ahead of a major HIV conference. ... more
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Purdue researcher: We shouldn't eliminate mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are despised for their itch-inducing bites and role in spreading disease. But at least one researcher doesn't want to see them eradicated entirely. ... more

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Scientists piece together extinct horsepox virus, raising biosecurity concerns
Lab scientists in Canada at the University of Alberta have synthesized horsepox, an extinct relative of the smallpox virus, using segments of mail-order DNA. The feat has raised biosecurity concerns, as well as questions about the costs and benefits of risky research. ... more
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Sri Lanka deploys troops to tackle dengue crisis
Sri Lanka deployed hundreds of soldiers to destroy mosquito breeding grounds as the country battles the spread of deadly dengue fever that has killed a record 215 people this year, officials said Sunday. ... more
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Painless patch could replace flu jab: study
Vaccines delivered via a painless, throw-away patch could one day eliminate the need for needle-and-syringe flu injections, researchers said Wednesday after completing a preliminary trial. ... more
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Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. ... more
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Sri Lanka blames garbage pile-up for record dengue toll
Sri Lanka has suffered a record 200 deaths from dengue fever this year, the health minister said Monday, blaming a garbage disposal crisis in Colombo. ... more
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Six experts resign from Trump HIV/AIDS panel
Six top health advisors have resigned from Donald Trump's advisory council on HIV/AIDS, complaining that the US president doesn't really care about combatting the illness. ... more
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Warmer climate threatens malaria spread in Ethiopia
Cool, high-lying areas of Ethiopia hitherto shielded from heat-loving malaria mosquitoes are increasingly exposed to the disease as the climate warms, researchers said Thursday. ... more
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Scientists fight mosquitoes, malaria with toxin-infused fungi
An international team of scientists is taking a unique approach in the battle against malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The team, lead by researchers from the University of Maryland, have designed a mosquito-targeting fungus that replicates spider and scorpion toxins. ... more
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