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March 24, 2017
Thousands of monkeys are dying from yellow fever in Brazil
(UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Yellow fever, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is spreading through Brazil, infecting and killing both monkeys and humans. According to the latest reports from local scientists, several thousand monkeys - most of them howler monkeys - have been killed by the virus since the outbreak began in late 2016. Significant portions of the Brazilian rainforest are without a single howler monkey, researchers say. "It was just silence, a sense of emptiness," Karen Strier, an anthr ... read more

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Flu meds do not harm unborn babies: study
Unborn children suffer no harm when their mothers take flu medication during pregnancy, a study of some 700,000 women said Wednesday. ... more
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First drug-resistant malaria parasite detected in Africa
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. ... more
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Bird-flu deaths rise in China, shutting poultry markets
China is experiencing its deadliest outbreak of the H7N9 bird-flu strain since it first appeared in humans in 2013, killing 79 people in January alone and spurring several cities to suspend live poultry trade. ... more
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Spain's top research institution said Thursday it has patented an HIV test that can detect the AIDS-causing virus within a week of infection, the fastest yet. ... more
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At least five patients at a traditional Chinese medicine hospital in China were accidentally infected with HIV, officials said Thursday, as authorities moved to censor online discussion over the incident. ... more
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West Nile virus epidemics made worse by drought: study
Drought has sharply boosted the intensity of deadly West Nile virus epidemics, which are set to worsen with global warming, scientists reported Wednesday. ... more
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Bird flu outbreak spreads to Belgium
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Fears over bird flu in China after 9 deaths this year
Nine people have died of bird flu in China this year, state media reported Wednesday, after the World Health Organization (WHO) urged all countries to promptly report human infections. ... more
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Hong Kong reports second human case of bird flu
Hong Kong on Friday confirmed its second human case of bird flu this season, days after an elderly man died of the virus. ... more
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Hong Kong records winter's first bird flu death
An elderly man has died of bird flu in Hong Kong in the city's first human case of the disease this winter, authorities said Tuesday. ... more
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Angola declares end to deadly yellow fever epidemic
Angola on Friday declared the end of a yellow fever outbreak that killed at least 400 people, after an emergency United Nations vaccination campaign covering 25 million people. ... more
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