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April 21, 2014
West Africa's Ebola outbreak prompts changes in I.Coast cuisine
Bouake, Ivory Coast (AFP) April 20, 2014
West Africa's first outbreak of Ebola fever is bad news for gourmets in Ivory Coast, but brings respite from the hunter to species sought out for tasty meat but feared to carry the disease. Late in March, Health Minister Raymonde Goudou Coffie called for her compatriots to stop eating porcupines and agoutis, which look like large river-rats, "until we can be sure there are no risks". Bushmeat is known to be a vector of Ebola, the alarming haemorrhagic fever that has claimed at least 122 lives in ... read more

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West Africa mobilises against Ebola epidemic
West African countries mobilised Friday against an epidemic of haemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea with more suspected cases in Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone. ... more
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Liberia confirms spread of 'unprecedented' Ebola epidemic
Aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said Monday an Ebola outbreak suspected of killing dozens in Guinea was an "unprecedented epidemic" as Liberia confirmed its first cases of the deadly contagion. ... more
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Iraq reports first suspected polio case since 2000
Iraq's health ministry said Wednesday it had found its first suspected polio case in 14 years, which could have originated in neighbouring Syria where confirmed cases have sparked a region-wide alert. ... more
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Guinea confirms Ebola as source of deadly epidemic
Guinea identified the Ebola virus Saturday as the source of a highly contagious epidemic raging through its southern forests, as the death toll rose to 59. ... more
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Climate Conditions Help Forecast Meningitis Outbreaks
Determining the role of climate in the spread of certain diseases can assist health officials in "forecasting" epidemics. New research on meningitis incidence in sub-Saharan Africa pinpoints wind an ... more
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Two-year-old Cambodian girl dies of bird flu
A two-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, becoming the country's fourth confirmed fatality - all children - from the deadly virus this year, health authorities said Monday. ... more
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When big isn't better: How the flu bug bit Google
Numbers and data can be critical tools in bringing complex issues into crisp focus. The understanding of diseases, for example, benefits from algorithms that help monitor their spread. But without c ... more
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Macau culls 7,500 chicken over bird flu scare
Macau culled 7,500 chicken after discovering the H7-type avian influenza in live poultry for the first time in the city, authorities said Thursday, adding the birds had been imported from mainland China. ... more
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Birds of all feathers and global flu diversity
A group of international scientists have completed the first global inventory of flu strains in birds by reviewing more than 50 published studies and genetic data, providing new insight into the dri ... more
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H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China
The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to do since Chinese authorities shut down their livelihoods after H7N9 bird flu began stalking the country again, killing scores of people this year. ... more
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Another Cambodian boy dies of bird flu: hospital
An 11-year-old Cambodian boy has died of bird flu, a hospital official said Monday, the impoverished kingdom's third confirmed fatality - all children - from the illness this year. ... more
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China bird flu deaths reach 72 this year: government
A total of 72 people died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in China in the first two months of this year, government figures showed, far more than in the whole of 2013. ... more
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Cambodian boy dies of bird flu in second death for 2014
A three-year-old Cambodian boy has died of bird flu, the health ministry said Friday, in the country's second fatality this year. ... more
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Malaria on the move as temps warm: study
Malaria is on the march to higher elevations as temperatures warm due to climate change, a trend that could increase the number of people sickened by the disease, researchers said Thursday. ... more
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A new gene therapy approach that engineers a person's T cells so that they become resistant to the human immunodeficiency virus has shown early signs of success, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
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Hong Kong reports sixth H7N9 bird flu case
Hong Kong confirmed Tuesday a new human case of the deadly H7N9 avian flu found in an 18-month-old girl, the sixth case to be discovered in the city. ... more
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Early warning system for epidemics
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The parasite that escaped out of Africa
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Study on flu evolution may change textbooks, history books
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Flu hits young, middle aged people hard this year
The flu is hitting young and middle aged people in the United States particularly hard this season, as a tough flu strain re-emerged and too few people were vaccinated, health authorities said Thursday. ... more
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Poland struck by first cases of African swine fever
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Boy becomes Cambodia's first bird flu death of year
An eight-year-old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the country's first confirmed fatality from the deadly virus this year, a health official said Wednesday. ... more
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January worst month in China's human H7N9 outbreak: govt
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