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Three Australians die from contaminated melon

Sydney - Three Australians have died after consuming melon contaminated with listeria amid an outbreak that has prompted health authorities to warn those at risk to throw out pre-cut melons.

Rapid response team to tackle major disease outbreaks

London - The British government has established a rapid support team, with the intention to respond to urgent requests from countries around the world to help control disease outbreaks.

Hawaii has 135 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A — 39 hospitalized

The Hawaii State Department of Health issued an update Wednesday on the current Hepatitis A outbreak that seems to be centered on the island of Oahu. There are now 135 confirmed cases of the disease, and 39 people have been hospitalized.

California measles outbreak over, state health officials say

Anaheim - An outbreak of measles at two Southern California theme parks that infected scores of people in December and January has been stopped, California public health officials said Friday.

Tracking down the U.S. measles outbreak

Genetic tests have not revealed the source of the viral outbreak that started in California’s Disney theme parks. The point of origin remains a mystery.

First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed - CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working to educate and not alarm the public amid the first confirmed case of MERS in the United States.

The crisis of 1914

Paris - On August 2, 1914 in Joncherey, northeastern France, French corporal Jules-Andre Peugeot and German lieutenant Albert Mayer died in a firefight, the first official casualties of World War I.

Norovirus outbreak limits visiting at Vancouver hospital

Vancouver - Called the "winter vomiting disease," the virus spreads quickly through hospitals, and other places where people are in close contact for prolonged periods of time. Now Vancouver, Canada is being hit hard by the sickness.

Scores are dead in Nigeria as cholera outbreak continues

Cholera has been the scourge of mankind for over 200 years, killing millions of people. Once thought to be caused by "bad air," we now know it is spread through poor sanitation practices and a lack of hygiene, still common in developing countries.

Texas mega-church linked to measles outbreak

A Texas mega-church previously opposed to vaccinations has been linked to at least 21 cases of measles and is now urging members to get the preventative shots.

More than 200 people affected by the Cyclospora outbreak

More than 200 people in a couple of states have become ill with cyclospora infections. The outbreak started a few weeks ago, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC launch ‘fight the outbreak’ app

The U.S. CDC, mixing education and entertainment, have launched an app based on a disease outbreak scenario. The game was inspired by calls to the CDC asking about the impending 'zombie apocalypse'.

Unknown respiratory infection hospitalizes 7 in Alabama, two dead

An unknown respiratory infectious pathogen has hospitalized seven people in southeast Alabama and killed two, sending health officials scrambling to identify the bug.

Authorities find three lethal viruses circulating simultaneously

In the backdrop of two emerging outbreaks of H7N9 bird flu and the SARS-like novel coronavirus, the H5N1 strain has re-emerged, ushering in a third viral threat to health authorities in several countries.

Fox News says meningitis outbreak result of government regulation

Andrew Napolitano, political and senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel, said government regulation is to blame for the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis in the U.S.

Hurricane Isaac may add to near record-setting West Nile outbreak

With all the rain and flooding Isaac has left behind, some are worried the near record-setting number of West Nile cases in the US will increase. Stagnant, pooling water is a breeding ground for algae, a source of food for mosquito larvae.

Cholera outbreak sweeps though West African coastal slums

Lagos - Health officials say that a cholera epidemic, one of the worst in years, is sweeping through the coastal slums of West Africa. The disease is spreading through Freetown and Conakry, capital cities of Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Whooping cough causes concern for health care

There has been another outbreak of whooping cough and experts are worried this could lead to an epidemic. Health professionals are looking into ways of providing protection from the disease.

Review: In case of outbreak: ‘Retreat’ to home video Special

‘Retreat’ takes a minimalist approach to the virus film by isolating it on a secluded island. It’s available on DVD Feb. 21.

E. coli outbreak caused by sprouts? Initial tests say no

Bean sprouts had recently been named as a possible source of the E. Coli outbreak in Germany, but lab tests that came back Monday say otherwise.

Update: E. Coli outbreak becomes largest ever, Death toll rises

The death toll in Germany from E. Coli in cucumbers has risen to 14, with over 300 others seriously sickened. Health officials only expect it to get worse.

Yellow fever outbreak in northern Uganda, claims 45 people

Around 45 people have died as a result of the yellow fever outbreak that struck in nine districts in northern Uganda, with another 178 people infected with the disease.

Haiti Cholera Outbreak death toll tops 1500, plea for doctors

Port-au-prince - Haiti is in urgent need of supplies, nurses and doctors to slow the rapidly increasing death toll from a raging cholera epidemic that international aid operations are struggling to control, the United Nations' top humanitarian official said.

Ethiopia cholera outbreak has over 18,000 cases

More than 18,000 people have been stricken with cholera and other diarrhoel diseases in Ethiopia during the past three weeks. Acute Watery Diarrhoea has been reported from Addis Ababa.

Report: Swine Flu Sends More Minorities To Hospitals Than Whites

According to a recently published report Swine flu is four times more likely to send Blacks and Hispanics to the hospital than Whites. The findings are believed to be the first published that detail a racial or ethnic breakdown of swine flu’s impact.

Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 discovered in San Francisco teen

A Tamiflu-resistant strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus that had been discovered in Japan and in Denmark has been identified in a San Francisco teenager, marking an important milestone in the virus' evolution.

Mexico Dealing With SRI Outbreak

What is killing young adults in Mexico and putting hundreds more in the hospital? A new flu-like illness has killed 20 people so far.

Ontario E. coli Outbreak, More People Sick

A North Bay, Ontario health official has confirmed that the number of people who are sick due to e.coli poisoning has risen to 159.

Now a device that can detect bird flu in two hours

Scientists in Britain have succeeded in creating a device that can detect an outbreak of bird flu within two hours thereby making it possible to treat it before it spreads further.

The Source Of the Largest Foodborne Illness Outbreak In Ten Years Has Been Found

After three months of trying to locate the cause of the Salmonella outbreak, investigators have identified the source of bacteria in irrigation water and serrano peppers on a farm in Mexico. More than 1,300 people have fallen ill from the bacteria.
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An outbreak of E. coli has infected six children at the same school in Lodi  California.
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FANTASY: Tourists visit Toontown at Disneyland in Southern California. State officials say a measles...
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Nigeria is now monitoring 198 people and has 10 confirmed Ebola virus cases.
Nigeria is now monitoring 198 people and has 10 confirmed Ebola virus cases.
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Bringing Cholera symptoms under control with replacement fluids is the first step in treatment.
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