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Japan culling 230,000 more birds over avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said.

Japan culling 330,000 birds to fight avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has begun slaughtering more than 330,000 farm birds to contain its first outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu in nearly two years, the government said Tuesday.

How to keep safe from norovirus

Norovirus, the so-called ‘winter vomiting disease’, is prevalent this time of year and makes headlines when it hits confined areas like cruise ships. A new report offers five recommendations for keeping safe.

Does studying yellow fever offer Zika clues?

As cases of Zika virus increase there is considerable investigation and research into the virus. One area being looked at for clues is yellow fever virus. A second area involves the use of mouse models.

Deformed wing virus: Major risk to bee colony collapse

Bee populations are in decline globally. There are several reasons: pesticides, habitat loss, mite infestation and viruses. New research has focused on a pathogen called deformed wing virus, and offers some hope.

Glandular fever virus linked to blood cancer

The common Epstein-Barr virus can cause blood cancer in both adults and children. Medical scientists have found how the virus takes control over two specific genes. This may provide a treatment clue.

Zika no longer a world public health emergency: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Friday announced that the Zika virus outbreak, linked to deformations in babies' heads and brains, no longer poses a world public health emergency, though it warned the epidemic remains a challenge.

New Zika virus vaccine shows potential

A DNA-based Zika vaccine has shown elevated protection from infection, as well as minimizing the risk of brain damage and death. The vaccine has generated a protective antigen-specific antibody and T cell immune responses.

Energy drink consumption linked to increased hepatitis risk

London - A new health warning has been issued over energy drink consumption and the risk of developing the liver disease hepatitis. This relates to a specific case, and a special set of circumstances.

Human antibody shields mouse foetuses against Zika

Paris - An antibody produced by the human body shielded unborn mice against Zika, a study said Monday, raising hopes for thwarting the virus known to cause brain damage in human foetuses.

Ebola virus adapted during West African epidemic

Salem - In a review of the 2013-2016 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, scientists have found that the Ebola virus increased its ability of the virus to infect human cells. The virus went through a process of adaptation.

Rise in immunosuppressed U.S. population raises medical concerns

Washington - The proportion of the U.S. population who are immunosuppressed (that is, with weak or compromised immune systems) is growing.

Bird migration patterns contain clues to bird flu risks

Edinburgh - Avian flu remains an ever-present risk. According to new research, monitoring the migration routes of wild birds should give an early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks.

ZMapp drug shows further Ebola promise

The results of a new clinical trial for Ebola Virus Disease have been published. The trial results indicate the medication was well-tolerated by patients and shows promise for tackling the virus.

Zika virus likely to spread in Asia Pacific: WHO

Manila - The Zika virus is set to spread through Asia, the World Health Organization warned Monday, with hundreds of cases reported in Singapore and two Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly.

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Bangkok - Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia's first confirmed case of a link between the sickness and the birth defect.

Putting ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’ to the test

It’s an old wives tale – “feed a cold and starve a fever.” But does it come with any scientific basis? One research laboratory has put the aphorism to the test.

Mosquito spit may limit Dengue virus transmission

A key transmission factor with many viral diseases carried by mosquitoes is the saliva of the insects. A new finding, however, suggests that saliva can also help to prevent viral transfer, particularly Dengue virus.

Antibody strategy shows promise against Ebola

A recent study, involving a new therapeutic strategy, points towards a weakness with the Ebola virus. Could this Achilles’ heel point towards an anti-Ebola treatment involving antibodies?

Rare mosquito vector disease found in Haiti

Virologists have identified previously undetected mosquito carried disease from a patient in Haiti. The disease has not previously been detected within any Caribbean nation.

Antibodies discovered that can crack HIV’s defences

In new research virologists has found that that gaps in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus’ (HIV) defensive sugar shield provide a clue to the development of an HIV vaccine.

Malaysia reports first pregnant Zika patient

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Wednesday reported its first case of a pregnant woman with Zika -- a resident of a Malaysian state bordering Singapore where authorities have already recorded 275 cases.

Meet the new virus named influenza D

A virus, relatively newly detected, that affects cattle has been given a new name: influenza D. The reason for the new naming is because of the virus is distinct from other influenza types — A, B and C.

Scientists say Singapore Zika is Asian, cases reach 200

Singapore - Singapore on Saturday reported 215 cases of Zika infections as scientists in the city-state said the virus strain comes from within Asia and was not imported from Brazil.

First mosquitoes carrying Zika detected in US

Miami - Tests have found the Zika virus in mosquitoes from Miami, the first detected on continental United States, confirming local transmission of the disease, the Florida authorities said.

2.6 billion people in Zika risk areas in Africa, Asia: study

Paris - At least 2.6 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where Zika could gain a new foothold, researchers warned Friday, with 1.2 billion at risk in India alone.

Malaysia reports first suspected Zika case

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Thursday reported its first suspected case of Zika, a 58-year-old woman believed to have contracted it in neighbouring Singapore where more than 100 cases have been confirmed.

Sleepy Singapore suburb turned into Zika battleground

Singapore - Homemaker Sulaiha Ngatiman hunkered indoors as the scent of mosquito repellent lingered in her second-storey flat.

Singapore Zika cases surge to 82

Singapore - The number of Zika cases in Singapore has surged to 82, the government said Tuesday, as the mosquito-fighting effort continued in a bid to curb the spread of the disease.

Tapeworm drug stops Zika from replicating in lab: study

Paris - A common drug used to kill tapeworm prevented the Zika virus from replicating in lab experiments, scientists said Monday.
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