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Obama sends 3,000 troops to W.Africa to 'turn tide' on Ebola

Washington - US President Barack Obama will try to "turn the tide" on the Ebola epidemic Tuesday by ordering 3,000 US military personnel to west Africa to curtail its spread as China also dispatched more experts to the region.

Enterovirus spreading among U.S. children

A previously rare respiratory virus is landing hundreds of children in hospitals across the U.S. Worryingly, it is unknown why the virus seems to only cause severe illness in children.

Liberia shows biggest Ebola death-toll increase

Monrovia - The rate of Ebola has exponentially increased in Liberia. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have responded by saying that intervention efforts must be scaled up at least three-fold.

Tracking bats could help halt Ebola spread

Various actions are being undertaken to fight the Ebola virus that is sweeping across parts of West Africa, and resulting in a mounting death toll. As the main vector is bats, some scientists think that tracking bats is one way to combat the disease.

Viruses spread easily from a single doorknob

Phoenix - Scientists have used special tracer viruses to show that contamination of just a single doorknob can leads to the spread of viruses throughout an entire office building. The idea was to see how easily something unpleasant like norovirus spreads.

Finding new ways to identify Ebola drugs

Liverpool - Discovering new ways to identify drugs that could be used to treat Ebola virus infection should relate to the types of proteins inside a cell that are critical for the functions of Ebola virus, according to a new study.

Virus striking Midwest may be tip of the iceberg, CDC reports

Kansas City - A peculiar flu-like virus that afflicts the respiratory system is sickening hundreds of children across the US Midwest, sending them to emergency rooms and clinics in at least ten states, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

U.N. calls for $600 million Ebola aid

The United Nations has called for additional assistance from the international community, including $600 million in aid, to assist with the fight against the Ebola crisis.

Discovering how rabies kills

Tel Aviv - Saliva transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal allows the rabies virus to enter a victim’s muscle tissue. However, a new study finds, to cause violent behavior and eventual death of the victim, the rabies virus must first reach the brain.

Sierra Leone lockdown to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone has declared a three-day "lockdown" in an attempt to tackle the Ebola virus disease. This will mean that from September 19 to 21, people will not be allowed to leave their homes.

Op-Ed: U.S. must create quarantine procedures to avoid confusion, chaos

ABC News reports that a Nigerian diplomat fled from Ebola quarantine in Lagos to Port Harcourt. Does the U.S. have a plan in place for putting its citizens in mandatory quarantine in the event of exposure to a lethal virus? It needs to!

Rate of MERS transmission is 'very low'

Bonn - MERS coronavirus has caused several disease outbreaks of severe pneumonia across the Middle East. Worried about the ease of transmission, a research group concluded that the rate of human transmission is low.

Ebola extends to fifth African country

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two first cases of Ebola. This means that the cases of infection have now been recorded in five African countries.

Ebola crisis strikes healthcare workers at unprecedented levels

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are an "unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola.”

U.K. imposes Ebola travel ban

All but essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia should be avoided, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned British nationals.

Japan confirms first dengue fever infections in 70 years

Tokyo - Japanese health officials said Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years.

Mutated polio virus alert

Bonn - Scientists are reporting alarming findings: a mutated polio virus that is able to resist vaccine protection. The virus was found in victims of an outbreak in the Congo in 2010. The full analysis has only now been revealed.

Multimillion dollar Ebola investment

London - The Wellcome Trust has launched a new multimillion dollar initiative for emergency Ebola research coupled with an investment for longer-term medical research in Africa.

Chikungunya challenge project announced

Washington - A challenge has been laid down for scientists. The contest aims to identify models that accurately forecast outbreaks of the mosquito spread viral disease chikungunya.

Chikungunya vaccine in development

An early-stage clinical trial into a vaccine for the virus chikungunya yields promising results, according to the authors of a new study.

Marburg virus drug shows promise

Monkeys infected with lethal doses of Marburg virus, as part of a laboratory study, were rescued by an experimental siRNA-based therapeutic.

MERS transmission link between bats and humans revealed

The mechanism used by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus to transmit from bats to humans has been identified by researchers. The finding could be critical for preventing and controlling the spread of MERS and related viruses in humans.

Can Ebola be treated with the blood of survivors?

As part of its bid to tackle Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) is considering a potential Ebola treatment that involves using the blood of people who have recovered from an infection to treat those still fighting the virus.

Infected Ebola patients flee after attack on Liberia clinic

Monrovia - Seventeen Ebola patients in Liberia who fled from a guarantine centre after it was attacked by club-wielding youths were missing on Sunday, striking a fresh blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus.

How chikungunya virus spreads

A study has revealed that chikungunya virus is transmitted through a three-way interaction that relates to viral strain, mosquito genotype, and ambient temperature.

Op-Ed: Ebola drugs are a 'long way off' from large-scale production

The announcement that World Health Organization (WHO) consultants have agreed that experimental Ebola drugs can be used to tackle the African outbreak made headlines. However drug companies cannot readily produce the medications in large supplies.

New study of hepatitis provides clues for fighting the disease

A new technique to sustain hepatitis B in liver cells has allowed researchers to study the immune response and drug treatments.

Apple iOS operating system found most immune to spyware attacks

Bad news for Blackberry especially after the latest report from a test conducted by a surveillance software and hardware vendor detailing security vulnerabilities in Blackberry, Android, and not iOS smartphones.

Is gold nanotechnology the key to fighting Ebola?

As the World Health Organization holds crisis meetings to discuss ways to battle the Ebola outbreak, one scientist thinks that one solution for fighting the deadly virus is nanotechnology.

Is the full impact of Ebola yet to be felt?

Weak state capacity and poor public health infrastructure will hamper efforts to contain the escalating Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to a new report.
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