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Three cases of polio detected in Niger: ministry  

Niamey - Health officials have detected three cases of polio in southern Niger, near the border with Nigeria, the health ministry said Friday, just months after a major UN vaccination operation.

Bacteria in the nose influence cold severity

Colds vary in their severity and for how long they last for. The reason is not solely down to the type of virus or the relative health of individuals. The bacterial population of the nose is also a factor, according to new research.

'Perfect storm' of risks threatens DRC Ebola response: WHO

Geneva - The struggle to contain the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a "perfect storm" of challenges, including rebel violence and pre-election manipulation, the UN said Tuesday.

Top ten cybersecurity startup vendors revealed

The biggest cybersecurity investment rounds have been reviewed for 2018 so far, and the top ten leading startups have been identified in this expanding technology sector.

West Nile fever outbreak claims three lives in northeast Italy

Rome - An outbreak of West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has left three people dead in northeast Italy in recent days, the local health authority said Friday.

How to anticipate if technologies will be used maliciously

The Institute for the Future and Omidyar Network have put together tools technology entrepreneurs, founders and CEOs can use to anticipate how their technologies could be used for malicious purposes in the future.

Polio makes comeback in Venezuela after decades

Caracas - Polio has been reported in Venezuela, a crisis-wracked country where the disease had been eradicated decades ago, the Pan-American Health Organization reports.

Zika vaccine could eliminate prenatal infections

According to a new research model, a Zika vaccine is needed. Such a vaccine could, the model suggests, virtually eliminate prenatal infections.

Rare Nipah virus claims fourth family member in India

New Delhi - A fourth member of the same Indian family has died from the rare Nipah virus, officials said Thursday, as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak that has claimed 11 lives.V.

DRCongo reports 3 new Ebola cases

Apo - Three new Ebola cases have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling northwest taking the number of suspected infections to 43, the health minister said in a statement seen Saturday.

Ebola in DRC not 'currently' an 'emergency of international concern': WHO

Geneva - The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not yet merit being labelled an emergency of "international concern," the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

In DR Congo city, worry and anger over Ebola scare

Mbandaka - People in Mbandaka in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were fearful and angry Friday after an Ebola outbreak spread from remote villages to their densely-populated city.

DR Congo triggers 'action plan' as Ebola toll mounts

Apo - The Democratic Republic of Congo joined with world agencies and neighbouring countries on Friday in boosting the response to an Ebola outbreak in the sprawling country's northwest, as the death toll mounted.

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

Geneva - An Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has a high risk of spreading internally, the World Health Organization warned Friday ahead of a meeting on whether to declare it an event of international concern.

Ebola: Profile of a dreaded killer

Paris - A factfile on the deadly Ebola virus, which has broken out in remote northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and spread to a city, a development likely to complicate containment efforts.

Fears mount as Ebola reported in DR Congo city

Apo - An outbreak of Ebola in remote Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has spread to a city, health watchdogs said Thursday, sharpening fears that the deadly virus now posed a regional threat.

Protein could stop HPV virus infection

Birmingham - The crucial role of protein which could stop HPV virus infection has been discovered by medical scientists. This means drugs could soon be produced with the ability to cancel out the HPV virus.

Affordable hepatitis C treatment close to launch

An affordable hepatitis treatment for the developing world's population is being planned, with medics confident that the new anti-virals are close to commercial launch. The drugs are expected to retail for no more than $3.50 per dose.

State of play: One year on from WannaCry ransomware outbreak

The one year anniversary of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, which severely impacted global healthcare organizations, edges closer. A new report assess how well hospitals and healthcare facilities have respond in terms of new technology and systems.

Flu virus: Wily 'shapeshifter' always one step ahead

Paris - On a March morning 100 years ago, a soldier in Kansas reported to the infirmary with a fever, muscle aches, and a sore throat.By lunchtime, records state, dozens had joined him, stricken with what would become known as the Spanish Flu.

IV bag shortage affects hospitals treating flu

More serious cases of influenza require patients to be administered intravenous drips. In the U.S. there’s currently a shortage of IV bags, which is hampering efforts to deal with ill patients during the winter months.

Cybersecurity trends for 2018

This year's big technology headlines have focused on cybersecurity and the range of businesses affected by cyberattacks. To help protect businesses in 2018, cybersecurity service firm Zenedge provides answers.

Philippines halts sale of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

Manila - The Philippines has suspended the sale and distribution of Sanofi's dengue vaccine, authorities said Tuesday, after the French pharmaceutical giant last week warned it could worsen symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.

Philippines 'prepared for worst' in dengue vaccine concerns

Manila - The Philippines is prepared for a "worst-case scenario" following warnings that an anti-dengue vaccine administered to thousands of children may worsen the disease in some cases, a health official said Saturday.

Interview: Is Alzheimer’s caused by bacteriophages? Special

New York - Scientists have reported on a breakthrough that may change conventional understanding of causes for many diseases like Alzheimer’s. This relates to viruses called bacteriophages. To find out more we spoke with Dr. George Tetz.

Report: U.K. NHS could have prevented WannaCry

London - The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack, according to a review of the incident issued by the British government.

Rome sets mosquito campaign after chikungunya cases

Rome - The city of Rome on Wednesday announced it would carry out a fast-track anti-mosquito campaign after a string of suspected cases of the insect-borne chikungunya virus were detected in the region.

Where is the next global health threat going to come from?

New York - So long Ebola; sans Chagas disease; goodbye Zika... where will the next major heath threat come from? South America is a hotbed of potential viruses, according to a new study.

Studying network traffic helps track malware

A new study shows the analysis of network traffic, especially that directed towards suspicious domains, allows administrators to detect malware infections before the invading malware can do most of its damage.

Big step towards an HIV cure

How can the quest for a cure for HIV be achieved if there is no sure test to show that the virus has been eliminated from the body? This could be set to change. Scientists have announced a test sensitive enough to detect 'hidden' HIV.
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An animation of a bacteriophage in a visual presentation.
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H7N9 virus (computer aided illustration)
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Glass representation of the bacteriophage virus by Luke Jerram
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This (Pseudocolored) negative-stained (false-colored) transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicts the ultrastructural details of an influenza virus particle, or “virion”. A member of the taxonomic family Orthomyxoviridae, the influenza virus is a single-stranded RNA organism
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CULPRIT: Close-up photograph of Culex mosquito  blamed for spreading the West Nile virus.
CULPRIT: Close-up photograph of Culex mosquito, blamed for spreading the West Nile virus.
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Solano health officials regularly check mosquitoes for West Nile virus, as witj this trap set on First Street in Benicia, the county's oldest city.
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Ebola virus
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Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the Avian Flu Virus
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the Avian Flu Virus
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A molecular image of the norovirus
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Computer reconstruction of the Ebola virus
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This electron micrograph depicts the vesiculovirus responsible for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses, cattle and pigs. As a member of the Rhabdoviridae family of viruses, you’ll note the morphologic similarity, i.e., bullet-shaped virion, between this vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), and the rabies virus.
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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. S...
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Some health effects caused by HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccines.
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Hex dump of the Blaster virus, showing a message left for Microsoft CEO Bill Gates by the virus programmer
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Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte.
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Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealing some of the ultrastructural morphology di...
Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealing some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
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Ebola particles are quite scary up close, but you should not buy into the fear right away.
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Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green)
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