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Op-Ed: Ebola — The sky is not falling

New York - Even if the sky is falling, it will not bring Ebola with it. Yet it has created hysteria not seen in the U.S. since a war was launched in Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction that were no longer there.

Ebola cases pass 10,000

Geneva - The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak has today exceeded 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Deadly virus is killing frogs throughout Spain

Several frog, toad, newt, and salamander populations are being attacked by an emerging pathogen in a major national park in Spain.

Chikungunya viral infections in France

Montpellier - The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported on four locally acquired cases of the virus in France: four members of the same family in Montpellier.

Op-Ed: Have we learned anything about global disease epidemics?

The headlines read the disease is taking a toll on health care workers. People are avoiding travel and crowded shopping centers. Lawmakers are calling for a ban on foreigners from infected countries entering the U.S. Everyone is afraid of catching it.

World pledges Ebola action as infections soar

Geneva - Ebola's escalating spread constitutes the worst global health emergency in years, world leaders warned, vowing to dramatically step up the response to the virus that has already killed nearly 4,500 people.

No hospital 'protocols' for Ebola treatment: US nurses' group

Washington - Nurses at the Texas hospital where a Liberian Ebola patient died last week complain they were given few rules and little guidance on how to treat the severely ill man, contrary to assertions by US health authorities.

Ebola: Questions about a stealthy virus

Paris - The Ebola virus species that has killed more than 4,000 people in west Africa caught everyone by surprise when it erupted thousands of kilometres from its historical hotbed.

Nanotechnology helps contain Ebola

One problem affecting the containment of Ebola is the cost and complexity of diagnosing the disease when a patient is first seen. As a way forwards, researchers have developed a rapid, photonic device that can provide simple and accurate detection.

Ebola death rate up to 70 percent: WHO

Geneva - The death rate in the Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa has reached around 70 percent, the World Health Organization said Tuesday."What we're finding is 70 percent mortality," said Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general of the WHO.

Polio spreads in Pakistan

While most media attention is on Ebola, polio has been spreading in Pakistan, where 200 Pakistanis have been diagnosed so far. This is greatest number of infections in more than a decade.

Nations step up measures to stem worsening Ebola outbreak

Madrid - New York's JFK airport began strict new health screenings for travelers from Ebola-hit West African nations as countries across the world scrambled Sunday to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak.

Is Nigeria clear from Ebola?

Abuja - Following around two dozen cases of Ebola, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country appears to have stopped the virus from spreading further.

MERS virus detected in Austria

Vienna - The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported on the first case of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Austria. At the same time, more cases continue to be reported in Saudi Arabia.

Unpatchable USB-stick infecting malware now in the wild

An unpatchable malware infecting the firmware powering USB drives is now available in the wild, giving hackers undetectable abilities to use the sticks as hosts to malicious software that is automatically loaded when connected to a new computer.

New clues about bluetongue virus

Scientists examining a Northern California dairy farm have found how the bluetongue virus survives the cold winter months. The virus hides out in the tiny biting midge that transmits the virus.

Shellshock bug attacks begin

Computer watchers have spotted several attacks on websites and servers using the serious Shellshock bug. This has resulted in several thousand infected servers being used to bombard web firms with data.

Shellshock computer virus detected

A serious computer bug that could affect hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered. The main devices at risk are those that run Linux systems and Apple's Mac operating system.

Serious eBay flaw exposes customers to malicious website risk

A dangerous flaw that has exposed eBay customers to malicious websites has been affecting the site since at February 2014.

New nanopatch can be used against polio

A new nanopatch has been developed as a candidate method for the delivery of a polio vaccine. The patch thereby avoids the use of a needle.

Kids with asthma at greatest risk from EV-D68 Special

Toronto - Parents of children with asthma should ensure that their asthma is well controlled to avoid potential complications from contact with the respiratory virus EV-D68, according to the Ontario Lung Association.

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.
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