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26 Jan 2017 | 11:10 PM

Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts.

28 May 2016 | 11:52 PM

WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by a large outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil.

10 Mar 2016 | 2:41 AM

Experts perplexed over why Sharapova was taking banned heart drug

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - The medicine Maria Sharapova says she has taken for 10 years due to a family history of heart issues and diabetes is an old drug sold in just a few Eastern European countries that can also boost exercise tolerance.

8 Oct 2014 | 1:26 AM

More cases of Ebola in Europe 'unavoidable', WHO says

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Europe will almost inevitably see more cases of the deadly Ebola virus within its borders but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organization's regional director said on Tuesday.

7 Oct 2014 | 10:55 PM

More cases of Ebola spreading in Europe 'unavoidable', WHO says

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - More cases of the deadly Ebola virus will almost inevitably spread in Europe but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organization's (WHO) regional director said on Tuesday.

12 Aug 2014 | 1:15 AM

On Ebola's front line, doctor finds grief and inspiration

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - After a month on the front line battling Ebola in a hospital in Sierra Leone, the memories that both haunt and inspire British doctor Tim O'Dempsey are of the children.

6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 AM

Ebola mortality rate expected to rise as outbreak runs its deadly course

LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - The death rate so far in the world's worst outbreak of Ebola is not as extreme as recorded in the past, but experts expect it to prove no less virulent in the end, once more victims succumb and the grim data is tallied up.

31 Jul 2014 | 6:40 PM

Taxis, planes and viruses: How deadly Ebola can spread

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) - For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it's not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes - like humans - use planes, bikes and taxis to spread.

27 Jun 2014 | 9:50 PM

Exclusive - In virus hunt, Saudi Arabia suspects African camel imports

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia suspects a virus that has killed hundreds of people there may have arrived in camels from the Horn of Africa, and could ban such imports until it knows more, the kingdom's chief scientist told Reuters.

17 Jan 2014 | 10:30 PM

Increasing H7N9 bird flu toll demands constant vigilance

LONDON (Reuters) - A wave of H7N9 bird flu cases and deaths in China since the start of 2014 shows emerging flu strains need constant surveillance if the world is not to be caught off guard by a deadly pandemic.