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AseanPlus News 26 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Jakarta acts to check dengue

Scientists started collecting hundreds of blood samples from Indonesia's worst-hit dengue fever areas yesterday to determine whether they were contending with a new strain of the mosquito-borne virus, officials said.

AseanPlus News 19 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

New virus strain blamed for Indon dengue outbreak

A new virus strain could be responsible for an outbreak of dengue fever in Indonesia that has killed at least 169 people since the start of the year, health officials said yesterday.

AseanPlus News 18 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Dengue fever kills 91 in Indonesia

B>JAKARTA:/BDengue fever has killed at least 91 people in Indonesia this year, mainly on Java island, and a new deadly strain of the disease could be responsible, the Health Ministry said yesterday.

Health 08 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Influenza wars

Influenza is one of several diseases causing fever and respiratory symptoms that might raise suspicions of SARS. Its resemblance to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) has raised concerns as a recurrence of SARS during the influenza season cannot be ruled out.

Nation 01 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Mandatory death for rapists

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, announced a Cabinet proposal that rapists who cause the death of their victims will be automatically regarded as murderers and face the mandatory death sentence.

Health 25 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

The SARS effect

Chinese health officials have reported one confirmed case of SARS and two suspected cases in the province of Guangdong since SARS was declared under control last July. Are we facing another outbreak of the dreaded respiratory disease? TANG WENG HENG reports.

AseanPlus News 07 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Culling of civet cats begins in China

B>GUANGZHOU:/BHealth workers began drowning and incinerating thousands of civet cats in southern China yesterday over fears they carry a new strain of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) but international experts worried the cull may only add to the danger.

AseanPlus News 04 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Patient may be down with new SARS virus, says report

B>BEIJING:/BConfusion over whether a suspected SARS patient in China has the disease deepened yesterday when tests suggested he may have been infected by a new strain of the virus, media reported.

Nation 09 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

Fujian flu mutated form of flu virus

The Fujian flu currently sweeping over Europe and the United States is a slightly mutated form of a common strain of the influenza virus, a virologist said yesterday.

AseanPlus News 07 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

Doc: Vaccine can help protect against flu virus

THE new Fujian flu virus sweeping the United States and Europe has given Singapore a miss so far. But it will come, said virologist Dr Ling Ai Ee.