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Cholera outbreaks ‘can be controlled with oral vaccines’

The use of oral vaccines is proving to be an effective tool to control outbreaks of cholera, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said. The deadly water-borne disease is a major public health concern from Tanzania to

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South Korea Mers outbreak has 'levelled off'

An outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in South Korea appears to have levelled off, a health official said on Friday, as the country reported just one new patient, a day after Thailand reported its first case. A to

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South Korea Mers cases rise as death toll hits 20

South Korea on Wednesday reported eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), while another person infected with the virus died, health officials said, bringing to 20 the number of fatalities in the outbreak that began last month

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Worst of Mers outbreak may be over in South Korea

The Mers outbreak that has spread through health facilities in South Korea may have peaked, although two hospitals that treated people with the deadly respiratory disease have been sealed off, officials said. Middle East Respirato

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Mers-CoV outbreak ‘did not originate in Bahrain’

An outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (Mers-CoV) in South Korea did not originate in Bahrain, according to health officials. The Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication reported yesterday (May

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Ebola ‘must be stopped at source, not via travel bans’

Closing national borders to people from countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak is "not an effective strategy" for stopping the deadly disease, the president of the World Bank said on Thursday. There is only one way

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Ebola toll tops 1,550, outbreak accelerates: WHO

The ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,552 people out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and "continues to accelerate", the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. The epidemic in the regi

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Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO

Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the UN agency said on its website on Thursday.

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Measles outbreak 'under control' in Bahrain

An outbreak of measles across Bahrain that put 18 people in hospital is now under control, according to health officials.   Authorities have registered 32 cases since the start of the year, with the majority of t

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Polio outbreak in Syria risks spreading

A polio outbreak has been confirmed among young children in northeast Syria and risks spreading in the region, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday. Twenty-two children in Deir Al-Zor province became paralysed this

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