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As Ebola stalks West Africa, medics fight mistrust, hostility

(Reuters) Governments and health agencies trying to contain the world’s deadliest ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious locals are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment. From Guinea, where the four-month-old outbreak claimed the first of more than 500 lives, to Sierra Leone, scores of  Read More »

Polio eradication could be sped up by extra vaccine dose

(Medical News Today) In areas where poliovirus still causes infection, giving all children under the age of 5 an extra dose of polio vaccine could help to speed up eradication – and the researchers finding a “substantially greater benefit” from the booster are calling for vaccine programs to now put this to the test.

Fifty new Ebola cases, 25 deaths in West Africa – WHO

(Reuters) Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3, as the deadly virus spreads in families, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. In a statement, the United Nations agency said that the latest figures from health ministries in the three countries  Read More »

Biosecurity overhaul flagged

(The Land) New powers allowing the Commonwealth to respond to biosecurity risks within Australia and help state and territory governments manage a pest or disease outbreak are among the changes included in a planned overhaul of quarantine legislation. Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced the government’s plans to progress the Biosecurity Bill 2014 to  Read More »

Five people in Hungary monitored for suspected anthrax infection

(Reuters) An infection of deadly anthrax has been identified in beef in eastern Hungary and five people are being monitored in hospital for suspected symptoms of the disease, the health authority ANTSZ said on Friday. It said the disease was identified in frozen beef after two cattle were illegally slaughtered in a farm in Tiszafured,  Read More »