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Ebola toll rises in ‘unprecedented’ outbreak

By Matt Smith and Joseph Netto, CNN updated 8:51 AM EDT, Tue April 1, 2014 (CNN) — An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa has spread to Guinea’s capital and beyond its borders in an “unprecedented epidemic,” a leading aid agency reported Monday. Ebola virus spreads to Guinea capital Man tested for Ebola […]

Global Warming to Release Smallpox Virus from Corpses; Gruesome Global Pandemic Looming?

By Reissa Su | March 11, 2014 6:09 PM EST IBT Smallpox was one of the most feared diseases in the world since it could cover the human body with painful and pus-filled rashes. Since its elimination in 1979, scientists now fear that smallpox and a host of other diseases could reemerge and spread again […]

3 Scariest Illnesses With The Potential To Become Pandemic; Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs, Chagas A Growing Threat

By Susan Scutti | Mar 4, 2014 07:00 AM EDT Medical Daily Simply the thought of disease is frightening. For those with a deep imagination, a whole assortment of ugly pictures will appear before the mind’s eye. What makes one illness more frightening than another? The number of people it affects? The way it is […]

A&M Research on Flu Will Change Government Response to Pandemics

Updated: Tue 3:13 PM, Feb 11, 2014 kbtx.com COLLEGE STATION Each year, thousands of people die from the flu. Thousands more are hospitalized because of the virus. What happens when those numbers start climbing higher? Research happening at Texas A&M could help protect us from the next pandemic and save millions of lives. “We had […]

Fast-Spreading Bird Flu Causes Panic in China

By Li Xia, Epoch Times and John Wang, Epoch Times | February 10, 2014 Several influenza viruses, including bird flu and swine flu, that have rapidly spread to eight Chinese provinces, including the two municipalities Beijing and Shanghai, are steadily gaining pace from day to day and causing national panic. At least 181 human cases […]

New strain of ‘deadly’ bird flu

By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China. The 73-year-old from Nanchang City caught the H10N8 virus after visiting a live poultry market, although it is not known for sure if this was the […]

China confirms limited interhuman infection of H7N9 bird flu

January 29, 2014 Asahi Shimbun Beijing confirmed for the first time that the H7N9 bird flu has spread from person to person, but for now there appears to be no threat of a major epidemic. Limited human-to-human infection of avian influenza of the H7N9 strain occurred in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, the state-run […]

Scientists discover ancient plague DNA in teeth, warn of future outbreaks

Published January 28, 2014 Associated Press LONDON – Scientists say two of the deadliest pandemics in history were caused by strains of the same plague and warn that new versions of the bacteria could spark future outbreaks. Researchers found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims killed by the Justinian plague […]

Deadly bird flu surges in China as millions travel

Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY 6:04 p.m. EST January 22, 2014 Four more cases of deadly bird flu were reported in China on Wednesday, bringing the season’s total in that country to 221. Fifty-seven people have died. The surge in cases has health officials worldwide watching closely as hundreds of millions of Chinese begin to travel for […]

Flu Deaths Cross Epidemic Threshold

Published On: Sun, Jan 19th, 2014 Martinsdale Daily (NEW YORK) — The flu now qualifies as an epidemic in the United States, according to a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though the CDC details a small decrease in reported cases, there have been numerous deaths from this year’s outbreak, including […]