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French Caribbean facing Zika epidemic, taking extra measures
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PARIS (AP) — France's health minister says two French regions in the Caribbean are facing an epidemic of the Zika virus, and the government is sending extra hospital equipment and preparing extra medical staff to combat it. Marisol Touraine told reporters Wednesday that Martinique and French
Sexually transmitted Zika case confirmed in Texas
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DALLAS (AP) — Health officials on Tuesday reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America. The unidentified person had not traveled but had
The Latest: Female airline crew can request no Brazil flight
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PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Zika virus (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The airline Swiss says female flight attendants and pilots won't be required to fly to Sao Paolo, Brazil, if they don't want to because of the Zika virus outbreak. The Swiss carrier, a subsidiary of
WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread
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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world. The U.N. agency took
Oxfam: $1.9B in Ebola aid not delivered by donors
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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — International donors have failed to deliver $1.9 billion in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people and decimated already weak health care systems, the U.K.-based charity Oxfam said
Mexico puts
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Uniformed Mexican immigration agents put "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch aboard a commercial flight to Dallas Texas Thursday morning, ending his month-long stay in Mexico.aba Mexico's immigration institute said that Couch, who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal
Brazil: 270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Health Ministry said Wednesday that in recent months it has recorded 4,180 suspected cases of a rare brain defect in babies that officials fear may be linked to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. But so far, only 270 of the cases have been confirmed by
Research begins into possibility of a vaccine for Zika virus
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is beginning research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is suspected of causing an unusual birth defect as it spreads in Latin America. Don't expect protection anytime soon — vaccine development typically takes
Sierra Leone: Youth protest against Ebola restrictions
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REETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Police fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse youths protesting Ebola restrictions that have halted market activity in Sierra Leone's northern Kambia district, police said. The restrictions were introduced after two Ebola cases emerged this month, and authorities
US case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial
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BOSTON (AP) — A decade after a group of American smokers sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings, the case will finally be heard by a jury. Smokers from the state of Massachusetts allege in the class-action lawsuit that Philip Morris
Health officials probe tie between Zika, paralyzing syndrome
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Latin American countries are investigating whether outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are behind a rise in a rare and sometimes life-threatening nerve condition that can cause paralysis and leave victims on life-support. The Zika virus has already been
Sierra Leone has 2nd Ebola case after epidemic thought over
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A second case of Ebola emerged in Sierra Leone after health officials thought the epidemic was over, with a close relative of the first victim testing positive for the virus that has killed more than 11,000 people, authorities said Thursday. About 150 of the first
The world's oldest man, a Japanese, dies at age 112
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TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest man, a Japanese, died Tuesday at the age of 112 after suffering chronic heart problems, officials said. Yasutaro Koide had said his secret to a long life was not to smoke, drink or overdo it. Koide, who was born on March 13, 1903, died two months short of his
UNICEF witnessed death of teenager in besieged Syria town
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BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. children's agency says it has witnessed cases of severe malnutrition among children in a besieged Syrian town and the death of a teenager "in front of our eyes." Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria, says in a statement Friday that the 16-year-old identified as
WHO declares end to Ebola transmission in West Africa
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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Thursday declared an end to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa after no new cases emerged in Liberia, while cautioning that the world cannot yet be fully declared free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives during a two-year
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