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Mexicans have long been taught to blame diseases brought by the Spaniards for wiping out most of their Indian ancestors. But recent research suggests things may not be that simple.
GENEVA (Reuters) - One hundred people are reported dead in a suspected outbreak of pneumonic plague in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghanistan has found five cases of polio this year compared with one this time last year largely because people in some conservative areas are suspicious of immunization.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 200 children in Somalia have been paralyzed with polio since the disease re-emerged in July, and the virus is spreading in the lawless country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has reported its first case of polio in nearly six years, dealing a fresh blow to a global campaign to eradicate the crippling disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it is about to announce that Egypt is polio-free, for the first time in 5,000 years, bringing global eradication a step closer.
LONDON (Reuters) - Modern DNA analysis of ancient dental pulp suggests that typhoid fever was the cause of the plague which helped end the Golden Age in Athens, scientists said on Monday.
Warmer, wetter weather brought on by global warming could increase outbreaks of the plague, which has killed millions down the ages and wiped out one third of Europe's population in the 14th century, academics said.
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Thursday it had discovered 18 new cases of polio in the country and has launched a nationwide vaccination campaign targeting 16 million children.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia hopes to hold another polio immunization drive in November to stamp out the disease, an official said on Wednesday, a day after launching a program to vaccinate millions of children for the second time this year.
Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), caused by the dengue virus, is among the spectrum of acute febrile tropical disease and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Occurring mainly in the tropics it can be life threatening and is caused by four closely related virus stereotypes of the genus Flavivirus. It was identified and named in 1779. It has a nickname of "breakbone fever" due to it causing sever generalized bodyache. It tends to be more prevalent in the urban districts of its range...
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