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UN sees bird flu changes but calls risk of people spread low
The World Health Organization says it has noticed changes in the bird flu virus now spreading in China, but says the risk of the disease spreading easily between people remains low.
 
As bird flu threat rises, pass on the eggs Benedict
Health authorities are urging residents not to consume raw or undercooked eggs, as the avian flu threat in Taiwan continues to rise.
 
CDC confirms 16 cases of latent tuberculosis in Keelung
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed on Wednesday that 16 people working for a cargo and freight company in Keelung's Qidu District have been diagnosed with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), but reassured the public that the disease is not contagious.
 
Taiwan reports year's first H7N9 case of human infection
Taiwan on Saturday reported its first case of human infection of avian influenza A (H7N9) for this year, involving a Taiwanese businessman based in China who was confirmed to be infected with the virus and continues to receive treatment in an intensive care unit, according to health authorities.
 
Innovative vaccine protects against Zika in single dose
An innovative vaccine made from genetic material protected lab animals from the Zika virus in experiments, scientists reported Thursday, calling it a "promising" lead in fighting the threat to humans.
 
More than half of young Brazilian women have shunned pregnancy due to Zika, which can cause birth defects, according to research released Friday.
 
Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued its second-highest travel advisory in its three-tier system Friday for the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China after the region reported a case of H5N6 avian flu.
 
Zika-caused birth defect may become clear only after birth
Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies.
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced that the Zika virus outbreak, linked to deformations in babies' heads and brains, no longer poses a world public health emergency, though it warned the epidemic remains a challenge.
 
Zika no longer a world public health emergency: WHO
The World Health Organization on Friday announced in an online press conference that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency.
 
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