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Health > Infectious Diseases
Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient was released from hospital Monday, raising hopes the west African nation may finally have beaten the devastating epidemic.
 
Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) on Saturday led public health and environmental officials on a visit to residential and market areas, advising people on ways of preventing further spread of dengue fever in the city which has recorded 1,552 cases so far this year.
 
Last autumn, when Martin Meltzer calculated that 1.4 million people might contract Ebola in West Africa, the world paid attention.
 
An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, researchers said Friday, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands.
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public Wednesday to take precautions against dengue fever, as the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease is escalating quickly in Southern Taiwan.
 
South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
 
Be careful about excessive E. coli in treats this summer
The Taipei City Government's Department of Health (DOH) announced a list of 11 disqualified cold drinks and icy treats yesterday with excessive levels of E. Coli. Items on the list include "Latte with ice" from OK Mart, "Black Tea Slurpee" from T.K.K. (頂瓜瓜) Fried Chicken's Rui-guang branch and Chocolate Milkshake from Drama cafe.
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A woman in Washington state died from measles in the spring -- the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in the state since 1990, health officials said Thursday.
 
California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the U.S. in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland.
 
S. Korea cautiously reports no new MERS cases or deaths
South Korea reported no new cases of MERS or deaths from the virus for the first time in nine days Monday, but officials warned there was no indication yet that the outbreak had been brought under control.
 
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