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Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

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KOIDU, Sierra Leone - The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are struggling to control a local Ebola outbreak when it's too late to nip it in the bud.

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Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO 20 Dec 2014

GENEVA - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

South Korea halts U.S. poultry imports due to bird flu in U.S. 3:42am GMT

SEOUL - South Korea has suspended imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products because of an outbreak of bird flu in the United States, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Britain lifts bird flu restrictions on duck farm 9:42am GMT

LONDON - Britain on Sunday lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry in a six-mile (9.7-km) zone around a duck farm in northern England where the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain was found last month.

Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital 20 Dec 2014

- A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday.

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U.N.'s Ebola mission should be closed once battle won: Ban 20 Dec 2014

BAMAKO - The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus.

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American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital 20 Dec 2014

- An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said.

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U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit 20 Dec 2014

HASTINGS, Sierra Leone - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. | Video

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AstraZeneca's ovarian cancer drug gets U.S. approval 19 Dec 2014

- AstraZeneca Plc's ovarian cancer drug has been granted an accelerated approval by the U.S. health regulator, a day after the treatment was approved by the European Commission.

Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola 19 Dec 2014

CHICAGO - A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said.