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Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse

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BAMAKO - Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday.

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Ebola death toll rises to 5,459; Cuban doctor 'stable' 21 Nov 2014

GENEVA - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

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International Ebola fight helping but more work needed: U.N. chief 21 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of further contagion in Mali indicate much work is still to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. | Video

Dutch to destroy 8,000 ducks to prevent bird flu outbreak 22 Nov 2014

AMSTERDAM - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter.

Germany reports second case of bird flu: H5N8 found in wild bird 22 Nov 2014

BERLIN - German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird.

Saudi Arabia tackles MERS virus, still hunting source 22 Nov 2014

LONDON, - (This story corrects to make clear that the finding that 97 percent of cases were hospital-acquired was from a study of an outbreak in Jeddah, paragraph 10)

Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific 21 Nov 2014

NEW YORK - Boston Scientific Corp’s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts.

Plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people out of 119 cases: WHO 22 Nov 2014

GENEVA - An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

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House Republicans sue over Obama's healthcare law 21 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

Portugal Legionnaires' outbreak kills 10, no new infections seen 21 Nov 2014

LISBON - Portugal's largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed 10 people since erupting two weeks ago and 38 are still in intensive care, the health ministry said on Friday, but the risk of contracting the illness is now practically zero.