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Flu Outbreak Becomes Epidemic in USA

Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

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More than 6,500 German children and teenagers have fallen ill with diarrhoea and vomiting that health authorities say has likely been caused by a food-borne virus in meals delivered to schools and daycare centres. Youngsters from five of Germany’s 16 states had been affected by the acute gastroenteritis.

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The number of U.S. cases of West Nile virus rose by 19 percent in the latest week, slowing slightly from its earlier pace but still putting this year on track to be the worst outbreak since 2003. So far this year, 3,142 cases have been reported to federal health officials as of Sept. 18, up from 2,636 reported the week before.

An outbreak of measles has been reported from the Uganda-Kenya border region. 3 children have died, dozens more infected.

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The outbreak of West Nile virus in the USA is the worst since the illness was first observed in the US in 1999. The number of confirmed cases rose by 25% last week to 1,993.

The number of deaths rose to 87, up from 65 a week ago. The death total seems unlikely to break the record of 260 set in the 2002-03 season.

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14 people have now been reported to have died in the ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 29 confirmed cases.

In Uganda, a man who sneaked into an Ebola isolation ward to steal a mobile phone from an infected patient has fallen seriously ill from the hemorrhagic fever after making calls on the stolen phone.

In Kolkata, India and outbreak of Dengue fever has flooded government and private hospitals with dengue patients. 2 people have died and the government seems unable to handle the influx of patients.

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Hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite National Park, USA. The rodent-borne lung disease has killed two people and sickened 4. 10 000 tourists are at risk. Park visitors who exhibit strange or flu-like symptoms are urged to seek immediate medical attention.

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Researchers find alarming global levels of drug-resistant TB. A large, eight-nation study has found worrisome levels of tuberculosis resistant to first- and second-line drugs, along with higher-than-expected levels of extensively drug-resistant TB among the groups tested.

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2 people have died in an outbreak of Legionnaires disease at the Chicago Marriott Hotel. 6 further people have been reported as having contracted the disease.

Authorities in Cuba have reported that the recent Cholera outbreak has run its course. 417 people were sickened and 3 people died.