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South Korea reports 14 more MERS cases, fifth death

Jun 7, 2015

South Korea reports 14 more MERS cases, fifth death

South Korean health officials on Sunday reported 14 more cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, bringing the total in the country’s outbreak to 64, and said a fifth person infected with the virus had died. South Korea’s outbreak of the often-deadly MERS virus, first ...

South Korea's MERS scare: no need to panic

| Jun 5, 2015

South Korea's MERS scare: no need to panic

The current frenzy in South Korea over Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) brings to mind the other menacing diseases to hit Asia over the last decade — SARS, which killed hundreds, and bird flu. Sales of surgical masks have surge amid fears of a ...

South Korea reports first MERS deaths amid growing alarm

Jun 2, 2015

South Korea reports first MERS deaths amid growing alarm

South Korea on Tuesday reported its first deaths from the MERS virus, following the largest outbreak outside the Middle East that has infected 25 people and triggered widespread public alarm. A 58-year-old woman died of acute respiratory failure Monday and tests later came back ...

Beijing gets tough anti-smoking laws

May 31, 2015

Beijing gets tough anti-smoking laws

Beijing will ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport from Monday, part of unprecedented new curbs — though how they will be enforced remains to be seen. Health activists have pushed for years for stronger restrictions on smoking in China, the world’s ...

Apr 25, 2015

Smokers' haven China amends law to heavily curb tobacco ads

China’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed legislation that heavily restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke. A revised Advertisement Law approved on Friday by the Standing ...