Japanese airports strengthen warnings against Zika fever

Feb 16, 2016

Japanese airports strengthen warnings against Zika fever

Airports across Japan, including Narita International Airport, have strengthened quarantine measures to counter the Zika virus that is spreading quickly throughout Latin America. After the mosquito-borne illness was designated by the Japanese government Monday as a Type 4 infectious disease, requiring doctors to report ...

Feb 6, 2016

Australia to step up Zika testing as two new cases reported

Australia will intensify testing for the Zika virus in Queensland state where Aedes mosquitoes are found, authorities said on Saturday, adding that two new cases among local residents were the result of travel to affected countries. Queensland’s government has earmarked 400,000 Australian dollars ($283,000) ...

Meat industry braces for WHO cancer verdict

Oct 24, 2015

Meat industry braces for WHO cancer verdict

As international health experts prepare to publish a report on potential cancer risks linked to red and processed meat, industry groups are bracing for a damaging blow to consumer confidence. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer gathered health experts in ...

Sep 29, 2015

Dating apps fire back at billboards linking them STD spread

An AIDS health care group is defending an ad campaign in Los Angeles that links popular dating apps with the spread of sexual transmitted diseases. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation targets Tinder, a location-based dating app, and Grindr, a similar site for gay men, in ...

Aug 31, 2015

Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors

Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months. The Health Ministry said the ban was lifted on April 1, “given the current context with more ...

Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

Aug 1, 2015

Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

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 serum was 100 percent effective after a week in the ...

Vaccine for MERS shows promise in animal tests

Jul 29, 2015

Vaccine for MERS shows promise in animal tests

Researchers in the United States trying to develop a vaccine against the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus say they have had early signs of success in animal experiments. Using a two-step approach in mice and rhesus macaques, scientists at the vaccine research ...