Dec 16, 2014

Ebola toll rises to more than 6,800: WHO

More than 6,800 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday. The U.N. health agency reported that as of Saturday, there had been 18,464 cases of infection from the deadly virus ...

Dec 5, 2014

Pass the tissues — flu season off to early start

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases on Friday announced that the flu season began in the week of Nov. 24, about three weeks earlier than last year. The institute’s survey covering some 5,000 medical institutions across the country tallied 9,396 flu patients in the ...

Liberia hopes for no new Ebola cases by new year

Nov 28, 2014

Liberia hopes for no new Ebola cases by new year

As Ebola infection rates fall in Liberia, the information minister urged people on Thursday to not let up on the fight against the virus, reiterating the goal of eradicating the disease by the end of the year. That target appears unrealistic, with the World ...

Liberia chasing Ebola now, not other way around: president

Nov 25, 2014

Liberia chasing Ebola now, not other way around: president

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday hailed Liberians’ efforts in fighting the country’s worst-ever haemorrhagic fever outbreak, telling them: “Ebola was chasing us, today we are chasing Ebola.” The head-of-state has welcomed a dramatic drop in new cases of the virus, which has killed ...

Nov 18, 2014

Suspected bird flu case reported in Tokyo

An avian influenza virus has been detected in a genetic test on the body of a wild duck collected in Koto Ward, Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said. A further test will be carried out to examine whether the common pochard, a migratory species of ...

Old ambulances, firetrucks on the way to Ebola-hit West Africa

Oct 28, 2014

Old ambulances, firetrucks on the way to Ebola-hit West Africa

Retired emergency vehicles, including ambulances, donated by prefectural governments were readied Tuesday for a new mission — helping two West African countries fight the deadly Ebola outbreak. The 13 vehicles will be airlifted Wednesday night from Narita International Airport to Liberia and Sierra Leone. ...

Sep 11, 2014

Yoyogi mosquitoes still carrying dengue virus

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday that the dengue virus was detected again in mosquitoes collected in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on Tuesday and Wednesday. The virus was first confirmed in mosquitoes there last week. Of the 20 locations checked by the metropolitan government, the ...