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Fatal virus in Ghana tests negative for Ebola

ACCRA (Reuters) - Blood tests have shown that a 12-year-old girl in Ghana who died of viral fever with bleeding did not have Ebola, Health Minister Sherry Ayittey said on Monday. The girl was the first suspected case in Ghana of Ebola, which has killed more than 90 people in Guinea and Liberia. Another suspected case has been reported in Mali. Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has warned of an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with weak health services.

Ebola-hit Guinea calls for calm after attack on aid group

Guinea appealed for calm in the Ebola-hit south of the country on Saturday after international aid workers battling to contain an outbreak of the deadly virus were attacked by a mob. Doctors without Borders, which goes by its French initials MSF, was forced to suspend treatment in Macenta in southeastern Guinea on Friday after crowds attacked one of its centres. Conakry said the crowd had gathered as rumours circulated in the town that the virus was "imported into Guinea or that Ebola fever does not exist in our country".

Ebola-hit Guinea calls for calm after attack on aid group

Guinea appealed for calm in the Ebola-hit south of the country on Saturday after international aid workers battling to contain an outbreak of the deadly virus were attacked by a mob. Doctors without Borders, which goes by its French initials MSF, was forced to suspend treatment in Macenta in southeastern Guinea on Friday after crowds attacked one of its centres. Conakry said the crowd had gathered as rumours circulated in the town that the virus was "imported into Guinea or that Ebola fever does not exist in our country".

When things are going to the dogs in politics, politicians go for the dogs

OTTAWA - Release the hounds! When a photo of embattled MP Eve Adams and her freshly unemployed fiancee Dimitri Soudas, late of the helm of the Conservative Party of Canada, landed on the front page of a national newspaper this week, the two leashed pugs underfoot were no mere happenstance. "Took our friends' dogs Boo and Chester for a walk w @MPEveAdams after a long day of work," Soudas posted on Twitter early Wednesday evening as the couple were in the eye of a self-created storm.

Mob attacks Ebola treatment centre in Guinea, suspected cases reach Mali

By Adama Diarra and Misha Hussain BAMAKO/CONAKRY (Reuters) - An angry crowd attacked an Ebola treatment center in Guinea on Friday, accusing its staff of bringing the deadly disease to the town, Medecins Sans Frontieres said, as Mali identified its first suspected cases. More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity MSF, or Doctors without Borders, has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services.

Correction: Fast-Growing Salmon story

WASHINGTON - In a story April 3 about genetically modified salmon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Recombinetics, a Minnesota-based company, wanted to produce cattle without horns for meat. The company is primarily focused on genetic engineering of dairy cows. A corrected version of the story is below: Engineered salmon may be a tough sell Genetically engineered fish or meat may be a tough sell for already wary consumers By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press

Health officials ask Calgary students unvaccinated against measles to stay home

CALGARY - Alberta health officials have asked more than 100 Calgary students to stay home for the next two weeks because they have not been vaccinated for measles. The request stems from concern over a growing number of cases in the province. Western Canada High School says the Grades 10 to 12 students are to stay home until April 21 to help prevent the spread of the contagious disease. The Calgary Board of Education is developing a plan for the students to continue their studies.

Angry mob attacks Ebola treatment centre in Guinea

CONAKRY (Reuters) - An angry crowd attacked a treatment center in Guinea on Friday where staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) were working to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, forcing it to shut down, a spokesman for the medical charity said. "We have evacuated all our staff and closed the treatment center," Sam Taylor told Reuters, adding that the attackers in Macenta had accused MSF of bringing the disease to the southeastern town.

West Africa mobilises against Ebola epidemic

West African countries mobilised Friday against an epidemic of haemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea with more suspected cases in Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Guinea is the worst affected country with 86 deaths, 45 of them confirmed as Ebola -- a highly contagious disease that leads to external and internal bleeding and kills up to 90 percent of patients in its most virulent strain.

Death, tumors harm efforts to save rare rhinos

Efforts to save critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceroses were dealt a double blow this week with the death of one animal in a US zoo and the discovery of reproductive tumors in another. There are just 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in their native lands of Indonesia and Malaysia, and nine are held in captivity for breeding purposes. The lumbering creatures have dwindled rapidly due to deforestation, humans encroaching on their habitat, and illegal poaching for their horns.
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