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Brazil star kicks off HIV prevention drive ahead of World Cup

The UN's AIDS body said Wednesday it had appointed Brazilian football star David Luiz to help rally fans to join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV ahead of the World Cup. UNAIDS said it had named the Brazilian vice captain as its "International Goodwill Ambassador" in a bid to "mobilise football fans around the world, particularly young people," to join its efforts to stymie the spread of HIV and root out discrimination of people living with the virus that leads to AIDS.

MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital

The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff, the health ministry said Tuesday. A Jeddah paramedic was among two more people Saudi health authorities reported on Sunday had died from the SARS-like disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 66. On Monday, the health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital.

MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital

The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff, the health ministry said Tuesday. A Jeddah paramedic was among two more people Saudi health authorities reported on Sunday had died from the SARS-like disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 66. On Monday, the health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital.

MERS fears prompt ER closure at Saudi hospital

The main public hospital in the Saudi city of Jeddah has closed its emergency room after a rise in cases of the MERS virus among medical staff, medics said Tuesday. A Jeddah paramedic was among two more people Saudi health authorities reported on Sunday had died from the SARS-like disease, bringing the nationwide death toll to 66. On Monday, the health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital.

Crimea: UN AIDS envoy worried for drug users

The UN's AIDS envoy for eastern Europe voiced fears Thursday for injecting drug users in Crimea who risk being cut off from a lifeline treatment prohibited in Russia. Michel Kazatchkine said he was worried that heroin replacement programmes called opioid substitution therapy (OST) would end for these individuals, stripping them of a major benefit in the fight against HIV.

Tamiflu cuts flu death risk by 25 percent

The anti-virus drug Tamiflu reduced the risk of death from flu by a quarter among adults who took it during the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, a study said Wednesday. The findings, published in The Lancet on Wednesday, should be a useful guide to doctors weighing options for treating flu, the authors said. The research collated data from 78 studies, covering more than 29,000 patients in 38 different countries, admitted to hospital during the H1N1 flu scare.

Chinese police detain three for 'causing worry' about bird flu

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in southwestern China have detained two men and a woman for "causing concern and worry" about H7N9 bird flu, Chengdu city police department's official website said on Wednesday. Chinese authorities are cracking down on "spreading rumors" which they say is necessary to preserve social stability and prevent false information from causing panic. Rights advocates say the crackdown is an excuse to further limit free speech online.

Tests being done to determine if deadly pig virus spreads in swine feed: CFIA

OTTAWA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is looking into whether a deadly pig virus is being transmitted through swine feed. The agency says tests are underway to find out whether feed is a "contributing factor" to the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea. It says Cambridge, Ont.-based feed manufacturer Grand Valley Fortifiers issued a voluntary recall on Feb. 9 for some feed products containing porcine plasma.

Deadly pig virus slowed by steps taken since U.S. outbreak gave 'heads up'

TORONTO - The head of an agency tracking pig health says a deadly virus that has hit swine farms in at least two provinces would be spreading more swiftly throughout the country if it weren't for stricter measures taken after a U.S. outbreak. Canadian Swine Health Board executive director Robert Harding said the emergence of porcine epidemic diarrhea in the United States last May gave the pig industry and governments here a "heads up" that, along with more vigilant farm practices in recent years, has helped minimize its impact thus far.

Ohio Department of Agriculture finds new pig virus

(Reuters) - A new swine virus, distinct from the deadly PEDv pig virus, has been found in fecal samples taken from four different farms in Ohio last month and early this month, the Ohio Department of Agriculture said on Wednesday. This is only the second time the virus has been reported and the first time it has been seen in the United States, said Yan Zhang, a scientist in the department's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
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