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Authorities in the Democratic Republic Congo report that the Ebola outbreak has ended.

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There are now 10 cases reported in the latest ebola virus outbreak in Uganda, including 5 deaths in Luweero and Kampala.

The outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda has claimed 9 lives in 4 districts in Uganda (Kabale, Ibanda, Mbarara, and Kampala). A total of 20 cases have been reported.

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An outbreak of dengue fever on the Portuguese island of Madeira has worsened as infections of the mosquito-borne disease accelerated. Reported cases of the potentially lethal disease rose to 1,672 as of Nov. 18. The disease is spreading due to many holiday makers returning home. Cases have so far been diagnosed in Britain, mainland Portugal, Germany, Sweden and France. The epidemic is the first sustained outbreak of dengue fever in Europe since the 1920’s.

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A coral disease outbreak along Kauai’s North Shore in Hawaii has been described as an epidemic by local scientists due to the large numbers of coral infected (59%). The disease appears to be caused by the large amounts of suspended solids in the water coming from nearby human habitation.

A diseased piece of rice coral is pictured below. This photo shows a cyanobacterial/fungal disease attacking a piece of coral — the black ring is the disease, and the white area is the coral’s dead skeleton.

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Cholera kills 3 in southern Nigeria. Three people died in the southwestern state of Osun after being infected. Another 42 people were hospitalized in different centers across the region.

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In addition to the three dead in the latest ebola outbreak in Uganda, up to 15 people are being monitored for signs of the disease. Officials advised against panic after it was revealed that two possible Ebola patients had since checked into Kampala’s main referral hospital.

First outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in Australia in 15 years. Authorities hope that a cull of 50,000 chickens will contain the outbreak. It is not yet known what caused the outbreak at an egg farm in New South Wales. Japan has banned imports of eggs from Australia.

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The deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever has broken out in the central Ugandan district of Luwero about one month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the East African country free of the disease.

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185000 hens have been slaughtered to contain outbreak of a rare strain of salmonella on two commercial egg farms in Ireland. The strain of salmonella poses no threat to humans, but can cause substantial losses in flocks.

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Vietnam hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak surges past 100 000 cases. The CDC issues travel advisory.

31 people have now died and 424 have been sickened in the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections in the U.S.

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Death toll in the yellow fever outbreak in the Darfur region in Sudan rises to 67, while 77 cases of measles have also been reported.

Wildlife

Thirty hippos die in an anthrax outbreak in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The outbreak in the north of the Park, which initially began in August, has now killed dozens of hippos in the Letaba and Olifants Rivers.

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Mauritania declares an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever. A total of 34 cases have been confirmed, including 17 deaths in 6 regions.

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Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda – update. As of 28 October 2012, a total of 18 cases and 9 deaths, including a health worker, have been reported from 5 districts namely Kabale district, in south-western Uganda, Kampala (the capital city), Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole.

U.S. meningitis death toll rises to 29 with fatality in Virginia.

Canada, Switzerland lift ban on Novartis flu vaccines.

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Yellow fever outbreak in Darfur kills at least 32. Protective measures like the use of bed nets, insect repellent and long clothing are considered the best methods to contain the outbreak.

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The outbreak of dengue fever on the Portuguese island of Madeira has tripled and now cases are being seen in other European countries linked to travel to the island.

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E. coli outbreak in Belfast, Ireland grows to 124 confirmed cases with a further 166 probable cases.

52 cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) have now been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to date. Of these, 25 have been fatal.

France and Spain join Italy and Switzerland in halting sales of Novartis flu vaccine.

The tree disease which killed 90% of Danish ash trees has spread to the British countryside. Ash dieback has been found in the wider environment at sites in East Anglia, and there are fears it could wreak the same kind of damage as Dutch elm disease in the Seventies. The Chalara fraxinea fungus, which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death, wiped out 90 per cent of ash trees in Denmark in seven years.

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