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WHO Declares End of Zika Emergency but says Virus Remains a Threat

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen GENEVA/CHICAGO – The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee made clear the Zika

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Ransomware: No System is 100 Percent Safe

The ABCs of fighting back against ransomware BY Raj Samani After slowing slightly in mid-2015, ransomware has regained its rapid growth rate overall. According to the June 2016 McAfee Labs Threats Report, total ransomware grew 116 percent year-over-year for the period ending March 31. Total ransomware rose 26 percent from Q4 2015 to Q1 2016

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Zika Mystery Widens as Utah Caregiver Contracts Virus

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, July 18 – U.S. health officials are investigating the mysterious case of a person in Utah who contracted Zika while caring for an elderly man infected with the virus who died last month. Federal and state health officials said on Monday it is not clear how the individual contracted Zika, a

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Brain Bug

Could mental illness and cognitive decline be caused by viral and bacterial infection? BY Ed Cara As recently as the 1970s, doctors stubbornly treated complaints of festering open sores in the stomach as a failing of diet or an inability to manage stress. Though we had long accepted the basic premise of Louis Pasteur’s germ theory—that flittering short

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New Incentives Needed to Develop Antibiotics to Fight Superbugs

By Bill Berkrot NEW YORK, May 29 – Drugmakers are renewing efforts to develop medicines to fight emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but creating new classes of drugs on the scale needed is unlikely to happen without new financial incentives to make the effort worth the investment, companies and industry experts said. American military researchers on Thursday

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Software Security Suffers as Upstarts Lose Access to Virus Data

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, May 8- A number of young technology security companies are losing access to the largest collection of industry analysis of computer viruses, a setback industry experts say will increase exposure to hackers. The policy change at the information-sharing pioneer VirusTotal takes aim mainly at a new generation of security companies,

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Is Zika on our Doorstep?

Health group urges caution By Dr Dr Ala Alwan Three months ago, most people had never heard of the Zika virus. Today, it makes global headlines on a daily basis. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ marking only the fourth time an outbreak has been

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First U.S. Zika Virus Transmission Reported, Attributed to Sex

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 3 – The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health

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