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December 21, 2014


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Experts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.

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Saturday 12/20/2014
Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 5:00 pm

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease.

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Sierra Leone peacekeepers to leave Somalia mission
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 1:00 pm

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia after being blocked from rotating its soldiers over concerns about the spread of Ebola.

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WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 12:02 pm

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday.

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Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 7:00 am

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.

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Friday 12/19/2014
Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 12:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

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FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 10:03 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.

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US nurse exposed to Ebola released from DC hospital
Posted: December 19, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The National Institutes of Health says an American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been released from the hospital.

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Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 5:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

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