H5N1 seroprevalence 2% in poultry-exposed Egyptians
CIDRAP NEWS SCAN, Friday 31 October 2014

A 2-year serology study using stringent criteria found antibodies to H5N1 avian flu in 2.1% of Egyptians exposed to poultry, a finding that National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials said demonstrates that the virus poses a low pandemic risk.

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One-fifth of schizophrenia cases may involve the parasite T. gondii  
ScienceDaily, Wednesday 29 October 2014

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism.

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European consortium forms to tackle antimicrobial use and development
CIDRAP NEWS SCAN, Tuesday 28 October 2014

Eleven European countries will participate in a three-year initiative to define appropriate use for existing antibiotics and promote investment in research and development (R&D) for new ones, according to an Oct 27 press release from the University of Geneva.

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Five strains of H5 avian flu reported across China
CIDRAP FLU SCAN, Monday 27 October 2014

Reports of outbreaks in China involving five different highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strains were filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recently.

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Foodborne illness declines in Australia
FoodNavigator, Thursday 23 October 2014

Foodborne illness has declined 17% overall in Australia but the number of Salmonella and Campylobacter cases has risen.

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Without swift influx of substantial aid, Ebola epidemic in Africa poised to explode
ScienceDaily, Thursday 23 October 2014

The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating swaths of West Africa will likely get far worse in the coming weeks and months unless international commitments are significantly and immediately increased, new research led by Yale researchers predicts.

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