Hajj Pilgrims May Contribute to Transmission of Influenza

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Guinea's government raised the death toll in the Ebola epidemic raging through its southern forests to 59. The health ministry told the AFP news agency workers battling to contain the outbreak in the border region had added a further 25 deaths to the toll of 34 given

Pilgrims traveling to the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia may be at increased risk for contracting and transmitting influenza, according to a letter to the editor published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

A respiratory virus that has killed dozens of people, mainly in the Middle East, is widespread in camels and may be jumping directly from camels to humans.

Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China.

Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China.The 73-year-old from Nanchang City caught the H10N8 virus after visiting a live poultry market, although it is not known for sure if this was the source of infection.

A second person has since become infected in China's Jiangxi province.Scientists told The Lancet the potential for it to become a pandemic "should not be underestimated".This particular strain of influenza A virus has not been seen before.In recent months, China has already been coping with an outbreak of a similar influenza virus called H7N9, which has killed around a quarter of those infected.