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Ebola Virus Could Spread Worldwide, Experts Warn

IB TimesBy Ludovica Iaccino | IB Times – Mon, Jul 28, 2014

The deadly virus of Ebola could spread worldwide, experts have warned.

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra LeoneThe revelation came as infected Liberian passenger Patrick Sawyer brought the virus into Nigeria on a flight to Lagos on 20 July, spreading to the fourth African country. Sawyer died in a Nigerian hospital five days later.

The virus, which first spread in Liberia in January, has also hit Sierra Leone, Guinea and now Nigeria.

Experts fear that the other passengers who flew with Sawyer and might have contracted Ebola, could now spread it around the world.

Professor Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, told the Daily Mail: "If the disease gets going in Nigeria, it would be cause for concern.

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New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

Associated PressBy KRISTA LARSON and MARIA CHENG | Associated Press – 23 hours ago

What you need to know about Ebola (Samaritan's Purse)

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.

Now health workers are scrambling to trace those who may have been exposed to Sawyer across West Africa, including flight attendants and fellow passengers.

Health experts say it is unlikely he could have infected others with the virus that can cause victims to bleed from the eyes, mouth and ears. Still, unsettling questions remain: How could a man whose sister recently died from Ebola manage to board a plane leaving the country? And worse: Could Ebola become the latest disease to be spread by international air travel?

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Singapore to match any Causeway toll hikes: LTA

By | Yahoo Newsroom – Thu, Jul 24, 2014
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[UPDATED on Monday 29 July, 7:10 am: Added statement by Land Transport Authority]

Singapore will match any new or increased toll charges by Malaysia on vehicles entering Johor, said the Land Transport Authority on Monday in the escalating tit-for-tat issue.

This comes after recent reports that Kuala Lumpur intends to increase toll charges as well as introduce new ones at the Sultan Iskandar CIQ complex checkpoint.

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World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis Overview

Viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, are distinct diseases that affect the liver and have different hepatitis symptoms and treatments. Other causes of hepatitis include recreational drugs and prescription medications. Hepatitis type is determined by laboratory tests.

Every one of the hepatitis viruses can cause acute (short-term) infection. In addition to short-term infection, the hepatitis B, C and D viruses can also cause the long-term infection of chronic hepatitis. It can lead to life-threatening complications such as liver scarring (cirrhosis), liver cancer, and liver failure.

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Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

Associated PressBy JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH | Associated Press – 17 hours ago
In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse) A man reads a newspaper on a Lagos street with the headline Ebola Virus kills Liberian in Lagos, Saturday, July 26, 2014. An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday. The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. It was not immediately clear how he managed to board a flight, but he was moved into an isolation ward upon arrival in Nigeria on Tuesday and died on Friday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) Men read newspapers on a street with headlines about Ebola Virus killing a Liberian in Lagos, Nigeria. Saturday, July 26, 2014. An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday. The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. It was not immediately clear how he managed to board a flight, but he was moved into an isolation ward upon arrival in Nigeria on Tuesday and died on Friday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa — the largest ever recorded.

A second American, a missionary working in the Liberian capital, was also taken ill and was being treated in isolation there, said the pastor of a North Carolina church that sponsored her work.

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