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Ebola death toll in three African countries hits 7,373: WHO

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GENEVA - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

South Korea halts U.S. poultry imports due to bird flu in U.S.

SEOUL - South Korea has suspended imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products because of an outbreak of bird flu in the United States, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

South Korea 20 Dec 2014

Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital

- A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday.

U.S. 20 Dec 2014

U.N.'s Ebola mission should be closed once battle won: Ban

BAMAKO - The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus.

20 Dec 2014

American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital

- An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said.

U.S., 19 Dec 2014

U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit

HASTINGS, Sierra Leone - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. | Video

19 Dec 2014

AstraZeneca's ovarian cancer drug gets U.S. approval

- AstraZeneca Plc's ovarian cancer drug has been granted an accelerated approval by the U.S. health regulator, a day after the treatment was approved by the European Commission.

19 Dec 2014

Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola

CHICAGO - A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014

U.S. FDA approves AbbVie hepatitis C drug, costs $83,319 for 12 weeks

- U.S. health regulators on Friday approved AbbVie's all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, and the company said the drug would cost $83,319 for a typical 12-week plan, a bit below its huge selling competitor Solvadi from Gilead Sciences.

19 Dec 2014

USDA report says pesticide residues in food nothing to fear

- More than half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pesticides, though most were within levels the government considers to be safe, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

19 Dec 2014