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GSK shareholders to vote on Novartis deal on Dec. 18

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LONDON - Britain's GlaxoSmithKline has asked its shareholders to vote at a meeting on Dec. 18 on its proposed major deal with Switzerland's Novartis , which will see the two pharmaceutical group trade more than $20 billion of assets.

Italian Ebola patient due to be flown home: health ministry

ROME - An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being flown to Italy, the Health Ministry in Rome said on Monday.

7:13am EST

EU approves Novartis' Signifor drug for rare hormonal disorder

ZURICH - The European Commission has approved Novartis' drug Signifor to treat a rare hormonal disorder, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday.

1:29am EST

Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse

BAMAKO - Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday.

22 Nov 2014

Merck buys rights to NewLink's experimental Ebola vaccine

- Merck & Co Inc will buy worldwide commercial rights to NewLink Genetics Corp's experimental Ebola vaccine.

8:18am EST

Pregnant Egyptian woman dies of H1N1 swine flu: health ministry

CAIRO - An Egyptian woman who was six months pregnant has died of H1N1 swine flu, five days after being admitted to hospital, a health ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

23 Nov 2014

Ebola death toll rises to 5,459; Cuban doctor 'stable'

GENEVA - The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

21 Nov 2014

International Ebola fight helping but more work needed: U.N. chief

WASHINGTON - International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of further contagion in Mali indicate much work is still to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday. | Video

21 Nov 2014

Dutch to destroy 8,000 ducks to prevent bird flu outbreak

AMSTERDAM - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which has infected three farms in a week in the Netherlands, a leading poultry and egg exporter.

22 Nov 2014

Germany reports second case of bird flu: H5N8 found in wild bird

BERLIN - German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird.

22 Nov 2014