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Stories with subject: Pandemics
  • UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively' 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 7:18 pm

    GENEVA - The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.

  • States hone health crisis plans to activate in catastrophes 
    Updated: Jan-17-16 8:28 am

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The scenarios are grim: A pandemic influenza swamps the availability of hospital ventilators. A chemical spill exhausts antidote supplies and decontamination abilities. A terror attack overwhelms ambulances and trauma centers. A big earthquake, wildfire or hurricane throws emergency rooms into crisis.