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11 Swine Flu Deaths in Syria since September

Eleven people have been killed by the swine flu virus in Syria since September, the country's health ministry said on Tuesday.

"Since September, 27 people infected with the H1N1 virus have been hospitalised. Eleven of them died," Ahmad Damiriyeh of the health ministry's division on chronic and contagious diseases was quoted in the state-run Al-Thawra daily as saying. 

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At Least 12 Deadly Swine Flu Cases Reported in Russia

At least 12 people have died of swine flu in Russia since last month, according to Agence France Presse calculations based on the statements of regional health authorities, as the virus gains ground in the country. 

Four swine flu-related deaths were recorded in the southern region of Rostov among the 120 reported cases of the virus in the area, authorities said Tuesday.

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Study Quantifies Faulty Gene's Role in Ovary Cancer Risk

Women who carry an inherited fault in the BRIP1 gene are three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those without it, researchers said Tuesday.

The gene variant had already been linked to cancer of the ovaries, but the size of the additional risk has now been quantified in a study in the Journal of the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

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Man Dies after Being Left Brain-Dead in French Drug Trial

A man who was left brain-dead after suffering serious side-effects during a drugs trial in France died on Sunday, according to the hospital which had been treating him.

Five other volunteers hospitalized a week ago when the drugs trial went wrong were "in a stable condition," the hospital in the western city of Rennes said in a statement.

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SLeone Puts over 100 People in Quarantine after New Ebola Death

Sierra Leone's government on Saturday urged the public not to panic as it announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined following a new death from Ebola just as the country seemed to have overcome the epidemic.

The World Health Organization on Friday confirmed that a 22-year-old woman who died after falling ill near the Guinean border last week had tested positive for the tropical fever.

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Three Probes Launched into Tragic France Drug Trial

French authorities launched three investigations Saturday at a research laboratory in Rennes after a drug trial conducted there left one person brain-dead and three others facing potentially irreversible brain damage.

Judicial police late Friday carried out the first searches at the Biotrial lab which had performed the trial on behalf of Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial.

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Ecuador Hit with First Zika Virus Cases

Ecuador said Friday it has detected its first two cases of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease similar to dengue fever that has been linked to birth defects.

Ecuadoran officials had previously detected four people who arrived from other countries with the disease, which is spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Zika Virus: U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Pregnant Women

The United States warned pregnant women Friday to avoid travel to 14 countries and territories in the Caribbean and Latin America due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to birth defects.

"The virus is spreading fairly rapidly through the Americas," said Lyle Petersen, director of the division of vector-borne infectious diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a conference call with reporters.

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One Person Brain-Dead after French Drugs Trial

A "serious accident" during a drugs trial in France has left one person brain-dead and five hospitalized, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Friday.

She said the six had been taking part in a "trial of an oral medication being developed by a European laboratory" in the northwestern city of Rennes.

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Suspected Ebola Death in Sierra Leone Hours after WHO Gives All-Clear

A woman in Sierra Leone is thought to have died from Ebola, officials said Thursday, just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to an epidemic of the disease.

The female student was taken ill in the northern village of Bamoi Luma near the Guinean border and died soon after, with an initial swab testing positive for Ebola, a senior health ministry official told Agence France Presse. 

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