56 children hospitalised for food poisoning

2015-03-28 07:30

Fifty-six children have been taken to Pietermaritzburg hospitals after showing signs of food poisoning while at school.

US Senate passes budget, aims to repeal 'Obamacare'

2015-03-27 12:32

The Republican-led US Senate has approved a 2016 budget blueprint, one that would balance federal spending in 10 years without raising taxes, trim trillions of spending dollars and repeal ‘Obamacare’.

New Ebola infections continue to drop, Guinea still a concern

2015-03-26 07:42

The three nations hardest hit by West Africa’s Ebola epidemic recorded the lowest weekly total of new cases so far this year in the week leading to 22 March, the WHO says.

Official: Ebola survivor may have infected new Liberia case

2015-03-25 14:32

A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official says, offering a possible explanation for how she became the country’s forst confirmed case in weeks.

Giant rats sniff out TB in Mozambique

2015-03-24 10:47

Giant rats may strike fear and disgust into the hearts of homeowners worldwide, but researchers in impoverished Mozambique are improbably turning some of them into heroes.

Guinea trial begins for suspected killers of Ebola workers

2015-03-23 18:00

Trial has begun in a remote region of Guinea of suspects in the killings of five Ebola health workers and three journalists last September.

Industry makes $7 000 for each tobacco death

2015-03-20 19:43

The tobacco industry makes $7 000 for each of the more than 6 million people who die each year from smoking-related illness, according to the World Lung Foundation.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to lock down 2.5 million people

2015-03-20 06:32

Sierra Leone has said it will confine around 2.5 million people to their homes across the capital and in the north in a three-day shutdown aimed at stemming the Ebola epidemic.

Gates, Bloomberg fund fight against Big Tobacco

2015-03-18 20:00

Developing countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a new $4m fund created by the philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg.

Ebola: 4 more aid workers flown back to US for monitoring

2015-03-18 07:51

Four more American aid workers have arrived back in the US from West Africa to be monitored for Ebola, health officials say.


Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown leaves capital 'eerily quiet'

2015-03-27 19:44

The capital of Sierra Leone is "eerily quiet" as hundreds of health volunteers spread out across the city and the surrounding area to search for hidden Ebola patients and raise awareness during a three-day lockdown.

Ebola virus has mutated less than feared - study

2015-03-27 06:19

The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study has shown.

Typhoid sickens hundreds in Kampala

2015-03-25 22:25

Ugandan officials say a typhoid outbreak has infected hundreds in the capital and is likely to spread.

Oldest evidence of breast cancer found

2015-03-25 05:00

A team from a Spanish university has discovered what Egyptian authorities are calling the world's oldest evidence of breast cancer.

Parents say UK boy cancer-free after family ordeal

2015-03-23 20:11

The parents of a boy who sparked a manhunt when they removed him from Britain where he was being treated for cancer has claimed he is now free of the disease after receiving proton beam therapy.

'Pelonomi hospital killed my mother'

2015-03-23 11:45

A Free State man has blamed Bloemfontein's Pelonomi Hospital for the death of his mother, who died three months after being admitted to the hospital with a broken leg.

Corpses left on beds 'for hours' at Free State hospital

2015-03-20 13:17

A Free State hospital is in the headlines again, this time for allegedly leaving corpses lying on beds for hours while letting one man die under suspicious circumstances.

2 more US aid workers repatriated for Ebola monitoring

2015-03-19 13:49

The last two members of a group of US healthcare workers whose colleague is being treated for the Ebola virus have returned from Sierra Leone to the US, where they are being monitored for possible exposure to the deadly virus.

HIV positive women say forced sterilisation adds insult to injury

2015-03-18 18:48

Forty eight women who were forced or coerced into sterilisation because they were HIV-positive, have lodged a formal complaint with the Commission for Gender Equality in Johannesburg.

American who contracted Ebola 'now in critical condition'

2015-03-17 10:04

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors say.

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