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Virus spreads to more Chinese cities, President Xi says containment is priority

BEIJING (Reuters) - An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, national and local authorities confirmed on Monday, and a fourth case has been reported beyond China's borders. Learn More


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Masks on, Chinese start holiday travels as alarm mounts over mystery virus

BEIJING (Reuters) - Bundled up in winter clothes as they head home for the Lunar New Year holiday amid a health scare over a mystery new virus, Chinese travelers on the teeming concourse of Beijing West station were evenly split between the masked and the barefaced. More »


China reports new H5N6 bird flu case in Xinjiang region

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's agriculture ministry said on Monday it had detected the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain of avian flu in swans in its western Xinjiang region. More »


Ukraine reports first H5 bird flu case in three years: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Ukraine has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu on a farm in the west-central part of the country, the first of such outbreak in nearly three years, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. More »


Slovakia detects second case of H5N8 bird flu

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia detected its second case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus at a farm in the west of the country, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday. More »


Virus casts shadow over China's biggest festival, but little worry at epicenter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Health authorities are concerned that a virus originating in central China could spread when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during next week's lunar new year festival, but residents said there were was little anxiety in the city at the epicenter. More »


China agriculture minister urges authorities to prevent recurrence of African swine fever

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's agriculture minister urged authorities to prevent a recurrence in African swine fever outbreaks, according to a statement on the ministry's website on Monday. More »


Czech Republic reports first H5N8 bird flu case in three years

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic has its first case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in three years after an outbreak was reported on a poultry farm in the country's central region, the State Veterinary Administration said on Saturday. More »


Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal in Obamacare contraception fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration seeking to enforce new federal rules allowing employers to obtain religious exemptions from an Obamacare requirement that health insurance that they provide to employees pays for women's birth control. More »


U.S. to screen passengers for new China coronavirus at three airports

(Reuters) - The United States will begin screening efforts at three U.S. airports to detect travelers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan who may have symptoms of a new respiratory virus that so far has killed two people and infected 45 more, public health officials said on Friday. More »


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