Ebola vaccine in five years: Israeli scientist

Jerusalem : Leslie Lobel, a virologist at Israel's Ben-Gurion University, is not surprised by the current epidemic of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa and says that sooner or later it would have happened.

For the past 12 years, Lobel has studied several strains of the deadly virus in his laboratory at the Israeli university, in coordination with the Virus Research Institute in Uganda, where he travels several times a year.

Ebola cases jump to over 13,700: WHO

Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed Wednesday that 13,703 people have been infected with the Ebola virus since the epidemic began in March.

Of that number, 13,676 of the cases were reported from three West African countries-- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry -- where international efforts are focused to control the epidemic, xinhua reported citing the statement.

In a country-by-country breakdown, WHO said that 6,535 cases were registered in Liberia, 5,235 in Sierra Leone and 1,906 in Guinea.

Pope says Big Bang theory does not contradict Christianity

Vatican City: Pope Francis Monday said the "Big Bang" theory as a model for the origin of the Universe "does not rule out the intervention of a divine Creator, but rather demands it" and that "the origin of the world is not a product of chaos, but is derived directly from the supreme power that created love."

The Pope made the remarks during a speech Monday at the inauguration of a bronze bust depicting his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, in the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

50 dengue cases reported in Bihar

Patna : At least 50 dengue cases have been reported in Bihar till Sunday, health officials said.

"Nearly 20 new dengue cases have been reported in the last three days in Patna and the total number of people afflicted with the disease rose to 50," said Sambhusaran Singh, a health department official.

He said the new cases have been reported from new localities here. "We are concerned as dengue is spreading to other areas in Patna," he said.

Over 30 dengue cases reported in Bihar

Patna : With more than 30 dengue cases reported in Bihar till Friday, the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here has set up a separate ward for dengue patients and the state government has sounded an alert, officials said.

"Nearly half of the dengue patients detected so far are from Patna alone," Sambhusaran Singh, a health official said.

Singh said concerned officials have been directed to take preventive measures and provide proper treatment to dengue patients in view of the rising number of new cases in the past few days.

Dark shadow of Ebola now a global threat: Trinidad PM

By Paras Ramoutar,

Port-of-Spain : The dark shadow of the Ebola has now become "a real and imminent global threat", Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said.

In a message marking Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, the Indian-origin Prime Minister of this Caribbean nation said that her government was well prepared to deal with the Ebola virus.

Second MERS case reported in Qatar

Doha : A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday.

The patient had fever for a few days and was shifted to the emergency department of the Hamad General Hospital, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) said Wednesday, The Peninsula reported.

He was diagnosed with pneumonia and subsequently confirmed MERS-COV case.

Last week, the SCH reported the first MERS case of this year, when a 71-year-old person was found infected with the virus.

Dengue cases rise to 225 in Delhi

New Delhi : The number of dengue cases in Delhi and its adjoining areas has risen to 225, authorities said Monday.

According to figures, 205 cases have been reported from the national capital till Oct 18.

"The remaining 20 cases have been reported from the adjoining areas -- Uttar Pradesh and Haryana," the authority said.

There has also been one death due to dengue in the national capital.

African Union seeks India's support on Ebola

By Hadra Ahmed ,

Addis Ababa:In a bid to fight the rapid spread of the Ebola virus disease, the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), a team formed for emergency response on Ebola that is under the African Union Commission (AUC) Social Affairs, has urged the Indian government to lend support with medical human resources.

Pakistan responsible for most polio cases: WHO

Islamabad:The World Health Organisation (WHO) has held Pakistan responsible for nearly 80 percent of polio cases reported globally.

"The situation is primarily due to a lack of access to children for vaccination, largely owing to a continuing ban on immunisation imposed by militants in the North and South Waziristan, and insecurity and killing of polio workers in the field," said a progress report released Thursday.