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Acute flaccid paralysis – also known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) – is a rare illness in which certain muscles in the body become paralysed. Child(...)

Two people discovered the bat on Saturday, after they had already eaten some of the salad in a bag of “Organic Marketside Spring Mix. File photograph: iStock

A dead bat found inside a bagged salad sold at a Florida Walmart has prompted a regional recall and an investigation by the Centers for Disease Contro(...)

 The WHO said the Zika virus, carried by mosquitoes, remains a highly significant problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern. File photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Friday that the Zika virus and related neurological complications no longer constitute an internationa(...)

“If it’s a bright day, summer or winter, it’s a good idea to use sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors – (or)if you sit (inside)by the window.”

Expert advice on how to maintain healthy skin hasn’t changed much over the years. From cancer experts to beauty gurus, the bottom line remains: wear s(...)

A banner on the Zika virus outbreak on display  at the opening of the World Health Assembly, with some 3,000 delegates from its 194 member states attending, on May 23rd, 2016 in Geneva. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Zika virus has been added to the list of notifiable infectious diseases that must be reported to Irish authorities. The disease has been linked to bi(...)

File photo: A mother holds her one-month old daughter, who was born with microcephaly and was exposed to the Zika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Antonio Lacarda/EPA

After several weeks of study and debate, US health officials concluded that infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy causes the birth defect mi(...)

The US Defense Department  accidentally sent shipments of live anthrax bacteria from the Dugway Proving ground facility (above) to labs in nine US states and to a US air base in South Korea. Photograph: George Frey/Epa

The US military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine US states and a US air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to (...)

Ebola survivor Amber Vinson wipes her eye during a news conference upon her discharge from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia today. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

The second of two American nurses who became infected with Ebola while treating a Liberian man who died of the disease in Texas three weeks ago will b(...)

US president Barack Obama, with health and human services secretary Sylvia Burwell, speaks to the media about Ebola during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, on Wednesday. Rising public anxiety over the virus prompted Mr Obama to cancel two days of political events. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Terry Wade, in DallasUS lawmakers prepared to question federal health officials on Thursday about their response to the appearance of Ebola on US soil(...)