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How to escape the ‘era of pandemics’

Any of 850 000 viruses could cause the next global crisis. Experts say we should focus on prevention

Will the coronavirus cause a major growth slowdown in China?

The panic generated by the new coronavirus, 2019-nCov, which originated in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities and a major domestic transport hub, reminds...

The coronavirus is a disease of Chinese autocracy

An outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan has already infected over 4000 people – mostly in China, but also...

Seven things you should know about this country’s largest Lassa fever outbreak

Nigeria's latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus.

Explainer: why children are at risk of hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that can affect infants and young children.

Ebola death toll rises in Guinea

Guinea has battled to contain an Ebola epidemic threatening neighbouring countries as fear and confusion grips its people.

‘Chameleon’ – the computer virus that spreads through wi-fi

Computer viruses now live up to their name: thanks to British researchers wi-fi networks can now infect each other just like a common cold works.

Complex ‘The Mask’ malware found behind massive cyber attacks

An advanced Spanish-speaking "threat actor" dubbed "The Mask" has been discovered to be behind global cyberespionage operations since at least 2007.

Alistair Fairweather: Computer viruses are no longer for amateurs

When Fred Cohen coined the term "computer virus", he probably had no idea how apt it would prove nearly 30 years later, as virus makers get serious.

Small businesses face hacking threat

Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report has revealed a 42% surge in targeted attacks in 2012 compared to the prior year.

Kaspersky report show spammers are back

A recent Kaspersky report has revealed that spam increased 13 percentage points during February and averaged 71% for the month.

A virus by any other name is still a virus

One of the most lethal viruses known to science has made its appearance in Africa, but naming it has been held up by political sensitivities.

Creeping through our defences

Barbara Ludman reviews Robert Baker's latest book about the indelible impact of epidemics.

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