Asia Pacific Topics

Oct 7, 2014

Dengue outbreak in southern China leaves at least six dead

The dengue virus has killed six people and infected more than 21,000 in southern China’s worst outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades, officials said Tuesday. Authorities in worst-affected Guangdong province attribute the severity of this year’s outbreak to exceptionally hot and ...

Oct 4, 2014

Pakistan detects record number of polio cases

A health official in Pakistan said Saturday that authorities already have detected a record number of polio cases this year, blaming militants for the outbreak. Rana Mohammad Safdar, a senior official at the National Institute of Health in Islamabad, said doctors have discovered 202 ...

Sep 12, 2014

South Korea to hike cigarette price by 80%

South Korea on Thursday proposed a steep 80 percent hike in cigarette prices to cut consumption in a nation with one of the world’s highest male smoking rates. The decision requires parliamentary approval, but Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo said it was necessary to counter ...

Sep 12, 2014

West Australia scraps divisive shark cull policy

The government of Western Australia on Friday said it would abandon its controversial catch-and-kill shark policy after objections from the state’s environmental agency, in a move welcomed by conservationists. Premier Colin Barnett ruled out further use of drum lines to hook sharks off the ...

Aug 24, 2014

Australian spider grows bigger in city: study

A new study has found that at least one species of spider thrives on city life, growing bigger in urban areas. The University of Sydney’s Elizabeth Lowe said that while research shows invertebrates are sensitive to urbanization, not all species are negatively affected by ...