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West-Nile virus now confirmed in Austria
Culex quinquefasciatus, the Southern House Mosquito. Photo: Salvadorjo/Wikimedia

West-Nile virus now confirmed in Austria

Recent scares over deadly cases of Salmonella, Listeria, and Ebola have raised awareness of blood- and fluid- borne pathogens, with the latest now-confirmed case of the West-Nile virus appearing in Austria. READ  

All-clear given on suspected Ebola cases
Photo: APA (dpa)

All-clear given on suspected Ebola cases

Austria's health ministry gave the all-clear Tuesday evening after regional authorities earlier reported two suspected cases of Ebola in two men recently returned from Nigeria. READ  

Two new suspected Ebola cases in Austria
Ebola virus. Photo: Centers for Disease Control/Cynthia Goldsmith

Two new suspected Ebola cases in Austria

Two Nigerians in Upper Austria who recently returned from Lagos on August 13 have been placed into quarantine on Tuesday while medical officials test them for the possibility of the deadly Ebola virus. READ  

Austria is runner-up in calorie consumption
Photo: Sean MacEntee/Creative Commons

Austria is runner-up in calorie consumption

Austria is usually considered to be a very healthy country, so it may come as a surprise to discover that Austrians consume the second greatest number of calories on a daily basis, just behind world champions USA. READ  

Ebola scare hits Tyrol as woman's body found
Ebola virus. Photo: Centers for Disease Control/Cynthia Goldsmith

Ebola scare hits Tyrol as woman's body found

Latest update: Ebola was not the cause of death. The discovery of a woman's body triggered precautionary testing for the possible presence of the highly infectious ebola disease in the town of Vomp in Tyrol. READ  

Austrian province wants Swiss nuclear power halt
Mühleberg nuclear plant. Photo: BKW FMB Energie AG

Austrian province wants Swiss nuclear power halt

The head of the regional Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) in Voralberg, Roland Frühstück, wants to exert pressure on the Swiss government to speed up decommissioning of its aging nuclear power reactors due to concerns over safety. READ  

Deadly salmonella outbreak reaches Austria
Photo: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Deadly salmonella outbreak reaches Austria

A salmonella outbreak which has affected hundreds of people across Europe, and which has killed three people, has also been detected in Austria, according to Reuters. READ  

Call to ban smoking in restaurants and bars
Sometimes it's hard to find a smoke free cafe or bar in Austria. Photo: APA

Call to ban smoking in restaurants and bars

Austria's Health Minister Alois Stöger (SPÖ) wants to prohibit smoking in restaurants and bars. In an interview with the APA press agency he said that he regretted that there was no majority in parliament for this issue. READ  

Austria's most unusual spa treatments
A hay flower detox. Photo: Heiltherme.at

Austria's most unusual spa treatments

Austria offers many places in which to enjoy holistic health care, and whilst eco spa treatments have been around for a while, in recent years some more unusual pampering and health treatments have emerged. READ  

Viennese doctor downplays risk of ebola
Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit. Photo: US Army

Viennese doctor downplays risk of ebola

An Austrian doctor believes that there is little chance of cases of ebola appearing in this country, according to a report on Tuesday from the Austrian Press Agency. READ  

Health
Austrian biotech firm's Parkinson's vaccine
Michael J. Fox. Photo: Paul Hudson/Creative Commons

Austrian biotech firm's Parkinson's vaccine

An Austrian company has developed a potentially viable vaccine for early-stage Parkinson's disease. The treatment, which is designed to slow or even stop progression of the disease, has undergone a Phase I clinical trial, from which data was released on Thursday in New York. READ  

Early retiree poses as medical doctor
Doctor's hands. File photo: APA

Early retiree poses as medical doctor

A pensioner has been working as a doctor in the districts of St. Pölten and Lilienfeld - without having any appropriate medical training. READ  

Austria’s award winning spas
View from the Hotel Hochschober. Photo: Hotel Hochschober

Austria’s award winning spas

Austria has some of the best spa and wellness hotels in Europe - and many scored highly in the recent European Health and Spa awards. READ  

TBE cases fall in Styria with mild Spring
A tick. File photo: APA

TBE cases fall in Styria with mild Spring

As we approach peak tick season scientists in Styria say that although the tick population in the province has increased after the recent damp and warm weather, the number of cases of tick borne encephalitis (TBE) infections has decreased. READ  

Viennese doctor on trial for medical fraud
Photo: APA (dpa/Brichta)

Viennese doctor on trial for medical fraud

Wednesday sees the start of a trial in the Vienna Regional Criminal Court against a Viennese doctor who is accused of defrauding the Vienna Health Insurance fund (WGKK). READ  

 
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