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14,000 hit by meningitis trail

health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in a growing meningitis outbreak in the US.

Of the 170 people caught in in the outbreak, all but one have a rare fungal form of meningitis after receiving suspect steroid shots for back pain.

Fungus has been found in at least 50 vials of an injectable steroid medication made at a specialty compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.



Top politician



will not resign

Egypt's prosecutor general has defied his president's order to step down to defuse public anger over acquittals in a case of brutality against protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Critics charged president Mohammed Morsi with exceeding his mandate, and prosecutor Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud was quoted as saying he will remain in his post. Egyptian law protects a prosecutor general from being ousted by the president.



Earthquake hits Indonesia

A strong earthquake has jolted eastern Indonesia, sending panicked people running out of their houses and buildings, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said there was no danger of a tsunami, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was a "very small possibility" for a tsunami near the epicentre, which was 67 miles north of Dobo on Aru island, at a depth of 15 miles.

The quake measured 6.7 on the Richter scale.



Dengue fever



efforts step up

Health officials in Jamaica are stepping up mosquito eradication and urging the public to stamp out breeding grounds to combat dengue fever.

There have been five suspected deaths from the mosquito-borne virus in Jamaica so far this year.

There have been more than 1,200 suspected cases this year, compared with 887 during the same period last year. About half the cases have occurred in the capital of Kingston.


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