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After a long journey from Africa, a new tropical disease sets up shop in Florida

A nasty tropical disease that causes extreme joint pain and can leave sufferers unable to sit up for weeks has shown up in the US for the first time. Florida health officials say at least two cases of chikungunya appear to have been transmitted by local mosquitoes, and a reporter who's been covering the story says officials fear a wider outbreak.

Business, Finance & Economics

A meat scandal in China has customers asking just how safe is Western fast food?

The McDonald's menu in China is looking sparse ever since investigative reporters there filmed a local firm allegedly repackaging old meat — even scooping it off the floor — and selling it to fast food outlets. The company, Shanghai Husi Food, is a major supplier to many foreign chains in China, including McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.

Health & Medicine

This catchy West African dance tune carries a public health message about Ebola

When you hear a catchy dance tune and find out it's called "Ebola's in Town," you might assume the song is about some cool person named Ebola. But no, it's about the deadly virus that's currently taking lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The song was recorded by three musicians from Liberia and the lyrics are about how to avoid contracting the Ebola virus but along the way it over-reaches and feeds into the stigma against the disease.