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Chance of Ebola reemerging — 48 contacts missing in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday that about four dozen people linked to the latest Ebola case are missing, and at least 18 of those people are considered to be at high risk for having the virus.

Brazil issues Olympics warning as WHO declares Zika emergency

Ginebra - Brazil has warned pregnant women to stay away from the Summer Olympics after the World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the Zika virus, blamed for causing a surge in brain-damaged babies.

WHO declares international health emergency over Zika

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Monday said a surge in serious birth defects in South America was "strongly suspected" of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency.

WHO mulls global health emergency declaration on Zika

Ginebra - The World Health Organization's emergency committee will on Monday debate whether a Zika virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge in serious birth defects in South America should be considered a global health emergency.

Into Zika's heart: The Ugandan forest where virus was found

Lira - Down winding paths through dense jungles, Gerald Mukisa kicks up the dry leaves noisily with his feet to provide warning sounds, noting that the late afternoon heat is "snake time".The forest is calm.

Zika virus 'spreading explosively': WHO chief

Ginebra - The Zika virus, blamed for a surge in birth defects, is "spreading explosively", World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said Thursday, calling for an emergency meeting on the outbreak on February 1.

Zika virus expected to spread throughout Americas: WHO

Ginebra - The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing serious birth defects, is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said.

WHO confirms second new Ebola case in Sierra Leone

Freetown - A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, officials said Thursday, the second since west Africa celebrated the end of the epidemic last week.

420,000 die from tainted food annually, a third young children

Ginebra - Some 600 million people get sick from eating contaminated food each year, and around 420,000 die, the World Health Organization said Thursday, adding that young children account for nearly one third of those deaths.

New Ebola case confirmed in Liberia: WHO

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Friday confirmed that a new case of the deadly Ebola virus has surfaced in Liberia, which was declared Ebola free in September.

WHO says cancer report not a call for people to give up meat

Ginebra - The World Health Organization stressed Thursday that an explosive report this week linking the consumption of processed meat to cancer was not calling for people to stop eating meat altogether.

WHO expert panel urges pilot roll-out of first malaria vaccine

Ginebra - A World Health Organization expert panel on Friday recommended pilot roll-outs of the world's most advanced malaria vaccine to young children in several areas of sub-Saharan Africa, before considering wider use.

Death toll from lethal roads leaves S.Africa reeling

Johanesburg - This Christmas holiday season an estimated 1,300 people will be killed on South Africa's roads -- and the government accepts its hard-hitting campaigns against dangerous driving seem to do little to prevent the carnage.

WHO hails first full week with no new Ebola cases since March 2014

Ginebra - No new Ebola cases were confirmed last week, marking the first full week without fresh cases of the deadly disease in a year an a half, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

WHO urges preventative ARVs for those at high risk for HIV

Ginebra - People who regularly face a "substantial" risk of HIV infection should take preventative anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, the World Health Organization said in new guidelines released Wednesday.

Smoking, alcohol, obesity rates 'alarming' across Europe: WHO

London - "Alarming" rates of smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity in Europe could mean the next generation live shorter lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday.

Refugee camps in Lebanon open to cholera and typhoid outbreaks

Beirut - Syrian and Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon's over-crowded camps are at serious risk from cholera and typhoid epidemics as the country continues to struggle with its trash and garbage crisis say WHO officials.

Liberia declared free of Ebola - again: WHO

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Thursday announced that Liberia, recently ravaged by Ebola, was free of the virus, 42 days after the last confirmed case passed a second negative test.

Ukraine reports polio outbreak, first cases in Europe since 2010: WHO

Kiev - Two polio cases have been confirmed in western Ukraine, the first to be recorded in Europe since 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

WHO to study use of sanctions as part of global epidemic response

Ginebra - The World Health Organization said Tuesday it will study the idea of using sanctions to punish countries that do not comply with global health regulations, following widespread failures in the response to the Ebola outbreak.

Saudi Arabia reports 21 new MERS cases in one week

In the midst of another outbreak, Saudi Arabian authorities have registered 21 new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) corona virus cases in the week ending August 15, 2015. MERS is also known as coronavirus, and is a respiratory disease.

WHO needs urgent change to tackle health crises: experts

London - The World Health Organization (WHO) is unprepared to deal with crises like the Ebola outbreak and requires fundamental change, supported by an increase in funding, experts warned Tuesday.

WHO to hold soon MERS emergency meeting

Ginebra - The World Health Organization said Friday it would soon call an emergency meeting on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as the death toll from the virus rises in South Korea.

WHO warns that Ebola crisis isn't over

Paris - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned against complacency about the deadly Ebola virus, saying that the crisis isn't over.

WHO chief announces operations shake-up after Ebola shock

Ginebra - The World Health Organization will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, its chief said Monday, after the UN agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response.

World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel

Ginebra - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday urged all countries to help combat the misuse of antibiotics, which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers.

Experts denounce WHO's slow Ebola response

Ginebra - A UN-sponsored report on Monday denounced the World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak and said the agency still did not have the capacity to tackle a similar crisis.

Massive Ebola outbreak nearly under control due to global efforts

With Liberia now Ebola-transmission free, the effort to fight the disease and bring the current outbreak under control appears to have turned a corner. Still, the global community must remain vigilant as the disease continues to spread elsewhere.

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free   

Monrovia - The UN health agency on Saturday declared Liberia Ebola-free, hailing the "monumental" achievement in the west African country where the virus has killed more than 4,700 people.

Study: Millions are dying due to lack of access to surgery

An eye-opening study has found approximately two-thirds of the world's population lacks access to safe and affordable surgery, double what previous studies had estimated.
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