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Liberia could see 'thousands' more Ebola cases in coming weeks: WHO

Geneva - Liberia, already hardest-hit by the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, should brace for thousands of new cases in coming weeks, the World Health Organization warned Monday.

UN report on e-cigarettes is flawed, say critics

Paris - Health experts fearing a clampdown on e-cigarettes said Friday a UN report on the device had exaggerated their health risk and underplayed their role as a safe alternative to tobacco.

One person commits suicide every 40 seconds: WHO

Geneva - One person commits suicide every 40 seconds -- more than all the yearly victims of wars and natural disaster -- with the highest toll among the elderly, the United Nations said Thursday.

Ebola kills 31 people in DR Congo: WHO

Kinshasa - An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote northwestern region, UN the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 before outbreak stemmed: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Thursday it aimed to reverse the spread of Ebola within three months, but warned that the caseload in West Africa's epidemic could eventually top 20,000.

WHO calls for ban on e-cigarette sales to minors

Geneva - The World Health Organization called Tuesday on governments to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, warning they pose a "serious threat" to unborn babies and young people.

'Ethical' to use experimental drugs in Ebola fight: WHO panel

Geneva - A panel of medical experts has determined it is ethical to provide experimental treatments to patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as the global death toll topped 1,000.

Ebola, experimental drugs, and human ethics

Geneva - The administration of an experimental serum to two U.S. healthcare workers treated for Ebola raises questions of safety, efficacy, access, and ethics, according to the World Health Organization.

WHO declares Ebola 'international public health emergency'

Geneva - World Health Organization has now declared the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa an "international public health emergency."

WHO decides today to call Ebola an international emergency

An emergency committee of international health experts at the World Health Organization in Geneva has announced its decision to declare a global health emergency because of the four-country Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola: BA suspends flights to Sierra Leone in wake of virus

London - On Wednesday British Airways (BA) announced it was suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until end August in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has struck a number of countries in West Africa.

Op-Ed: Ebola no world threat despite media hysteria

Atlanta - Hundreds, even thousands of Africans would have died of Ebola and it barely would have made sound bite. Now the mainstream media and citizen journalist Internet sites are warning the world to prepare for the apocalypse.

World Health Organization's $100 million offensive against Ebola

Conakry - As the worst ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus unfolds across a swathe of countries in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to reveal a $100 million package of measures to combat the virus.

West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO

Geneva - The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Doctor at forefront of fight against Ebola contracts the disease

Virologist Sheik Umar Khan, 39, has been hailed as a National Hero by Sierra Leone's Health Minister. After working so hard to control the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in his country, the doctor has now caught the disease.

West Africa Ebola toll hits 603

Geneva - The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO)) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Dakar - A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said.

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Dakar - A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said Friday.

Death toll in W. African Ebola outbreak rises to 518

Geneva - The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has jumped to 518, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Thursday called for "drastic action" to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis.

Smallpox decision postponed

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) has again postponed its decision whether to destroy the world’s remaining stocks of smallpox virus.

Will e-cigarettes be classified like cigarettes?

A group of scientists has warned the WHO not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash deaths caused by smoking. E-cigarettes are considered methods of quitting.

WHO says that MERS is not currently a global threat

Geneva - A World Health Organization committee finds no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the deadly MERS coronavirus. However, WHO recommends immediate action to prevent further spread.

WHO declares polio 'public health emergency'

Geneva - The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has reemerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries like Syria and Pakistan.

First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed - CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working to educate and not alarm the public amid the first confirmed case of MERS in the United States.

Senator pushes further on antibiotic resistance threat Special

Washington - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has expanded on his plan to combat antimicrobial resistance and call for greater federal attention to the increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.

WHO starts emergency polio talks

Geneva - The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases were discovered in Afghanistan, Iraq and Equatorial Guinea.

WHO unveils emergency moves against Ebola onslaught in Guinea

Conakry - The World Health Organization launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital Conakry Thursday to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people across the country.

WHO urges global push to treat hepatitis C

Geneva - The World Health Organization called Wednesday for a dramatic increase in screening and treatment of hepatitis C, saying higher demand would help drive down the cost of drugs for the disease.

Senegal has 'well-oiled system' to stop Ebola

Dakar - Senegal vowed Tuesday it is prepared for any spread of the deadly Ebola virus, as the suspected death toll in an outbreak raging in Guinea and Liberia rose to 111.
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Source: World Health Organization. Graphic by Annie Daniel and Emily Chow. Updated Sep 6  2014.
Source: World Health Organization. Graphic by Annie Daniel and Emily Chow. Updated Sep 6, 2014.
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Medical authorities are becoming concerned over the Ebola virus mutating the longer it takes to get the epidemic contained.
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People with mental and psychosocial disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in developing countries. Even though development actors have pledged to focus their work on the most vulnerable in a community, many programmes continue to ignore and exclude this vulnerable group.
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Medical personnel attending a Guinea Ebola patient.
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Graph showing number of outbreaks and deaths by year for Nigeria up through 2011.
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As three West African countries face the biggest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history the World Health Organization has launched its biggest ever initiative to combat spread of the virus.
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