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WHO warns of risk of 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Paris - The UN's health agency warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in Zika infections, and the spread of the virus to new parts of the world, even as the outbreak declines in Brazil.

WHO warns of potential for 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Paris - The World Health Organization warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in the number of Zika infections in the coming months, and its spread to new parts of the world.

No new malaria cases in Europe, Caucasus or Central Asia in 2015

Copenhagen - No new cases of malaria originated in Europe, Central Asia or the Caucasus in 2015, the first year without a transmission for almost 30 years, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Diabetes cases have quadrupled since 1980: WHO

Ginebra - The number of adults estimated to be living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled over 35 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday, urging huge efforts to change eating habits and exercise more.

Liberia Experiences another Ebola death

Ebola Virus has resurfaced in the West-African regions — leading to calls for stronger steps to counter the persistent nature of this catastrophic epidemic.

WHO says Ebola international health emergency is over

Ginebra - The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency, voicing confidence that remaining isolated cases in the affected countries can be contained.

Private vaccines in China need more regulation: WHO

Bejing - The World Health Organization Tuesday urged tighter regulation of privately sold vaccines in China as a scandal involving out-of-date immunisation fuels public outrage in the country's latest safety scare.

WHO: Yellow fever outbreak in Angola kills 178 people

Viana - The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday that the first yellow fever outbreak in Angola in over 30 years has killed 178 people.

WHO reviews current Zika threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened its second meeting on the Zika virus disease, which is regarded as an international threat.

No Zika vaccine for another three years: Brazil expert

Ginebra - Global health experts agreed Wednesday to prioritise developing vaccines against the Zika virus suspected of causing birth defects, but a Brazilian specialist warned that doing so would take at least three years.

WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to Zika outbreak areas

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Tuesday advised pregnant women not to travel to areas affected by the Zika virus outbreak, saying the new advice was issued amid mounting evidence that Zika can cause birth defects.

Women infected with Zika should continue to breastfeed: WHO

Ginebra - Women infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus should continue to breastfeed their babies as there is currently no proof of a risk of transmission, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Zika crisis to get 'worse before it gets better:' WHO

Rio De Janeiro - The Zika virus, believed to be linked to the serious birth defect microcephaly, presents a "formidable" challenge that will be hard to stamp out, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan warned Wednesday.

WHO chief 'confident' Olympics will be safe despite Zika

Bras - The head of the World Health Organization expressed confidence that Brazil can host the Rio Olympics safely despite the Zika threat, while warning of a long battle against the mosquito-borne virus.

Zika virus fight a 'long journey': WHO chief

Bras - The head of the World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the fight against Zika, a mosquito-transmitted virus linked to serious birth defects, will be long and complex."The Zika virus is very tricky, very tenacious, very difficult.

WHO launches $56 mn Zika response plan

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Wednesday released its initial response plan to the Zika virus outbreak, launching a funding appeal for the $56 million (50 million euros) operation.

International Zika experts descend on Brazil

Bras - International experts, including World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan, are visiting Brazil this week and next to check out a major increase in Zika virus infections, which have been blamed for birth defects.

Large-scale trials for Zika vaccines at least 18 months away: WHO

Ginebra - Large-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, while establishing a possible link between the virus and two more harmful conditions will likely only take weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday.

India launches massive deworming campaign on children

Millions of children all across India are getting deworming treatment as part of a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their health.

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.
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