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Philippines confirms 2nd polio case after declaring outbreak

Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country’s first outbreak in nearly two decades, and announced plans …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

Britain’s government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases.


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures

Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency, authorities said Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday after the virus spread this week to a city of two …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

Baby food has too much sugar and is marketed wrongly, WHO says

At least half of products analyzed in three of four cities provided more than 30% of their calories from sugars, according to the study. About a third of them listed …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

WHO says Ebola outbreak in Congo disqualifies as global emergency; Georgetown global health expert says declaration long overdue

The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo – which spilled into Uganda this week – is an “extraordinary event” of deep concern but does not …


WHO study finds sexually transmitted infections are spread to 1 million every day

More than 1 million people worldwide are infected daily by sexually transmitted infections chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis, according to World Health Organization estimates.


WHO warns Ebola could spread elsewhere if attacks don’t stop

The World Health Organization warned Friday that it may not be possible to contain Ebola to the two affected provinces in eastern Congo if violent attacks on health teams continue.


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019

New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed

Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday.


WHO says Congo’s Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency

The World Health Organization said Friday that while the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is of “deep concern,” the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

Spokane’s biggest health concerns similar to World Health Organization’s list for the world, health officer says

When news erupts about global health threats, it might be easy to discount them as distant problems typically found in developing countries. But Spokane health district officer Dr. Bob Lutz …


This cutting-edge bandage could make flu shots a thing of the past

Doctors test using microneedles on a patch resembling a Band-Aid to adminster flu shots with promising results.


India reports its first 3 cases of the Zika virus

India has reported its first three cases of the Zika virus, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies.


U.N. sends 3.5 million emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil

The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to help the country stamp out its worst outbreak in years.


New report shows why the world isn’t wiping out malaria

Despite progress toward preventing the spread of malaria, the world is moving too slowly toward elimination of the disease, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year, the …


U.N. adopts declaration on anti-microbial resistance

World leaders approved a wide-ranging declaration Wednesday aimed at addressing the rising number of drug-resistant infections – something the World Health Organization says has the potential to kill millions and …


Researcher who led fight to eradicate smallpox dies at 87

The American epidemiologist whose unwavering leadership resulted in the eradication nearly 40 years ago of smallpox, one of the world’s most feared contagious diseases, has died.


India home to 22 of the world’s most polluted cities

New statistics released Thursday underscored what many visitors to India already know: This country has the most polluted cities in the world.


Oxfam: $1.9B in pledged Ebola aid not delivered by donors

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – International donors have failed to deliver $1.9 billion in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 …


Childhood obesity increasing worldwide

Driven by the growing availability of fatty, sugary foods and beverages in low- and middle-income countries, 41 million children ages 5 and under are overweight or obese, a number expected …


WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts

CONAKRY, Guinea — An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the …


WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring a swine flu pandemic — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.


WHO says it may declare swine flu pandemic soon

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Tuesday a spike in swine flu cases in Australia may push it to finally announce the first flu pandemic in 41 years. It …


WHO warns of possible pandemic; toddler dies in Texas

WASHINGTON – The World Health Organization took the unprecedented step Wednesday of issuing a warning that the world could be on the verge of a pandemic, as new cases of …


Swine flu alert nears pandemic level

The Geneva-based World Trade Organization on Wednesday raised its alert level for the fast-spreading swine flu to its next-to-highest notch, signaling a global pandemic could be imminent.