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UPDATED: Thu., April 9, 2020

Africa must not be ‘neglected’ in virus fight, officials say

African officials pushed back Thursday against the global jostling to obtain medical equipment to combat the coronavirus, warning that if COVID-19 is left to spread on the continent the world …


UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on virus

The World Health Organization was on the defensive Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the U.N. health body over its recommendations on the coronavirus and threatened to strip hundreds …


Africa faces an ‘existential threat’ as virus cases spread

Some African countries will have more than 10,000 coronavirus cases by the end of April, health officials projected Thursday, as the continent least equipped to treat serious infections has an …


Polio immunization suspended amid coronavirus pandemic

Health officials attempting to eradicate polio say they are being forced to suspend their mass immunization efforts amid the surging coronavirus pandemic.


Facebook joins resistance to Bolsonaro virus claims

Major social media companies are taking aim at Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s dismissal of social distancing, joining others in the country who have lined up against his controversial stance regarding …


In Zimbabwe, ‘you win coronavirus or you win starvation’

“We are already ruined. What more harm can coronavirus do?“ Irene Kampira asked as she sorted secondhand clothes at a bustling market in a poor suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Trump angrily defends his handling of coronavirus pandemic

An angry President Donald Trump is defending his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and lashing out at reporters he deems overly critical of the response


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

India’s stringent virus testing criteria may mask toll

A British citizen appeared at a public hospital in India’s capital with a cough, difficulty breathing and a private clinic’s referral for a coronavirus test. She was turned away.


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic, urges aggressive action

The World Health Organization has declared that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic


Virus hits 100,000 cases as its economic impact snowballs

Crossing more borders, the new coronavirus hit a milestone Friday, infecting more than 100,000 people worldwide as it wove itself deeper into the daily lives of millions, infecting the powerful, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

WHO urges globe to ‘pull out the stops’ against virus’ march

The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal Thursday from the World Health Organization for governments to pull out “all the stops” to slow the epidemic, as …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

China has reported 2,641 new virus cases as it escalates measures to contain the outbreak and reassure an anxious public


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Doctor: ‘Way too early’ to talk about ending China outbreak

The number of new cases in China dropped for a second straight day in the virus outbreak that has infected about 45,000 people and killed more than 1,100, health officials …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

China’s new virus cases fall again, deaths now exceed 1,100

China has reported another drop in the number of new cases of a viral infection and 97 more deaths, pushing the total dead past 1,100 even as the country remains …


UN health agency tackles misinformation over virus outbreak

The World Health Organization chief has traveled a dozen times to monitor the Ebola response in violence-marred eastern Congo. But when he planned to visit China’s capital last week over …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

U.S. advises against travel to China; U.N. agency declares global emergency

The U.S. has advised against all travel to China after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a new virus that has spread to more than a dozen countries …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

China locks down 25 million people; deaths rise to 25 among 830 cases

China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people to try to contain a deadly new virus. The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus rose …


Travel from Chinese city at center of virus outbreak halted

The Chinese city at the center of a widening respiratory-virus outbreak suspended outbound flights and rail service, as China ramps up efforts to contain an illness that’s killed at least …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Washington man is 1st in US to catch new virus from China

A Washington state resident who recently returned from a trip to central China has been diagnosed with the new virus that has sparked an outbreak and stringent monitoring around the …


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 …