Ebola outbreak: Guineans in shock

2014-04-11 13:19

An Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 100 people in Guinea has left communities asking why the disease has attacked their country.

SA sends condolences to Guinea

2014-04-03 17:56

South Africa has sent condolences to those in Guinea affected by an Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak.

5 new Ebola cases in Guinea, says WHO

2014-04-02 15:32

Five new cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been recorded in Guinea in the past 24 hours, the World Health Organisation says.

Bats may be Ebola carriers

2014-03-28 05:45

Bushmeat sourced from bats to antelopes, squirrels, porcupines and monkeys has long held pride of place on family menus in West and Central Africa.

New Ebola cases as deadly virus affects Liberia

2014-03-25 13:18

Liberian authorities have reported 11 suspected Ebola cases and five deaths, after the deadly virus spread from neighbouring Guinea where it killed at least 59 people.

Guinea confirms Ebola as source of epidemic

2014-03-22 20:57

Guinea has identified the Ebola virus as the source of a highly contagious epidemic raging through its southern forests, as the death toll rose to 34.

China's smog drives masks out of stock

2014-02-26 12:40

China's biggest online facemask sellers are running out of stock as consumers rush to protect themselves against smog that has shrouded large swaths of China.

Diarrhoea outbreak caused by salmonella

2014-01-28 22:33

Salmonella is the likely cause of a diarrhoea outbreak in Limpopo earlier this week where 42 people have been hospitalised.

Death toll rises as Iraq gripped by violence

2014-01-15 18:18

A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad have killed at least 44 people.

Humanitarian fears grow in South Sudan

2014-01-01 16:22

The World Health Organisation is warning of a looming risk of disease outbreaks in South Sudan, where violence has displaced more than 190 000 people since mid-December.

UN, WHO launch polio vaccinations in Mideast

2013-12-09 13:27

The World Health Organisation and Unicef have launched a polio vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases were discovered in Syria.

US carrier steps up Philippines relief operation

2013-11-15 09:57

A US aircraft carrier has sent mercy flights into the typhoon-smashed Philippines, transporting food and supplies desperately needed for survivors.

UN: 21 nations take up polio emergency

2013-11-13 22:16

Some 21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions have jointly made the eradication of polio an emergency priority, the World Health Organisation says.

Assad says Syrians will decide on peace talks

2013-10-31 13:33

President Bashar Assad has insisted in a meeting with visiting UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that Syrians alone will decide on the fate of the Geneva peace talks.

Polio spreading in northeast Syria

2013-10-29 21:59

Polio has broken out among young children in northeast Syria, the World Health Organisation confirmed, and could spread inside and outside the country.

WHO agency: Air pollution causes cancer

2013-10-17 13:42

What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: Air pollution causes lung cancer.

UN holds first high-level meeting on the disabled

2013-09-23 09:04

World leaders are holding their first-ever UN meeting to explore how the more than 1 billion disabled people in countries rich and poor can contribute to the global economy.

E-cigarette makers go to war

2013-09-03 16:47

Makers and users of electronic cigarettes have gone to war against EU plans to class the devices as medicinal products, saying any such move would end up harming public health.

New case of deadly H7N9 in China

2013-08-09 17:04

A new case of the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu has been confirmed in the Chinese province of Guangdong.

India's poor cure ills with bloodletting

2013-08-01 13:01

Despite modern pharmaceutical developments many poor people in India still have faith in the thousand-year-old ancient treatment of bloodletting to combat a variety of ailments.

Over 70 killed in battle for Somali port

2013-07-05 13:38

Battles between rival warlords in Somalia's key southern port city of Kismayo have killed at least 71 people last month, UN officials say.

Mongolia's wind farm to blow away smog

2013-06-20 19:18

Mongolia has opened its first wind farm, a landmark $122m project that aims to shift the country's reliance on coal and tackle the pollution choking its capital Ulan Bator.

MERS virus death toll now 31

2013-06-07 22:33

The WHO has formally raised the global death toll from the SARS-like virus MERS to 31, after a new fatality in hard-hit Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia: New case of infection

2013-05-19 08:50

Saudi Arabia has reported another case of infection in a concentrated outbreak of a new strain of a virus that emerged in the Middle East last year and spread into Europe.

France: SARS-related virus cases suspected

2013-05-10 13:09

French health officials say they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, while a man confirmed to have the virus remains hospitalised.


Aid groups on emergency footing against Ebola

2014-04-11 10:38

International aid organisations have launched a series of emergency measures across west Africa in a bid to contain one of the worst ever outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus.

Millions with tropical diseases are 'neglected'

2014-04-03 07:38

At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of "neglected" tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are going without adequate medical care, eradication campaigners say.

Families torn over return to Fukushima 'hot zone'

2014-04-01 15:15

People in Japan have begun their first homecomings in three years to a small area evacuated after the Fukushima disaster, but families are divided as they worry about radiation and poor jobs.

West Africa scrambles to contain Ebola threat

2014-03-26 08:55

West African nations are scrambling to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus suspected to have killed at least 59 in Guinea.

WHO: 7 milion dead due to air pollution

2014-03-25 09:47

Air pollution killed about 7 million people in 2012, making it the world's single biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organisation says.

Cambodian boy dies of bird flu

2014-03-10 13:44

An 11-year-old Cambodian boy has died of bird flu, a hospital official says, the impoverished kingdom's third confirmed fatality - all children - from the illness this year.

Air purifier rush as smog blankets China

2014-02-24 08:49

Dangerous smog which has blighted swathes of northern China has prompted a spike in air purifier sales, local media report, as pollution continues to shroud Beijing.

Gunmen kill 3 polio workers in Pakistan

2014-01-21 12:02

Gunmen have killed three health workers taking part in a polio vaccination drive in Karachi, police say, in the latest blow to efforts to stamp out the disease in Pakistan.

Children new targets in CAR conflict

2014-01-04 10:36

In the latest violence to rock the crisis-prone Central African Republic, children have become deliberate targets of armed gangs, mainly because of their family's faith, aid workers say.

'Father of Taliban' backs polio vaccines

2013-12-10 20:50

A radical Pakistani religious scholar known as the "Father of the Taliban" has issued a fatwa urging parents to immunise their children against polio and other fatal diseases.

Mass vaccinations for children hit by Haiyan

2013-11-27 13:31

A mass vaccination programme has been launched in Philippine communities that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan to protect children against measles and polio UN agencies say.

Haiyan survivors face daily battle

2013-11-14 12:47

People who have survived the apocalyptic storm that blew through the Philippines may have thought they were lucky to live, but for many, the struggle to survive has only just begun.

Brics countries should co-operate in fight against TB

2013-11-06 11:58

A TB specialist says Brics countries should increase research collaborations, as the largest number of TB cases worldwide occur in these countries.

Minister: Syrians alone will decide future

2013-10-30 12:14

Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem has insisted that only the Syrian people can choose their future, rejecting Western and Arab demands that President Bashar Assad step down.

Thai bus plunges off ravine

2013-10-23 21:17

A tour bus carrying elderly Buddhist devotees has plunged into a ravine in northern, leaving at least 20 people dead and 16 injured.

Mexico woman gives birth on clinic's lawn

2013-10-10 09:10

Mexico has experienced shock as a pregnant indigenous woman gave birth on lawn after a clinic refuses her entry, highlighting the country's rampant inequity.

Laureates, doctors urge end to Syria hospital attacks

2013-09-16 15:12

Fifty leaders in world medicine, including three winners of the Nobel prize, have urged all combatants in Syria to spare hospitals, doctors and nurses.

Cambodian boy dies from bird flu: WHO

2013-08-19 10:02

A nine-year-old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the 10th victim this year, the World Health Organisation says, warning that the kingdom's outbreak of the virus could continue.

Early promise for malaria vaccine

2013-08-09 08:07

A new kind of malaria vaccine that mimics the effects of mosquito bites has shown early promise by offering 100% protection to a dozen human volunteers, researchers say.

WHO calls emergency talks on Mers virus

2013-07-05 17:13

The World Health Organisation has announced it had convened emergency talks on the deadly Mers virus, but says the move did not mean it is hiking its global alert level.

Cambodian girl dies from bird flu: WHO

2013-07-02 15:59

A 6-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, bringing the country's toll from the deadly virus to nine so far this year, says the World Health Organisation.

Measles outbreak hits northern Syria

2013-06-18 21:50

An epidemic of measles is sweeping through parts of northern Syria, with at least 7 000 people affected because vaccination programmes have been disrupted, Doctors Without Borders says.

19 die as bus plunges into canal in India

2013-05-27 15:05

At least 19 people have been killed after a bus plunged into a canal in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, says an official.

Panic over SARS-like virus grips Saudis

2013-05-14 11:01

Panic has gripped Saudis in the country's east, where most cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected, witnesses say, as the death toll from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom hits 15.

Sars-like virus kills 5 Saudis

2013-05-02 10:10

Five Saudis have died of a new Sars-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the health ministry says.

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