Latest Sierra Leone Ebola case cured

2016-02-09 21:40

Sierra Leone's most recent case of Ebola has been cured, but more testing is required before the latest outbreak can be seen as resolved.

South America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

2016-02-04 08:49

South American health ministers have held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

WHO steps up response to microcephaly surge in Zika-hit areas

2016-02-02 20:02

The WHO is taking steps to get a better grasp of the spike in children born with small heads amid the Zika virus spread in the Americas, officials from the UN health agency says in Geneva.

WHO starts special meeting on Zika virus amid rising concern

2016-02-01 18:32

The World Health Organisation has begun a crisis meeting considering whether the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus — which is linked to birth defects in the Americas — should be declared a global health emergency.

Oxfam: $1.9bn in Ebola aid not delivered by donors

2016-01-31 22:14

International donors have failed to deliver $1.9bn in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11 000 people, Oxfam says.

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The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the World Health Organisation warns.

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Zika virus spreading explosively - WHO

2016-01-29 08:56

The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the World Health Organisation warns.

Zika virus panic over birth defects in Latin America

2016-01-22 11:43

With the sting of a mosquito bite and a fever, many pregnant women may not know that they caught the Zika virus, until it strikes their unborn child.

Ebola orphans struggle to resume their lives

2016-01-14 09:04

Saa Mathias Lenoh, a high school student in the Guinean capital Conakry, says he's "learning to smile little by little," like thousands of other youngsters orphaned by Ebola in west Africa.

India starts limiting cars for 2 weeks to clear air

2016-01-01 12:28

New Delhi has kicked off a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution by limiting the number of cars on the street.


Europe creates Zika drug 'task force'

2016-02-08 16:46

The European Medicines Agency has put together a task force, including specialists in vaccine design and infectious diseases, to aid the development of drugs and vaccines against Zika virus.

US officials report first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus

2016-02-03 05:39

US authorities say they have received confirmation of the first transmission of the Zika virus through sexual contact.

WHO declares global health emergency

2016-02-01 23:35

The World Health Organization has declared that a surge in serious birth defects in South America was 'strongly suspected' of being caused by the Zika virus.

WHO mulls global health emergency declaration on Zika

2016-02-01 06:06

The World Health Organisation is set to 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.

Will the Zika virus spread to South Africa?

2016-01-29 13:30

The Zika Virus is 'spreading explosively' in the Americas, but South Africa is not likely to be at risk, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

3 Canadians infected abroad by Zika virus

2016-01-29 11:25

Three Canadians have been infected with the Zika virus while travelling abroad, Canadian health authorities say, raising the possibility of new blood donor restrictions to prevent the disease's spread.

Libya asks to be labelled top health emergency

2016-01-28 05:19

Libya has asked the World Health Organization to raise the emergency level in the country to the highest category.

Medics race to save starving Syrians

2016-01-15 18:13

Aid workers are scrambling to help a hunger-stricken Syrian town where a teenager became the latest victim to succumb to starvation.

With Ebola in check, are we ready for the next outbreak?

2016-01-13 09:14

The world will heave a collective sigh of relief when west Africa's Ebola epidemic is finally declared at an end after claiming more than 11 000 lives over two years.

Beijing pollution soars but no red alert

2015-12-29 21:32

Parts of China's capital Beijing have suffered air pollution more than 20 times the recommended levels, but authorities have refrained from issuing the highest smog alert.

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