WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes

2015-07-07 09:30

Governments around the world should increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to save lives, says the World Health Organisation.

Countries must deal with health risks of more frequent heatwaves - UN

2015-07-01 18:44

The UN has urged countries to create preparedness systems to counter the health risks of heatwaves, as they become ever more frequent and intense, and dangerous, due to climate change.

Beware of animal diseases used as biological weapons

2015-07-01 10:55

The World Health Organisation, animal health and national defense officers called for wider international cooperation to avoid the spread of animal diseases that could be used as biological weapons.

Liberia quarantines Ebola case area

2015-06-30 22:57

Liberia has quarantined an area where a new Ebola case was found amid fears the disease still remains.

Ebola setback for Sierra Leone

2015-06-24 17:01

Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has suffered a fresh outbreak of Ebola, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly epidemic.

Groups: Sierra Leone's children exploited due to Ebola outbreak

2015-06-17 13:49

Sierra Leone’s children have been exploited and violated since an Ebola epidemic hit the west African nation and caused the country’s social fabric to rupture, aid organisations say.

MERS not spreading outside South Korea hospitals - WHO

2015-06-14 10:21

The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140, hasn't spread outside hospitals in the country, the World Health Organisation says.

Ebola could hit again and we would hardly do better - MSF

2015-06-13 21:02

The Ebola epidemic could flare up again in West Africa and health authorities are no better equipped to control it than they were a year ago, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says.

WHO recommends reopening South Korean schools closed over MERS

2015-06-10 16:07

Experts from the World Health Organisation and South Korea are urging the reopening of nearly 2 500 schools closed over fears of the deadly MERS virus.

50 more MERS virus cases in South Korea

2015-06-06 12:06

South Korea has confirmed nine more cases of the MERS virus, but says it does not represent a spread of the outbreak as the infected were already in quarantine.


Superbug threat prompts superchomp research

2015-07-02 20:00

Alarmed by rising resistance to antibiotics, the main line of defence against bacterial infections, scientists and governments are taking a fresh look at bacteria-chomping viruses.

World's poorest gain access to water, but not toilets

2015-07-01 16:30

The poor's lack of access to sanitation threatens to undermine the health benefits they have gained from access to clean water, the United Nations says.

World's poorest get access to water, but not toilets

2015-06-30 23:21

The poor's lack of access to sanitation threatens to undermine the health benefits they have gained from access to clean water, the UN says.

Malaria deaths in Guinea likely to exceed Ebola toll

2015-06-24 20:02

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea may have led to 74 000 new cases of malaria going untreated, causing a spike in malaria deaths likely to be much higher than the Ebola toll, researchers say.

South Sudan cholera outbreak kills 7

2015-06-22 20:33

A Cholera outbreak in South Sudan has killed 7, with 37 more cases confirmed.

S Korea reports 16th MERS death

2015-06-15 12:06

South Korea has reported the 16th death and five new cases in the growing outbreak of MERS which has placed more than 5 200 people under quarantine and sparked widespread alarm.

Authorities repeating mistakes in Ebola fight - MSF

2015-06-14 09:14

Health authorities are repeating the mistakes of the past in combating Ebola the international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned.

WHO says South Korea's MERS outbreak large, complex

2015-06-13 11:20

The World Health Organisation says South Korea's outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is "large and complex" and more cases should be anticipated.

Nigeria pushes to stamp out polio

2015-06-08 16:58

Health workers are moving from door to door in the rural Sumaila district of Kano state, northern Nigeria, administering oral polio vaccines to children under five.

Niger meningitis epidemic has peaked, 545 dead

2015-06-02 15:15

An epidemic of meningitis has killed 545 people in Niger, out of 8 234 people who caught the disease, but has now peaked, the World Health Organisation says.

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