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Amid GCC Row, Yemen Cholera Cases Park 100,000 Mark

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 8 – The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since an outbreak began on April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The rapid spread of the disease through 19 of Yemen’s 23 governorates highlighted a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen after

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WHO Says India Reports Cases of Zika Virus

NEW DELHI, May 27 – India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance. The WHO said that on May 15 India’s health ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat. Cases were detected during testing in February and

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Nations Ill-Prepared to Battle Pandemic Diseases

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, May 25 – Most of the world is failing to invest enough money to prevent the potential global spread of disease that could kill millions of people and cripple economies, the World Bank said on Thursday. Faced with a pandemic, an unprepared planet could lose billions to trillions of dollars,

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Fight Against Malaria Hampered by Flatlining Funds

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Dec 13 – Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining progress against malaria and could jeopardise efforts to reach globally agreed targets on the way to eventual elimination, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Publishing its annual report on how the world is tackling the often deadly mosquito-borne

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WHO urges Trump to Expand Obamacare, Ensure Healthcare for All

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 10 – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to expand Obamacare and ensure all Americans have access to healthcare. The real estate magnate takes office next month after promising to repeal outgoing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare policy which helped millions more Americans get medical insurance

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WHO Declares End of Zika Emergency but says Virus Remains a Threat

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen GENEVA/CHICAGO – The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee made clear the Zika

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Yemen’s Suspected Cholera Cases Double to 4,000-Plus: WHO

GENEVA  – Yemen is at risk of a significant cholera outbreak with the number of suspected cases doubling within 12 days to over 4,000, the World Health Organization said. The outbreak in a country ravaged by a 20-month war that has killed thousands was declared by Yemen’s Health Ministry on Oct. 6. By Nov. 1

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Disease Stalks Yemen as Hospitals, Clinics Devastated by War: WHO

LONDON – More than half of war-battered Yemen‘s hospitals and clinics are closed or only partially functioning, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, warning a lack of adequate health services was increasing the risk of disease outbreaks. Only 45 percent of 3,507 health facilities surveyed by WHO were fully functional and accessible, while

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WHO Advises Proper Washing, No Shaving in Fight Against Hospital Superbugs

By Kate Kelland LONDON  – Patients going for surgery should bathe or shower beforehand but their surgical site should not be shaved, and antibiotics should be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, but not afterwards, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. In new guidelines aimed at halting the spread of potentially deadly

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