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Yemen Records 500,000 Cholera Cases, Nearly 2,000 Deaths

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 14 – More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease, which causes

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Yemen’s Cholera Death Toll Rises to 1,500: WHO

ADEN, July 2  – The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic. Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war between a Saudi-led coalition

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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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Big Tobacco Leaves Huge Ecological Footprint: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 30 – Tobacco growing is causing “massive harm” to the environment through the extensive use of chemicals, energy and water, and pollution from manufacturing and distribution, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The United Nations agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute

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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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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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One in Seven Children Suffer High Air Pollution: UNICEF

OSLO, Oct 31 – Almost one in seven children worldwide live in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution, mostly in South Asia, and their growing bodies are most vulnerable to damage, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Monday. UNICEF called on almost 200 governments, which will meet in Morocco from Nov. 7-18

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Yemen’s Suspected Cholera Cases Soar to 1,410 Within Weeks: WHO

GENEVA – The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has ballooned to 1,410 within three weeks of the outbreak being declared, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as 18 months of war has destroyed most health facilities and clean water supplies. Yemen’s Health Ministry announced the outbreak on Oct. 6 in Sanaa city,

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India’s Tobacco Industry, Government Face Off Ahead of WHO Conference

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI, Oct 27  – India’s $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a World Health Organization conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to “pressure tactics”. Delegates from about 180 countries

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