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Congo to vaccinate more than 300,000 people to curb cholera epidemic

Congo will vaccinate 306,639 people against cholera, which has killed more than 500 people in the central African country this year, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Coffee's safety debatable despite extensive evaluation, WHO reports

An extensive evaluation of coffee's cancer-causing risk, that resulted in a reclassification, but did not prove the beloved beverage's safety, was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday.

Does coffee cause cancer? Scientists still unsure, WHO reports

An extensive evaluation of coffee's cancer-causing risk, that resulted in a reclassification, but did not prove the beloved beverage's safety, was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday.

WHO backs Rio Olympics despite Zika, sees low risk of spread

Athletes and fans should travel to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as planned despite the Zika outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday, countering calls for delaying or relocating the Summer Games.

WHO mulls Zika response after scientists call for delaying Olympics

UN-appointed experts discussed Tuesday whether the international strategy to fight the Zika virus needs to be adjusted, following a demand by 200 scientists to delay or relocate the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

No more Ebola in West Africa: WHO declares Liberia free of the virus

Two-and-a-half years after Ebola broke out in West Africa, the epidemic is over, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Thursday, after it declared Liberia free of the virus.

WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus for fourth time

The Ebola epidemic is over two-and-a-half years after it broke out in West Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Thursday in a release declaring Liberia free of the virus.

WHO declares Guinea free of Ebola virus for second time

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea is over, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Wednesday, the second time the West African nation has been declared free of the virus.

World No Tobacco Day: 31% of Croatians are smokers

World No Tobacco Day is traditionally marked on May 31 with various public health campaigns, and a survey showed on Tuesday that 31% of Croatia's population are smokers.

WHO issues stricter Zika guidelines to prevent sexual transmission

Travellers should practice safe sex for at least eight weeks after returning from areas with Zika infections, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday, doubling the time period that was recommended in its previous guideline.

WHO reports major funding gap for fight against Zika

Member nations have so far donated only 13 per cent of the money required to respond to the Zika virus outbreak in the first half of this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Monday.

Scientists and WHO disagree over Zika risk for Rio Olympics

August's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved to avoid intensifying the spread of the Zika virus, according to a letter signed by 151 leading scientists.

Scientists, WHO disagree over zika risk for Brazil Olympics

Brazil's Olympic Games should be postponed or moved to avoid intensifying the spread of the zika virus, according to a letter signed by 151 scientists.

WHO confirms Zika virus in Cape Verde comes from Americas

The Zika virus found in the Cape Verde islands, off the western coast of Africa, belongs to the same strain found in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

WHO demands faster mass vaccinations to stop yellow fever in Africa

Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo should speed up yellow fever mass vaccinations and should get better at spotting new cases to prevent the outbreak from spiralling out of control, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

WHO: Average life expectancy has risen 5 years since 2000

The average length of human life has grown 5 years since the year 2000, the fastest increase seen since the 1960s, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

WHO sees "low to moderate" risk of Zika spread in Europe this summer

There is a low to moderate risk that the Zika virus will spread in Europe during late spring and summer, the World Health Organization said Wednesday in a new assessment.

WHO calls yellow fever outbreak in Africa an "emergency"

Yellow fever outbreaks in three African countries that have claimed nearly 300 deaths in Angola constitute an emergency situation, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said Tuesday in Geneva.

WHO: Poor countries' health systems must catch up with diabetes rise

The global number of diabetes cases has soared over the past decades, but poorer countries, where the disease is growing the fastest, are still ill-prepared for the lifestyle epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

Diabetes patients quadrupled since 1980, WHO reports

The global number of diabetes cases has nearly quadrupled since 1980 as the prevalence of the lifestyle disease rose especially fast in low and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

New Ebola death in Liberia, hundreds vaccinated in Guinea

The Ebola virus has resurfaced in Liberia, where a 30-year-old woman has died of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) and local authorities said Friday.

WHO lifts global health alert on Ebola

Ebola is under control in West Africa and no longer constitutes a global health emergency, but African countries must remain on alert to counter new outbreaks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday in Geneva.

WHO declares Ebola global health emergency over

Ebola no longer constitutes a global health emergency, but a high level of vigilance must be maintained in West African countries to prevent and control new outbreaks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday in Geneva.

WHO expects thousands of Zika birth defects in Latin America

Latin America could be faced with thousands of neurological birth defects in the wake of current Zika outbreaks, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said Tuesday in Geneva.

WHO advisors advocate genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika

Genetically modified mosquitos should be used to control the Zika virus in closely monitored pilot programmes, leading scientists advising the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

Ebola claims two lives in Guinea days after WHO says risk declining

Two family members have died from Ebola in Guinea, the government said on Friday, two days after the World Health Organization said the region was "effectively managing" the virus.

WHO: 23 per cent of deaths due to avoidable environmental factors

Nearly a quarter of all deaths are linked to manageable environmental factors such as pollution, workplace hazards and sanitary infrastructure, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

WHO: First Zika vaccine trials may come too late for Brazil

The first tests of Zika vaccines on humans are expected to start only at the end of the year and will therefore not be able to help fight the current outbreak in Brazil, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said Wednesday.

WHO issues travel warning for pregnant woman as Zika concerns grow

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday issued stricter precautions for pregnant women in Zika areas, citing growing evidence that the viral disease causes a range of neurological problems in unborn children.

WHO tells pregnant women not to travel to Zika areas

Pregnant women should not travel to Zika infection areas, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises, upgrading its previous recommendations.

WHO expert panel: Growing evidence that Zika causes birth defects

Data collected over the past weeks provides "increasing evidence that there is a causal relationship" between the Zika virus and birth defects observed in Latin America, a World Health Organization expert panel says.

WHO tells mothers to breastfeed despite Zika

Mothers should continue to breastfeed their babies in Zika outbreak areas because there is no evidence that the virus can be passed to children in this way, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

Croatia to join in strategy of global HCV eradication by 2030

In Croatia, there is no official register of people suffering from those diseases and an estimated 39,000 Croatians are infected with hepatitis C and 28,000 are estimated to have hepatitis B.

WHO could take six months to find link between Zika and malformations

Researchers may need up to six months to find out how Zika fever is connected to malformations in babies, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said Friday in Geneva.

UN puts 56-million-dollar price tag on fight against Zika virus

It will take at least 56 million dollars until June to fight the Zika outbreak and deal with the interlinked series of infant malformations in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a first budget estimate.

UN requires 56 million dollars to counter Zika outbreak

It will take 56 million dollars to fight the Zika virus, a disease that has been linked to a series of infant malformations in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

WHO chief Chan to visit Zika-hit Brazil next week

World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Margaret Chan will visit Brazil next week to meet government and health officials amid the Zika outbreak, a spokeswoman for the UN health organization said Tuesday in Geneva.

EU launches emergency medical corps in wake of Ebola outbreak

The European Union launched an emergency medical corps Monday to respond to future disease outbreaks, after struggling to react quickly to the Ebola crisis that began in late 2013.

WHO: Zika vaccine trials at least 18 months away

The first large-scale trials of a vaccine against the Zika virus is at least 18 months away, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said Friday in Geneva.

Latin American health ministers discuss Zika virus at crisis summit

Latin American health ministers were meeting in Montevideo on Wednesday for a regional crisis summit to discuss the public health emergency declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the rapid spread of the Zika virus.

WHO keeps focus on Zika's mosquito path despite sex infection case

The single case of sexual transmission of the Zika virus in Texas raises concerns, but the main focus must remain on preventing mosquito bites, the World Health Organization says.

Europe urged to prepare for Zika, French territories face epidemic

France's health minister said Wednesday that two overseas territories are entering an epidemic phase of Zika, and that measures have been taken to combat the spread of the virus.

South Korea holds emergency meeting on Zika virus amid Asia fears

South Korea said Tuesday it would adopt measures to avoid the possible spread of the Zika virus, which was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization.

WHO declares global health emergency over Zika outbreak

Brazil on Monday welcomed a decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a public health emergency over the Zika virus.

WHO declares global health emergency due to Zika virus outbreak

The Zika virus outbreak across the Americas constitutes a health emergency of international concern, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said Monday in Geneva.

WHO demands higher age ratings for films that show smoking

Governments should set higher age ratings for films that show smoking, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday, citing evidence that such influences cause more than one third of young smokers to take up the habit.

Brazil launches beach awareness campaign against Zika virus

Brazilian authorities launched an awareness campaign on the beaches of Rio de Janiero on Sunday to educate the public about the Zika virus.

IOC chief Bach says no Zika fears for Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is in close contact with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the spread of the Zika virus, IOC president Thomas Bach said Saturday.

Six things to know about the Zika virus

Latin American health authorities and the World Health Organization are alarmed about the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

Zika virus spread has WHO considering global health emergency

Concerns about the spread of the Zika virus in the Americas have prompted the World Health Organization to convene an expert panel to determine if the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan said Thursday in Geneva.

WHO chief convenes emergency meeting on Zika virus

The World Health Organization will convene a meeting of an expert committee to determine if the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan said Thursday.

WHO says Zika virus will likely spread across American continents

The Zika virus that has been causing concerns about possible birth defects will likely reach nearly all countries in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.

New Ebola case reported in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization has confirmed reports of an Ebola case in Sierra Leone on Friday, a day after the agency declaring the end of the Ebola outbreak in the entire region.

Ebola: From the first cases to a global health emergency

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history resulted in 11,315 deaths, with 28,637 confirmed cases of infection in eight countries as of Thursday, according to the World Health Organization.

WHO declares West Africa Ebola-free

The transmission of the Ebola virus has been stopped in West Africa, the World Health Organization declared Thursday in Geneva.

WHO recommends overhauling of Slovenia's healthcare system

Following an analysis, WHO recommends that Slovenia should further disperse sources of financing for public healthcare and optimise services as well as conducting the rationalisation of procurement of medicaments.

Poor countries increasingly targeted by tobacco marketing

Data on cigarette promotion was collected since 2005, when a global convention on tobacco controls, including marketing bans, came into force for nations that had signed on.

The many health impacts of climate change

By 2030, the direct damage costs to health will be a whopping two to four billion US dollars (1.9 to 3.8 billion euros) per year, according to the WHO.

European Environment and Health Ministerial Board convenes in Zagreb

"We are lucky because the lifestyle in Croatia has not led to the pollution of the environment, our drinking water resources are well preserved, our coast and rivers are clean,