- India launches campaign for deworming millions of children Updated: Feb-10-16 8:58 am
NEW DELHI - Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development.
- Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism Updated: Feb-05-16 10:19 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding.
- Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil Updated: Feb-04-16 12:03 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.
- WHO: More than 48 Ebola contacts missing in Sierra Leone Updated: Feb-04-16 7:30 am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Dozens of people linked to the most recent cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone are still missing, the World Health Organization warns, saying that among them 18 contacts are at high risk of having the virus.
- What we know: WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus Updated: Feb-01-16 5:09 pm
The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency over the rapidly spreading Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an "extraordinary event" that poses a threat to the rest of the world. Here is what we know about the mosquito-borne virus:
- UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively' Updated: Jan-28-16 7:18 pm
GENEVA - The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.
- IOC to advise national Olympic bodies on Zika virus Updated: Jan-28-16 12:34 pm
ATHENS, Greece - The IOC will advise all national Olympic bodies on how to deal with the Zika virus ahead of the games in Rio de Janeiro.
- UN: Zika virus link to babies' small heads 'circumstantial' Updated: Jan-26-16 11:55 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization says it suspects a link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a rare birth defect that gives babies abnormally small heads, but says so far the evidence is "circumstantial" and more research is needed.
- WHO says Zika likely in all but 2 countries in Americas Updated: Jan-25-16 1:30 pm
MEXICO CITY - The World Health Organization says the Zika virus that's suspected of causing birth defects is likely to spread to every country in the Americas where the mosquito that carries it can be found: that's everywhere except for Canada and continental Chile.
- Childhood obesity panel: 40 million kids under 5 overweight Updated: Jan-25-16 8:09 am
GENEVA - An independent panel on obesity commissioned by the World Health Organization is urging governments, educators, agribusiness and food marketers to do more to help fight childhood obesity.
- World Health Organization hopes to eradicate polio in 2016 Updated: Jan-17-16 1:12 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - An official says the World Health Organization hopes to eradicate polio in 2016, after containing outbreaks in conflict-ridden Syria, Iraq and Somalia by immunizing millions of children over two years.
- AP EXPLAINS: Ebola is over, but could it happen again? Updated: Jan-14-16 10:40 am
DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the world's biggest-ever Ebola epidemic is over after two years. Here is a closer look:
- WHO declares end to Ebola epidemic after 11,300 deaths Updated: Jan-14-16 9:11 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years.
- World Health Organization declares Liberia free of Ebola Updated: Jan-14-16 4:29 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization has formally announced the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, joining Sierra Leone and Guinea - the epicenters of the latest outbreak - as Ebola-free.
- UN chief: West Africa on cusp of being declared Ebola free Updated: Jan-13-16 6:46 pm
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the impending end of West Africa's Ebola epidemic with cautious relief, warning that future flare-ups are inevitable and imploring the world not to let its guard down.