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India, China need cleaner air just to keep death rate steady

June 16, 2015 11:03 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Never mind lowering the rate of death from air pollution in India and China. Just keeping those rates steady will demand urgent action to clear the skies, according to a new report.

More reason for calm than panic in South Korea's MERS scare

June 4, 2015 11:26 am | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The current frenzy in South Korea over MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, brings to mind...

UN chief urges all nations to help end Ebola in West Africa

June 3, 2015 10:44 am | by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday that as long as there is one Ebola case in West...

Merkel: Global Catastrophe Plan Needed After Ebola Crisis

May 18, 2015 1:06 pm | by KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola crisis in western Africa showed the world in a painful way that a global catastrophe...

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Colombian Ban on Anti-Coca Herbicide is Bittersweet

May 14, 2015 11:54 am | by Jacobo Garcia, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colombian President Santos last week decided to halt fumigation in the wake of a report by a research arm of the World Health Organization classifying (anti-coca) glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.

Panel Calls for Change at WHO After Slow Ebola Response

May 12, 2015 11:20 am | by Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent panel of experts said Monday that "deep and substantial" change is needed at the WHO following its slow response to early warnings about West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

Liberia Cautiously Marks End of Ebola

May 11, 2015 10:55 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh and Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Saturday marked 42 days since Liberia's last Ebola case — the benchmark used to declare the outbreak over. The epidemic claimed more than 4,700 lives in the country.

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Ebola is Found in Doctor's Eye Months After Virus Left Blood

May 8, 2015 11:33 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, Ebola has been discovered inside the eyes of a patient months after the virus was gone from his blood.

German Measles Officially Eliminated in North, South America

May 1, 2015 10:27 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

German measles is officially gone from North and South America, the first region to rid itself of the disease, health officials recently announced.

UN Says it Will Try to Identify All Ebola Cases by June

April 28, 2015 10:40 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season.

Malaria Vaccine is a Letdown But Could Still Reduce Cases

April 24, 2015 10:30 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The world's leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment, with final study results showing it doesn't work very well and that initial protection fades over time.

WHO Denies Politics Swayed Ebola Emergency Declaration

March 23, 2015 4:14 pm | by MARIA CHENG, Associated Press; RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization denied that politics swayed the decision to declare an international emergency over the spread of the Ebola virus last year, despite evidence senior staffers repeatedly discussed the diplomatic and economic fallout of such a move.

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Emails: World Health Organization Resisted Declaring Ebola Emergency

March 20, 2015 8:20 am | by MARIA CHENG, Associated Press; RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a delay that some say may have cost lives, the World Health Organization resisted calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until last summer, two months after staff raised the possibility and long after a senior manager called for a drastic change in strategy.

WHO Creates Independent Panel to Assess its Ebola Response

March 11, 2015 8:33 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says it has created a panel of independent experts to assess its response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in history.

Made-in-Canada Ebola Vaccine Being Put to the Test in Three West African Studies

March 9, 2015 8:19 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

For years scientists at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory struggled to figure out how to test whether a vaccine developed at the Winnipeg lab would prevent people from contracting Ebola. Now, finally, three studies in West Africa may provide that answer.

WHO to Begin Large-Scale Testing of Ebola Vaccine in Guinea

March 5, 2015 3:36 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization will start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on Saturday to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the deadly virus.

UN Health Agency Urges Europe to Step Up Measles Vaccination

February 25, 2015 8:28 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.

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World Health Organization Approves First Quick Test for Ebola

February 20, 2015 11:19 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has approved a quick test for Ebola that will dramatically cut the time it takes to determine with reasonable accuracy whether someone is infected with the deadly virus.

Ebola Vaccines Trial Starts in Liberia

February 2, 2015 8:17 am | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.     

WHO: Ebola Response Shifts to Ending Epidemic

January 29, 2015 8:40 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the WHO said today. The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.

Bungled Ebola Response Prompts WHO to Adopt Reforms to Repair Reputation

January 26, 2015 8:43 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.       

UN: At Least 50 Ebola Hotspots Remain, But New Cases Falling

January 19, 2015 9:57 am | by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated, the U.N.'s Ebola chief said. The latest report from the WHO showing reductions in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "is very good news," said Dr. David Nabarro.

Two Leading Ebola Vaccines Appear Safe, Further Tests Starting

January 9, 2015 8:14 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

After an expert meeting this week, WHO said there is now enough information to conclude that the two most advanced Ebola vaccines — one made by GlaxoSmithKline and the other licensed by Merck and NewLink — have "an acceptable safety profile."  

UN Tally of Ebola-Linked Deaths Tops 8,000

January 2, 2015 11:38 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says more than 8,000 people are thought to have died last year from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Geneva-based body says the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected deaths from the disease in the three most affected countries reached 7,989 by Dec. 31.

Report: Ebola Survival Improving in Sierra Leone

December 29, 2014 7:27 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Ebola death rate has fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. The outbreak began last December in the West African country of Guinea, but it wasn't recognized until last spring. There have been nearly 20,000 cases and more than 7,500 deaths, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization estimates.

WHO: Recorded Ebola Deaths Top 7,000

December 22, 2014 8:43 am | by BOUBACAR DIALLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday.

Bad Data Adds Another Problem to Ebola Outbreak

December 8, 2014 10:24 am | by SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press; MARIA CHENG, Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data. Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies.

WHO Misses Ebola Targets it Set for December 1

December 1, 2014 8:55 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Two months ago, the World Health Organization launched an ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, aiming to isolate 70 percent of the sick and safely bury 70 percent of the victims in the three hardest-hit countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — by December 1.

Plague Outbreak Kills 40 People in Madagascar

November 25, 2014 8:05 am | by LYNSEY CHUTEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

WHO said a national task force has been set up to manage the outbreak, with the cost of the project reaching $200,000. The international health organization said it is working with the Red Cross and Madagascan health authorities to control the disease.

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