Latest World Health Organization News

Uganda confirms at least 1 case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever

Sep. 20, 2022 09:52 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan health authorities on Tuesday reported that a man who died a day earlier had tested positive for the virus that causes Ebola. They said it's still unknown how the 24-year-old man became infected with the Sudan strain of Ebola, for which there is no...

WHO sends supplies to Syria to deal with cholera outbreak

Sep. 19, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A plane carrying medical supplies to deal with the spread of a deadly cholera outbreak in war-torn Syria landed in the capital of Damascus on Monday, the World Health Organization said, and another one will follow. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO's regional director,...

WHO raises alarm on disease in flood-hit areas of Pakistan

Sep. 17, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The World Health Organization raised the alarm Saturday about a “second disaster" in the wake of the deadly floods in Pakistan this summer, as doctors and medical workers on the ground race to battle outbreaks of waterborne and other diseases. The floodwaters...

Pakistan reopens highway to speed up aid to flood victims

Sep. 15, 2022 09:46 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani engineers and soldiers cleared a key highway on Thursday to enable aid workers to speed up supplies to survivors of devastating floods that have left hundreds of thousands homeless and killed 1,508 people, the majority of them women and children. Traffic...

WHO: COVID end 'in sight,' deaths at lowest since March 2020

Sep. 14, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that the number of coronavirus deaths worldwide last week was the lowest reported in the pandemic since March 2020, marking what could be a turning point in the years-long global outbreak. At a press briefing in...

As monkeypox drops in the West, still no vaccines for Africa

Sep. 14, 2022 04:38 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — With monkeypox cases subsiding in Europe and parts of North America, many scientists say now is the time to prioritize stopping the virus in Africa. In July, the U.N. health agency designated monkeypox as a global emergency and appealed to the world to support...

WHO report: 17 million in EU may have suffered long COVID-19

Sep. 13, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — New research suggests at least 17 million people in the European Union may have experienced long COVID-19 symptoms during the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic, with women more likely than men to suffer from the condition, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. ...

WHO launches drive to fight bacterial meningitis in Africa

Sep. 08, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The World Health Organization on Thursday said it is launching a $1.5 billion campaign, hopefully including a new vaccine, to eliminate outbreaks of bacterial meningitis across Africa by 2030. Meningitis vaccinations for more than 50 million children in...

Egypt latest in Mideast to detect 1st case of monkeypox

Sep. 08, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's health authorities have detected the country’s first case of monkeypox in a 42-year-old man who frequently travels to Europe. Authorities said the man is stable and has been isolated at a special hospital. Egypt is the latest in the Middle East to join...

WHO: COVID cases drop everywhere, but pandemic not over

Sep. 07, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases fell everywhere in the world last week by about 12%, according to the World Health Organization's latest weekly review of the pandemic issued Wednesday. The U.N. health agency reported that there were just under 4.2 million new...