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Mozambique declares polio outbreak linked to Pakistan

May. 18, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health authorities in Mozambique declared a polio outbreak Wednesday after confirming that a child in the country’s northeastern Tete province had been paralyzed by the disease. The case in Mozambique is the second imported case of polio in southern Africa...

Africa sees rise in measles as pandemic disrupts vaccines

Apr. 28, 2022 09:29 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Africa is seeing a surge of outbreaks of preventable diseases as a result of disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The continent recorded a 400% increase in measles, to more than 17,000 cases between...

Ebola case confirmed in Congo's west Equateur province

Apr. 23, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — A new Ebola case has been confirmed in Congo’s northwest Equateur Province in the city of Mbandaka, Congo health authorities said Saturday, declaring an outbreak nearly four months after the last one ended in the central African nation. The one case was...

WHO: COVID cases, deaths in Africa drop to lowest levels yet

Apr. 14, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Africa have dropped to their lowest levels since the pandemic began, marking the longest decline yet seen in the disease, according to the World Health Organization. In a statement on Thursday, the U.N. health agency...

WHO: COVID cases and deaths fall for 3rd consecutive week

Apr. 13, 2022 06:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths reported to the World Health Organization fell for a third consecutive week, a trend likely helped by the dismantling of testing and surveillance programs. In its latest weekly report on the pandemic, issued late...

Up to 65% of Africans have had COVID, far more than thought

Apr. 07, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization said that up to 65% of people in Africa have been infected with the coronavirus and estimates the number of actual cases may have been nearly 100 times more than those reported. In a new analysis released Thursday, the U.N. health...

Zimbabwe renews COVID vaccination drive, targets schoolkids

Mar. 24, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has launched a new COVID-19 vaccination campaign that includes jabbing children aged 12 and above to rescue a drive faltering due to vaccine hesitancy and complacency. This week schools in the southern African country have become vaccination zones...

WHO Africa's 1st woman leader helps continent fight COVID

Mar. 09, 2022 19:34 PM EST

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — People stand when Dr. Matshidiso Moeti enters a room at the World Health Organization's Africa headquarters in the Republic of Congo and they listen intently to what she says. Small in stature and big in presence, Moeti is the first woman to...

WHO Africa’s 1st woman leader helps continent fight COVID

Mar. 09, 2022 05:24 AM EST

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — People stand when Dr. Matshidiso Moeti enters a room at the World Health Organization’s Africa headquarters in Republic of Congo. Small in stature, big in presence, Moeti is the first woman to lead WHO’s regional Africa office, the capstone of her...