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South Africa's health authorities report 2 deaths from mpox this week and warn of local transmission

Jun. 13, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African health authorities say two people have died this week after contracting mpox, and it appears there is local transmission of the disease. The health ministry said Thursday that a 38-year-old man died in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province...

A man in Mexico died with one form of bird flu, but US officials remain focused on another

Jun. 06, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The mysterious death of a man in Mexico who had one kind of bird flu is unrelated to outbreaks of a different type at U.S. dairy farms, experts say. Here’s a look at the case and the different types of bird flu. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MEXICO BIRD FLU...

Uganda tackles yellow fever with new travel requirement, vaccination campaign for millions

May. 28, 2024 01:07 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda has rolled out a nationwide yellow fever vaccination campaign to help safeguard its population against the mosquito-borne disease that has long posed a threat. By the end of April, Ugandan authorities had vaccinated 12.2 million of the 14 million...

World Health Assembly hopes to reinforce pandemic preparedness after bold treaty project stalls

May. 27, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Member countries kicked off the World Health Organization's annual assembly on Monday with hopes of improving global readiness for deadly outbreaks like COVID-19, after an ambitious “pandemic treaty” ran aground last week. Health officials are racing to get the...

Efforts to draft a pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on how to respond to next emergency

May. 24, 2024 18:38 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A global treaty to fight pandemics like COVID is going to have to wait: After more than two years of negotiations, rich and poor countries have failed — for now — to come up with a plan for how the world might respond to the next pandemic. After COVID-19...

UN agency authorizes second vaccine against dengue amid outbreaks in the Americas

May. 15, 2024 07:08 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Wednesday authorized a second dengue vaccine, a move that could provide protection for millions worldwide against the mosquito-borne disease that has already sparked numerous outbreaks across the Americas this year. In...

Countries struggle to draft 'pandemic treaty' to avoid mistakes made during COVID

May. 10, 2024 06:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — After the coronavirus pandemic triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns, upended economies and killed millions, leaders at the World Health Organization and worldwide vowed to do better in the future. Years later, countries are still struggling to come up with an agreed-upon plan for...

A new form of mpox that may spread more easily found in Congo's biggest outbreak

May. 02, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo is struggling to contain its biggest mpox outbreak, and scientists say a new form of the disease detected in a mining town might more easily spread among people. Since January, Congo has reported more than 4,500 suspected mpox cases and nearly 300...

UN approves an updated cholera vaccine that could help fight a surge in cases

Apr. 18, 2024 23:59 PM EDT

The World Health Organization has approved a version of a widely used cholera vaccine that could help address a surge in cases that has depleted the global vaccine stockpile and left poorer countries scrambling to contain epidemics. WHO authorized the vaccine, made by EuBiologics,...

Mercury exposure widespread among Yanomami tribe in Amazon, report finds

Apr. 04, 2024 20:34 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Many Yanomami, the Amazon's largest Indigenous tribe in relative isolation, have been contaminated with mercury coming from widespread illegal gold mining, according to a report released on Thursday by Brazil’s top public health institute. The research was...