Latest World Health Organization News

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years

Sep. 19, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a news conference...

US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Sep. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and urged...

Kenya becomes 3rd country to roll out malaria vaccine

Sep. 13, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Health authorities in Kenya on Friday started administering doses of the world's only licensed malaria vaccine to young children in rural areas facing high transmission rates. Kenya became the third African country to introduce the vaccine, after Malawi and Ghana. The aim is to reach...

Uganda: 9-year-old girl from Congo dies of Ebola

Aug. 30, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A 9-year-old Congolese girl who tested positive for Ebola in neighboring Uganda has died, Ugandan authorities said Friday, as the World Health Organization said that the outbreak has neared 3,000 cases. The girl's body was repatriated to Congo for a funeral upon the request of her...

'Dramatic resurgence' of measles seen in Europe, WHO reports

Aug. 29, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says there has been a "dramatic resurgence" of measles in Europe, in part fueled by vaccine refusals, with nearly 90,000 people sickened by the virus in the first half of 2019. In a report issued Thursday, the U.N. health agency said the number of measles cases...

UN: Ebola outbreak in Congo has killed nearly 2,000 people

Aug. 23, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching a "stark" milestone with nearly 2,000 people killed by the virus in the year-long epidemic. In a press briefing on Friday, Dr. Mike Ryan said that although the U.N. health agency has the...

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Aug. 23, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the imperfect vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocally in favor" of...

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Aug. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocably in favor" of...

UN: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

Aug. 21, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles...

WHO says it has 'zero tolerance' for corruption in Yemen

Aug. 8, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The World Health Organization says it follows "a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of corruption" amid calls for greater transparency following an Associated Press report on fraud and mismanagement marring some U.N. operations in the country. WHO issued a statement Wednesday saying it...