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After 18 years, polio back in Papua New Guinea – WHO

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

PNG has not had a case of the disease since 1996, and was certified as polio-free in 2000 along with the rest of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific region

Kids aged 11-12 need just two doses of cancer vaccine

Oct 21, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Those aged 15 26 should continue to receive 3 doses says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US extends 6-month warning to men over Zika risk

Oct 01, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Men who live in or have traveled to an area of active Zika transmission are now urged to wait half a year before attempting conception regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with Zika or showed any symptoms

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 25, 2016 shows an Aedes Aegypti mosquito sitting on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Zika-hit Miami neighborhood safe – Florida governor

Aug 08, 2016 - 12:21 AM

Florida Governor Rick Scott says authorities are doing a very good job of working to get rid of the mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 06: A plane sprays pesticide over the Wynwood neighborhood in the hope of controlling and reducing the number of mosquitos, some of which may be capable of spreading the Zika virus on August 6, 2016 in Miami, Florida. This is the second round of aerial spraying in the area as the county continues to try and prevent the Zika virus from spreading. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid the area. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Continental US records first Zika-related death

Jul 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Health officials say the elderly victim who had an underlying health condition died in late June after traveling to a country where the mosquito transmitted virus is active

ZIKA VIRUS. A file photograph showing a mosquito 'Aedes aegypti', that transmit the Zika virus, in a laboratory in San Salvador, El Salvador, on February 7, 2016. File photo by Oscar Rivera/EPA

Zika linked to birth defects in 6 US cases

Jun 17, 2016 - 6:53 PM

The CDC says it will publish weekly results of women who are pregnant and infected with Zika

ZIKA. David Heymann (L), Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Committee on Zika, and Bruce Aylward (R), Executive Director ad interim of the Outbreaks and Health Emergencies Cluster of WHO, at the 3rd meeting of the Zika Virus Infection and Possible Neurological Complications Emergency Committee, at the World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva, Switzerland, June 14, 2016. Photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Puerto Rico declares first case of Zika-related microcephaly

May 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Puerto Rico says it has counted 925 cases of Zika so far 18 of which involve pregnant women

First US Zika-related death in Puerto Rico

Apr 30, 2016 - 7:45 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned of a potential explosion of Zika cases in Puerto Rico possibly reaching into the hundreds of thousands

FIRST. In this file photo, Ana Rius, the Secretary of the Department of Health of Puerto Rico, speaks during a news conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 28, 2016. Rius is quoted as saying the first Zika-related death in US soil involves a 70-year-old patient who died at the end of February. File photo by Jorge Muniz/EPA

Men with Zika should wait 6 months before unprotected sex – US

Mar 26, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Meanwhile women confirmed to have Zika or who have its symptoms should wait at least 8 weeks after the illness first appears before trying to become pregnant

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 25, 2016 shows an Aedes Aegypti mosquito sitting on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Eating peanuts helps infants avoid allergy, even after pause

Mar 05, 2016 - 12:34 PM

The latest study includes evidence gleaned from following 550 children age 5 to 6 some of whom stopped eating peanuts while others carried on

US details cases of 9 pregnant women with Zika virus

Feb 27, 2016 - 8:49 AM

Health officials say two of the women miscarried and two elected to terminate their pregnancies

ZIKA AND PREGNANCY. A picture made available on February 12, 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregrnacy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:52 AM

With the sting of a mosquito bite and a fever many pregnant women may not know that they caught the Zika virus – until it strikes their unborn child

ZIKA VIRUS. A pregnant woman stands at her house in a zone of the shanty town of Beco do Sururu, located close to Boa Viagem, the richest neighborhood of city of Recife, Brazil, 22 January 2016. Recife is the Brazilian city with more cases of Zika virus. Photo by Percio Campos/EPA

'Poisoned' durian candy contaminated with bacteria – DOH

Jul 16, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Wendy s Durian Candy tests positive for staphylococcus bacteria One of the victims is still in the hospital but will be discharged soon

CANDYMAKER. Wendy's Durian Candy manufacturer Janet Aquino holds up the product tag of their durian candy. File photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

US faces measles outbreak, vaccine debate rages

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:08 AM

The resurgence of the disease in the US coincides with a movement of some parents refusing to vaccinate their children

WEAPON. In this photo illustration, a bottle containing a measles vaccine is seen at the Miami Children's Hospital on January 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

New Ebola cases slowing in Liberia, but too soon to celebrate – WHO

Oct 30, 2014 - 12:06 AM

UPDATED It appears that the trend is real in Liberia and there may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic s spread there says WHO assistant director general Bruce Aylward

MEDICATION. A photograph made available 13 October 2014 shows a Liberian health worker gives medication to a young Ebola patient at the MSF Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia 20 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

US modifies Ebola guidelines after quarantine uproar

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:30 AM

The decision comes after UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and health workers coming from Ebola hit areas strongly criticized the US quarantine guidelines

UPROAR. Charles King (L), Chief Executive Officer of Housing Works, and Peter Staley (R), American HIV/AIDS-LGBT rights activist, denounce the region's new quarantine rules outside the Bellevue Hospital Center where patients with, or are suspected of having, Ebola are being treated in New York, 27 October 2014. Justin Lane/EPA

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000

Oct 23, 2014 - 4:39 PM

With experts warning the rate of infections could reach 10 000 a week by early December researchers around the world are scrambling to beat the tropical fever

A health workers in protective suit puts glasses on, on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Cuba sends more doctors to Ebola-hit west Africa

Oct 23, 2014 - 9:02 AM

The death toll from the outbreak nears 4 900 and countries race to get experimental vaccines ready for real world use

TO THE FRONTLINE. The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of medicines and medical material from a plane upon their arrival at Freetown's airport to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, on October 2, 2014. Florian Plaucheur/AFP

5 misconceptions about Ebola

Oct 20, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Information is the best weapon against Ebola

Nigeria declared Ebola-free in 'spectacular success'

Oct 19, 2014 - 7:12 PM

UPDATED Nigeria s official Ebola free status comes after Senegal was given the all clear on October 17 providing rare good news in the world s worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever

Nigerian pupils of Powa International Childrens School wash their hands as part of the 2014 Hand Washing Day Ebola sensitization campaign in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, October 15 2014. Photo by STR/EPA

CDC cleared Ebola nurse to fly, mulls travel ban

Oct 16, 2014 - 11:32 PM

The decision to let her fly was based on in this case the disclosure from the health care worker in terms of her well being says CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds

Texas case forces US to 'rethink' Ebola approach

Oct 14, 2014 - 11:26 AM

US CDC head: What we will be doing in the coming days and weeks is doubling down on the amount of education training outreach and support we provide

US President Barack Obama (2nd L), Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell (R), and Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco (L) participate in a conference call with Director of the Center for Disease Control Dr. Tom Frieden on Ebola in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 13 October 2014. Alex Wong/Pool/EPA

First US Ebola infection result of 'protocol breach'

Oct 12, 2014 - 10:03 PM

UPDATED Top US health officials have said a breach of protocol was to blame for the new Ebola patient – the second person infected outside Africa and the second diagnosed in the United States

Members of the Hazmat crew walk down stairs from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Second US Ebola case deals blow to global battle

Oct 12, 2014 - 5:52 PM

UPDATED The latest Texas case underlines United Nations fears and growing concerns in the United States about Ebola for which there is no vaccine or widely available treatment

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, USA, 01 October 2014, where a patient with the Ebola virus is being treated. Richard Rodriguez/EPA

Nations step up measures to stem worsening Ebola outbreak

Oct 12, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Countries across the world scrambled Saturday October 11 to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak that UN officials warn is getting worse

A photograph made available on 10 October 2014 shows a Liberian burial squad carry the body of an Ebola victim in Marshall, Margini county, Liberia, 25 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

US urges action to keep Ebola from becoming 'next AIDS'

Oct 09, 2014 - 11:54 PM

UPDATED We have to work now so that it is not the world s next AIDS CDC director Tom Frieden tells the heads of the United Nations World Bank and International Monetary Fund

EBOLA. “"I would say that in the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like this has been AIDS," says Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. File photo by Cellou Binani/AFP

Ebola quarantines mount in Spain, as nations add airport screenings

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:53 PM

EU officials rush to reassure citizens Europe is well armed to prevent an Ebola epidemic but experts point to some gaps in public health systems which could be called upon to ward off contagion of the tropical fever

Members of a sanitation team and a fire crew wait outside the residence of Teresa, a Spanish nurse, and her husband Javier Limon on October 8, 2014 in Alcorcon after they were admitted Sunday and Monday respectively to a Madrid hospital fearing infection with the deadly Ebola virus. Curto de la Torre/AFP

Man dies of Ebola in Texas, as world toll nears 3,900

Oct 08, 2014 - 11:28 PM

UPDATED The spillover of the virus – with the first diagnosis in United States and the first case of infection in Spain – has raised fears of contagion in the West

Africa's uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:14 PM

While nations like Ivory Coast Kenya and South Africa have well equipped hospitals with specialist units and high tech labs vast expanses of the continent remain health care deserts

Liberians watch as a burial team enters their community to collect a dead body suspected of being an Ebola victim in the slum area of Logan Town outside Monrovia, Liberia, 30 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

US hunts contacts of seriously ill Ebola patient

Oct 02, 2014 - 1:05 AM

UPDATED More people may have been exposed to the contagious man after he first sought treatment on September 25 because an apparent miscommunication among staff resulted in his release back into the community for several days

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, USA, 01 October 2014, where a patient with the Ebola virus is being treated. Richard Rodriguez/EPA

Rare respiratory virus, paralysis spreads among US kids

Oct 01, 2014 - 9:22 AM

The nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 – which can cause wheezing and coughing – coincided with the hospitalization of 9 children due to limb weakness in Colorado since early August and officials are investigating if there is any link between the two

The Children's Hospital Colorado, which has seen 10 patients with respiratory enterovirus EV-D68 after an outbreak in the state, is seen on September 30, 2014 in Aurora, Colorado. Marc Piscotty/Getty Images/AFP

Obama says West Africa 'overwhelmed' by Ebola epidemic

Sep 27, 2014 - 9:42 AM

US President Barack Obama challenges inventors to come up with more comfortable and functional protective gear kits for health workers working in highly infectious areas in West Africa

WEST AFRICA 'OVERWHELMED.' US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) in Washington DC, USA, 26 September 2014. Obama delivered remarks on the importance of an international response to the Ebola virus outbreak. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Sierra Leone quarantines 1.2M ahead of UN Ebola talks

Sep 25, 2014 - 4:23 PM

UPDATED World leaders are due to attend a meeting in New York on Ebola convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon with Sierra Leone s Ernest Bai Koroma and Liberia s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf connected by video link

DAILY STRUGGLE. An Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 15, 2014. Carl de Souza/AFP

1.4M Ebola cases by January 2015 – US

Sep 23, 2014 - 10:43 PM

UPDATED However experts warn the figures are based on data that is three weeks old before the United States and other nations ramped up their responses to the epidemic in West Africa

Liberian health care workers on an Ebola burial team collect the body of an Ebola victim in Westpoint, Monrovia, Liberia, 13 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Aug 28, 2014 - 11:23 AM

Health ministers from west African nations hit by Ebola will gather in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday to discuss responses to the epidemic

French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) staff members standing wearing protective gear at the MSF ELWA hospital in Monrovia, 21 August 2014. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Youths who try e-cigarettes triple since 2011 – study

Aug 26, 2014 - 8:31 AM

US CDC: More than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e cigarettes in 2013

All doses of experimental Ebola drug sent to West Africa

Aug 12, 2014 - 8:48 AM

Mapp Bio: In responding to the request received this weekend from a West African nation the available supply of ZMapp is exhausted

MONITORING THE SPREAD. Dr. Stephan Monroe, deputy director of the national center for emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases, points out areas of Liberia in West Africa that have been affected by Ebola in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 07 August 2014. Branden Camp/EPA

RITM on top of preparations for possible Ebola cases

Aug 05, 2014 - 4:39 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and several other hospitals have enough capacity to test the deadly Ebola virus

LABORATORY TEST. Specimen inactivation is part of the Ebola testing process by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Screenshot from Youtube video

Ebola outbreak speeds up efforts to find a vaccine

Aug 02, 2014 - 4:25 PM

There is currently no such medication in the pipeline to treat Ebola In the meantime experts can only urge preventive measures

Bariatric surgery yields higher diabetic remission: study

Jun 11, 2014 - 8:29 AM

The study also shows that the surgical procedure is linked to fewer diabetes related complications in the severely overweight

PH linked to record-high measles cases in US

May 30, 2014 - 8:49 AM

Many of the US clusters originated after people traveled to the Philippines where a large measles outbreak has been ongoing since late 2013

FIGHTING MEASLES. A Filipino nurse injects an infant with a measles vaccine in Tondo, Manila. US health authorities say 32,030 measles cases have been reported in the Philippines. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

In US, gay men clash over HIV prevention pill

May 17, 2014 - 10:51 AM

The daily pill should be used in conjunction with condoms as a way to cut back on new HIV infections which have stayed steady at some 50 000 new annual cases in the United States in recent years

US reports second case of MERS virus

May 13, 2014 - 10:01 AM

US health officials are investigating the imported case and are expected to release details at a news conference

New York City imposes strict e-cigarette ban

Apr 30, 2014 - 3:24 PM

Retailers as of May 18 will no longer be allowed to sell tobacco products or e cigarettes to anyone under 21

E-cigarettes to be regulated under new US plan

Apr 25, 2014 - 1:19 AM

Sellers would be required to enforce a minimum age restriction on those who wish to buy the products including requiring identification

Calls for more US oversight after tainted drug outbreak

Oct 11, 2012 - 12:04 PM

A deadly meningitis outbreak in the United States blamed on a tainted drug has triggered outrage and calls for tighter regulation of the loosely controlled pharmaceutical compounding industry

The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy is currently being investigated for producing a contaminated steroid shot that included the meningitis fungus that has killed at least five people. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

US meningitis outbreak death toll rises to 12

Oct 10, 2012 - 3:07 PM

Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as many as 13 000 people might have received doses of the contaminated steroid injection that has caused an outbreak of the rare fungal infection

The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy is currently being investigated for producing a contaminated steroid shot that included the meningitis fungus that has killed at least five people. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP