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More dengue cases in Metro Manila cities in 2019

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Health has recorded a total of 10,103 cases and 43 deaths due to dengue in Metro Manila

DENGUE IN METRO MANILA. A mother uses a dropper to give a dose of 'tawa-tawa' herbal juice to her child who is affected by dengue virus at the Amang Rodriguez Hospital in Marikina City on August 8, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Health group warns gov't vs 'knee-jerk' move to lift Dengvaxia ban

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Health Action for Human Rights instead urges the public to take a ‘rational, holistic, and participatory’ approach in addressing the epidemic

DENGUE EPIDEMIC. The Department of Health on Tuesday, August 6, declared a national dengue epidemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte open to use of Dengvaxia amid dengue epidemic

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to hear what local scientists and doctors have to say about the controversial dengue vaccine

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dengue cases in Northern Mindanao breach epidemic threshold

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:17 AM

It's in Northern Mindanao where 60 dengue deaths have been recorded

Ebola outbreak 'under control' in part of eastern DR Congo

Feb 21, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo says there are no new confirmed cases of Ebola in the Beni area for the past 21 days

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

[OPINION] I'm complicit in the rise of the HIV epidemic – and so are you

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:37 AM

I am not writing this to blame anyone. Instead, I invite you to be part of the solution.

HIV infects one teenaged girl every 3 minutes – UN

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Girls and young women make up two-thirds of 15- to 19-year-olds infected with HIV in 2017, according to data revealed at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam

TALKING ABOUT AIDS AND HIV. Charlize Theron speaks in Amsterdam, on July 24, 2018 on the second day of the AIDS2018 congress aiming at launching a new coalition of global AIDS funders, Photo by ANP/Robin Utrecht/AFP

[OPINION] Making sure opioids get lost in the mail

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Increased prevention and treatment efforts can curb demand; but it's going to take more enforcement to disrupt the supply chain

Ebola death toll in DR Congo rises to 27

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:37 PM

The current Ebola outbreak is still on a low scale compared with a 3-nation epidemic that occurred between 2013-15 but has stirred wide concern

QUARANTINE. Health workers operate within an Ebola safety zone in the Health Center in Iyonda, near Mbandaka, on June 1, 2018. Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Death toll in DR Congo Ebola outbreak now at 27

May 22, 2018 - 10:42 PM

So far, there have been 51 cases since the outbreak was declared on May 8, says the DRC health ministry

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.  Photo Junior Kannah/AFP

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

May 18, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Ebola is lethal and highly contagious, which makes it difficult to contain – especially in urban environments where people are mobile and come into more contact with others

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

[OPINION | DASH of SAS ] Condoms not pleasant? Get a cockblocker

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:30 PM

An old man who, by his own admission, can’t get it up without popping a pill and a group of men forbidden to indulge in carnal desires have positioned themselves as voices of authority when it comes to sexual health

'A batch of yellow, blue and red condoms' image courtesy Shutterstock  http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-246516376/stock-photo-a-batch-of-yellow-blue-and-red-condoms.html

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Modernizing the Philippines' HIV law

Dec 15, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Government data shows that most newly reported HIV infections are among 15-24-year-old males

Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 30

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Madagascar has a history of plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980, but this outbreak is unusual because it has affected urban areas

Officers from Ministry of Health spread pesticide against carriers of plague such as fleas in a primary school at Andraisoro, a district of the Antananarivo on October 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / RIJASOLO

Panic in Madagascar as plague spreads

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:53 AM

In just the past few days, the highly infectious disease has wreaked havoc in the poor Indian Ocean island nation, claiming 6 lives in the capital city Antananarivo and causing widespread panic

RUSH. People queue at a pharmacy in downtown Antananarivo to buy protection masks against infections and medicines against plague on October 2, 2017. Rijasolo/AFP

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Aug 01, 2017 - 7:26 PM

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Orgies and Tinder: Millennials are having a lot of sex, some with a deadly price

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:27 PM

An old virus has new victims: HIV is now infecting the youth faster than any other age group due in part to technology and unsafe sex

Meningitis outbreak death estimate rises to 489 in Nigeria – official

Apr 13, 2017 - 8:06 AM

At least 5 northern states – Sokoto Zamfara Katsina Kebbi Niger – and the Federal Capital Territory have been affected by the epidemic over the past 5 months

Restoring RH budget a 'bright spot' for Duterte administration

Jan 14, 2017 - 8:46 AM

UPDATED Human Rights Watch says the budget cut in January 2016 threatened to roll back hard fought gains in maternal health and reductions in infant mortality over the past decade

Condoms in schools won't cut it

Jan 02, 2017 - 4:41 PM

There is no quick fix to the problem of HIV and unwanted pregnancy among our youth but we must start quickly on the path toward the right solutions


Human Rights Watch: PH gov't 'fueling' HIV epidemic

Dec 08, 2016 - 12:04 PM

The HRW report cites government barriers – from the national to the local level – on HIV prevention It also says two local governments have hindered HIV prevention efforts due to conservative views

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

HIV now an 'epidemic' among PH youth - Nat'l Youth Commission

Dec 01, 2016 - 9:42 PM

In partnership with the health and education agencies the NYC leads the development of an HIV information drive that target the youth

HIV TESTING. Because of the high incidence of HIV among young people, NYC supports HIV testing among young people aged 15 to 17 without parental consent. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

WHO country rep: PH not doing enough to stop HIV epidemic

Dec 01, 2016 - 2:22 PM

WHO believes it would take mass mobilization to counter the spread of the virus in the Philippines

File photo of World Health Organization Philippine representative Dr Gundo Weiler from WHO

Almost half HIV infections worldwide undetected – WHO

Nov 29, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The UN health agency said that 40 of people with the virus that causes AIDS or more than 14 million people worldwide are unaware of their status according to 2015 estimates

HIV testing. Photo by George Moya/Rappler/File

Hontiveros takes HIV test to fight stigma against virus

Nov 29, 2016 - 1:11 PM

The lawmaker is pushing for a new law that will create new strategies for the government to respond to the HIV AIDS epidemic

NO STIGMA. Senator Risa Hontiveros gets tested for HIV to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Senate PPRIB

'Hottest gay guy' in PH braves HIV test

Nov 16, 2016 - 4:38 PM

2016 Mister Gay World Philippines John Raspado invites people to undergo HIV testing so they will know their status and help spread awareness on the disease

Photo of Mr Gay World Philippines John Raspado courtesy of LoveYourself.

Guinea launches infectious disease center to fight Ebola

Nov 12, 2016 - 8:38 AM

The new French funded Institut Pasteur in Conakry will conduct research train scientists and test for some of the world s deadliest diseases

'Till I Met You' actor urges youth: Get tested for HIV/AIDS

Nov 04, 2016 - 12:11 PM

I want to reach out to the people of my generation to know your status get tested and stay healthy JC Santos says

GET TESTED. Actor JC Santos encourages the youth to get tested. Screen grab from Save the Children Philippines

Iloilo woman tests positive for Zika virus

Sep 05, 2016 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED The case of this married woman who is in her 40s is the first confirmed local transmission in the Philippines this year Doctors have been dispatched to Iloilo to look for other cases

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

Man dies in Malaysia's first locally transmitted Zika case

Sep 03, 2016 - 9:45 PM

UPDATED The 61 year old patient had already been in fragile health due to heart problems and other ailments

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 07, 2016 shows a mosquito in Mexico City on May 7, 2016.  At least 2.6 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where Zika could gain a new foothold, researchers warned on September 2, with 1.2 billion at risk in India alone. / AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

24 dengue deaths reported in Negros Occidental since January 2016

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang: We’re not entertaining declaring a state of calamity because that’s counterproductive We’re making necessary interventions

Malaysia reports first suspected Zika case

Sep 01, 2016 - 1:19 PM

UPDATED A 58 year old Malaysian woman is believed to have contracted the virus in neighboring Singapore

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP/File

DOH scaling up community approach to end HIV epidemic

Jul 15, 2016 - 8:49 AM

To address the increasing prevalence of HIV AIDS in the country the health department is launching a two pronged response to halt and reverse the spread of the infection

'The HIV Generation': 25 people get infected daily in PH

Jul 14, 2016 - 6:47 PM

The problem could be worse as the statistics are based only on who get tested and not on the entire population

Dr Genesis Samonte of the Department of Health briefs members of the media on the HIV epidemic in the Philippines on Thursday, July 14. Photo courtesy of RITM.

Congo declares yellow fever epidemic

Jun 20, 2016 - 11:17 PM

DR Congo declares a yellow fever outbreak in the capital Kinshasa home to more than ten million people and in two other western provinces

CARRIER. An Aedes Aegypti mosquito is photographed on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) on January 25, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. Photo by Luis Robayo / AFP

'Free, anonymous, fast' HIV testing set on May 29

May 24, 2016 - 11:36 AM

The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes inclusive of counseling on safer sex practices to lower the risk of HIV infection as well as an explanation on the results of the test

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HRW: PH not doing enough to curb HIV epidemic

May 18, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Reducing HIV transmission among males having sex with males MSMs requires targeted education campaigns on condom use and safe sex The government has ignored these approaches Human Rights Watch says

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Zika virus 'scarier' than thought – US health officials

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:14 AM

Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought

TRAPPED. A handout picture provided by Mexican Secretary Office of Health shows a mosquito trap in Mexico City, Mexico, January 21, 2016. Photo by Mexican Secretary Office of Health/EPA

Cebu to presidential bets: What will you do about HIV epidemic?

Mar 18, 2016 - 9:28 PM

Cebu City is at the heart of the country’s HIV epidemic with 7 7 prevalence of HIV among males having sex with males alone as of April 2015

HEALTH RISK. Cebu is the top city with the highest rate of HIV prevalence in the country. Photo of the City Health Department by David Lozada/ Rappler

Guinea gov't says 2 people have died from Ebola

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:48 AM

The announcement comes on the same day that the World Health Organization said the latest flare up of Ebola in neighboring Sierra Leone had officially ended

World tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics, migrants

Feb 10, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Muslim countries are seeing a drop in tourist arrivals according to industry experts

epa05019250 A general view for a beach in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 10 November 2015. About 25,000 Russian tourists returned home from Egypt over the weekend, amid fears that a terrorist bomb could have brought down an airliner last week. President Vladimir Putin ordered a suspension of passenger flights from Russia to Egypt after an airliner apparently exploded on October 31 while flying over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard. EPA/NAMIR GALAL/ALMASRY ALYOUM EGYPT OUT

Carnival opens in Rio, defying growing Zika fears

Feb 06, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Brazil s Carnival pushes through but authorities advise people joining the festivities to exercise caution

FESTIVITIES. The King Momo, Wilson Dias (R), dances with the Queen of the Carnival Clara Paixao (L) after receiving the Keys of the City, which represents the official opening of the Carnival of Rio, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 05 February 2016. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

South America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis with fears the virus could spread worldwide

A Mexican Health Ministry worker fumigates a house in Oaxaca, Mexico, 02 February 2016. Mario Arturo Martinez/EPA

Zika virus: US reports sexually transmitted case

Feb 03, 2016 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED The case in Texas fuels fears over the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain damaged babies

DANGER. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Esteban Biba/EPA

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Feb 02, 2016 - 12:14 PM

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Zika virus: WHO declares global health emergency

Feb 02, 2016 - 5:29 AM

UPDATED The WHO declares a surge in serious birth defects in South America is strongly suspected of being caused by the Zika virus and constitutes an international health emergency

DISINFECTION. Local workers disinfect the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades, on next 05 February, to fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna viruses. Photo by Marcelo Sayao / EPA

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Feb 01, 2016 - 12:48 PM

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Zika virus: WHO mulls global health emergency

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:41 AM

The World Health Organization is under pressure to act quickly in the fight against Zika after admitting it was slow to respond to the recent Ebola outbreak that ravaged parts of west Africa

Members of the Dominican Republic's army fumigate an area as they provide information during a move to prevent propagation of the 'Aedes Aegypti' mosquito, believed to be the carrier of the Zika virus, Dengue fever and other diseases, in Guerra, Dominican Republic, January 30, 2016. Orlando Barria/EPA

FAST FACTS: Zika virus

Jan 25, 2016 - 11:24 AM

The world s latest health scare is a seemingly minor illness that carries a killer wrapped inside

CULPRIT. A handout picture provided by office of the Mexican Secretary of Health shows a mosquito trap in Mexico City, Mexico, January 21, 2016. Office of the Mexican Secretary of Health/Handout/EPA

Zika spreads to Bolivia, infecting pregnant woman

Jan 20, 2016 - 10:28 AM

She has not traveled outside the country This is a home grown case

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nelson Almeida/AFP