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WHO monitoring China bubonic plague situation

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:59 PM

'At the moment, we are not considering it high-risk but we're watching it, monitoring it carefully,' says WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris

China steps up precautions after bubonic plague case

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:04 PM

While the contagious bubonic plague is rare in China and can be treated, at least 5 people have died from it since 2014, says China's National Health Commission

'Plague Inc.' creators and WHO working on new save-the-world game mode

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Ndemic Creations also donates $250,000 split between the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

Photo from Ndemic Creations

'Plague Inc.' game pulled from Apple's App Store in China – developer

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:42 PM

Ndemic Creations, the app's maker, says it is unclear if the decision is linked to the deadly new coronavirus outbreak, which began in central China in December

Locust swarms arrive in South Sudan, threatening more misery

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Billions of desert locusts, some in swarms the size of Moscow, have already chomped their way through Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan and Uganda

Locusts swarm from ground vegetation as people approach at Lerata village, near Archers Post in Samburu county, approximately 300 kilomters (186 miles) north of kenyan capital, Nairobi on January 22, 2020. "Ravenous swarms" of desert locusts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential, threaten to ravage the entire East Africa subregion, the UN warned on January 20, 2020. The outbreak of desert locusts, considered the most dangerous locust species, is “significant and extremely dangerous” warned the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, describing the infestation as an eminent threat to food security in months to come” if control measures are not taken. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

2 treated for deadly pneumonic plague in Beijing

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Pneumonic plague can prove fatal in 24 to 72 hours and is the 'most virulent form of plague,' according to the World Health Organization, while the bubonic form is less dangerous

Madagascar plague deaths hit 94, with 1,100 suspected cases – WHO

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:35 PM

WHO's director for health emergencies in Africa, Ibrahima Soce Fall, says that out of 1,153 suspected cases, 300 are laboratory confirmed

PLAGUE. A council worker walks past sacks of potatoes as he sprays disinfectant during the clean-up of the market of Anosibe in the Anosibe district of Antananarivo on October 10, 2017. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:37 PM

A total of 805 cases have been reported on the poor Indian Ocean island nation since August, the health ministry says in a statement

PLAGUE. A council worker walks past sacks of potatoe as he sprays disinfectant during the clean-up of the market of Anosibe in the Anosibe district, one of the most unsalubrious district of Antananarivo on October 10, 2017. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP

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

North Korea has large chemical weapons stockpile – Seoul

Feb 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Pyongyang is believed to have up to 5 000 tons of chemical weapons including the VX nerve agent allegedly used to kill Kim Jong Nam

This picture taken on February 15, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a national meeting at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong-Il. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

China reopens town sealed after plague death

Jul 24, 2014 - 1:03 PM

Authorities had exterminated rodents and fleas in designated quarantine zones while 151 close contacts of the man had been kept in isolation for nine days without showing symptoms

City 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China

Jul 22, 2014 - 6:38 PM

A dead marmot may have been the cause of a case of bubonic plague in Yumen a city in the Gansu province of China

Locust plague could cause food crisis in Madagascar - UN

Jun 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM

By September Madagascar s worst locust plague in 60 years will have infested two thirds of the Indian Ocean island s crops FAO experts said

INFESTATION. A swarm of the Red Locusts 20 kilometers north of the town of Sakaraha, south west Madagascar on April 27, 2013. Photo by AFP/Bilal Tarabey

Residents in China ordered to cull birds: media

Apr 11, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Residents of a Chinese city were ordered to cull all their poultry as authorities stepped up attempts to halt the spread of the deadly H7N9 bird flu

BIRD FLU. An elderly woman looks at a cokerel in Beijing on April 4,2013. A man in the Chinese province of Zhejiang has died of the H7N9 strain of bird flu, state media said on March 3, bringing the total deaths attributed to the virus to three since the first human cases. Photo by AFP