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World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel warns

World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel warns Thu, 19 Sep, 2019

The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert panel has warned, and governments should work to prepare for and mitigate that risk.
South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak

South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak Tue, 17 Sep, 2019

South Korea   reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide.
Two Ebola drugs found to increase survival rates

Two Ebola drugs found to increase survival rates Tue, 13 Aug, 2019

Scientists were a step closer to an effective treatment for Ebola after two drugs in a clinical trial were found to significantly boost survival rates, the US health authority co-funding the research.
Colombian cocaine crops reduce but still world's largest: UN

Colombian cocaine crops reduce but still world's largest: UN Sat, 03 Aug, 2019

 Illegal coca plantations in Colombia reduced slightly in 2018 but the country remains the world's biggest producer of the primary ingredient in cocaine production, the United Nations said.
2nd person dies from Ebola in Congo's city of Goma

2nd person dies from Ebola in Congo's city of Goma Thu, 01 Aug, 2019

A second person died  of Ebola in Congo's major crossroads city of Goma, again raising fears the virus could spread beyond the country's borders as the outbreak enters a second year.
AIDS deaths down a third since 2010: UN

AIDS deaths down a third since 2010: UN Wed, 17 Jul, 2019

HIV-related deaths last year fell to around 770,000 -- some 33 percent lower than in 2010 -- the United Nations said, but warned that global efforts to eradicate the disease were stalling as funding dries up.
Hunger on the rise worldwide as 821 million affected, says UN

Hunger on the rise worldwide as 821 million affected, says UN Mon, 15 Jul, 2019

 More than 821 million people suffered from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide last year, the United Nations reported -- the third year in a row that the number has risen.
Central African Republic is worst country for food insecurity: WFP

Central African Republic is worst country for food insecurity: WFP Fri, 21 Jun, 2019

 About 40 percent of the population of the perennially unstable Central African Republic faces acute food insecurity, the World Food Programme.
Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda, as death toll climbs in DRC

Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda, as death toll climbs in DRC Thu, 13 Jun, 2019

Uganda  recorded its second Ebola fatality after a family contaminated with the virus crossed from neighbouring DR Congo, prompting World Health Organization officials to prepare an emergency meeting over the spread of the outbreak.
Uganda confirms Ebola case as virus spreads from DRCongo

Uganda confirms Ebola case as virus spreads from DRCongo Tue, 11 Jun, 2019

 A five-year-old boy is being treated for Ebola in Uganda, the first case since a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo 10 months ago, Health Minister Ruth Aceng said.
Over 600 people test HIV positive in Pakistan city

Over 600 people test HIV positive in Pakistan city Sun, 26 May, 2019

Pakistan said over 600 people, most of them children, had tested HIV positive in a city in the southern Sindh province.
Congo Ebola cases hit record for most reported in single day

Congo Ebola cases hit record for most reported in single day Tue, 30 Apr, 2019

The woman spent more than a week at home sick before family members tried to take her to an Ebola treatment center in eastern Congo. Before the motorcycle could reach the facility, it was too late.
Disease fears mount for Africa cyclone survivors

Disease fears mount for Africa cyclone survivors Sun, 24 Mar, 2019

Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone which ravaged southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned.
Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak Sun, 10 Mar, 2019

Frangeline is aged two but weighs no more than a four-month-old -- the terrible result of her battle with measles, which is cutting a deadly swathe through Madagascar.
Japanese woman confirmed as world's oldest person aged 116

Japanese woman confirmed as world's oldest person aged 116 Sat, 09 Mar, 2019

A 116-year-old Japanese woman who still enjoys studying math and playing board games has been recognised as the world's oldest person, the Guinness World Records said Saturday.
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