HEALTH NEWS

AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016: UN

AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday, proclaiming "the scales have tipped."

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Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom picked to head WHO

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was voted director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the first African ever to head the agency.

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UN agency announces 2 more suspected Ebola cases in Congo

The World Health Organization has identified two more suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus a day after declaring an outbreak in Congo.

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H5N1 Virus Resurfaces in Cameroon

Huge quantities of live chickens and other table birds are stockpiling in Kiossi on Cameroon's southern border, following a ban on Cameroon table birds by neighboring Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

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WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread

The World Health Organization declared an international emergency on Monday over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an "extraordinary event."

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Nobel medicine prize to trio for treatment of parasitic diseases

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded Monday to a trio of researchers for their discoveries into the treatment of devastating parasitic diseases that often affect the world's poorest.

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New Ebola fatality in Sierra Leone: authorities

A 16-year-old girl has died from Ebola in the northern Sierra Leone city of Makeni, the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said Monday.

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Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola

The world is for the first time on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as data from a trial in Guinea showed a vaccine was 100 percent effective.

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Ebola vaccine trial begins in Senegal

A trial to evaluate an Ebola vaccine has begun in Dakar, Senegal, after initial immunisations started at the Jenner Institute, Oxford University.

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WHO announces changes after widespread Ebola criticism

Geneva, Switzerland - After blistering criticism over how the World Health Organization handled the Ebola outbreak, its Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan announced changes aimed at the way the agency handles health emergencies.

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Italian Nurse Who Worked in Sierra Leone Tests Positive for Ebola

ROME — An Italian nurse who returned from Sierra Leone last week was flown to an infectious diseases hospital in Rome on Wednesday after he tested positive for the Ebola virus a day before.

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Cuban Doctors Return Home After Treating Ebola in West Africa

A group of Cuban medical professionals who had been providing front-line medical attention in countries affected by the Ebola epidemic returned to Cuba Monday after a six-month stint in West Africa.

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CDC Ready to Vaccinate 6,000 Against Ebola in Sierra Leone

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is helping prepare for a new Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, the country that's now the worst hit by the Ebola epidemic.

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Cuban Doctor Returns to Sierra Leone after Ebola Recovery

In a testament to his dedication, Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria, returned to Sierra Leone Tuesday to continue working with on treating patients with Ebola in the African country.

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Ebola Epidemic May End by June 2015 In Liberia

A new study found Ebola could come to an end in Liberia by June, if the trend toward better hospitalization and preventive care continues.

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WHO mulls structural reforms in the wake of Ebola response

Geneva - The World Health Organization's (WHO) complicated bureaucracy and weak operational capacity have hampered its efforts to deal with the Ebola outbreak, the UN agency said in a critical report made public on Monday that offered several reform proposals.

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Victory against Ebola 'within our reach': new UN mission chief

Ending the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is a difficult task, but it is "within our reach", the UN's new mission chief on the disease said, warning that the world has no choice but to beat back the infection.

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Cuban Doctor Who Contracted Ebola to Return to Sierra Leone

After contracting the Ebola virus while attending patients in West Africa, Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria pledged to return to the region once he recovered.

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Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 7,588 - WHO

The global death toll from Ebola has risen to 7,588 out of 19,497 confirmed cases recorded in the year-old epidemic raging in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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Ebola crisis could last another year: expert Peter Piot

The West African Ebola crisis which claimed its first victim exactly a year ago is likely to last until the end of 2015, according to a scientist who helped discover the virus.

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