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'Perfect storm' of risks threatens DRC Ebola response: WHO

'Perfect storm' of risks threatens DRC Ebola response: WHO

Efforts to contain the latest Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo are being threatened by a ‘perfect storm’ of challenges, including rebel violence and pre-election turbulence ...

Third Indian state checks suspect cases in outbreak of rare brain-damaging virus

Third Indian state checks suspect cases in outbreak of rare brain-damaging virus

Officials in a third Indian state were checking on Friday if two people had been infected with the brain-damaging Nipah virus that has killed 12 in southern Kerala ...

DR Congo Ebola death toll hits 26 as vaccinations start

DR Congo Ebola death toll hits 26 as vaccinations start

The two cases occurred at Bikoro, a remote area where the outbreak began and then spread to Mbandaka -- an event that has deeply worried health experts.

Ebola in DRC not 'currently' an 'emergency of international concern': WHO

Ebola in DRC not 'currently' an 'emergency of international concern': WHO

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not yet merit being labelled an emergency of ‘international concern,’ the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

Lassa fever kills 21 in Nigeria: health officials

Lassa fever kills 21 in Nigeria: health officials

Twenty-one people have died from Lassa fever in Nigeria this month, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said on Wednesday, in the latest outbreak in Africa's most populous nation.

Philippines 'prepared for worst' in dengue vaccine concerns

Philippines 'prepared for worst' in dengue vaccine concerns

The Philippines is prepared for a ‘worst-case scenario’ following warnings that an anti-dengue vaccine administered to thousands of children may worsen the disease in some cases, a health official said Saturday.

Philippines suspends world-first dengue vaccine

Philippines suspends world-first dengue vaccine

The Philippines said Friday it had suspended use of a landmark vaccine for the potentially deadly dengue virus after its manufacturer warned it could worsen the disease in some cases.

India confirms first Zika virus cases: WHO

India confirms first Zika virus cases: WHO

The Indian health ministry has confirmed its first cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organisation has said, the latest nation to be affected by the mosquito-borne virus that sparked global concern.

Two more suspected Ebola cases identified in Congo

Two more suspected Ebola cases identified in Congo

Health experts have identified two more suspected cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, a day after the government declared an outbreak of the disease that has killed one man, the UN health agency said.

Ebola outbreak declared in northeast DR Congo

Ebola outbreak declared in northeast DR Congo

An Ebola outbreak has been declared in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, after the virus caused three deaths in the area since April 22.

Malaysia reports first pregnant Zika patient

Malaysia reports first pregnant Zika patient

Malaysia on Wednesday reported its first case of a pregnant woman with Zika -- a resident of a Malaysian state bordering Singapore where authorities have already recorded 275 cases.

Malaysia expects more Zika cases as virus spreads

Malaysia expects more Zika cases as virus spreads

Malaysia is bracing for more Zika cases, officials said on Sunday, after detecting the first locally infected patient, which could further stretch a health system struggling with dengue, another mosquito-borne virus that can be fatal.