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Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the Americas and could infect up to 4 million people. The race is on to develop a Zika

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WHO declares Zika a global health emergency

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters that coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and expedite work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease, but said curbs on travel or trade were not necessary.

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Zika virus spreads explosively, 4m cases forecast

The Zika virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is "spreading explosively" and could infect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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Zika virus set to spread across Americas

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Number of obese children under five alarming: WHO

At least 41 million children under the age of five are obese or overweight across the globe, with numbers rising most rapidly in developing countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. The number of obese or over

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New global framework launched to eliminate rabies

A new framework to eliminate human rabies and save tens of thousands of lives each year has been launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of th

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WHO calls for fighting deadly foodborne diseases

At least 600 million people, or 1 in 10 worldwide, fall ill from contaminated food each year and 420,000 die, many of them young children, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Giving its first global estimates of

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Processed meat can cause cancer - WHO

Eating processed meat can cause bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Monday in findings that could sharpen debate over the merits of a meat-based diet.

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Despite progress, road traffic deaths remain too high

Some 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes, according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global status report on road safety 2015, despite improvements in road safety. “Road traffi

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Sharjah named region's first WHO healthy city

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday formally declared Sharjah as the first healthy city of the region. Dr Ala Alwan, WHO regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, made the announcement in the presence of His Hi

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