World Health Organization

Australia’s First Human Case of H5N1 Bird Flu Confirmed in Child Who Traveled to India

The World Health Organization confirms Australia’s first human case of H5N1 bird flu in a child who traveled to India. The child recovered after treatment, with no close contacts showing symptoms. Precautions are advised to prevent the spread of avian influenza.

Man in Mexico Dies from H5N2 Bird Flu, No Immediate Public Risk

A 59-year-old man in Mexico has died from the H5N2 bird flu, a strain never before seen in humans. While there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission, health officials are closely monitoring the situation to prevent any potential outbreaks. Vigilance is key in combatting zoonotic diseases like bird flu.

Global Leaders Gather in London to Discuss One Health Approach to Climate Crisis

Learn about the recent groundbreaking event hosted by PATH and the Commonwealth in London, focusing on the One Health approach to address the critical intersection of human and planetary health in the face of climate change. Global leaders and experts gathered to emphasize the urgency of taking action to prevent epidemics and pandemics, especially affecting vulnerable populations. Keynote speakers highlighted the need for a coordinated One Health approach that considers the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health in tackling climate change impacts.

Uganda to Switch to New Malaria Vaccine for Children Under Five

Uganda is set to abandon the use of the first malaria vaccine, RTS,S (Mosquirix), in favor of the recently approved R21/Matrix-M vaccine for the immunization of children under five years old. The decision comes after the Health Ministry Division of Malaria Control revealed the country’s plan to initiate malaria vaccinations for young children starting in October. Learn more about Uganda’s switch to the R21/Matrix-M vaccine and its implications for combating malaria in the region.

Urgent Need for Research on Climate Change Impact on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Malaria

New research underscores the urgent need for further investigation into the impact of climate change on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and malaria. Rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns are altering disease distribution, posing significant threats to public health. The study emphasizes the importance of collaborative modeling to predict the consequences of climate change on malaria and NTDs, warning of potential shifts in transmission patterns. Immediate action is required to safeguard progress in combating these diseases and address research biases that disproportionately impact vulnerable communities.

WHO Releases New Strategic Framework to Enhance Prevention and Control of Mpox

WHO has released a new strategic framework to enhance prevention and control of mpox, a viral illness caused by the monkeypox virus. Learn about the symptoms, transmission, and global impact of mpox outbreaks, as well as the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

WHO Prequalifies TAK-003: New Dengue Vaccine Marks Major Breakthrough

The World Health Organization (WHO) prequalified the innovative TAK-003 dengue vaccine, designed for children aged 6-16 in high-prevalence regions. With a two-dose regimen, TAK-003 joins the WHO list alongside CYD-TDV, expanding global vaccine accessibility. Dengue, a significant public health threat, affects millions annually, highlighting the importance of advancements in vaccine development.

WHO Warns of Deadly Hepatitis E Outbreak in Chad

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a warning after an outbreak of Hepatitis E killed seven people in Chad, central Africa. More than 2,000 suspected cases have been reported, with the virus being prominent in the Ouaddai province due to an influx of refugees from Sudan. Doctors Without Borders has expressed concerns about the health risks posed to both refugees and host communities. Hepatitis E is highly contagious and mainly transmitted through contaminated water.

High Salt Consumption and Hypertension Leading to 10,000 Daily Deaths in WHO European Region

Cardiovascular diseases are claiming the lives of 10,000 people every day in the WHO European Region, with men being more frequently affected than women. A recent report from WHO/Europe has highlighted the alarming levels of salt consumption and uncontrolled high blood pressure contributing to this health crisis. Implementing targeted policies to reduce salt intake by 25% could potentially save around 900,000 lives from CVDs by 2030.

Namibia Achieves Milestone in Ending Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B

Namibia achieves milestone in fighting mother-to-child transmission of HIV and hepatitis B, becoming first in Africa to do so. With almost universal HIV testing among pregnant women and a 70% reduction in vertical transmission, only 4% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers acquired the virus in 2022. WHO awards Namibia for progress in reducing hepatitis B and combating HIV, highlighting the country’s strategic approach to disease elimination.