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WHO backs Sanofi's vaccine in areas with high dengue rates

The World Health Organization's expert group on immunisation said it recommended that countries consider introducing Sanofi's dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in areas where prevalence of the virus was 50 per cent or higher.  

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Diabetes rates quadruple as poorer countries hit

The number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in under four decades to 422 million, and the condition is fast becoming a major problem in poorer countries, a World Health Organization study showed. In one of the larg

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WHO sees scientific consensus on Zika as cause for disorders

Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, the World Health Organization said.

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WHO backs genetic modification trials in Zika fight

The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for pilot projects to test two experimental ways to curb Zika-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs hatching.

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Technology 'becomes commonplace to deliver health services'

The use of technology has become commonplace to deliver health services and public health improvements, such as electronic health records, in the member states in the WHO European region, according to a report.  

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Zika outbreak ‘will worsen before it gets better’

The head of the World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the Zika outbreak would likely worsen before nations besieged by the mosquito-borne virus linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil see relief. Director-General

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WHO issues $56m plan to combat Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that $56 million is needed to combat the Zika virus through June, including fast-tracking vaccines and diagnostics. The funds, including $25 million for the WHO itself, would also be used t

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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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