News Features

TB Update - Tuberculosis mortality nearly halved since 1990
The fight against tuberculosis is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990. Nevertheless, 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. Most of these deaths could have been prevented, according to WHO’s Global tuberculosis report 2015, which was released 28 October 2015 in Washington.
Influenza Update - A new approach to predict evolution of influenza viruses can enhance vaccine efficacy
New results from a study performed at the University of Helsinki suggest that genomic information from circulating influenza viruses can help in producing more efficient seasonal vaccines.
AIDS Update - Expand antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV: WHO
To mark World AIDS Day on 1 December, WHO called for the expansion of antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV and said this is key to ending the AIDS epidemic within a generation.
Ebola Update - WHO commends Sierra Leone for stopping Ebola virus transmission
On 7 November, the World Health Organization declared that Ebola virus transmission had been stopped in Sierra Leone. Forty-two days, that is two Ebola virus incubation cycles, have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease had a second negative blood test.
MERS Update - Copper used to prevent spread of respiratory viruses
New research from the University of Southampton has found that copper can effectively help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which are linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Measles Update - Measles vaccination has saved an estimated 17.1 million lives since 2000
The number of measles-related deaths has decreased 79% from 546,800 at the beginning of the century to 114,900 in 2014.
Foodborne Disease - The human cost of contaminated food
Almost one third (30%) of all deaths from foodborne diseases are in children under the age of five years, despite the fact that they make up only 9% of the global population.
WHO Road Safety Report - 1.25 million people die each year in road traffic crashes
Some 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes, according to the World Health Organization’s Global status report on road safety 2015, despite improvements in road safety.

 Date of upload: 13th Jan 2016
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