World Health Organization: News

06 Sep 2023


Ghaziabad boy dies of rabies months after hiding dog bite

A 14-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, Shahvaz, succumbed to rabies on Monday after being bitten by a dog around two months ago. He had reportedly hidden the incident from his parents for fear of being scolded.

21 Aug 2023


New COVID-19 BA.2.86 strain highly mutated compared to 'Eris': WHO

The newly classified BA.2.86 sub-variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is "highly mutated" compared to the original strain and the newly identified EG.5 or "Eris" strain, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

17 Aug 2023


WHO conducts first-ever traditional medicine summit in Gujarat

The World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting its first summit on traditional medicine in Gujarat today. The event will end tomorrow.

11 Aug 2023


WHO names COVID-19 'Eris' strain as 'variant of interest'

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday identified the EG.5 or "Eris" strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in India and other parts of the world as a "variant of interest."

25 Jul 2023

Abu Dhabi

UAE reports new MERS case: Know causes, symptoms, precautions

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said a man in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

18 Jul 2023


Global childhood immunizations recover after COVID-19: Report

The latest data released by World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) shows the recovery of immunization services in many countries post-COVID-19.

15 Jul 2023


How much aspartame is safe for you

Popular artificial sweetener aspartame has become the center of controversy among regulatory bodies.

14 Jul 2023


Artificial sweetener aspartame 'carcinogenic,' but safe within limits: WHO

The World Health Organization's International Research Agency on Cancer (IARC)'s assessment of the health impact of aspartame came out on Friday.

06 Jun 2023


India has 15 out of world's 20 most polluted cities

India has once again performed poorly in the World Air Quality Report.

03 Jun 2023

Bird Flu

More contagious bird flu virus poses global pandemic risk: Experts

Scientists warned that the H5N1 virus that caused record cases of bird flu or avian influenza in birds across the world is changing rapidly and can cause a global pandemic, AFP reported.

24 May 2023


COVID-19 still claims one life every four minutes

Weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 not a health emergency anymore, thus officially marking the end of the pandemic that lasted for three years, the disease continues to kill one person every four minutes across the globe, Bloomberg reported.

24 May 2023


WHO warns next pandemic could be 'even deadlier' than COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently said that we need to get ready for a virus that could be "even deadlier" than Covid-19.

Why cough syrup exporters will have to undertake product testing

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) has made it mandatory for exporters of cough syrups to get their products tested at government laboratories before they are shipped.

06 May 2023


COVID-19 update: India logs 2,961 new cases, 17 deaths

India has reported 2,961 new COVID-19 cases, a slight decrease from the previous day, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's data shared on Saturday morning.

17 Apr 2023

Health & Wellness

R21: The new malaria vaccine you must know about

A groundbreaking new vaccine has been developed for malaria, and it is causing a stir in the global health community.

15 Apr 2023


India could see 50,000 COVID-19 cases/day in mid-May: IIT-Kanpur professor

The current surge in COVID-19 cases in India is likely to reach its peak with 50,000-60,000 new cases every day in mid-May, said Dr. Manindra Agrawal, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.

13 Apr 2023


What is 'Arcturus,' new COVID-19 variant with different symptom

The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently keeping tabs on a new COVID-19 variant that is reportedly causing a new symptom that is rarely seen in other Omicron sub-variants.

China accuses WHO of defaming it over COVID-19 data demands

China's top public health official has reportedly accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of defamation after its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Beijing should have shared genetic information about COVID-19 much earlier.

China holds key to understanding COVID-19 origins: WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday said that all hypotheses related to the origins of COVID-19 will remain on the table until China shares data with it.

07 Apr 2023

Health & Wellness

World Health Day 2023: Date, history, theme, and significance

On April 7 each year, the world observes World Health Day in honor of the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948.

29 Mar 2023

Weight loss

WHO has good news for patients battling obesity; Know why

There is some good news for people struggling with obesity! According to Reuters, the World Health Organization (WHO) may for the first time include the drugs that combat obesity in its "essential medicines list."

29 Mar 2023

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-9 spike: WHO recommends additional booster shot for high-risk people

Amid the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organization revised its COVID-19 vaccine guidelines, recommending additional booster shots for the high-risk group.

18 Mar 2023


WHO lambasts China for allegedly hiding data on COVID-19's origin

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday rebuked China for allegedly hiding scientific research that might reveal the origin of COVID-19, according to the news outlet The New York Times (NYT).

06 Mar 2023


Nagpur: 15-year-old delivers baby after watching online videos, kills newborn

While do-it-yourself (DIY) videos online are helpful in learning various skills and overcoming several daily obstacles, they do come with many knowledge limitations.

Gambia: CDC links child deaths to Indian-made syrup

The United States's (US) leading public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on Friday said that they found strong evidence to suggest that child deaths that took place in Gambia are linked to the consumption of Indian-made cough syrups.

04 Mar 2023

COVID-19 India

India records over 300 COVID-19 cases after nearly 100 days

India reported over 300 new COVID-19 cases after 97 days, as per the data provided by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.

Did not abandon plans to trace origins of COVID-19: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it has not abandoned its efforts to establish the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and urged all nations to share what they know about it.

21 Feb 2023


Hyderabad: 5-year-old boy mauled to death by stray dogs 

In a heart-wrenching incident, a five-year-old boy was reportedly mauled to death by stray dogs in Amberpet, Hyderabad, on Sunday.

14 Feb 2023

Health & Wellness

WHO confirms Marburg disease outbreak in Equatorial Guinea: Details here

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the first-ever outbreak of Marburg disease in Equatorial Guinea, following the death of nine people.

Drug resistance could cause 10 million deaths annually: UN report

About 10 million deaths could occur annually by 2050 due to anti-microbial resistance (AMR), says a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report launched on Tuesday.

07 Feb 2023


Turkey: 5th major earthquake hits country, death toll crosses 5,000

Another powerful earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Turkey on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

24 Jan 2023


Cough syrup deaths: WHO urges countries to take immediate action

Following a series of child deaths linked to contaminated cough syrups in the past few months, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued several measures for countries, calling for "immediate and concerted action" to protect children.

21 Jan 2023


Woman dies after quack conducts illegal abortion in Bihar's Hajipur 

Bihar Police have launched a search for a quack who reportedly conducted an illegal abortion at his clinic in Hajipur and fed the fetus to a dog.

16 Jan 2023


Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5: What do we know so far

At least 38 countries have been affected by the latest COVID-19 variant, XBB.1.5.

12 Jan 2023


WHO recommends against using India-made cough syrups after Uzbekistan deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a medical alert on Wednesday, warning against the use of two cough syrups made by Noida-based company Marion Biotech for children in Uzbekistan.

11 Jan 2023


COVID-19: WHO urges travelers to mask up amid XBB.1.5 spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday urged countries to advise the use of masks to travelers, especially on long-haul flights from countries with heavy transmission, in view of the rapid spread of COVID-19's Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant in several nations.

07 Jan 2023


Pollution spikes to emergency levels in Delhi-NCR

Delhiites are once again breathing toxic air, with the national capital's Air Quality Index (AQI) dropping into the severe category.

01 Jan 2023


China can see 'light of hope' in COVID-19 battle: Jinping

In his New Year message on Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the "light of hope is right in front" even as China continues to battle a spike in COVID-19 cases.

31 Dec 2022


COVID-19: Share specific, real-time data on situation, WHO asks China

The World Health Organization (WHO) has once again asked China to share real-time and specific data regularly on the COVID-19 condition in the nation amid the recent spike in the cases after Beijing decided to relax its strict "zero-COVID" laws.

30 Dec 2022


China claims COVID-19 data transparent; European officials oppose travel curbs

South Korea and Spain on Friday joined the countries which have imposed restrictions on fliers arriving from China, as it insists that its COVID-19 data is transparent in contrast to the Western media reporting an overwhelming surge of cases.

29 Dec 2022


Uzbekistan links death of 18 kids to Noida-made cough syrup

India launched a probe into a Noida-based drugs manufacturer on Tuesday after the deaths of 18 kids in Uzbekistan were linked with a syrup the firm made.

26 Dec 2022


China: Hospitals struggle amid COVID-19 surge, refusing to admit patients

Health infrastructure has reportedly been struggling in many provinces of China amid an "explosion" of COVID-19 cases.

24 Dec 2022


China suppresses health official's rare remarks on COVID-19 numbers: Report

China reportedly censored a senior health official's rare remarks that "half a million people" are being infected with COVID-19 every day in Qingdao city, AFP reported.

22 Dec 2022


Chinese singer Jane Zhang purposely contracted COVID-19; here's why

With COVID-19 cases on a rise again in China, bizarre news of a popular Chinese singer purposely getting infected with the deadly virus has come to the fore.

'Very concerned' about COVID-19 situation in China: WHO chief

The World Health Organization's (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over the unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases in China.

15 Dec 2022


China administers over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses a day

China raced to vaccinate its most vulnerable citizens on Thursday, expecting another spike in COVID-19 infections as many analysts predicted an increase in the death toll after the recent ease of strict restrictions that kept the novel virus' outspread at bay for almost three years.

13 Dec 2022

Zika Virus

Karnataka reports first Zika virus case, 5-year-old girl tests positive

Karnataka recorded its first case of Zika virus as a five-year-old girl from Raichur district tested positive, informed state Health Minister K Sudhakar on Monday.

08 Dec 2022


Pollution alert! Mumbai's air quality becomes worse than Delhi

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Mumbai dropped to 315 on Thursday morning, which is regarded as "very poor" air quality for breathing.

29 Nov 2022


Monkeypox renamed to mpox: Here's everything you need to know

Monkeypox has now a new name - mpox.

22 Nov 2022


WHO to identify 'priority pathogens' capable of triggering future pandemics

After witnessing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to focus on its long-term goal of mitigating future pandemics.

Haryana government halts cough syrup production linked to Gambia deaths

The Haryana government suspended cough syrup production at a Maiden Pharmaceuticals facility on Wednesday, a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the drug may be related to the deaths of scores of children in the Gambia.

08 Oct 2022

Air Pollution

In a first, toxic air pollutants found in unborn babies

Air pollution will likely affect the health and development of unborn babies as toxic pollutants have been found in their developing lungs and other vital organs, a new study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health found.

06 Oct 2022


66 Gambia deaths: Centre probes Indian company's 4 cough syrups

After the death of 66 children in the Gambia, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert against using four fever, cold, and cough syrups manufactured by Maiden Pharmaceuticals Limited — an Indian pharmaceuticals company based in Haryana.

29 Sep 2022

Health & Wellness

World Heart Day: 5 drinks to boost your heart health

Observed on September 29, World Heart Day raises awareness about cardiovascular diseases, their warning signs, and how to prevent and fight them.

19 Sep 2022


Chinese health official's 'discriminatory' warning over monkeypox sparks outrage

A top Chinese health official sparked controversy by issuing a bizarre warning following the detection of the first monkeypox case in mainland China on Saturday.

COVID-19 end 'in sight', deaths lowest since March 2020: WHO

In a significant development, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday announced that the number of coronavirus fatalities globally last week was the lowest documented in the pandemic since March 2020.

15 Sep 2022


#NewsBytesExplainer: The risks of developing long COVID symptoms

The impact of COVID-19 is anticipated to last for a very long time among people who got the deadly illness during the pandemic.

07 Sep 2022


Excessive use of antibiotics in India, over 47% unapproved: Study

Indians have been using antibiotics in excess with over 47% of formulations not permitted by the government drug regulator in 2019, a new study found.

02 Sep 2022


Monkeypox: 31 children test positive in US, Texas worst hit

Monkeypox has reached an alarming level in the United States with at least 31 children testing positive for the infection monkeypox in the country, as per ABC News.

Can't pretend COVID-19 is gone: WHO chief on rising cases

In a fresh warning against rising COVID-19 cases worldwide, the chief of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, "we cannot pretend it's not there."

09 Aug 2022


India to battle monkeypox with targeted 'ring vaccination' strategy

India is likely to adopt a new strategy to battle the monkeypox virus.

01 Aug 2022


India's 1st monkeypox death? Deceased man tested positive in UAE

A 22-year-old man, who died in Kerala's Thrissur on Saturday, tested positive for monkeypox in the United Arab Emirates before traveling to India, said Kerala Health Minister Veena George.