World Health Organization: News

16 Jun 2024


Japan: Flesh-eating bacteria outbreak is killing victims within 48 hours

Japan is currently grappling with a surge in cases of a rare disease caused by a "flesh-eating bacteria," known as streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS).

12 Jun 2024

West Bengal

4-year-old Bengal girl tests positive for bird flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a four-year-old girl from West Bengal has tested positive for the H9N2 bird flu virus.

06 Jun 2024

Bird Flu

First human death from bird flu strain reported in Mexico

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed the first human death caused by the H5N2 bird flu strain.

27 May 2024

Papua New Guinea

Massive landslide in Papua New Guinea buries over 2,000

Papua New Guinea reported to the United Nations (UN) on Monday that a landslide had buried alive over 2,000 people in a remote village.

19 May 2024

British Government

Final report on UK's infected blood scandal will release tomorrow

The final report of the UK's infected blood scandal inquiry is scheduled for publication on Monday, marking nearly six years since the investigation commenced.

06 May 2024


Israeli military orders evacuation of 100,000 Palestinians in Rafah

Ahead of planned operation in the southern Gaza, Israel has asked 1,00,000 Palestinians to evacuate seastern parts of Rafah—which it described as the "last significant stronghold of Hamas."

25 Apr 2024

Climate Change

US introduces new heat warning color 'magenta' as temperatures rise

The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have introduced a novel heat risk system in response to escalating global temperatures.

22 Apr 2024


Bird flu outbreak in US raises food safety fears

The United States is currently battling a bird flu outbreak that has affected numerous dairy cow herds across eight states.

18 Apr 2024


WHO expresses concern over bird flu's potential human transmission

The World Health Organization (WHO), on Thursday, raised serious concerns about the escalating transmission of the H5N1 bird flu virus to other species, including humans.

17 Apr 2024


Nestle adding sugar to infant products in developing nations: Report

Nestle, a leading global consumer goods company, is facing allegations of adding sugar and honey to infant milk and cereal products sold in developing countries.

10 Apr 2024

S Jaishankar

Jagjit Pavadia re-elected to global narcotics watchdog, who is she?

Former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Jagjit Pavadia was re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for the term 2025-2030 on Tuesday.

US's bird flu outbreak '100X worse' than Covid, warn experts

The recent outbreak of bird flu, specifically Type A H5N1, in the United States has sparked concern among scientists.

Global fertility rates to plunge in decades ahead: Report

A comprehensive study conducted by the Institute For Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in the United States (US) forecasts a global shift toward a declining population by the end of this century.

19 Mar 2024


Delhi is world's most polluted capital city again

Delhi was once again identified as the capital city with the poorest air quality, according to a new report by World Air Quality Report 2023 published by Swiss organization IQ Air.

06 Mar 2024

Coronavirus Vaccine

'Hypervaccinated' man gets 217 COVID-19 jabs for 'private reasons'

A 'hyper-vaccinated' German man—who received 217 COVID-19 vaccine jabs over 29 months—has been declared free of any side effects.

01 Mar 2024

Health & Wellness

Rising global malnutrition: A billion affected by the obesity crisis

Over one billion people across the globe are living with obesity, according to a recent study published in The Lancet journal.

19 Feb 2024


Israel sets March deadline for Rafah offensive: Report

A member of Israel's war cabinet, Benny Gantz, has warned Hamas that unless the Palestinian terror group frees all hostages held in Gaza by March 10, an offensive will be launched in Rafah, the BBC reported.

08 Feb 2024


Karnataka bans sale, consumption of hookah with immediate effect 

The Karnataka government has imposed a state-wide ban on hookah to protect "public health and youth."

31 Jan 2024

Health & Wellness

WHO honors nations for eliminating industrially produced trans fats

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently granted first-ever certificates recognizing significant strides in the elimination of industrially produced trans fatty acids (iTFA) to five countries, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.

11 Jan 2024

Air Pollution

Air pollution in India continues to rise despite government efforts

Five years after India's National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) began, air pollution in most Indian cities continues to surpass national standards, a recent report showed.

06 Jan 2024

Central Government

Centre sets new standards for pharma firms after overseas deaths

The Central government has issued new manufacturing standards for pharmaceutical companies in India, an official notification said, per Reuters.

05 Dec 2023


Nowhere safe: UN after Israel extends war to southern Gaza

Israel has intensified its fight against Hamas in Gaza as its forces pushed further into the strip's southern region.

27 Nov 2023


China's pneumonia outbreak: What we know so far

China is currently experiencing a rise in respiratory illnesses, said to be pneumonia mainly affecting children, amid the winter onset and a spike in flu cases.

26 Nov 2023

Union Health Ministry

Centre asks states to review preparedness amid China's pneumonia outbreak

The Union Health Ministry announced on Sunday that it has asked state and union territories (UTs) to review hospital preparedness in light of the recent surge in pneumonia cases in China.

24 Nov 2023


India monitoring China's H9N2 outbreak and respiratory illness: Health Ministry

The Health Ministry is keeping a close eye on the recent outbreak of H9N2 (Avian influenza virus) and clusters of respiratory illness in children in China.

23 Nov 2023


China: WHO requests details on 'mysterious' pneumonia outbreak affecting children

While China is still recovering from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a mysterious pneumonia outbreak is reportedly sweeping through schools in the country.

13 Nov 2023


Gaza's biggest hospital 'not functioning anymore' amid Israeli bombing: WHO

Gaza's largest medical facility, al-Shifa Hospital, is no longer functional amid "constant gunfire and bombings in the area," World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

07 Nov 2023


Delhi's air quality improves slightly but remains toxic 

Delhi continues to remain engulfed in toxic air even as its air quality index (AQI) saw a slight improvement on Tuesday.

31 Oct 2023


Gaza ceasefire equal to Israel's surrender, says Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday categorically rejected the calls for a ceasefire in Gaza amid its war with Palestinian terror outfit Hamas.

21 Oct 2023


Israel-Hamas war: Rafah border opens, aid trucks allowed into Gaza

Egypt has opened the humanitarian aid corridor via the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, per Reuters.

19 Oct 2023


Dabur subsidiaries sued in US, Canada over alleged cancer-causing products

Numerous lawsuits have been filed in the United States (US) and Canada against three Dabur subsidiaries, with consumers claiming that the company's hair products caused uterine and ovarian cancer.

Gaza hospital attack: IDF reveals 'evidence' of Islamic Jihad involvement

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Wednesday shared alleged "technical evidence" suggesting that the explosion at Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza was the result of a misfired Islamic Jihad rocket, per ANI.

18 Oct 2023


Airstrike at Gaza hospital kills 500; Israel, Hamas trade charges

At least 500 people have been killed after an airstrike hit the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, Palestinian officials said, accusing Israel of a massacre.

17 Oct 2023


Urgent access needed to deliver aid in Gaza, says WHO

As the Israel-Hamas war continues, the World Health Organization (WHO) has sought urgent access to Gaza to deliver crucial aid and medical supplies.

16 Oct 2023

United Nations (UN)

UN chief appeals Israel to allow humanitarian aid in Gaza

Amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas to release all Israeli hostages without conditions immediately.

15 Oct 2023


Israeli forces ordered to capture Gaza City, destroy Hamas leadership

Israel has ordered its forces to seize Gaza City and destroy Hamas's current leadership, following the surprise attack by the terrorist group that killed 1,300 people and stunned Israel, The New York Times reported.

11 Oct 2023


Uzbekistan cough syrup deaths: India allows company to reopen factory

The Uttar Pradesh government has allowed Marion Biotech, which manufactured the cough syrup responsible for the deaths of 65 kids in Uzbekistan last year, to restart most production, Reuters reported.

07 Oct 2023


Afghanistan: 14 dead, 78 injured after 6.3-magnitude earthquake

A massive 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked western Afghanistan on Saturday, resulting in 14 deaths and 78 injuries, the AFP reported, citing officials.

Toxic levels of chemicals found in Indian-manufactured syrups again: Report

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has claimed that the Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) found toxic levels of ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol in batches of cough and allergic rhinitis syrups manufactured by Norris Medicines.

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.