DRC: Ebola cases rise as Tedros visits Bikoro

DRC: Ebola cases rise as Tedros visits Bikoro

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, was in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to personally evaluate the response to the country’s new Ebola outbreak. Tedros met with President Joseph Kabila, Minister of Health Oly Ilunga and other officials before heading out into the field to meet with…

WHO declares new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

WHO declares new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

A new outbreak of Ebola virus disease was declared Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where government officials confirmed two cases in the lakeside town of Bikoro in the country’s northwest. The World Health Organization said it was working closely with the DR Congo’s Ministry of Health, after…

South Africa: More than 1,000 listeriosis cases with 200 deaths

Health officials in South Africa say there are now more than 1,000 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases tied to the Enterprise Foods production facility at Polokwane with 55 of those cases reported after the tainted ready-to-eat processed meats were recalled on March 4. More than half of those cases occurred in Gauteng…

Kenya’s health ministry bans shisha smoking

Kenya on Thursday became the latest African nation to ban the use of shisha, an addictive and sweetly flavored tobacco smoked while using a water or hookah pipe. Dr. Cleopa Mailu of the country’s Ministry of Health issued the new control measures, which cover both the use and sale of…

Mugabe won’t be WHO ambassador as Tedros withdraws appointment

The World Health Organization director general rescinded his decision to make President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a WHO goodwill health ambassador on Sunday, following international outcry about Mugabe being an appropriate choice for the role. “Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert…

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, died suddenly while en route to a global health summit in South America. Fikri had served since February as the regional director of a challenging territory that includes Djibouti, Egypt, Libya,…