Explainer-What Do We Know About China’s Respiratory Illness Surge?

[ad_1] SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A request by the World Health Organization for more information on a surge in respiratory illnesses and clusters of pneumonia in children in China has attracted global attention. Health authorities have not detected any unusual or novel pathogens, the WHO later said, and doctors and public health researchers say there is … Read more

WHO Says Gaza’s Health System Must Be Protected as Disease Spreads

[ad_1] By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called for Gaza’s vulnerable health infrastructure to be safeguarded as the war-torn enclave faces an increased risk of epidemics and challenges in detecting infectious diseases. A fragile truce agreement between Israel and Hamas last week has allowed WHO and aid organizations … Read more

More People at Risk of Death From Disease Than Bombings in Gaza

[ad_1] GENEVA (Reuters) – There is a risk that more people could die from diseases than from bombings in Gaza if the enclave’s health system is not put back on its feet quickly, a World Health Organization spokesperson said on Tuesday. “Eventually we will see more people dying from disease than from bombardment if we … Read more

China’s Respiratory Illness Surge Not as High as Pre-Pandemic WHO Official

[ad_1] SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The spike in respiratory illnesses that China is currently going through is not as high as before the COVID-19 pandemic, a World Health Organisation official said, reiterating that no new or unusual pathogens had been found in the recent cases. Maria Van Kerkhove, acting director of the WHO’s department of epidemic … Read more

Almost 400,000 Deaths in Europe in 2021 Attributable to Filthy Air -EU Report

[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Almost 400,000 deaths in Europe in 2021 were related to three main air pollutants and some could have been avoided if pollutants had been reduced to World Health Organisation-recommended levels, an EU report said on Friday. The European Environment Agency (EEA) said that within the European Union, pollution caused by fine … Read more

China Grapples With Respiratory Illness Spike; WHO Says No Unusual Pathogen Found

[ad_1] By Andrew Silver and Nicoco Chan SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China called for vigilance on Friday as a surge of respiratory illness hit schools and hospitals and the World Health Organization, which has asked the government for disease data, said no unusual or novel pathogens had been detected. China is grappling with a spike in … Read more

More Premature Babies Born in Gaza Due to Stress, Trauma -Oxfam

[ad_1] GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of premature births has risen by almost a third in Israeli-besieged Gaza over the past month as mothers suffer growing stress and trauma, British charity Oxfam said on Thursday. Dozens of premature babies made headlines this week when they were rescued from a north Gaza hospital and transferred to … Read more

Don’t Press ‘Pandemic Panic Button’ Scientists Caution on China Pneumonia Report

[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – Leading scientists urged caution over fears of another pandemic on Thursday after the World Health Organization requested more information from China on a rise of respiratory illnesses and pneumonia clusters among children. “We have to be careful,” said Marion Koopmans, a Dutch virologist who advised the WHO on COVID-19. “We really … Read more

WHO Asks China for Details on Respiratory Illness Outbreaks

[ad_1] (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday officially requested that China provide detailed information on an increase in respiratory illnesses and reported clusters of pneumonia in children. Chinese authorities from the National Health Commission held a press conference on Nov. 13 to report an increase in incidence of respiratory diseases in the country, … Read more

COVID-19 Slowed Global Progress in Tobacco Control

[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – Global progress in policies to reduce tobacco use slowed for the first time in 12 years following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to analysis published on Wednesday by the Global Tobacco Control Progress Hub, which warned millions of people worldwide likely continued to smoke as a result. The hub, … Read more