1-5 June 2014 | PROGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
On 15 May 2014, the Ministry of Health of South Sudan declared a cholera outbreak in Juba. The index case was retrospectively identified with onset of illness on 23 April 2014. Four cases have been laboratory confirmed following tests conducted by the African Medical Research Foundation laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya.
From 23 May 2014 to 27 May 2014, 4 new districts reported 14 new clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 5 deaths as follows: Boffa, 5 cases and 1 death; Telimele, 7 cases and 4 deaths; Boke, 1 case and 0 death; and Dubreka, 1 case and 1 death. Community and nosocomial transmission are still occurring in Gueckedou, Macenta, and Conakry.
On 25 May 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan reported to WHO an additional Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case in Amman, Jordan.
On 26 May 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 3 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
24 May 2014 | GENEVA – On World No Tobacco Day, WHO calls on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and help save lives.
24 May 2014 -- In her address to the 67th World Health Assembly, Dr Margaret Chan drew attention to a number of ominous trends that define the future job for public health. She outlined lessons learned from pursuit of the health-related Millennium Development Goals and underscored WHO’s ability to support even more ambitious goals for the future. In line with the rise of childhood obesity, she announced establishment of a high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.
Cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) continue to occur in Guinea. As of May 23, 2014, 8 new cases and 3 new deaths were reported from one newly affected district, Telimele (3 cases and 0 deaths) and two existing affected areas, Gueckedou (2 cases and 0 deaths) and Macenta (3 cases and 3 deaths).
24 May 2014 | GENEVA -The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly closed today, after adopting more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.
On 21 May 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported 3 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
23 May 2014 -- The 67th Health Assembly approved plans to better incorporate palliative care, expand inclusion of the needs of those affected by autism, improve access to health care for those with disabilities, better integrate the use of traditional medicine and raise awareness of psoriasis.
On 2 May 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for the United States of America notified WHO about the first laboratory confirmed case of MERS-CoV infection in the United States.
On 19 May 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 4 additional laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
22 May 2014 -- The World Health Assembly approved a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and proposals to improve global coordination of efforts to address noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, cancers, heart disease and stroke.
21 May 2014 -- At the 67th Health Assembly, Member States approved a global monitoring framework on maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The WHO Secretariat was asked to develop recommendations on how to address the inappropriate marketing of complementary foods.
20 May 2014 -- WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the United States Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.
20 May 2014 -- 67th Health Assembly guest speakers – First Lady of Zambia (WHO Goodwill Ambassador against gender-based violence) and Melinda Gates, co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – deplore the prevalence of violence against women and girls.