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/ 19 May 2008

WHO: Food shortage, climate are key health threats

Insufficient food, climate change and pandemic flu are global crises that could unravel progress in public health, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) director general said on Monday. "These three critical events, these clear threats to international security, have the potential to undo much hard-won progress in public health," WHO director general Margaret Chan said.

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/ 25 February 2008

Fewer people smoking in SA, says WHO

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang on Sunday welcomed a new World Health Organisation (WHO) tobacco report that indicates that consumption of cigarettes has declined in South Africa. The WHO report states that higher taxes are especially important for deterring tobacco use among the young and the poor.

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/ 22 November 2007

WHO says 164 dead from Rift Valley Fever in Sudan

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday that 164 people have died from Rift Valley Fever in Sudan, more than half as many again as the latest figure given by the Sudanese government. The WHO called on local media, community and religious leaders to ensure people know what measures to take to reduce the risk of infection.

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/ 29 September 2007

Seven new Ebola cases confirmed in DRC

Seven new cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the central Democratic Republic of Congo, taking the total number for the region to 24. ”The seven cases confirmed all come from the Kampungu area,” the epicentre of the haemorraghic fever located 150km north-west of Kananga, said a health ministry statement.