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Swine Flu&#39;s 2009 Death Toll Not 19K&mdash;It Was 203K
Swine Flu's 2009 Death Toll
Not 19K—It Was 203K
new study

Swine Flu's 2009 Death Toll Not 19K—It Was 203K

New research finds H1N1 epidemic killed 10 times more than estimated

(Newser) - WHO initially reported 18,631 lab-confirmed deaths from 2009's "swine flu" epidemic—but a new study by epidemiologists finds that H1N1 actually killed as many as 203,000 people. The researchers looked at respiratory deaths in 20 countries and then used that data to calculate a global figure....

WHO: Sorry, Our Alarming Claim About HIV in Greece Is Wrong

Hordes of people aren't infecting themselves to get benefits, says agency

(Newser) - This part is not in dispute: Greece has seen a worrisome spike in HIV cases, with the number up 52% in 2011 from 2010. But in a report last month, the World Health Organization made a jaw-dropping assertion, that about half of the new cases were the result of people...

Syria's New Woes: Polio, Flesh-Eating Parasites

Vaccination program breaks down

(Newser) - Syria's clerics last week gave the starving people of Damascus the OK to eat dog , and the bad news has not ended there. The World Health Organization now suspects polio has returned to the country. If verified, these would be the first recorded cases there since 1999. And it'...

1 in 3 Women Victim of Domestic Abuse
1 in 3 Women Victim
of Domestic Abuse
new study

1 in 3 Women Victim of Domestic Abuse

Studies look at problem worldwide

(Newser) - The most comprehensive review to date of violence against women worldwide finds that domestic abuse is "shockingly" common, in the words of one of the researchers. Specifically, about one-third of women have been physically or sexually abused by a partner, concludes the WHO analysis. Some of the findings, from...

Bird Flu Spreads to Beijing
 Bird Flu Spreads to Beijing 

Bird Flu Spreads to Beijing

It was expected to, says WHO chief; still no human-to-human transmissions

(Newser) - Beijing has reported its first case of the H7N9 bird flu , as two new cases in a neighboring province were confirmed today, marking the official spread of the virus from the country's east. But the development was anticipated, says the head of the WHO office in Beijing. "We'...

New SARS-like Virus Does Not Spread Easily: WHO

One person has been killed so far, another critically ill

(Newser) - Good news from the World Health Organization, which is still investigating a new SARS-like virus : It's not easily transmitted from one person to another. Scientists think the virus, which has killed one person and left another critically ill, developed from animals. No new cases have been reported since a...

WHO Finds New Virus Similar to SARS

But don't freak out yet, expert says

(Newser) - Time to panic? The World Health Organization says it has identified a new SARS-like virus, but an expert says there's no reason yet to worry. The new coronavirus—a family of viruses that includes both SARS and the common cold—was identified in a 49-year-old Qatari man who had...

14 Dead in Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Still no cure or vaccine for deadly hemorrhagic fever

(Newser) - Ebola is back. Health officials have confirmed that a deadly virus that killed 14 people in western Uganda earlier this month is a new "outbreak of Ebola," reports the AP . "Laboratory investigations done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute ... have confirmed that the strange disease reported in...

Gonorrhea Grows Resistant to Drugs as Cases Rise

World Health Organization says it could be untreatable soon

(Newser) - A sexually transmitted disease that infects millions of people each year is growing resistant to drugs and could soon become untreatable, says the World Health Organization. The UN health agency is urging governments and doctors to step up surveillance of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, a bacterial infection that can cause inflammation, infertility,...

Bird Flu Studies to Go Public Over Bioterror Fears

US warns of risk, but scientists say flu is bigger danger

(Newser) - Two months after leading science journals decided to self-censor articles about experiments to alter the bird flu virus and make it more dangerous, the WHO is recommending the journals publish the research after all, reports the New York Times . Well, publish it some time. The moratorium is in place for...

Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Is New Strain: WHO

Mutant form has never been seen before

(Newser) - The deadly outbreak of E. coli that has killed 18 in Europe so far is a new, never-before-seen strain of the bacteria, the World Health Organization said today. It looks to be a mutant strain formed by two different types of E. coli bacteria, which could be why the outbreak...

Cell Phones May Be 'Carcinogenic': Scientists

WHO cancer agency ranks them in same category as DDT

(Newser) - The evidence linking cell phones and other wireless devices to cancer seems to be getting stronger: An international team of scientists has concluded cell phones are "possibly carcinogenic to humans," reports AFP . After reviewing scores of published studies on the issue, the International Agency for Research on Cancer—...

'Vaccination Diplomacy': Taliban Helps UN, Karzai

In 'pact with the devil,' group helps get polio vaccine to far-flung regions

(Newser) - The Taliban may be pariahs to much of the world, but the group's indisputable hold on vast swaths of Afghanistan has produced an unusual arrangement: It's working with UN health officials and the Afghan government to wipe out polio. Volunteers travel to normally dangerous regions to vaccinate children, armed with...

Seasonal Flu Shot May Boost H1N1 Risk

WHO asks other countries to verify Canadian study

(Newser) - The WHO has asked researchers around the world if their findings back up a Canadian study that shows people who received seasonal flu vaccines are more likely to contract swine flu. So far, the results haven't been repeated. “None have been able to find anything like that,” the...

WHO Gives Up on Counting Swine Flu Cases

(Newser) - The World Health Organization today instructed member nations to stop counting cases of the rapidly spreading swine flu pandemic and focus instead on the most serious, Reuters reports. “Trying to register and report every single case is a huge waste of resources,” a spokesman said. Authorities should continue...

Fears Mount as WHO Declares Swine Flu 'Unstoppable'

Agency orders worldwide vaccines

(Newser) - Concerns continue to mount about swine flu in the wake of the World Health Organization's declaration that the illness is "unstoppable" and the deaths in Britain of two apparently strong individuals, a 6-year-old girl and a doctor. WHO officials are calling for worldwide vaccines to protect populations before they...

WHO Declares Swine Flu Pandemic
 WHO Declares 
 Swine Flu Pandemic 
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WHO Declares Swine Flu Pandemic

H1N1 has spread to 74 countries, but may be milder than first thought

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has declared the first influenza pandemic since 1968, Reuters reports. Although the current outbreak has caused mostly mild cases of the illness, today's official declaration that the outbreak has hit phase 6, the highest level, means heightened prevention measures in 193 countries. The designation refers to...

WHO Revising Pandemic Standards
WHO Revising Pandemic Standards

WHO Revising Pandemic Standards

New criteria will focus on actual risk, not just geographic spread

(Newser) - The WHO will revise its policy for announcing the global threat of diseases in response to discontent with their alerts regarding the swine flu outbreak, the New York Times reports. The WHO’s deputy director says the new criteria will include an assessment of actual harm to people, as opposed...

Swine Flu Came From Lab: Researcher
Swine Flu Came From
Lab: Researcher

Swine Flu Came From Lab: Researcher

WHO investigates claim that H1N1 arose from human error

(Newser) - The World Health Organization is investigating a claim by an Australian researcher that the swine flu virus may have been created in a laboratory as a result of human error. Adrian Gibbs, who helped develop Tamiflu, said in an interview with Bloomberg that the new strain may have evolved in...

Obama 'Optimistic' as Flu Cases Rise

(Newser) - Continental Airlines said today it will begin cutting flights to Mexico on Monday because of the swine flu outbreak, the Houston Chronicle reports. The airline will cancel 180 of its 450 weekly flights and use smaller planes. As the number of confirmed cases in the US rose to 141 in...

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