News in Brief 12 April 2021

  • UK armed forces legislation sparks warning from rights chief
  • Chagas Disease initiative to protect millions in Latin America
  • Human space flight could help find solutions to global hunger, 60 years on from Russian first
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Global cooperation key to eradicating deadly pig virus: UN agency

A disease that may kill every pig it infects and for which there is no effective vaccine, can be eradicated if more countries continue to work together to limit its spread, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

FAO warns “lethal” virus affecting farmed and wild tilapia

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning of a highly contagious disease that is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia.

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Experts race against clock to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo province – UN

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

UN health agency deploying technical experts to site of Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

The United Nations health agency is deploying technical experts to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) amid an outbreak of Ebola virus near its northern border with the Central Africa Republic, the agency’s regional director for Africa confirmed.

UN informed of Ebola virus outbreak in northern DR Congo

An Ebola outbreak in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has killed at least one person, the United Nations World health Organization (WHO) announced earlier today.

Zika could end up costing Latin America and the Caribbean up to $18 billion, UN report finds

In addition to the impact on public health, the tangible impact of the Zika outbreak, such as on gross domestic product (GDP), could cost the Latin American and the Caribbean region as much as $18 billion between 2015 and 2017, a new United Nations report has revealed.

Vigilance against Zika virus should ‘remain high,’ UN health agency says in new guidance

Although a decline in cases of Zika virus infection has been reported in some countries, there is still a need for heightened vigilance, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, issuing fresh guidance on the virus that has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications.

HIV-positive women "face more discrimination than men"

HIV-positive women face more discrimination than men with HIV according to a young activist from India.

Lalchhuanzuali was at the UN to talk about the problems facing young people with HIV, especially in accessing vital services.

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Citing geographic spread, UN emergency committee says Zika remains 'international public health emergency'

Following a meeting of its Emergency Committee on Zika yesterday, the United Nations health agency said today that the infectious disease, and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders, continues to be an international public health emergency due to continuing geographic expansion and considerable gaps in understanding of the virus and its consequences.