Two-thirds of world’s population is infected with herpes, says new UN health agency report

More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1, which in most cases causes “cold sores” around the mouth, according to the first global estimates of the infection by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ebola "sting in tail" shows need for vigilance into 2016

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in West Africa has a "nasty sting in its tail" which is going to require the international community's ongoing help, a top UN health expert said on Wednes

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UN agency calls for $20 million to halt spread of ‘highly virulent’ avian flu in West Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that without timely intervention “to stop it in its tracks,” outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1, which has already spread to five West African countries in six months, will spread across the region and beyond.

Thailand confirms first MERS case as outbreak spreads – UN health agency

Thailand has confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, in a male traveller from Oman, and the World Health Organization (WHO) today is urging countries in Southeast Asia to step up vigilance and review preparedness to respond to the disease.

MERS outbreak in Republic of Korea is ‘wake-up call’ for highly mobile world – UN health agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, outbreak that spread from the Middle East to the Republic of Korea does not constitute a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ but is nonetheless a “wake-up call” for all countries to be prepared for the unanticipated spread of serious infectious diseases.

UN health agency dispatches team to Seoul after fourth death reported from MERS

The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that in light of the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, resulting in four deaths in the Republic of Korea, it will send a team to Seoul to conduct a joint mission to look into the situation and assess public health response efforts.

Saudi Arabia invites UN health team in precautionary measure against spread of respiratory virus

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced it is dispatching a mission to Saudi Arabia next week at the request of the Government to take preventive measures for a possible upsurge of cases of a respiratory virus linked with camels known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-COv).

UN agriculture agency urges more research into role of animals in spreading MERS virus

Health experts and veterinarians called for stepped-up monitoring, investigations and immediate reporting of cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) during a meeting convened by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Oman.

Evidence insufficient to identify source of respiratory syndrome in Middle East – UN

Further research is needed to identify the specific source – whether animal or otherwise – of the coronavirus that is causing the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in humans, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

UN considering raising global pandemic alert level due to swine flu spread

With swine flu infections now confirmed in four different countries, the United Nations health agency said today that it may raise the international pandemic alert, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the world body is working rapidly to control the outbreak.