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May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012

Meningococcal disease strikes five more African nations

(CIDRAP News) – Meningococcal disease outbreaks in Africa this year have spread to five more countries, sickening nearly 12,000 people and killing almost 1,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

At WHA, Chan says austerity won't stop health progress

(CIDRAP News) – Opening the 65th annual World Health Assembly (WHA) today, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, said she sees a bright future for health development, despite financial crises that many countries are facing, which has shrunk support for many initiatives.

Jun 13, 2011

Apr 16, 2009

Apr 16, 2009

15 African nations have had recent polio importations

(CIDRAP News) – As polio eradication efforts lost ground in 2008, 15 African countries bore the brunt of the spread of the disease with multiple importations of wild poliovirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its global health partners reported today.

Mar 19, 2009

Mar 19, 2009

Signs of drug resistance found in African H5N1 viruses

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists who analyzed 67 H5N1 avian influenza viruses from across Africa report that the viruses fall into three distinct sublineages, or families, and that some have mutations that make them resistant to antiviral drugs.

Jun 18, 2008

Jun 18, 2008

Coalition declares 'final push' to end polio

(CIDRAP News) – The international coalition of health agencies dedicated to ending polio yesterday declared a "final push" toward the long-delayed goal of eradicating the disease. But its members coupled the announcement with a plea for millions of dollars in donations to fill shortfalls, and with an admission that the 20-year-old campaign continues to face stubborn challenges.

Jun 22, 2007

Jun 22, 2007

Togo confirms its first H5N1 outbreak

An official in the west African country of Togo confirmed today that poultry have tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, raising the number of African nations hit by the virus to 10.

May 02, 2007

May 02, 2007

Ghana reports its first H5N1 outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – News services today reported the confirmation of H5N1 avian influenza on a chicken farm in Ghana, apparently making it the ninth African country to be hit by the virus.

Agriculture Minister Ernest Debrah said the outbreak was discovered Apr 24 on a farm near the port city of Tema, east of the capital, Accra, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.

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