How farmers and essential agricultural workers are protecting food security during COVID-19

Essential agricultural workers are continuing to travel across regional areas and some state boundaries and, while most Australians are confined to their neighbourhoods, farmers must allow seasonal workers onto their properties for essential work, such as picking crops or shearing Read More …

Mystery SARS-Like Virus Spreads as First Confirmed Case Emerges Outside China

A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China’s borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on Monday. Thai doctors diagnosed a Chinese traveller with mild Read More …

Ebola fears in Sweden as patient suspected of having deadly virus rushed to hospital in Malmo

An outbreak alert was sparked when a patient was rushed to Skane University Hospital in Lund, near Malmo, with worrying symptoms linked to the deadly virus. “There are confirmed cases of Ebola in the area where the person has been staying,” Read More …

Ebola outbreak spreads from DRC to Uganda as child diagnosed with virus

A five-year-old boy in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last year, the country’s health ministry has said. The Congolese child has been isolated with family members Read More …

‘Zombie’ deer disease could spread to humans, experts warn

People who eat deer meat could be at risk of contracting a deadly infectious disease that is spreading across the animals’ US populations, experts have warned. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) –dubbed “zombie” deer disease – has infected deer, elk and moose across 24 American states and Read More …

Statement on disruptions to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO and partners are continuing to respond to the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite a deterioration of the security situation since yesterday morning. Yesterday our teams in Beni were Read More …

Rebels in Congo Kill 15 and Abduct Children in Area of Ebola Outbreak

Congolese rebels have killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack in the center of the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Congo’s military said Sunday. The violence threatened to again force the suspension of efforts Read More …

29 states hit by outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw chicken

The CDC announced that 92 people in 29 states have been sickened in an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw chicken products. According to the agency, 21 people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Antibiotic resistance testing showed Read More …