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Last month
February 2023
# H5N1
WHO describes bird flu situation as 'worrying' after death of an infected girl in Cambodia
The girl’s father has also tested positive for the virus, prompting fears that the virus could have been transmitted between humans.
This year
# pandemic
Three years on, WHO says Covid-19 is still a global emergency
The WHO first declared a so-called public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020.
WHO panel debates Covid's emergency status and whether pandemic merits highest level of alert
The outcome will be issued early next week.
Last year
# cancer free
Majority of countries to miss targets for decreasing cervical cancer
Ireland had a 3% increase in cervical cancer between 1988 and 2017, one of the highest in the world.
# mpox
WHO to rename monkeypox to 'mpox' to reduce prejudice and stigma
The World Health Organisation will phase out its use of the term monkeypox over the next year.
# G20
G20 ministers launch billion-dollar pandemic fund
The fund is viewed as one of the early global outcomes of the G20 summit next week.
# hot weather
At least 15,000 people killed by hot weather in Europe in 2022, WHO says
The three months from June-August were the hottest in Europe since records began.
# pandemic
World Health Organisation warns Covid is still an international emergency
The WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead, agreed, warning that there were still millions of cases being reported each week
# mike ryan
Irish head of emergencies at WHO reveals he received death threats during pandemic
The Sligo-born doctor said that he may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Uganda declares first Ebola death since 2019
Uganda has experienced several Ebola outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2019 when at least five died.
# monkeypox
'Not the only transmission route': Calling monkeypox an STI may create false sense of security
Speaking to The Explainer podcast, Dr Cillian de Gascun said it should not be overlooked that household contacts and healthcare workers are also at risk.
Polio detected in NYC’s sewage, suggesting virus circulating
New York city is confronting polio as officials struggle to vaccinate vulnerable populations against monkeypox and adjusting to new Covid guidelines.
# Outbreak
Spain reports second monkeypox-linked death
It is not confirmed if the deaths were actually caused by monkeypox, with autopsies still ongoing.
# monkeypox
Monkeypox: Shame and stigma will prolong outbreak, campaigners say
An advocacy group for gay and bisexual men has urged the government to secure enough vaccines for those who are vulnerable.
# monkeypox
Monkeypox vaccine supplies in Ireland 'low and limited', says HSE
An additional 16 cases of the virus were confirmed here in the past week.
A smallpox vaccine approved for use against monkeypox is to be rolled out to groups most at risk of infection
The HSE and other stakeholders will now decide how to identify those most at risk
The WHO has been asked to rename the virus due to concerns that stigma and shame will prevent people from seeking treatment
# monkeypox
EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
Imvanex has been approved in the EU since 2013 for the prevention of smallpox.
# global health emergency
Monkeypox: how a global health emergency is decided
The WHO has declared the surge in monkeypox to be a PHEIC, but what is a PHEIC?
# alarm bell
WHO to decide whether monkeypox is global health emergency
Nearly 14,000 cases have been reported from more than 70 countries
# Public Health
WHO to decide if monkeypox is a global emergency as Ireland records 10 more cases
The WHO decided in June against declaring such an emergency but will reconvene next week amid rising cases.
# Outbreak
Recent decline in childhood vaccinations reaching crisis point, UN says
24.7 million children missed their first dose of the measles vaccine, while 3.5 million missed the first vaccine for HPV.
# British Medical Journal
World Health Organization advises against use of two drugs for non-severe Covid-19
Fluvoxamine and colchicine received considerable interest during the pandemic.
# monkeypox
WHO calls for 'urgent' action in Europe over monkeypox
Some 39 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Ireland.
# supreme court ruling
WHO chief calls US abortion ruling a 'setback’ that will cost lives
The World Health Organisation’s director-general said safe abortion should be understood as healthcare.
UK, Germany and Spain have more than half of global monkeypox cases
The WHO also believes that the amount of cases could be underestimated.
# Stigma
WHO to create new name for monkeypox to avoid discrimination
As of 8 June there were a total of 9 confirmed cases here.
# Virus
More than 1,000 monkeypox cases reported globally, says WHO
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said it has been notified of seven confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ireland.
# monkeypox
780 monkeypox outbreak cases confirmed worldwide, says WHO
The 780 cases all come from countries where the virus is not endemic.
# risk assessment
Monkeypox: ECDC says risk to wider population is 'low' but that countries should prepare
As of Saturday, there were 92 confirmed cases of the disease in countries where monkeypox is not endemic.
# monkeypox
UN denounces 'racist and homophobic' tone of some monkeypox reporting
UNAIDS said ‘a significant proportion’ of recent monkeypox cases have been identified among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
# Health
Rare monkeypox outbreaks detected in Europe and North America
Britain has confirmed nine cases of the virus since 6 May, and the United States verified its first on Wednesday.
# excess mortality
WHO says Covid pandemic caused deaths of nearly 15 million people around world
The figure includes deaths directly associated with Covid as well as those due to the pandemic’s impact on the health system and society.
# pandemic
WHO warns of obesity 'epidemic' in Europe, links problem to Covid lockdowns
Obesity rates in the region have ballooned by 138% in the past five decades.
# new drug
WHO says Pfizer must guarantee new life-saving Covid meds reach poorer nations
The WHO said the drug should be used for mild and moderate Covid patients.
# dr tedros
What will Covid-19 bring next? The World Health Organization outlines three scenarios
Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, said the virus still has “a lot of energy left”.
# Covid-19
Ireland among European countries that lifted Covid measures too 'brutally', WHO says
WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said a rise in cases of the virus in Europe is likely due to the more transmissible BA2 variant.
# Medical Emergency
'You can't go on a waiting list for oxygen': WHO concerned about vital supplies at Ukraine hospitals
Dr Mike Ryan has warned something has to change to allow medical resources to reach hospitals.
# Ukraine
WHO warns medical oxygen supplies in Ukraine are 'dangerously low'
The majority of hospitals could exhaust their reserves within the next 24 hours.
# Afghanistan
WHO meets Taliban to discuss 'dire' health and humanitarian crisis
A Taliban delegation is in Geneva, Switzerland for a week of talks.
# Coronavirus
Europe is heading for Covid-19 'ceasefire' that could lead to 'enduring peace', WHO says
This comes as a growing number of European nations lift almost all Covid-19 restrictions.
# Covid-19
Netherlands to ease Covid restrictions from today as WHO says Omicron risk remains 'very high'
Bars, restaurants and museums in the country will be allowed to reopen from today.