Health

WHO: Deadly plague breaks out on Uganda-Congo border

Pneumonic plague is caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria, usually found in small mammals and their fleas.

WHO: Deadly plague breaks out on Uganda-Congo border

Malaysia

Malaysia shuts 111 schools as poisonings become 'more critical'

About 500 people, many of them children, received medical treatment after inhaling the fumes from dumped toxic waste.

Malaysia shuts 111 schools as poisonings become 'more critical'

Pollution

Study says air pollution killing more people than smoking

Scientists estimate pollution caused 8.8 million extra deaths in 2015, more than about seven million caused by smoking.

Study says air pollution killing more people than smoking

Tunisia

Tunisia probes deaths of 11 babies, health minister resigns

Preliminary findings revealed that the deaths were 'likely caused by septic shock resulting from blood infections'.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

'It breaks my heart': WHO chief decries raid on DRC Ebola centre

WHO will continue serving the 'vulnerable', Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says during tour of repeatedly raided facility.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

One killed as DRC Ebola treatment centre attacked again

Attack comes on same day as WHO chief is due to visit the centre, located at Butembo in North Kivu province.

DRC: Ebola treatment centre attacked again; one killed

Madagascar

Madagascar government struggles to contain measles virus

Close to 1,000 people - mostly children - have died of the disease in the past five months.

Reporter's Notebook

Venezuela: 'With no electricity, I can't get my chemo'

Blackout endangers hospital patients already struggling to cope with the economic crisis that's led to food and medicine shortages.

Venezuela blackout: 'With the electricity out, I can't get my chemo'

Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC Ebola outbreak response 'failing': MSF

Medical charity raises alarm over 'deepening community distrust' as deadly epidemic continues to claim lives.

'Toxic' atmosphere undermining DRC Ebola outbreak response: MSF

Africa

Ebola outbreak response in DR Congo criticised

Health workers battling Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo are facing 'a climate of deepening community mistrust' nearly seven months after the outbreak began, Doctors Without Borders warns.

Ebola outbreak response in DR Congo criticised

Latin America

Venezuela mental health institutions struggle in economic crisis

Years of economic hardship are taking a shocking toll on Venezuela's most vulnerable, leaving psychiatric patients without doctors, food or medicine.

US & Canada

US: Senate hears from teen amid vaccination debate

Ohio teen who got vaccinated despite his mother's beliefs speaks to Hill panel.

Colombia

Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

As Venezuelans pour across the border, health workers in Colombia's Cucuta say that hospitals are at a breaking point.

Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

Vaccination

Why are there still anti-vaxxers?

Many people continue to resist vaccinating their kids despite small chance of adverse reactions.

HIV

Man 'free of HIV' after stem cell transplant

Although the patient has been in remission for 18 months, doctors cautioned it was too early to say he had been cured.

Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant