Norovirus is a common viral infection that causes diarrhoea and vomiting. This illness generally resolves within a couple of days without treatment. However, children, older people and those with compromised immune systems can have severe complications. Read our Q&A to learn more about the disease and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
30 January 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) send their deepest condolences to the people of Kiribati following the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. This is a tragic event for the country of Kiribati, and we extend our thoughts to those affected families and communities.
WHO and UNICEF are closely coordinating with the Government of Kiribati to support the emergency response.
A mystery illness is spreading in cats. At the same time, doctors are starting to notice an increasing number of cat-owners and vets coming to their clinics, reporting flu-like symptoms…This is the hypothetical scenario that 30 countries and areas of the Western Pacific Region faced in this year’s Exercise Crystal, an annual simulation designed to test familiarity with the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and communication with the World Health Organization (WHO) during a large-scale outbreak.
The Western Pacific Region is a hotspot for emerging diseases and public health emergencies.
“Many of the significant health security events of the last decade occurred in the Western Pacific – just think of avian influenza and the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome to the Region,” said Dr Ailan Li, Regional Emergency Director for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme. “That is why it is critically important that the countries of the Western Pacific invest and prepare – so that when an outbreak occurs, they are better able to protect their citizens and the people of neighbouring nations. WHO is committed to helping countries do that.”
Kiribati Butiraoi ferry disaster
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Zika Outbreak Response in Tonga: Providing Special Care for Pregnant Women
WHO supports Fiji's health needs caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston
WHO statement on the first meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations
WHO recommends continuation of strong disease control measures to bring MERS-CoV outbreak in Republic of Korea to an end
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