Outbreaks and emergencies

Emergency health team deployed to earthquake-affected provinces of PNG

Port Moresby, 08 March 2018 — As aftershocks continue to rattle the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Department of Health (NDOH) are working together to send support to the worst-affected communities.

Working together to protect health after Cyclone Gita

26 February 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with governments and partners to protect people's health in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Gita, a Category 4 storm with winds of more than 275 kilometres per hour that tore through the Pacific in early February.

As the country most affected by the cyclone, Tonga is the focus of WHO's support. From 12 to 13 February, the storm ravaged the main island of Tongatapu and nearby 'Eua. The two islands are home to three-quarters of the country's 107 000 people.

What you need to know about avian influenza

What is avian influenza? Are you at risk? What are the signs and symptoms? How does it spread?

Find the answers to these questions and more in our Q&A.

Protect yourself from norovirus

WHO/Y. Shimizu

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.


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