Health workers fumigate in an attempt to eradicate the mosquito which transmits the Zika virus on Thursday in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Zika was first confirmed in Brazil – a country of 200 million – last May, and it spread like wildfire Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

The World Health Organisation has warned that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as four million people could (...)

 Ebola was survived by 28,000 people but many still have medical complications and are socially ostracised. Photograph: Tara Todras-Whitehill/The New York Times

On Thursday the World Health Organisation declared that the deadliest of Ebola outbreaks was over in west Africa. No new cases have emerged in Liberi(...)

Rick Brennan, WHO director of emergency risk assessment and humanitarian response, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations on Thursday. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP

The World Health Organisation has declared the end of the Ebola endemic in west Africa, with all known chains of transmission of the virus stopped. T(...)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  staff wearing protective clothing treating the body of an Ebola victim at their facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, in August 2014. The epidemic killed more than 11,300 people out of 28,600 cases. Photograph: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organisation has announced an end to the latest flare-up of the Ebola virus in Liberia, a milestone that marks the first time since t(...)

Medical workers present Noubia (centre), the last known patient to contract Ebola in Guinea, during her release from a Doctors Without Borders treatment center in Conakry on November 28th, 2015. The 34-day-old baby, officially declared treated on November 16th, was presented by personal from the treatment center, with applause, during an emotional ceremony, in the presence of her family. Photograph: Getty

Guinea was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only (...)

A school worker takes the temperature of a boy before school starts in Paynesville, Liberia. Photograph: James Giahyue/Reuters

A teenage boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first fatality since July in one of the three West African countries hit hardest by the worst-ever out(...)

A photograph   of the graves of Ebola victims in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Failings by the World Health Organisation (WHO) played a key role in the Ebola disaster, according to new report. Photograph: Simon Davis/DFID/PA Wire.

Failings by the World Health Organisation (WHO) played key role in the Ebola disaster, according to new report. An independent panel of 20 experts, le(...)

Sierra Leone’s health officials check passengers transiting at the border crossing with Liberia in Jendema. Photograph: Zoom Dosso/AFP/Getty Images

Residents of Sierra Leone’s capital held a candlelit vigil and celebrations to mark the end of an Ebola epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 peopl(...)

Melilla’s temporary stay centre for immigrants. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

It is 7.30am in the Beni Enzar district of Melilla, a Spanish city on north African soil that is perched between the Mediterranean coast and Morocc(...)

President Michael D  Higgins  meets students from Skyline High School  in Sammamish, Washington,  to  watch a game of Gaelic football, which is taught in Skyline’s physical education programme.   Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

Plans by the United Nations to set up a mechanism to facilitate access to new technology for poorer countries are “inadequate”, President Michael D (...)