Margaret Chan

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E.coli: the risks of antimicrobial resistance are  further complicated by the lack of development of new antibiotics by pharmaceutical companies. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Antimicrobial resistance – the ability of bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites to resist the effects of a medicine that could previously treat t(...)

  Pedestrians   in Kathmandu, Nepal: A new report from the WHO says 300 million  children live in areas with extreme air pollution, where toxic fumes are more than six times above the health guidelines. Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Pollution is responsible for one in four deaths among all children under five, according to new World Health Organisation reports, with toxic air, uns(...)

 The WHO said the Zika virus, carried by mosquitoes, remains a highly significant problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern. File photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Friday that the Zika virus and related neurological complications no longer constitute an internationa(...)

World Health Organisation  director-general Margaret Chan. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The director-general of the World Health Organisation has said its Zika emergency committee will carry out a new risk assessment on whether the Olympi(...)

Health workers get ready to spray insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus, under the bleachers of the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, which will be used for the Archery competition in the 2016 summer games. Photograph: Leo Corea/AP Photo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has rejected calls from 150 leading scientists to move or postpone the Rio Olympics because of the ongoing Zika vi(...)

Colombian women listen as a health worker distributes information on how to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, at the transport terminal in Bogota, Colombia:  latest figures from Colombia show 20,297 confirmed cases of the disease in the South American country. Photograph: John Vizcaino/Reuters

An emergency World Health Organisation (WHO) committee will meet on Monday to advise on the international response to the Zika virus, as the number o(...)

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 (...)

WHO director general Margaret Chan said spead of the virus was ‘deeply concerning’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee to discuss the “explosive” spread of the Zika virus, which is linked to thousands of(...)

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan attends the WHO meeting on Zika virus in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million (...)

A health ministry employee fumigates a home against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Soyapango, San Salvador. Health authorities have issued a national alert against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, because of the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome in fetuses. Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is suspected of causing brain damage to babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas e(...)

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