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2 Nigerian States Eliminate Elephantiasis, Carter Center Says

The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization, run by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, said Friday that it had helped eliminate elephantiasis, a disfiguring tropical disease, from two states in Nigeria where the problem was at its worst.

Dr. Yisa Saka of Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Health said in the Carter Center's announcement, "This is a great day for the people of Plateau and Nasarawa states, and all of Nigeria." He called the disease, also known as lymphatic filariasis, "a terrible disease that has plagued good people for far too long."

WHO Urges Action to Stop Animal TB, Its Spread to Humans

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging action to stop the spread of tuberculosis from animals to humans. The health agency warns zoonotic TB, as it is called, infects about 150,000 people and kills more than 12,000 every year. 

The WHO says TB in animals has been neglected for too long and it is time to put an end to that. So, for the first time, the organization is issuing a road map to combat animal tuberculosis and its transmission to humans.

Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign for Rohingya Refugees Begins

A mass oral cholera vaccination campaign for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and host communities is taking place in Bangladesh. The campaign is led by the Ministry of Health and supported by the World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund.

In the last week, nearly 10,300 cases of diarrhea have been reported in the makeshift settlements and camps for more than one-half-million Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. So far, no case of cholera has been discovered and U.N. agencies want to keep it that way.

WHO Warns of Child Obesity Epidemic

A study shows there has been a tenfold increase in the number of obese and overweight children and adolescents worldwide in just 40 years.

In one of the biggest epidemiological studies ever undertaken, scientists with the World Health Organization and Imperial College London analyzed height and weight data for 130 million people since 1975, to get their Body Mass Index or BMI.

Agencies Move to Stop Spread of Plague in Madagascar

As an outbreak of pneumonic plague worsens in Madagascar, the World Health Organization and other international agencies are working with the Ministry of Health to stop the spread of the deadly disease. The latest official figures put the number of cases at 231, including 33 deaths.

Pneumonic plague is a lung infection, transmitted through flea bites or from person to person through droplets in the air when someone coughs or sneezes. A person can die within 48 hours of the disease's onset if not treated with antibiotics. 

Campaign Tackles Baby-killing Ritual in Nigeria

ABUJA —Nine-month-old David drops to his knees, crawls toward a bottle of milk on the counter and begins to whimper. A young lady picks him up and rests him on her hips.

"David," she says. "Are you a hungry boy?" David coos and grins. "What about Davida? Is she hungry?"

Davida is sleeping on one of the dozens of cots that line the yellow walls in the nursery.

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