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6 September 2016 – Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. For each of one of those people, WHO estimates that at least another 20 attempt to take their own life. However, suicides are preventable. World Suicide Prevention Day, on 10 September, is an opportunity to find out what each of us can do to help prevent suicide.

6 September 2016 – The interim guidance on prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus has been updated with new evidence and advice. The primary transmission route of Zika virus is via the Aedes mosquito, however mounting evidence shows that sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible and more common than previously assumed. This is of concern due to an association between the Zika virus and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

2 September 2016 — The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee on Zika and microcephaly convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was on 1 September 2016. The Committee agreed that Zika virus infection and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders continues to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

30 August 2016 – In response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, WHO has issued new treatment guidelines for 3 common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. All 3 are generally curable with antibiotics, however they are becoming more difficult to treat, as some antibiotics are now failing due to misuse and overuse. The new recommendations are based on the latest available evidence.

31 August 2016 — The Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations concerning yellow fever met today. It decided that the yellow fever outbreak in Angola and DRC does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Despite considerable progress, the outbreak remains a serious public health event that warrants continued action and international support.





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