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The findings showed an urgent need to address unhealthy diets and lifestyles around the world. If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active, and avoid excessive weight gain.
All of this news is alarming.
Sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought.
We can expect more cases and further geographical spread. Sexual transmission is more common than previously assumed.
Possible links with neurological complications and birth malformations have rapidly changed the risk profile for Zika from a mild threat to one of very serious proportions.
There was no definitive proof that the Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, is responsible for the birth defects, she acknowledged on Thursday that "the level of alarm is extremely high.
Members of the committee agreed that the situation meets the conditions for a public health emergency of international concern. I have accepted this advice.
Zika was spreading "explosively" across the Americas and predicted 3-4 million people could be infected within a year.
Last year the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region. The level of alarm is extremely high.
A causal relationship between Zika virus infection, birth malformations and neurological symptoms has not yet been established, but is strongly suspected.
Although a causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not – and I must emphasise, has not – been established, the circumstantial evidence is suggestive and extremely worrisome.
In an ominous trend, in some countries the battle between tobacco and health has moved into the courts. Governments wishing to protect their citizens through larger pictorial warnings on cigarette packs or by introducing plain packaging are being intimidated by industry's threats of lengthy and costly litigation. This is an effort to deprive governments of their sovereign right to legislate in the public interest. We will push back hard.
Our planet is losing its capacity to sustain human life in good health. Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its most disturbing report to date, with a strong focus on the consequences for health.
No-one, even outbreak responders with experience dating back to 1976, to 1995, people that were directly involved with those outbreaks, none of them have ever seen anything like it.
I have therefore decided to raise the level of Influenza Pandemic alert from Phase 5 to Phase 6. The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.