There’s an important “window of opportunity” to block the coronavirus outbreak—but countries need to share information openly, warned WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a technical briefing in Geneva yesterday, according to the BBC.

he coronavirus outbreak is officially a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, according to the WHO—but the organization is confident the spread can be contained.

The DRC’s Ebola outbreak hasn’t just been deadly for infected patients and health workers under attack—journalists have come under fire as they fight the rampant  misinformation.   One radio broadcaster was stabbed to death in his home; his station soon shut down.

Limited human-to-human transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus may have occurred within families, and WHO is now preparing for the possibility of a wider outbreak, Reuters reports

After one death was linked last week to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, cases still appear to be connected to the seafood market where it was first discovered, Reuters reports.  

There were signs of hope for peace in Yemen in the new year.   But while bombs may have stopped, the country is still haunted by disease and displacement, writes Susan Schulman in a powerful account in the Telegraph of returnees amid one of the world’s worst humanitarian…

The central Chinese city of Wuhan is investigating an outbreak of a “viral pneumonia of unknown origin,” according to the South China Morning Post.  

Getting the language right in the multilingual DRC may help end the current Ebola outbreak.  Common terms in a response setting have different meaning to community members: “Suspected case” may be interpreted as “someone who is a bad person with little worth.” …

Officials in Samoa have directed unvaccinated people to hang red flags outside their homes to help door-to-door vaccinators deployed to fight the country’s measles outbreak.

Samoa’s measles outbreak has now killed 55 people—most of them children under 4—and infected over 3,800, RNZ reports.