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Liberia announces two more confirmed Ebola cases

Monrovia - Liberia said Wednesday a teenager who died of Ebola fever had spread the virus to at least two more people, confirming the first outbreak of the tropical disease for months.

Shellshocked Liberians brace for worst as Ebola returns

Monrovia - In the marketplaces and at the school gates of downtown Monrovia, Liberians spoke Wednesday of their dread over the return of Ebola after the first case in three months emerged.

Liberia announces return of Ebola

Monrovia - Liberia announced the return of Ebola on Tuesday following the death of a 17-year-old boy, dealing a worrying blow to the country's recovery three months after its last known case.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone quarantines 31 health workers

Freetown - Authorities in Sierra Leone quarantined three doctors and 28 nurses in the capital Freetown when a mother tested positive for Ebola after giving birth, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Ebola setback for Sierra Leone as capital records new cases

Freetown - Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has suffered a fresh outbreak of Ebola, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly epidemic.

Canadian company stops Ebola drug trial for lack of results

Trials have ceased of what was thought to be a promising drug to treat West Africans infected with the Ebola virus. Canadian company, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, announced that its TKM-Ebola drug trials in Sierra Leone have been stopped.

Here we go again: North Korea claims it has cure for AIDS, Ebola

Pyongyang - North Korea says it has gone where no other country has gone before: It has discovered the drug that can prevent and cure Ebola, AIDS, SARS and MERS.

Thousands of Liberians in 'post-Ebola syndrome' study

Monrovia - Liberia launched a five-year study on Wednesday to unravel the mystery of the long-term health effects that plague Ebola survivors and assess how long they should go without sex.

Ghana suspends Ebola vaccine trial after 'guinea pig' backlash

Accra - Ghana has suspended a trial for an Ebola vaccine after complaints that locals were being needlessly used as "guinea pigs" in a country currently free of the deadly disease.

Ebola spreads suspicion and rumours in Guinea

Conakry - The only possible place to encounter Ebola in Conakry is the main treatment unit, yet elsewhere in Guinea the virus is thriving in a febrile atmosphere of deep mistrust and swirling conspiracy theory.

Ebola may be on the decline, but it isn't over yet

Kamsar - While the worst Ebola epidemic in history seems to be winding down, there are still hot spots that need watching. But the fear that Ebola may have already spread into Guinea-Bissau has health officials scrambling to be ready for an impending outbreak.

'Ebola will return', veteran scientist warns

Paris - Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world's top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976.

WHO warns that Ebola crisis isn't over

Paris - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned against complacency about the deadly Ebola virus, saying that the crisis isn't over.

Families transporting Ebola corpses in taxis and buses in Guinea

Conakry - On Friday, health authorities in Guinea reported 27 new cases of Ebola in the West African country. The country's latest Ebola figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) are the highest in more than a month.

Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge

Freetown - Sierra Leone on Wednesday berated the "selfish and shameful" behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases.

WHO chief announces operations shake-up after Ebola shock

Ginebra - The World Health Organization will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, its chief said Monday, after the UN agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response.

World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel

Ginebra - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday urged all countries to help combat the misuse of antibiotics, which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers.

Nurse becomes Italy's second Ebola case

Rome - An Italian nurse who had recently been working in Sierra Leone with medical charity Emergency tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday in the country's second case of the virus.

Experts denounce WHO's slow Ebola response

Ginebra - A UN-sponsored report on Monday denounced the World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak and said the agency still did not have the capacity to tackle a similar crisis.

Massive Ebola outbreak nearly under control due to global efforts

With Liberia now Ebola-transmission free, the effort to fight the disease and bring the current outbreak under control appears to have turned a corner. Still, the global community must remain vigilant as the disease continues to spread elsewhere.

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free   

Monrovia - The UN health agency on Saturday declared Liberia Ebola-free, hailing the "monumental" achievement in the west African country where the virus has killed more than 4,700 people.

Ebola virus is heard to beat, found in man's eye

The Ebola virus has been detected in the eye of a U.S. doctor who survived the illness, according to a new medical study. This raises further questions about the ability of the virus to survive.

Ebola found in man's eye months after it left blood: Report

Washington - The Ebola virus has been detected for the first time in an eye of a patient months after it vanished from his blood, researchers said.Dr.

Could Ebola become an AIDS-like sexually transmitted disease?

Scientists have confirmed that Ebola can be transmitted more easily through sexual relations than was previously thought.

West Africa battles mystery of 'post-Ebola syndrome'

Monrovia - As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often-deadly virus on the survivors.

Sierra Leone chimps back in swing of it as Ebola retreats

Freetown - In the rising afternoon humidity 30-year-old Tom sits in the shade, picking fleas off his neighbour, unaware of how close he came to losing his home to Ebola.

700 Liberian Ebola workers protest for hazard pay

Monrovia - Seven hundred Liberian Ebola workers took to the streets of the capital Monrovia for a second day on Saturday to demand promised hazard pay.

Ebola-hit countries call for $8 bn for 'Marshall Plan'

Washington - The three West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic called for an $8 billion "Marshall Plan" on Friday to help rebuild their economies and boost prevention efforts.

Rangers protecting last white rhinos buoyed by social media help

He is the last male of his kind, and as such, he is under armed guard 24/7. There are only five northern white rhinos left in the world, and Sudan is one of them. Fortunately, his future may be a little bit brighter due to a social media campaign.

Ebola virus found in semen six months after recovery: WHO

Ginebra - Traces of Ebola have been found in the semen of a man six months after his recovery, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, urging survivors to practice safe sex "until further notice".
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