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Red Cross admits $6-million fraud during Ebola crisis

Geneva - The Red Cross has uncovered several cases of fraud by officials during efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, estimating losses of $6-million (5.2 million euros).

Red Cross admits $6-million fraud during Ebola crisis

Geneva - The Red Cross has uncovered several cases of fraud by officials during efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, estimating losses of $6-million (5.2 million euros).

Ebola burial teams saved thousands of lives

Geneva - A new study, reviewing the actions taken in response to the 2014-2015 West African Ebola crisis, has found the burial practices conducted by medical staff were highly effective in reducing the infection spread.

DR Congo authorises trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo has approved using an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak of the virus in the northeast, the government said Monday.

DR Congo approves use of Ebola vaccination to stop outbreak

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in its northeast that has sickened 52 people and killed four others.

WHO races against the clock to contain Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

In an update issued on May 18, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said a race against the clock has begun to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in the remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Ebola in DR Congo's isolated far north a logistical challenge

Kinshasa - An Ebola outbreak in a remote region in DR Congo's far north poses a logistical challenge for doctors and aid workers although the sheer remoteness could help limit its spread.

WHO — Two more cases of Ebola virus identified in DR Congo

Kinshasa - In a statement dated May 13, the World Health Organization announced it is now investigating three Ebola cases in The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the first case possibly being the "index case."

Three die from Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization confirmed on Friday that three people have died from the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola outbreak declared in northeast DR Congo: WHO

Kinshasa - An Ebola outbreak has been declared in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Friday, after the virus caused three deaths in the area since April 22.

Liberia tests mystery illness after 11 unexplained deaths

Monrovia - Liberia said Friday that samples from people struck down by a mystery illness are being tested abroad after 11 unexplained deaths, though Ebola has been ruled out.

Gold nanoparticles used to rapidly detect Ebola

While the Ebola pandemic in West Africa was eventually tackled the risk remains that the viral disease will re-emerge. To better equipped a new diagnostic method has been developed to allow for the rapid detection of the disease.

Ebola detected in lungs of healthcare worker

With Ebola virus infection, with those who survive the virus, is proving very difficult to get rid of. The virus, in those who appear symptom free, has been found in the eyes, semen, amniotic fluid, and so on. A new case adds to this concern.

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective': WHO

Paris - A prototype vaccine for Ebola may be "up to 100 percent effective" in protecting against the deadly virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

Ebola virus adapted during West African epidemic

Salem - In a review of the 2013-2016 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, scientists have found that the Ebola virus increased its ability of the virus to infect human cells. The virus went through a process of adaptation.

ZMapp drug shows further Ebola promise

The results of a new clinical trial for Ebola Virus Disease have been published. The trial results indicate the medication was well-tolerated by patients and shows promise for tackling the virus.

Antibody strategy shows promise against Ebola

A recent study, involving a new therapeutic strategy, points towards a weakness with the Ebola virus. Could this Achilles’ heel point towards an anti-Ebola treatment involving antibodies?

New model helps to predict future Ebola outbreaks

Scientists have developed a new computer-based model that will help to predict the likelihood of future epidemic and pandemics relating to Ebola and Lassa fever. The model will help to predict disease trajectories.

Malaria infection boosts Ebola survival rates

A review of medical and epidemiological data has shown people who are infected with malaria at the same time as becoming infected with Ebola have a higher chance of surviving the Ebola virus.

Sierra Leone stops mandatory testing of corpses for Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone declared Friday that it would stop the mandatory testing of all dead bodies for the Ebola virus, lifting a restriction put in place at the end of an outbreak that claimed thousands of lives.

Skin cancer drug is effective against flu, HIV & Ebola

A skin cancer drug, currently undergoing clinical trial, could be effective against a range of other diseases. These include viral infections like influenza and HIV. We look at this and bring a round-up of other drug development news.

Ibuprofen and a cancer drug stop Ebola

London - The anti-cancer drug toremifene and long-standing painkiller ibuprofen appear effective against the Ebola virus, according to a new study.

Sexual transmission of Ebola poses public health risk

A new research study warns that sexual transmission of Ebola is likely to impact on course of future outbreaks of the viral disease. This is to the extent that recent measures to control the virus could be undone.

West Africa marks end of deadly Ebola outbreak

Monrovia - Liberia said Thursday it is free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in west Africa of the tropical virus that has killed more than 11,300 people in the region since late 2013.

Sierra Leone's first Ebola-hit community reconsiders its traditions

Foya - Violently coughing up blood, the woman was close to collapse when brought to Kailahun hospital in eastern Sierra Leone from her village close to the Guinean border.For nursing staff, the spectre of the killer Ebola virus had returned.

Liberia Experiences another Ebola death

Ebola Virus has resurfaced in the West-African regions — leading to calls for stronger steps to counter the persistent nature of this catastrophic epidemic.

New Ebola death in Liberian capital weeks after all-clear

Monrovia - A 30-year-old woman has died in the Liberian capital after contracting Ebola, officials said Friday, more than two months after the epidemic was declared over in the country.

WHO says Ebola international health emergency is over

Ginebra - The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency, voicing confidence that remaining isolated cases in the affected countries can be contained.

At least 5 dead in Guinea Ebola flare-up: health officials

Conakry - Ebola has likely killed five people in Guinea after re-emerging in the country's south, health authorities said Tuesday, confirming two more deaths registered in recent days.

Guinea govt says two people have died from Ebola

Conakry - Two people from the same family have died from Ebola in Guinea, the government said Thursday, as the WHO declared a flare-up of the virus in neighbouring Sierra Leone over.
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Passports and visas being checked at Toronto Pearson Airport.
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Picture taken and released on August 7, 2014 by the Spanish Defense Ministry shows Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted the Ebola virus, being transported from Madrid's Torrejon air base to the Carlos III hospital upon his arrival
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Nigeria is now monitoring 198 people and has 10 confirmed Ebola virus cases.
Nigeria is now monitoring 198 people and has 10 confirmed Ebola virus cases.
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Computer reconstruction of the Ebola virus
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Police in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, have fired live rounds and tear gas during protests after a quarantine was imposed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
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A new study suggests the incubation period for Ebola may need to be extended longer than 21-days.
A new study suggests the incubation period for Ebola may need to be extended longer than 21-days.
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Ebola particles are quite scary up close, but you should not buy into the fear right away.
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Medical personnel attending a Guinea Ebola patient.
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Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealing some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
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As three West African countries face the biggest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history the W...
As three West African countries face the biggest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history the World Health Organization has launched its biggest ever initiative to combat spread of the virus.
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This biggest Ebola outbreak ever recorded requires an intensification of efforts to avoid it from spreading further and claiming many more lives.
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Vaccines need to be empowered as Liberia gears up for yet another stint with Ebola
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The World Health Organization said on Monday that an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been largely contained in Senegal and Nigeria.
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