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Ebola News

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency

Freetown - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency on Thursday as countries across the world announced stringent new security measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.
In the Media by Rod Mac Johnson (AFP)

World Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert

London - Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.
In the Media by Robin Millard (AFP)

Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola

Monrovia - Liberia announced Wednesday it was shutting all schools and placing "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa.
In the Media by Zoom Dosso (AFP)

World Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert

London - Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.
In the Media by Robin Millard (AFP) - 1 comment

U.S. Ebola doctor 'weak and quite ill,' says colleague

Washington - An American doctor who has contracted the dangerous Ebola virus in Liberia is "weak and quite ill," a colleague of his told AFP on Tuesday.
In the Media by Kerry Sheridan (AFP)

Liberia closes borders as Ebola hits major west African cities

Monrovia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the Ebola-hit country's land borders after the deadly tropical virus spread to two of west Africa's largest cities.
In the Media by Zoom Dosso (AFP)

Two Americans, Freetown resident latest Ebola victims

Freetown - Alarm soared in west Africa Monday over the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak yet, with an American doctor and a missionary contracting the disease in Liberia and the death of the first victim from Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.
In the Media by Coumba SYLLA (AFP)

Two Americans infected with Ebola in Liberia outbreak

Washington - Two Americans involved in the treatment of Ebola victims in Liberia have become infected with the West African epidemic, an aid agency said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Nigeria on red alert after first Ebola death

Abuja - Nigeria was on alert against the possible spread of Ebola on Saturday, a day after the first confirmed death from the virus in Lagos, Africa's biggest city and the country's financial capital.
In the Media by Ola Awoniyi (AFP)

US monitoring Ebola outbeak, aiding bid to stop spread

Washington - US officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus which has now reached Nigeria, and is working with governments and aid groups to try to stop the spread.
In the Media by AFP

Nigeria confirms Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos

Abuja - Nigeria said Friday that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa's most populous country.
In the Media by Ola Awoniyi (AFP)

West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO

Geneva - The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Doctor at forefront of fight against Ebola contracts the disease

Virologist Sheik Umar Khan, 39, has been hailed as a National Hero by Sierra Leone's Health Minister. After working so hard to control the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in his country, the doctor has now caught the disease.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

Nigeria fears as man falls ill with Ebola-like symptoms

Lagos - A Liberian man has been hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms, but it is not yet clear if he is infected with the killer virus, Nigerian officials said Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

West Africa Ebola toll hits 603

Geneva - The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO)) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Dakar - A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said.
In the Media by AFP

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Dakar - A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said Friday.
In the Media by AFP

New Ebola cases in two African nations

The U.N. health agency has reported about 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The disease, among the deadliest in the world, continues to spread across West Africa.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Death toll in W. African Ebola outbreak rises to 518

Geneva - The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has jumped to 518, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

W. African Ebola epidemic 'likely to last months', says UN

Accra - The United Nations health agency said on Thursday it expected the worst Ebola outbreak in history to continue its deadly rampage through west Africa for at least "several months".
In the Media by Nana Boakye-Yiadom (AFP)

UN seeks to calm Ebola fears in W.Africa

Accra - The United Nations reassured west Africa on Wednesday that the world's deadliest-ever Ebola epidemic could be stopped in its tracks, telling the region's health ministers: "We can handle this.
In the Media by Nana Boakye-Yiadom (AFP) - 1 comment

Risk of Ebola spread in west Africa, WHO warns

Geneva - The World Health Organization has warned that Ebola could spread beyond hard-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to neighbouring nations, but insisted that travel bans were not the answer.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Thursday called for "drastic action" to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP)

Ebola 'out of control' in West Africa: MSF

Dakar - An epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is now "out of control" with more than 60 outbreak hotspots, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

West Africa Ebola death toll has risen to 337

Geneva - The death toll in west Africa's three-nation Ebola outbreak has risen to 337, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday, making it the deadliest ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever.
In the Media by Chris Wright (AFP) - 2 comments

West Africa Ebola death toll hits 337: WHO

Geneva - The death toll in west Africa's three-nation Ebola outbreak has risen to 337, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the deadliest ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Sierra Leone confirms seven Ebola cases

Freetown - Sierra Leone on Friday said that it had confirmed seven cases of Ebola and suspects dozens more amid fears the deadly epidemic gripping West Africa is spreading.
In the Media by AFP

Compounds that control Ebola identified

Compounds that could reduce the ability of viruses that cause diseases such as Ebola, rabies, HIV and Lassa fever to spread infection have been identified.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New variant of Ebola virus detected

Researchers have published some initial findings on the characteristics of the Ebola virus discovered in Guinea. Initial virological investigations enabled them to identify Zaire ebolavirus as the pathogen responsible for this epidemic.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Mali free of deadly Ebola epidemic: govt

Bamako - Mali said on Tuesday it was clear of the Ebola epidemic suspected to be behind around 130 deaths this year in Guinea and Liberia.
In the Media by AFP
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