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Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

Freetown - Sierra Leone launched on Friday a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.

Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola shutdown

Freetown - Sierra Leone was preparing on Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move experts claim could worsen the epidemic.

First French Ebola victim to be flown home from Liberia

Paris - The first French Ebola patient was set to be flown home Thursday, as the World Bank warned the spiralling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in west Africa.

Ebola 'fear factor' risks economic disaster, World Bank warns

Washington - The World Bank warned Wednesday that fear of the deadly Ebola virus is choking off economic activity in West Africa with potentially "catastrophic" results.

Ebola crisis 'spiraling out of control' warns Obama

Atlanta - President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people.

Obama: Ebola crisis 'spiraling out of control'

Atlanta - President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people.

Billion dollar Ebola fight seen as US pledges 3,000 troops

Geneva - Nearly one billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said Tuesday, while Washington pledged 3,000 troops to try to "turn the tide" of the epidemic.

China ups its medics in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to 174

Geneva - China will send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174, the UN said Tuesday.

Obama sends 3,000 troops to W.Africa to 'turn tide' on Ebola

Washington - US President Barack Obama will try to "turn the tide" on the Ebola epidemic Tuesday by ordering 3,000 US military personnel to west Africa to curtail its spread as China also dispatched more experts to the region.

Liberia dismisses 10 officials for abandoning Ebola fight

Monrovia - Liberia's leader Sunday said she had sacked 10 senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Op-Ed: Ways to protect against Ebola

London Colney - Ebola virus disease (EVD) is causing unparalleled devastation. As well as killing thousands of citizens in west African countries, it has also affected dozens of aid workers. How can aid workers protect themselves?

Liberia president sacks absent politicians

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dismissed 10 government officials. The officials have been out of the country for most of the Ebola crisis.

Dutch Ebola doctors 'to be evacuated on Sunday'

Den Haag - Two Dutch doctors feared to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone are set to be flown back to the Netherlands "as soon as possible", the foreign ministry said Saturday.

Cuba's Ebola aid latest example of 'medical diplomacy'

Havana - Cuba's pledge to deploy a 165-strong army of doctors and nurses to help fight the Ebola outbreak is the latest example of the Communist country's decades-old tradition of "medical diplomacy.

Liberia shows biggest Ebola death-toll increase

Monrovia - The rate of Ebola has exponentially increased in Liberia. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have responded by saying that intervention efforts must be scaled up at least three-fold.

New study demonstrates how fast Ebola virus can spread

Earlier this week, Liberia's defense minister, Brownie Samukai told the U.N. Security Council that Ebola "is now spreading like wildfire, devouring everything in its path." A new study just released shows us how fast the deadly virus is spreading.

Tracking bats could help halt Ebola spread

Various actions are being undertaken to fight the Ebola virus that is sweeping across parts of West Africa, and resulting in a mounting death toll. As the main vector is bats, some scientists think that tracking bats is one way to combat the disease.

Ebola toll hits 2,400 as Cuba pledges medics

Geneva - The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,400 people, the UN said Friday, as Cuba pledged the largest foreign medical team deployed so far in the west African health crisis.

Australian man isolated in Ebola scare

Sydney - An Australian was isolated in hospital Thursday after he displayed symptoms of Ebola following a trip to Africa but health officials said it is unlikely he has the deadly virus.

Finding new ways to identify Ebola drugs

Liverpool - Discovering new ways to identify drugs that could be used to treat Ebola virus infection should relate to the types of proteins inside a cell that are critical for the functions of Ebola virus, according to a new study.

Health services, economies overwhelmed in Ebola-hit Africa

Monrovia - Health workers in Liberia reported being overwhelmed by new Ebola cases on Wednesday, as the epidemic was blamed for shattering economic growth in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Ebola threatening Liberia's existence, minister warns

Monrovia - Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like "wild fire", the defence minister warned Tuesday, following a grim World Health Organization assessment that the worst is yet to come.

Liberia braces for worst as Ebola death toll jumps

Monrovia - Liberia is bracing for an upsurge in Ebola cases, following a grim World Health Organization assessment on Tuesday that the worst is yet to come in the fight against the killer virus.

Ebola infections set to soar in Liberia: WHO

Monrovia - The World Health Organization warned Monday that Liberia is set to see a huge spike in infections from the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, with thousands of new cases imminent.

Ebola infections set to soar in Liberia: WHO

Monrovia - The World Health Organization warned Monday that Liberia is set to see a huge spike in infections from the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, with thousands of new cases imminent.

Liberia could see 'thousands' more Ebola cases in coming weeks: WHO

Geneva - Liberia, already hardest-hit by the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, should brace for thousands of new cases in coming weeks, the World Health Organization warned Monday.

African Union meets for Ebola crisis talks

Addis Ababa - African Union chiefs held an emergency meeting Monday to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic, which has killed over 2,000 people in west Africa.

VIDEO: Panicked residents chase man suspected of having Ebola

Monrovia - Growing fear and panic over the increasing number of Ebola deaths in Liberia led to a man wearing a medical bracelet being chased through the streets by those fearful he had "escaped quarantine".

Condition of U.S. doctor with Ebola improving: Wife

Washington - An American doctor who caught the Ebola virus while working in a Liberian maternity ward is showing signs of improvement, relatives said.

Ebola lockdown 'will not work'

A three-day lockdown announced by Sierra Leone to combat Ebola will not help contain the virus, a leading charity has announced.
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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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Staff of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse put on protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia on July 24, 2014
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Elmer Towns Religion Hall at Liberty University.
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A Doctors without Borders (MSF) medical worker feeds a child suffering from Ebola at an MSF facility in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone on August 15, 2014
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Ebola virus virion: colorized transmission electron micrograph
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Ebola is one of the most virulent diseases known to man.
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Liberia's U.S. Embassy Mission Director, John Mark Winfield hands over the second donation of PPE's to Liberia for its fight in the control of the latest Ebola outbreak on July 4, 2014.
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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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Tobacco farming still goes on, despite anti-smoking campaigns.
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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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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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Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers infected while battling to halt its spread across West Africa
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This is the hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, West Africa, where the Ebola virus samples are tested to see if someone has the virus or not. It was taken June 8, 2014.
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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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Health workers with 'Doctors Without Borders' put on protective equipment at an Ebola isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, on June 28, 2014
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