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Liberia's last Ebola patient discharged

Monrovia - Liberia discharged its last confirmed Ebola patient on Thursday, as it reported for the first time in nine months it had gone a full week without any new infections.

African leaders urge Ebola 'Marshall Plan'

Brussels - Leaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola urged the world on Tuesday to back a "Marshall Plan" to help them stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies.

Liberia leader thanks U.S. as Ebola mission ends

Washington - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid emotional tribute to the American people on Thursday as the United States formally wound up its successful five-month mission to combat the west African nation's Ebola outbreak.

Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders

Monrovia - Liberia said Friday it was lifting nationwide curfews and re-opening borders shut last year at the height of the Ebola crisis, after the retreat of an epidemic that has killed thousands.

WHO gives green light to 15-minute Ebola test

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Friday it had approved a 15-minute test for Ebola that should prove a fast and rugged tool in countries hit by the disease.

SLeone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits 'turning point'

Freetown - Sierra Leone launched a door-to-door search Wednesday for "hidden" Ebola patients as the head of the United Nations announced the world was at "a critical turning point" in the crisis.

Ebola remains infectious after the host has died

After a person has passed away from the Ebola virus, the virus remains infectious. To understand how long the virus remains infectious in a body after death researchers have undertaken animal studies.

Schools reopen as Liberia turns page on Ebola epidemic

Monrovia - Children trickled back to school in Liberia on Monday after the restart of lessons that had been delayed for months by the deadly Ebola outbreak, as the country begins to turn the page on the crisis.

The Ebola crisis, WHO and missing funds to fight the epidemic

For the first time in 2015, WHO is reporting an increase in Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 124 cases this week alone. There have been a total of 22,495 people infected with the disease since it started, with 8,981 deaths.

Major Ebola drug trial cancelled

As the number of Ebola cases declines, pharma company Chimerix is unable to find sufficient patients for its trial in Liberia of the antiviral drug brincidofovir.

Sierra Leone quarantines 700 homes after Ebola case

Freetown - Sierra Leone placed hundreds of homes in the capital under Ebola quarantine Friday, in a huge blow for its recovery less than a month after it lifted all restrictions on movement.

'Encouraging' Ebola drug trial results in Guinea

Paris - An Ebola candidate treatment yielded "encouraging" results in a trial with 80 patients in Guinea, with faster recovery rates observed, the French government and medical research agency Inserm said Thursday.

Is Ebola in decline?

The number of reported cases of Ebola are dropping across West Africa, according to a World Health Organization report. Meanwhile, vaccine trials are set to commence in Liberia.

Number of new Ebola cases rises for first time in 2015: WHO

Geneva - The weekly number of new Ebola cases registered across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone rose in the last week of January, marking the first hike in 2015, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Only a third of Ebola aid pledges delivered, says study

London - Only about a third of the $2.89 billion (2.52 billion euros) in aid money pledged to fight the Ebola virus in west Africa was actually delivered, according to an analysis published by the British Medical Journal.

Ebola vaccine trials begin in Liberia

Monrovia - The first large-scale trials of two Ebola vaccines began in Liberia on Monday, the hospital hosting the research said.

World's largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

Monrovia - A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe.

Liberia closes Ebola centre at epicentre of outbreak

Monrovia - Liberia's president on Monday announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus's worst outbreak in history, as the disease's spread has slowed in the country.

Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia

Monrovia - The United Nations said on Saturday Liberia was dealing with just five remaining cases of Ebola, in the clearest sign yet that the country is nearing the end of the outbreak.

Ebola situation still 'extremely alarming': UN

Geneva - The Ebola situation was still "extremely alarming" despite a significant fall in new cases in west Africa, the World Health Organization warned Friday.The UN agency said the progress made so far could be rapidly undone if a funding gap remained.

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantines as crisis eases

Freetown - Sierra Leone on Friday lifted crippling nationwide restrictions on movement put in place at the height of the Ebola crisis, amid signs that the deadly epidemic was retreating."Restrictions on movement will be eased to support economic activity.

Ebola virus changes over time, may thwart drugs, study says

Miami - The deadly Ebola virus is changing, and new genetic mutations that have arisen in the past four decades could thwart the experimental drugs that some pharmaceutical companies are developing, researchers said Tuesday.

Mali government, UN declare country Ebola-free

Bamako - The Malian government and the United Nations on Sunday declared the country free of Ebola after 42 days without any new cases of the deadly virus.

Red Cross nurse dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

Freetown - A nurse working for the Red Cross in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola in the eastern district of Kenema, where no new cases had been reported for 37 days, the organisation said.

Canadian scientists track Ebola infectivity using guinea pigs

Toronto - A new guinea pig model of Ebola viral transmission, from Canadian scientists, shows that direct contact with infected animals is not necessary to catch the disease. The results could inform about health protection.

What is happening with Ebola in Africa right now?

With the U.K. nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, no longer critically ill with Ebola, the fight against the virus still continues heavily in areas of Africa.

Sierra Leone now has means to control Ebola epidemic: UN

Freetown - Sierra Leone now has the means to curb the Ebola epidemic, the new head of the UN mission for the fight against the disease and a senior World Health Organization official said.

Turning Ebola against itself to fight the viral disease

Paris - A research project has been looking at how the most common protein the makes up the Ebola virus can be blocked. This is seen as importance since the protein mediates replication of a new viral particle.

Tens of thousands to test Ebola vaccines in affected countries: WHO

Geneva - Human tests of two possible Ebola vaccines have proven safe and now tests to measure their efficiency will begin within weeks in the three west African countries ravaged by the deadly virus, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Ebola fight has coordination problem, says new UN mission chief

Monrovia - The three west African countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic should be leading the response against the killer virus, the UN's new mission chief on the disease said, condemning "a problem of coordination" in the fightback.
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