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Ebola virus News

Sierra Leone district on 'lockdown' as Ebola continues to spread

Ebola has taken a backseat to other news stories lately, but the deadly virus is still spreading like a brush fire in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the forested interior of Guinea, according to David Nabarro, the UN's special envoy for Ebola.

Danger of sex: Deadly Ebola virus stays in sperm up to 3 months

Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia continue to count the dead from the Ebola virus, the number now close to 7,000, the majority from those countries, as a new caution about the illness is given by the World Health Organization. It concerns Ebola and sperm.

Ebola outbreak 2014 — Virus detected in seminal fluid

The number of people infected with the Ebola virus has risen to over 16,000, with the death toll almost 7,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But now WHO is reporting that the virus is also found in seminal and vaginal fluids.

Vaccine for Ebola producing immune response, may soon be ready

A trial of the developing Ebola vaccine has shown positive results. The vaccine is being tolerated without major side effects by the 20 humans given the vaccine. The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday.

Ebola scare: New York woman, back from West Africa, drops dead

A seemingly healthy woman of 40 who returned from a trip to West Africa 18 days ago, died suddenly while having her hair done in a New York salon on Tuesday. Officials believe she died of a heart attack but are testing her remains for the Ebola virus.

Band Aid 30 single raises $1.5 million for Ebola in 5 minutes

It did not take long for the single put out by a group of philanthropic British musicians to begin raising money. Band Aid 30, the 2014 incarnation of the Band Aid supergroup who sang to help a famine crisis in Ethiopia, has already raised $1.5 million.

U2 cancels week-long Jimmy Fallon appearance after Bono hurts arm

U2 is a man down, and an important one, after Bono had a cycling accident and injured his arm. The Irish band made it to New York, Bono had his fall in Central Park, but the group had to cancel an appearance on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.'

Ebola's impact on the healthcare industry

For most in the healthcare industry, the Ebola outbreak is a complete game changer, and something very few are prepared to deal with. But what does this mean for the healthcare industry as a whole?

Pres. Obama to seek extra funding as he continues Ebola fight

With the U.S. mid-term elections a scant two weeks away, Pres. Barack Obama is busy seeking solutions to the Ebola virus scare. Bloomberg News reported the president will do so, at least in part, by asking Congress for more funding to fight the disease.

Document shows WHO officials admit to 'botching' Ebola response

Geneva - An internal document from the World Health Organization (WHO) admits that the organization "botched" efforts to control the spread of Ebola.

Op-Ed: After #SalvemosAExcalibur, time for #SalvemosAWestAfrica

Monrovia - While thousands die unmourned in West Africa, the rest of the world found time for outrage, fury and grief over the decision by the Spanish authorities to euthanize the dog Excalibur belonging to the Ebola-infected Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos.

Texas Ebola patient contact missing, sought by authorities

Dallas - Dallas authorities are trying to find Michael Lively, a homeless man who might have had contact with the lone Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. Lively is identified as a “low-risk” contact, was last monitored October 4th, and is now missing.

Ebola virus in the U.S. and contact tracing technology

Dallas - Contact tracing allows epidemiologists and others fighting the spread of dangerous diseases like the Ebola virus.Technological tools in surveillance and molecular diagnostics, information and communications, and geoinformatics make this tough job easier.

Ebola may be contained in Nigeria, Senegal, but death toll rises

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria and Senegal appears to be contained, although deaths from the virus continue to rise in other areas affected by the disease.

Health care officials worry about Ebola virus becoming airborne

The World Health Organization predicted that the Ebola virus could end up infecting 20,000 people before it was brought under control. This assumes that international cooperation will be in place to intervene in stopping the outbreak on the disease.

West African nations facing serious food crisis

With over 1,500 lives lost from the Ebola epidemic, people living in the three most effected nations are also facing a looming food crisis that will certainly affect the health and welfare of everyone as well as the economies of their countries.

For West African nations, Ebola is but the tip of the iceberg

The Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa has certainly caught the world's attention, especially with WHO declaring it an international health emergency. But as some people suggest, the move was merely a symbolic gesture. Actually, Ebola is not the problem.

Nigerian doctor claims Ebola virus is 'germ warfare'

Calling the Ebola virus a threat to national security, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AIS­SON), called on the government to appoint a military head to take over Nigeria's response.

Ebola: BA suspends flights to Sierra Leone in wake of virus

London - On Wednesday British Airways (BA) announced it was suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until end August in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has struck a number of countries in West Africa.

Experimental Ebola drug shows promise, but more help is needed

The current Ebola outbreak in west Africa is the deadliest in history, but a possible silver lining of the infection of Americans assisting in the region is that the U.S. medical research sector will now focus intensely on the infamous virus.

Indian soldiers in Africa alerted against Ebola

Indian soldiers who are currently working as United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in western and central Africa have been alerted against the worst outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) in the region’s history.

World Health Organization's $100 million offensive against Ebola

Conakry - As the worst ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus unfolds across a swathe of countries in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to reveal a $100 million package of measures to combat the virus.

Op-Ed: Ebola patients returning to U.S. should spark pandemic planning

Though there is virtually no chance of infection from the two American Ebola patients returning to the U.S., it does raise questions as to how prepared our nation is for a deadly viral pandemic.

Ebola virus spreading amid urgent appeals for international help

This time, the Ebola virus outbreak is being classified as the worst outbreak ever, and people are scared. There is fear that the virus will spread all across West Africa unless cooperation is seen between countries and international help is forthcoming.

Ugandan government: Avoid 'kissing and having sex'

The president of Uganda has called on citizens in the East African country to avoid physical contact, including "handshaking kissing and having sex."

Deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda claims 14 lives

Kampala - Ugandan health officials and a WHO representative have confirmed the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in western Uganda. The disease caused by the deadly Ebola virus has reportedly killed 14 people in the western part of the country.

Scientists close to developing vaccine against deadly Ebola virus

Scientists have made a breakthrough in research to develop a stable vaccine that can be stockpiled for use by humans against the deadly Ebola virus. Scientists at the Arizona State University successfully immunized mice against a deadly form of Ebola.

Did Ebola Vaccine Protect German Researcher?

Three weeks after accidentally being exposed to the Ebola virus a German researcher is considered in the clear. The scientist had nicked herself with a needle containing the lethal virus.
 

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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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Location of ebola outbreak
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Medical authorities are becoming concerned over the Ebola virus mutating the longer it takes to get the epidemic contained.
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Research inside a biosafety level 4 laboratory shows researcher wearing airtight, pressurized suit. The suits are linked to dedicated systems that include breathing air compressors, alarms and emergency backup air tanks, and a high efficiency particulate air filtration system for the exhaust air
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Comparison of Estimated Distributions for EBOV.
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Kaci Hickox, has been caring for Ebola patients while working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. She is the first person in New Jersey placed under a mandatory 21-day quarantine at a New Jersey hospital
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Sister Marietta walks among the grave sites of EVD victims in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), 1976.
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Sanitized gloves and boots hang to dry as a burial team collects Ebola victims from a Ministry of Health treatment center for cremation on Oct. 2 in Monrovia, Liberia.
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Source: World Health Organization. Graphic by Annie Daniel and Emily Chow. Updated Sep 6  2014.
Source: World Health Organization. Graphic by Annie Daniel and Emily Chow. Updated Sep 6, 2014.
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A team of funeral agents specialised in the burial of victims of the Ebola virus carry a body prior at the Fing Tom cemetery in Freetown, on October 10, 2014
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Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles.
Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles.
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A sign outside the Monrovia City Corporation in Liberia aims at preventing the spread of Ebola. Phot...
A sign outside the Monrovia City Corporation in Liberia aims at preventing the spread of Ebola. Photo: UNMIL
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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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Ebola is a frightening disease and has a high mortality rate.
Ebola is a frightening disease and has a high mortality rate.
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