Kenyan businessman claims US 'owns' Ebola

2014-08-22 14:08
File: AFP

File: AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – A Kenyan businessman has reportedly made claims that the United States government owns the Ebola virus that continues to rock West African countries.

According to the Business Daily, Joseph Aura told the High Court in Nairobi that the US had patented the Ebola virus, its vaccine and cure in 2012 and should be compelled to bring the health crisis to a stop.

The claim was made in court papers supporting Aura’s request to have the Kenya High Court throw out a case filed by the Consumers Federation of Kenya lobby group seeking to compel national carrier Kenya Airways to stop flying to West African nations hit by the Ebola epidemic, the report said.

Aura made the claims as Nigeria, one of the affected West African countries, declined to use an experimental drug from the US.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the total death toll to 1 350, and said deaths were mounting fastest in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576, according to AP.

The disease is spread through contact with body fluids of those infected – dead or alive. The highly-contagious virus can kill up to 90% of its victims, according to reports.

WHO has maintained there is no licensed cure for the deadly viral disease.

According to Africa Review, the Ebola outbreak has left the world with a global health crisis that has paralysed businesses worth billions of shillings worldwide.

Read more on:    who  |  us  |  kenya  |  health  |  east africa  |  west africa  |  ebola

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
80 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.