Ebola death toll tops 4 900 - WHO

2014-10-25 13:14

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4 922 out of 10 141 known cases in eight countries, the World Health Organisation says.

Beds at Ebola treatment units empty in Liberia

2014-10-24 22:20

Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, many beds in treatment centres are empty because of the government’s order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in the capital be cremated, authorities say.

Mali scrambles to trace Ebola toddler's contacts

2014-10-24 13:44

Health authorities in Mali are monitoring at least 43 people who had contact with a toddler declared the country’s first Ebola case, the WHO says.

Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food

2014-10-23 14:08

Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, a report says.

Ebola death toll rises to almost 4 900

2014-10-23 07:55

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10 000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation says, as the scramble to find a cure gathers pace.

2 die in Sierra Leone riot sparked by Ebola tests

2014-10-22 16:04

Two people have died in a riot in Sierra Leone sparked after health workers struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic tried to take a blood sample from an elderly woman, doctors say.

Cuba doctors at forefront of Ebola crisis

2014-10-22 05:57

Cuba's contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations with a sworn enemy the US.

Ebola threatens West Africa

2014-10-21 05:00

An "alarming picture" of the risk Ebola poses to some west African countries has emerged, according to a new report.

Ebola hysteria grips US, children removed from school

2014-10-20 14:33

Hundreds of parents reportedly removed their children from a Mississippi middle school fearing that they could get infected with Ebola after the school’s principal travelled to Africa.

Nigeria expected to be declared Ebola-free

2014-10-19 14:35

Nigeria is expected to be declared Ebola-free, just three months after fears that the virus could spread like wildfire through Africa's most populous nation.

Liberia minister in quarantine after driver dies of Ebola

2014-10-16 20:35

A Liberian minister says she has gone into quarantine voluntarily after her driver died of the Ebola virus sweeping west Africa.

Liberian healthcare workers call off Ebola strike

2014-10-15 17:53

Healthcare unions in Liberia have called off a strike over pay and working conditions for medical staff tackling an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus.

UN: Member states losing race against Ebola

2014-10-15 10:45

The world is falling behind in a desperate race to gain the upper hand over the deadly Ebola outbreak, a top UN official says.

MSF loses 9 medics to Ebola

2014-10-14 16:54

Doctors Without Borders has reported that 9 of its health workers have died of Ebola.

Sierra Leone Ebola survivors to hold UN meeting

2014-10-14 15:23

Dozens of Ebola survivors, now immune to the deadly disease, will meet in Sierra Leone this week to see how they can help tackle the epidemic, the UN says.

Ebola ruled out for 5 evacuated from Boston flight

2014-10-14 06:00

Ebola has been ruled out for five people with flu-like symptoms who were evacuated from a passenger jet in Boston, officials say.

Drip, drip: Water start-ups tap a glacial industry

2014-10-13 14:04

Innovation in water hasn't been entirely glacial. But when start-ups try to sell their technology to utilities focused on ensuring a regular and clean supply of water, new ideas take a back seat to safety and reliability.

2nd US Ebola case: Worker used protective gear

2014-10-12 16:35

The health care worker who contracted Ebola at the Texas hospital where a Liberian man was treated, contracted the virus while wearing full protective gear, officials say.

Days of heavy air pollution blight China

2014-10-10 12:37

Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China have pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.

Ebola could become next Aids, US warns

2014-10-10 09:16

A top US health official has urged swift action to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from becoming the next Aids epidemic.

SA prepared for Ebola

2014-10-08 17:20

The health ministry says South Africa is prepared for a potential case of Ebola.

Marburg fever scare in Uganda

2014-10-07 18:03

Eight people in Uganda have developed symptoms of the Ebola-like Marburg haemorrhagic disease and about 90 more people are under observation.

Ebola exposes Liberia's health problems

2014-10-05 19:58

The spread of the Ebola virus from Africa to the US has exposed the multiple failings of the Liberian government, including its poor healthcare.

Ebola infected air travellers 'can avoid screening with a lie'

2014-10-03 12:12

People who contract Ebola in West Africa can get through airport screenings and onto a plane with a lie and a lot of ibuprofen, according to healthcare experts, who believe more must be done to identify infected travellers.


Mali Ebola toddler dies, fears dozens exposed

2014-10-25 08:10

A 2-year-old girl who was Mali's first case of Ebola has died, as officials warn that dozens of people may have been exposed to the virus because she was taken across the country while ill.

DRC may be declared Ebola-free in late November

2014-10-24 20:42

The DRC could be declared Ebola-free in late November, as its two-month outbreak apparently fizzles out, the World Health Organisation says.

Ebola survivors' serum testing to start

2014-10-23 22:31

Scientists will start testing whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors can help infected patients fight off the deadly disease in a clinical trial.

Number of Ebola cases nears 10 000

2014-10-23 14:06

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10 000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation says, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace.

Lagos 'Ebola hospital' battles to recover

2014-10-22 22:33

Nigeria may have been declared officially Ebola-free but at the First Consultants hospital in Lagos, doctors believe it'll take the facility that treated the first victim years to recover.

WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa in January

2014-10-22 09:29

Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for “real-world” testing in West Africa as soon as January, as they are deemed safe, WHO says.

Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

2014-10-21 16:05

The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily.

Nigeria officially Ebola free – WHO

2014-10-20 15:33

The World Health Organisation has declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days – or two incubation periods – without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

Ebola reaches 'tipping point' as EU meets

2014-10-20 05:53

European foreign ministers are gathering in Luxembourg to try and formalise a joint EU response to combat the Ebola virus amid diplomatic warnings the crisis has reached a "tipping point".

Senegal declared Ebola-free: WHO

2014-10-17 17:22

Senegal is officially free of Ebola with the benchmark of 42 days passing without any new cases, the World Health Organization says.

Zim: Funding constraints 'hold back speedy diagnosis'

2014-10-16 10:33

Health authorities in Zimbabwe say funding constraints are holding back the speedy diagnosis of Ebola after it took more than a week to get results from samples sent to SA for testing.

WHO backs higher tobacco taxes

2014-10-15 17:45

The World Health Organisation has approved guidelines on Wednesday urging countries to increase cigarette taxes to help discourage smoking.

US says it could have done more on Ebola

2014-10-15 08:07

The top-disease fighting agency in the US has acknowledged that an American nurse might not have been infected with Ebola if a special response team had been sent to Dallas immediately.

WHO: West Africa Ebola outbreak still expanding

2014-10-14 16:08

The number of Ebola cases in a vast outbreak in West Africa will go over 9 000 this weekend and the epidemics still expanding geographically in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Guinea, WHO says.

Ebola patient in Germany dies

2014-10-14 10:33

A UN employee from Liberia who was transported to the eastern German city of Leipzig after contracting Ebola has died, the hospital says.

Nurse's Ebola turns scrutiny to US health workers

2014-10-13 18:25

The US nurse who contracted Ebola, despite wearing protective gear, has lead to health workers being more closely monitored.

Ebola:US nurses demand protective equipment

2014-10-13 06:20

A Texas health care worker has become the first person to contract Ebola on American soil, authorities confirmed, blaming a safety breach for the spread of the deadly disease.

Liberia investigates patients being sent away

2014-10-10 16:16

Liberia's medical and dental council says it is investigating cases where medical staff reject or refuse sick people for fear of contracting Ebola.

Nurse 11th person tested for Ebola in Australia

2014-10-10 10:45

Eleven people in Australia have been tested for Ebola in recent weeks, officials have revealed, as a nurse became the latest to return negative blood samples for the deadly virus.

Cost of Ebola could top $32bn - report

2014-10-08 19:15

Ebola's economic toll could reach $32.6bn by year's end if the disease ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone spreads across West Africa, the World Bank says.

Sierra Leone: Strike leaves Ebola dead in streets

2014-10-08 12:31

The Sierra Leone broadcasting corporation reports that bodies of Ebola victims have been left in the country's streets because of a strike by burial teams, who complain they have not been paid.

MSF asks where was WHO in Ebola outbreak?

2014-10-06 21:46

In the first days of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as aid workers and health authorities battled to contain the deadly virus, Mariano Lugli asked himself a simple question: where was the World Health Organization?

German hospital: Scientist treated for Ebola cured

2014-10-04 20:02

A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organisation in Sierra Leone has recovered and been discharged from a German hospital.

Liberia's Sirleaf sees signs of Ebola 'stabilisation'

2014-10-02 08:26

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the Ebola outbreak that has devastated her country is showing signs of stabilising, as the official death toll rose again.

Ebola victims or not, Liberia burns them all

2014-10-01 11:22

Since the Ebola epidemic began to escalate the dead have been brought to one crematorium in Monrovia, where it matters little whether the bodies have died of Ebola, or a different affliction altogether, all bodies are burnt.

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