Residents riot as police quarantine slum to curb ebola

2014-08-20 17:21

Riots broke out in Monrovia after the government quarantined Liberia's biggest slum in an effort to curb the Ebola epidemic.

Sierra Leone's 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer

2014-08-20 12:38

Ebola has laid waste to the tribal chiefdoms of Sierra Leone, leaving hundreds dead, but the crisis began with just one healer's claims to special powers.

Ebola has killed 1 200 people so far

2014-08-19 12:36

Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2 240, including 1 229 deaths, the WHO says, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria.

Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

2014-08-17 21:34

Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine centre and made off with bloodied sheets and mattresses.

W Africa struggles to deal with Ebola outbreak

2014-08-15 08:47

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has claimed a fourth victim in Nigeria while the US has ordered the evacuation of diplomats’ families from Sierra Leone.

Scientists race to test Ebola vaccines in humans

2014-08-15 05:36

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work.

Ebola: Liberia braces for food shortages

2014-08-14 16:15

Liberia is bracing for food and petrol shortages, after neighbouring Ivory Coast blocked access of ships from all four West African countries affected by the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Nigeria appeals for experimental Ebola drug

2014-08-13 11:38

Nigeria requested the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, as the country reported its third death from the virus ravaging several West African nations.

French company delivers first synthetic malaria drug

2014-08-13 09:40

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has announced the delivery of the first anti-malaria drugs using a semi-synthetic version of their key ingredient to millions of patients in Africa.

Sierra Leone appeals for Ebola drug, funds

2014-08-13 07:21

Sierra Leone says it is seeking a shipment of a controversial experimental drug to fight an Ebola outbreak, and is also appealing for $18m to plug a shortfall in funding to fight epidemic.

American woman with Ebola is smiling

2014-08-12 19:58

The American woman who has been sick with the dangerous Ebola virus while working with a Christian aid group in Liberia is getting better and is even smiling, her son says.

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in outbreak

2014-08-12 14:41

A World Health Organisation panel of medical ethics experts has ruled that it is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines as potential treatments or preventions in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak.

Ebola death toll in West Africa passes 1 000

2014-08-12 08:28

The World Health Organisation says the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 1 000.

Act on Ebola, DA urges govt

2014-08-11 21:07

The DA says South Africa urgently needs a code of practice for health officials to deal with any possible outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.

Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug

2014-08-11 12:36

Spain has imported a US-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who has been evacuated from Liberia, after testing positive for the killer virus.

German student tested for Ebola

2014-08-11 08:03

Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and is waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease, the health ministry says.

Nigerian in Hong Kong tests negative for Ebola

2014-08-10 20:41

A Nigerian man who was quarantined after he showed Ebola-like symptoms while travelling to Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly virus.

Liberians demand that govt pick up Ebola bodies

2014-08-09 23:01

Riot police have raced to quell a demonstration blocking Liberia's busiest highway as an angry crowd protested the government's delays in collecting the bodies of Ebola victims.

Ebola: ArcelorMittal issues force majeure

2014-08-08 23:18

ArcelorMittal has declared force majeure over Ebola and mining firms are acting swiftly, while production ticks over in West Africa's iron ore and gold fields.

EU: Extremely low chances of Ebola in Europe

2014-08-08 14:02

The EU's executive says the risk of Ebola across the European Union remained 'extremely low' despite the World Health Organisation's decision to declare it an international health emergency.

Liberia races to enforce Ebola quarantine

2014-08-07 18:26

Soldiers have clamped down on people trying to travel to Liberia's capital from rural areas hard-hit by Ebola, hours after the president declared a national state of emergency.

West African healthcare reels as Ebola toll hits 932

2014-08-07 12:34

Health workers in West Africa have appealed for urgent help in controlling the world's worst Ebola outbreak as the death toll climbed to 932 and Liberia shuts a major hospital.

Nigeria rushes to get isolation tents for Ebola

2014-08-07 08:31

Nigeria authorities are rushing to obtain isolation tents in anticipation of more Ebola infections.

SADC calls for urgent Ebola measures

2014-08-07 05:00

Urgent preventive measures must be put in place across the SADC to ensure there is no outbreak of Ebola, health ministers have agreed.

Spain evacuating missionary sick with Ebola

2014-08-06 06:23

Madrid will send an air force plane to Liberia to bring an elderly Spanish missionary infected with Ebola back to Spain for treatment, the defence ministry says.


Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

2014-08-20 15:53

Security forces deployed to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.

Top doctor is Nigeria's fifth Ebola death

2014-08-20 09:05

A senior doctor who treated Nigeria's first Ebola patient has died, taking the death toll in Africa's most populous country to five, health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says.

Nigeria now has 12 Ebola cases, 5 recovered

2014-08-18 15:50

Nigeria has 12 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus, up from 10 at last week's count, of which five have almost fully recovered, the health ministry says.

Ebola centers fill faster than they can be opened

2014-08-15 19:05

Beds in Ebola treatment centres are filling up faster than they can be provided, evidence that an outbreak in West Africa is far more severe than the numbers show.

WHO: Ebola toll vastly underestimated

2014-08-15 08:47

Staff with the WHO battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the UN says.

Celebrate your health this Women’s Month

2014-08-14 21:00

We celebrate women's month by putting our health in priority. Here's how we can do this.

Guinea declares Ebola a 'national health emergency'

2014-08-14 05:59

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a deadly Ebola outbreak that has killed 377 in the west African nation a "health emergency".

Celebrate your health this Women’s Month

2014-08-13 11:00

We celebrate women's month by putting our health in priority. Here's how we can do this.

WHO approves experimental Ebola drugs

2014-08-13 08:50

The World Health Organisation has authorised the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll topped 1 000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the outbreak.

Canada to donate Ebola vaccine for use in Africa

2014-08-13 05:47

Canada will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organisation for use in Africa, the country's health minister says.

Ebola outbreak claims first European victim

2014-08-12 16:34

An elderly Spanish priest became the first European to die from a fast-spreading Ebola outbreak, succumbing to the virus in a Madrid hospital days after being evacuated from Liberia.

Liberian doctors to get US experimental Ebola drug

2014-08-12 05:53

Liberia has announced that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiralling outbreak.

S Korea offers $13.3m in aid for North Korea

2014-08-11 12:36

South Korea says it would provide $13.3m in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea, its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.

What's so scary about Ebola?

2014-08-11 11:07

The US's top disease detective calls Ebola a 'painful and merciless virus'. To put the Ebola threat in perspective, here are some reasons to be concerned about the outbreak.

West Africans fill churches to pray for 'devil' Ebola

2014-08-11 05:35

People in Sierra Leone and Liberia have filled churches to seek deliverance from an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, defying official warnings to avoid public gatherings to contain an epidemic.

Ebola: Nigeria bans transport of corpses across borders

2014-08-10 16:35

Nigeria's health ministry has banned the transport of corpses across national and state borders, an attempt to halt an Ebola outbreak that has killed almost 1 000 in West Africa.

Ebola vaccine to trial next month, may be ready by 2015

2014-08-09 19:10

Clinical trials of a preventative vaccine for the Ebola virus made by British pharma company GlaxoSmithKline may begin next month and made available by 2015, the World Health Organisation says.

Firms respond to Ebola threat

2014-08-08 20:30

None of the companies mining, drilling and exploring in west Africa have reported cases of Ebola, but several have preventative measures in place.

WHO: Ebola an international health emergency

2014-08-08 09:18

West Africa's raging epidemic of Ebola virus is an "extraordinary event" and now constitutes an international health risk, the World Health Organisation says.

Spanish Ebola patient evacuated for treatment

2014-08-07 13:43

An elderly Spanish missionary who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia has landed in Madrid, the first patient in the fast-spreading outbreak to be evacuated to Europe.

Experimental Ebola drug sparks controversy

2014-08-07 11:23

The decision to use an experimental drug to treat two Americans infected with Ebola, while nearly 1 000 Africans have already died, has sparked controversy.

Obama: Too early to send experimental Ebola drug to Africa

2014-08-07 05:56

US President Barack Obama says it is "premature" to send experimental drugs for the treatment of Ebola to West Africa, which has been hardest hit by the deadly outbreak.

Ebola mortality rate expected to rise drastically

2014-08-06 09:57

The death rate so far in the world's worst outbreak of Ebola is not as extreme as recorded in the past, but experts expect it to prove no less virulent in the end, once more victims succumb.

US aid workers get untested Ebola drug

2014-08-05 10:35

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year.

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