UN warns Ebola still far from over

2014-11-22 13:48

The head of the UN Ebola mission has warned that the world was "far, far away" from beating the deadly outbreak and said a huge increase in aid is needed to fight the virus in Africa.

Chinese medics in Liberia to beef up Ebola fight

2014-11-17 08:38

A large team of Chinese health workers have arrived in Liberia to boost the Ebola fight as a US-based doctor infected in Sierra Leone was described as being “extremely ill”.

Liberia health minister ousted in Cabinet shuffle

2014-11-16 22:27

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has replaced her health minister as part of a broader Cabinet reshuffle amid widespread criticism of her government's response to the country's Ebola outbreak.

Mali rushes to contain Ebola outbreak

2014-11-14 09:26

Mali is rushing to impose tougher measures to contain the spread of Ebola after recording a new case of the disease in the west African nation’s capital, health officials say.

Liberia lifts Ebola emergency

2014-11-13 20:32

Liberia has lifted its state of emergency, announcing huge gains in the fight with Ebola as Africa pinned its hopes on trials for a miracle drug.

Liberia says won’t extend state of emergency over Ebola

2014-11-13 18:50

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she would not seek an extension to a state of emergency imposed in August over the outbreak of Ebola that has killed at least 2 836 people in the country.

MTN donates $10m towards Ebola fight

2014-11-13 12:15

Africa’s biggest mobile phone network is also calling on customers to donate at least $1 towards a campaign against the outbreak.

Ebola epidemic marks another grisly toll

2014-11-13 05:10

More than 5 000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organisation reports, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic.

SA developed app to boost Ebola reporting

2014-11-11 10:42

Aid organisations fighting the outbreak in West Africa will soon not need to rely on paper forms to trace infected patients thanks to a Stellenbosch outfit helping to develop a digital reporting application.

Liberia punishes Ebola soldiers

2014-11-10 21:00

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered four soldiers and their commanding officer to be punished for their actions during a protest over an Ebola quarantine.

Ebola fight starting to pay off – WHO

2014-11-08 22:31

The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever is finally slowing in Liberia, the worst-hit country, but still wreaking havoc in two neighbouring west African states amid warnings of thousands of unreported deaths.

Ecowas pleads for new Ebola plan

2014-11-08 10:01

West Africa's regional bloc has called for international help to go beyond immediate medical care for Ebola-hit nations.

UN Ebola chief optimistic of future drop in cases

2014-11-07 11:44

The UN's Ebola chief says an extraordinary global response over the past month has made him hopeful the outbreak could end in 2015.

Health workers miss medical conference over Ebola warning

2014-11-04 11:55

A healthcare worker in Liberia is among those staying from a tropical medicine conference in New Orleans after the state of Louisiana warned of quarantining attendees potentially exposed to Ebola.

Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centres

2014-10-31 22:31

Liberia has opened one of its largest Ebola treatment centres yet in Monrovia, bracing for a new wave of infections even as officials express hope the disease is on the decline.

African funeral rites are 'superspreaders' of Ebola

2014-10-31 05:00

Traditional funeral rites in West Africa that include kissing and touching a dead body are "superspreaders" of Ebola and must be halted, researchers say.

Ebola checks at SA ports - minister

2014-10-30 13:31

The National Ports Authority has taken steps to ensure the Ebola virus disease doesn’t enter SA through one of its main harbours, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says.

Liberia Ebola crisis far from over , says WHO

2014-10-30 08:24

The rate of new Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but the crisis is far from over, the World Health Organisation says.

Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia

2014-10-29 19:08

Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of Ebola, with a decline in the number of burials and a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases.

Obama, Red Cross see progress in Ebola battle

2014-10-29 12:44

US President Barack Obama and the Red Cross have offered hope that the battle against the deadly West African Ebola outbreak is being won.

Huge drop in Ebola bodies across Monrovia

2014-10-28 16:26

The Red Cross says the weekly total of Ebola victims collected by its body disposal teams around the Liberian capital is falling dramatically, indicating a sharp drop in the spread of the epidemic.

US governors, army differ on Ebola quarantines

2014-10-28 06:28

The federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with Ebola, and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk. But some US state governors and even an army commander have gone beyond that guidance.

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.

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.

MSF fêtes '1000th Ebola survivor'

2014-10-21 22:46

Medical charity MSF, at the forefront of the fight against Ebola in west Africa, says it has saved the 1000th patient.


Bikes for Ebola

2014-11-22 08:26

Germany has sent 400 motorcycles to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus.

Ebola-infected doctor 'extremely critical' in US

2014-11-17 05:51

A doctor receiving care in the US after falling ill with Ebola in his native Sierra Leone remains in "extremely critical" condition, the hospital treating him says.

Senegal partially reopens borders with Ebola-hit states

2014-11-15 09:04

Senegal has reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.

First Ebola treatment trials to start in west Africa

2014-11-13 18:50

Global aid agency MSF says it would begin unprecedented trials within a month on Ebola drugs and blood from survivors using patients in west Africa.

UN says sees no signs security in Liberia is worsening

2014-11-13 13:09

Despite the devastating Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the UN is not seeing signs of deteriorating security in the country, the UN peacekeeping chief says.

Ebola workers urge G20 leaders for more help

2014-11-13 08:00

Health workers on the frontline of West Africa's Ebola crisis have pleaded with G20 leaders for more resources, describing horrific working conditions as they attempt to contain the deadly outbreak.

Liberia, Mali see crucial gains in Ebola fight

2014-11-11 15:51

Liberia has announced a dramatic drop in new Ebola infections as Mali prepares to lift quarantine restrictions on dozens of people put at risk of exposure to the deadly virus.

Ebola cases in decline in Liberia, MSF says

2014-11-11 09:50

The number of Ebola cases in Liberia is declining for the first time, though the outbreak is far from over, the aid organisation MSF says.

Philippines isolates peacekeepers for Ebola checks

2014-11-10 13:28

More than 100 Philippine peacekeepers returning from almost a year in Liberia will be put in quarantine on an isolated island to check for Ebola, the military says.

Ebola death toll nears 5 000

2014-11-08 11:30

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4 950 out of 13 241 cases in the three worst-hit countries of West Africa, the World Health Organisation says.

Ebola epidemic leads to US protective gear backlog

2014-11-07 12:41

A surge of orders for gear to protect against Ebola is leading to backlogs through January for some US customers, as demand expands beyond hospitals to fire-fighters and others.

Japan to offer $100m aid to Ebola-hit Africa

2014-11-07 09:22

Japan is set to provide up to $100m in fresh aid to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government says, after the US called for further global efforts to combat the deadly virus.

UN: Indirect consequences of Ebola strongly affect children

2014-11-04 07:57

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has taken a toll on the children living in the region, with millions of them being affected by indirect consequences of the disease, the UN says.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis - expert

2014-10-31 14:21

With few exceptions, African governments and institutions are being criticised for offering only marginal support as the continent faces Ebola, once again depending on the international community to save them.

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia

2014-10-30 21:18

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is 'in a crisis situation which is going to get worse', the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries say.

Good progress against Ebola – Liberia official

2014-10-30 11:26

Liberia’s assistant minister of health says he agrees with a WHO analysis that the rate of transmission of Ebola appears to be slowing in the West African nation.

Smiles, movies cheer Ebola patients

2014-10-29 20:49

Deep in the Liberian bush, two nurses are taking a break after spending two hours wearing protective suits in stifling temperatures to care for patients suffering from Ebola.

US soldiers' Ebola quarantine in Italy causes alarm

2014-10-29 13:45

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than the US has sparked controversy in Italy.

Ebola: Embattled Liberian leader’s letter to the World

2014-10-29 10:40

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written a letter to the world lamenting the death of thousands of people in her country over the past six months through the deadly Ebola virus.

Radio in tribal languages spreads Ebola news

2014-10-28 08:23

In Liberia, at the centre of the West African Ebola outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca.

White House questions Ebola quarantines

2014-10-27 07:35

The White House has told states that have imposed mandatory quarantines for some travellers from Ebola-hit West Africa that the policy could impede the fight against the disease.

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.

4 months to contain Ebola: Red Cross chief

2014-10-22 16:56

The Ebola epidemic will take at least four months to contain even if all necessary steps are taken, the global head of the Red Cross says, warning of 'the price for inaction'.

US issues stricter guidelines for treating Ebola

2014-10-21 09:43

US health authorities have issued stricter guidelines for protecting health care workers against Ebola after two Texas nurses were infected while caring for a Liberian patient.

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