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Healthy Briton injected in Ebola vaccine trial

2014-09-17 22:01

A healthy British volunteer has become the first person to receive a new vaccine for the Ebola virus in a trial at the University of Oxford in London.

Obama: Ebola crisis 'spiralling out of control'

2014-09-17 07:47

President Barack Obama has issued a global call to action to fight West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak is unprecedented and "spiralling out of control".

China ups medics in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

2014-09-16 13:58

China is set to send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174, the UN says.

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-09-14 14:05

Sierra Leone says a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment.

In US, calls mount for major scale-up to Ebola crisis

2014-09-12 07:56

The world response to the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa needs a major scale-up that should include military flights for delivering supplies, US lawmakers and leading doctors say.

Ebola: South African quarantined in Nigeria

2014-09-11 13:45

Nigerian health authorities say they are holding, for Ebola testing, a South African national in transit to her country because she is showing potential symptoms of the disease after working in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

S Leone expects to uncover 100s of hidden Ebola cases

2014-09-11 09:08

Sierra Leone says it expects to uncover up to 20% more Ebola victims when it imposes a nationwide curfew to find the dead and sufferers who have yet to go to hospital.

WHO adjusts conditions as staffers get Ebola

2014-09-09 17:23

WHO staff battling an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are working in larger quarters and no longer live with people from other agencies after a scientist with the UN group was infected.

4th American with Ebola to be flown to US for care

2014-09-09 08:36

A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa is expected to arrive in the US for care and will be treated at an Atlanta hospital.

AU: Efforts to stop Ebola are stigmatising

2014-09-08 14:43

The African Union says the largest Ebola outbreak in history is creating a sense of siege in affected communities.

Sierra Leone plans 3-day shutdown to stall Ebola

2014-09-06 17:31

Sierra Leone is to enforce three days of "complete shutdown" across the country later this month in a bid to contain the Ebola epidemic.

EU pledges $181m to fight Ebola in West Africa

2014-09-05 14:43

The EU has promised $181m in assistance to bolster the overstretched health sectors of four West African nations struggling to halt the worst ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

World experts race to deploy experimental Ebola drugs

2014-09-05 11:46

World health experts are set to meet for the second day of urgent talks on fast-tracking experimental Ebola drugs as doctors in the worst-hit countries pleaded to be given serums.

Dramatic surge in Ebola deaths

2014-09-03 22:10

There has been a dramatic surge in the number of deaths from Ebola in West Africa in the past few days, says the head of the WHO.

Ebola-denial a revolt against colonial mindset - expert

2014-09-02 08:43

It has been one of the more bizarre features of a deadly epidemic: a vocal minority in west African society denying that Ebola exists even as family and friends die around them.

$70m food aid needed for Ebola quarantine areas

2014-08-30 19:06

The World Food Programme says it needs to raise $70m to feed 1.3 million people at risk from shortages in Ebola-quarantined areas in West Africa.

West African states call for open borders

2014-08-28 22:37

West African states should re-open their borders and end flight bans put in place to halt the spread of Ebola, the Economic Community of West African States says.

Ebola crisis talks start in Ghana

2014-08-28 14:19

Health ministers of the West African regional bloc Ecowas have gathered in Ghana for crisis talks aimed at strengthening each country’s response to the Ebola epidemic.

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-08-27 15:03

A senior advisor to sierra Leone’s president says a third doctor has died from Ebola, marking a setback in the country’s fight against the virulent disease.

Ebola takes its toll on traders in Sierra Leone

2014-08-27 10:36

Many local traders in Sierra Leone have been hit hard by Ebola, as their business suffer. The fear is so high that many bustling districts have become ghost town.

WHO shuts S Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola

2014-08-27 07:42

The WHO says it has shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst-ever outbreak of the disease.

S Leone doctor's death exposes slow Ebola response

2014-08-25 10:03

The grieving family of Sierra Leone's most famous doctor are asking why he was denied the same treatment as that given to two US aid workers who recovered from Ebola after being treated with an experimental drug.

British Ebola victim flown back for treatment

2014-08-24 21:27

A British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone - the first Briton to catch the deadly virus - has been flown home for treatment.

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

2014-08-23 19:04

Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment to its health act, imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient.

Monrovia crematorium cannot cope

2014-08-21 21:26

The crematorium in the Liberian capital Monrovia is struggling to deal with the dozens of Ebola victims whose bodies are being brought each day.

 

Liberia must wait weeks for new Ebola centres – WHO

2014-09-17 07:47

The Ebola response in Liberia will focus on community-level care units since new bed spaces are likely to be ready for weeks or months, the WHO says.

Nearly $1bn needed now to stop Ebola

2014-09-16 19:27

Nearly $1bn is needed now to stop Ebola and cases could double every 3 weeks from around 5 000 now.

World lost precious time in Ebola fight

2014-09-15 22:03

The European Union has urged the international community to make up for precious time lost in the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

Ebola death toll hits 2 400 - WHO

2014-09-12 13:00

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola fever has now killed more than 2 400 people and infected twice that number, according to the WHO.

4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

2014-09-12 06:23

Another doctor from Sierra Leone who has tested positive for Ebola will be evacuated for medical treatment, an official says, making her the first citizen of a hard-hit country to be treated abroad.

Ebola: US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone

2014-09-11 10:28

The US has donated five ambulances to help Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola as the West African government acknowledged it can take up to 24 hours to pick up bodies in the spiralling crisis.

Ebola kills 2 288, nearly half in past 21 days

2014-09-09 19:22

The Ebola epidemic in west Africa has claimed 2 288 lives, the WHO says, stressing that nearly half had died in less than a month.

UK to set up Ebola centre in Sierra Leone

2014-09-09 11:09

Britain is to set up a medical centre to treat victims of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, the international development secretary says.

UK military, humanitarian experts to fight Ebola

2014-09-08 21:25

Britain will send military and humanitarian experts to Sierra Leone to set up a medical treatment centre to care for victims of the Ebola outbreak.

African Union meets for Ebola crisis talks

2014-09-08 12:30

AU chiefs are holding an emergency meeting to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic, which has taken over 2 000 people in West Africa.

Ebola ravages health care in Freetown

2014-09-06 08:14

A Sierra Leone doctor says health care in his country has crumbled because of the Ebola outbreak and patients are dying because they aren't treated.

SA woman has key role in Ebola battle

2014-09-05 12:08

A KwaZulu-Natal woman working for MSF has a key role in co-ordinating the two main players in Sierra Leone’s war on Ebola.

$600m needed to fight Ebola in West Africa

2014-09-04 14:44

The United Nations (UN) says $600m in supplies is required to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to reports, as the death toll passes 1 900.

UK Ebola patient discharged from hospital

2014-09-03 14:37

A British man who contracted Ebola in West Africa has been discharged after successful treatment with the experimental ZMapp drug, the Royal Free Hospital in London says.

Ebola health workers strike in Sierra Leone

2014-08-31 07:32

Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions.

Ebola virus mutating fast - researchers

2014-08-29 10:07

Genetic studies of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveal more than 300 genetic changes in the virus as it leapt from person to person, researchers say.

WHO: Ebola outbreak could strike 20 000 people

2014-08-28 22:37

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20 000 people, the WHO says, in a bleak assessment of the deadly disease.

More airlines stop flights to Ebola zone

2014-08-27 20:23

The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak are being left increasingly isolated as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

Ebola WHO employee will be flown to Hamburg

2014-08-27 11:16

An employee of the World Health Organisation who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to the German city of Hamburg for treatment, a spokesperson for the city says.

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

2014-08-27 08:58

Liberia’s leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, her office says.

Canada pulling Ebola lab team from Sierra Leone

2014-08-27 06:17

Canada is evacuating a three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola.

Briton with Ebola arrives at London hospital

2014-08-25 06:34

A British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has arrived at a London hospital, the ministry of defence says.

UK national contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-08-24 08:07

A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the first Briton to fall victim to the deadly disease that has spread across the West African region since March.

Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

2014-08-23 10:30

Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials say, as the World Health Organisation warns the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months.

US missionaries beat Ebola

2014-08-21 20:42

Two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia have left hospital after making a full recovery.

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