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2 die in Sierra Leone riot sparked by Ebola tests

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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.

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.

EU to scale up Ebola response

2014-10-19 12:42

European foreign ministers are set to meet under pressure to scale up their response to the Ebola epidemic after warnings it could become the "disaster of our generation".

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.

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.

Sierra Leone peacekeepers quarantined over Ebola

2014-10-14 13:03

A battalion of 800 Sierra Leone soldiers awaiting deployment as peacekeepers in Somalia has been placed in quarantine after one of its members tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, officials say.

Doctors face 'collateral damage' from Ebola epidemic

2014-10-10 13:09

"Ebola collateral damage" is the term used by Dr Thaim Kamara, chief of surgery at Connaught Hospital in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, to describe the disruption of routine patient care caused by the epidemic.

Ebola still rampant as toll nears 4 000

2014-10-08 22:36

The WHO says the worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed almost 4 000 people, with no evidence that the epidemic is being brought under control in West Africa.

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.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone starts school by radio

2014-10-08 05:00

Sierra Leone has launched an ambitious schooling effort for more than a million children denied their education due to the Ebola epidemic.

Sierra Leone records 121 Ebola deaths in a single day

2014-10-06 08:53

Sierra Leone has recorded 121 deaths from Ebola in a single day since the disease appeared in the West African country more than four months ago, government health statistics show.

Ebola casts pall over Eid holiday in West Africa

2014-10-04 18:00

The raging Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 3 400 people in West Africa has cast a pall over celebrations in the region of Eid, one of Islam’s most important holidays.

New type of clinic eyed to help stop Ebola

2014-10-02 16:13

Britain and Sierra Leone are appealing for more help to slow the biggest ever Ebola outbreak – and are promising a new type of clinic to do that.

US field hospital rigged in Liberia

2014-10-01 06:30

The US has delivered 2 mobile Ebola testing labs and started construction of a field hospital in Liberia.

UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

2014-09-30 10:42

The UN mission to combat Ebola has opened its headquarters in Ghana, where it will co-ordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

West Africa Ebola death toll passes 3 000

2014-09-27 09:32

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to at least 3 091 out of 6 574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases.

Liberia welcomes UN pledges on Ebola

2014-09-26 14:38

Liberia has welcomed global pledges of action on the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, admitting that the government is losing the trust of its people with the outbreak still out of control.

Ebola death toll swells to 2 917 out of 6 263 cases

2014-09-25 14:37

The world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic has now infected at least 6 300 people in west Africa and killed almost half of them, according to the World Health Organisation.

Developed countries would have contained Ebola - Zuma

2014-09-25 07:04

Fewer people would have died from Ebola if it had broken out in the more developed countries, President Jacob Zuma has told the United Nations general assembly in New York.

Ebola may force region back into conflict – Liberia

2014-09-23 15:23

Liberia has warned it may slip back to civil war along with neighbouring Sierra Leone if the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa is allowed to continue to spread.

Streets bustling after Sierra Leone shutdown

2014-09-22 20:31

Streets in Sierra Leone's capital are bustling again after the unprecedented lockdown to slow the spread of Ebola.


The plane carrying South African church-collapse survivors is expected to touch down this morning, SANPark workers are arrested for alleged rhino poaching and a the three-day Ebola shutdown in Sierra Leone comes to an end.

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Sierra Leone faces criticism over Ebola shutdown

2014-09-21 10:22

Sierra Leone has begun the second day of a 72-hour nationwide shutdown aimed at containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus amid criticism that the action is a poorly planned publicity stunt.

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

2014-09-20 09:00

Sierra Leone confined its six million people to their homes on Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

2014-09-19 09:17

Sierra Leon has launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, as the UN Security Council declared the deadly outbreak a threat to world peace.


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.

Ebola risks lost generation: Liberian leader

2014-10-19 21:48

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a lost generation of young West Africans, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has warned.

Ebola deaths near 4 500 as virus spreads in W Africa

2014-10-16 11:44

A total of 4 493 people have died from the world’s worst outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the WHO 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.

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.

African leaders call for donors

2014-10-09 23:13

African leaders have chided the international community for its slow response to the Ebola crisis and appealed to the world to turn promises of aid into action on the ground.

750 UK military personnel to combat Ebola

2014-10-08 19:36

Britain is sending 750 military personnel, a medical ship and three helicopters to Sierra Leone to help fight the spread of Ebola.

Ebola aid held up at port in Sierra Leone

2014-10-08 05:58

A shipping container filled with medical gear and mattresses to help in the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been held up at a port for more than a month, an opposition politician says.

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.

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.

'Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, appear contained'

2014-10-01 10:17

Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Doctor exposed to Ebola treated in US

2014-09-29 07:18

An American doctor who has been exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has been admitted to a clinic of the National Institutes of Health outside Washington.

Egyptian 'cured of Ebola' returns to Cairo

2014-09-27 06:45

An Egyptian man reportedly cured of Ebola has been quarantined in Cairo as a precaution after returning from Sierra Leone, a report says.

Ebola worse than terrorism - Sierra Leone leader

2014-09-26 09:36

The president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma says the deadly Ebola virus is "worse than terrorism", as President Barack Obama urged the world to do more to tackle the disease.

Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone quarantines 1.2 million

2014-09-25 10:43

Sierra Leone has ordered the quarantine “with immediate effect” of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms, affecting 1.2 million people, the largest lockdown in west Africa in the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Ebola cases to explode without drastic action

2014-09-24 07:00

The number of Ebola infections is set to explode unless the response is radically intensified, the WHO is warning.

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

2014-09-23 07:51

Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola are bracing for new caseloads after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide check-up and a large new clinic.

Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown found 200 infected

2014-09-22 15:33

Sierra Leone's controversial Ebola lockdown has uncovered 150 new cases of the virus in addition to around 70 bodies previously unaccounted for, according to the authorities.

Sierra Leone 3-day Ebola shutdown ends

2014-09-22 05:47

Millions of Sierra Leoneans are set to emerge from their homes after a three-day nationwide lock-down during which scores of dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered.

Spain bringing missionary infected with Ebola home

2014-09-21 08:28

Spain is sending a plane to fly a Catholic missionary infected with the deadly Ebola virus home from Sierra Leone, officials have said.

Ebola: S Leone streets deserted as shutdown begins

2014-09-19 16:35

Sierra Leone’s normally chaotic capital has been transformed as residents were confined to their homes for the start of a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the deadly Ebola epidemic.

700 new Ebola cases in only 1 week

2014-09-18 18:17

The WHO says 700 more Ebola cases have emerged in only 1 week in the outbreak blamed for more than 2 600 deaths.

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