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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
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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.

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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.

Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola lockdown

2014-09-18 15:36

Sierra Leone is preparing for an unprecedented three-day nationwide lockdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts say could worsen the epidemic.

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.

 

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.

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.

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