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$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.

WHO officials to visit Liberian Ebola clinics

2014-08-21 17:08

Officials from the World Health Organisation are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighbourhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.

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.

Survivors enlisted in Sierra Leone's Ebola battle

2014-08-18 09:11

More than 2 100 people have been infected across four West African countries with the Ebola virus, and 1 145 people have died. Activists have called on survivors to help fight the spread of the disease.

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.

Obama talks to Liberia, S Leone leaders on Ebola

2014-08-15 11:57

US President Barack Obama has called the presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the White House says.

US FDA warns of fraudulent Ebola drug claims

2014-08-15 07:28

The US Food and Drug Administration says it has become aware of products being sold online that fraudulently claim to prevent or treat Ebola.

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.

Chinese quarantined in Sierra Leone

2014-08-11 22:16

Eight Chinese medical workers who treated patients suffering from the deadly Ebola virus have been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone.

West Africa feels knock-on effects of Ebola battle

2014-08-11 08:04

West Africa is counting the cost of measures to contain the Ebola epidemic, as restrictions cause food shortages, transport snarls and soaring prices, sparking fears people could die of hunger.

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.

Zambia bans travellers from countries hit by Ebola

2014-08-10 08:48

Zambia says it will restrict entry of travellers from countries affected by the Ebola virus and would ban Zambians from travelling to those countries, in one of the strictest moves yet by a southern African country against the deadly virus.

Sierra Leone army isolates Ebola areas

2014-08-07 18:26

The army has isolated rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone a senior officer has said, after neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency.

Ebola: Liberia declares state of emergency

2014-08-07 07:17

Liberia has declared a state of emergency due to the deadly Ebola outbreak, saying there is a "clear and present danger" from the virus.

Sierra Leone troops guard Ebola clinics

2014-08-06 11:09

Sierra Leone has deployed troops to guard quarantined Ebola patients and prevent relatives and friends from forcefully removing them without medical consent.

World Bank announces $200m in assistance for Ebola

2014-08-05 11:42

The World Bank has announced up to $200m in emergency assistance to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.


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.

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.

Ebola: Liberia soldiers ordered to shoot border crossers

2014-08-19 11:21

The Liberian armed forces have received orders to shoot any persons crossing into the country from the neighbouring Sierra Leone, according to a report.

Suffering, song in Sierra Leone's Ebola 'hot zone'

2014-08-16 21:59

Virologists call it the "hot zone" - nature's version of a nuclear ground zero, the centre of an onslaught by one of the most deadly biological agents ever known to humankind.

Health workers make ultimate sacrifice to battle Ebola

2014-08-15 13:24

Sierra Leone's chief medical officer has told parliament about the difficulties health workers are facing in fighting Ebola, saying there is hostility towards them.

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.

Freetown's slums ill-prepared for Ebola spread

2014-08-14 08:34

Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has so far avoided the outbreak of Ebola but its slums are said to be ill-prepared for the spread of the disease.

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.

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.

Battle to contain Ebola intensifies

2014-08-10 12:39

The battle to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak continues, after Nigeria appealed for volunteers to help halt the spread of the virus but Guinea went back on a statement it was shutting its land borders with two of its neighbours.

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.

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.

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.

Ex-minister loses nine family members to Ebola

2014-08-06 07:40

A former government minister in Sierra Leone has lost nine members of his family to the Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa.

Death toll from Ebola hits 887 - WHO

2014-08-05 05:37

The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has hit 887 as new cases continue to be reported in Nigeria.

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