1 400 US troops soon headed to Liberia for Ebola mission

25 minutes ago

The US military will send more than a thousand troops to Liberia in coming weeks as part of Washington’s effort to counter the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, the Pentagon says.

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.

First Ebola case diagnosed in US

2014-09-30 23:58

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials have announced.

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

2014-09-30 14:15

As the death toll from Ebola soars in Liberia, crowded clinics are turning over beds as quickly as patients are dying. This leaves social workers and psychologists struggling to keep pace and notify families.

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.

Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss

2014-09-30 09:47

With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.

Rains complicate delivery of Ebola supplies

2014-09-29 22:20

The rainy season in West Africa is compounding difficulties in getting Ebola medical supplies delivered and new treatment centres built.

Pilgrims throng Mecca for hajj

2014-09-29 15:52

Their backs hunched, elderly Muslim pilgrims lean on walking sticks as others in wheelchairs nudge their way into Mecca's Grand Mosque where scores of people are encircling the holy Kaaba.

Ebola: Australia won't send doctors to West Africa

2014-09-29 15:20

Australia has ruled out sending doctors to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there because of logistical problems in repatriating any Australian who became infected with the deadly virus.

Experimental Ebola vaccine ready by 2015

2014-09-29 12:09

The WHO may be able to begin using some Ebola vaccines in some of the affected countries at the beginning of 2015.

Scientists grapple with Ebola vaccine ethics

2014-09-29 06:05

Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait.

Ivory Coast lifts Ebola flight restrictions

2014-09-27 16:43

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says his country will lift the suspension of flights to countries stricken by the Ebola virus to show solidarity with the nations affected by the outbreak.

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.

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.

Cuba sends 300 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola

2014-09-26 12:56

Cuba says it will send nearly 300 more doctors and nurses to west Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic.

Clinic urges Ebola survivors to donate blood

2014-09-26 10:52

The World Health Organisation said that products and serum derived from the blood of survivors could be used to treat the disease until experimental drugs enter production.

World must stop Ebola now, says UN chief

2014-09-26 08:21

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the world must stop Ebola now, as he opened a high-level meeting to tackle the worst-ever outbreak.

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.

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.

Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead

2014-09-25 08:37

A Red Cross team has been attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control the outbreak.

Nigeria Ebola free, Goodluck tells UN

2014-09-25 05:40

Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan has appeared to jump the gun on medical advice at home to tell an applauding UN General Assembly that Nigeria was free of the deadly Ebola virus.

Ebola death toll climbs to nearly half of infected

2014-09-24 12:50

The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected almost 6 000 people in west Africa and killed nearly half of them.

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.

Ebola drug trials to be fast-tracked in West Africa

2014-09-23 17:28

Experimental Ebola drugs are set to be tested in affected West African states for the first time in a bid to fast-track trials, the Wellcome Trust says.

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.


US tracks family, contacts of Ebola patient

53 minutes ago

US authorities have begun tracking down family, friends and anyone else who may have come in close contact with a man who has been diagnosed with the first confirmed case of Ebola in the US.

UN: Ebola orphans 3 700 children in West Africa

2014-09-30 20:02

At least 3 700 children in West Africa have seen one or both parents die because of the Ebola epidemic, the UN Children's Fund says, and many are being rejected by surviving relatives out of fear of infection.

US Ebola labs, equipment for clinic arrive in Liberia

2014-09-30 13:00

The US military has delivered two mobile Ebola testing labs and the equipment to build a field hospital in Liberia.

Nigeria screens ship crews for Ebola

2014-09-30 10:11

In Lagos, port officials are working hard to prevent ship crews from bringing the Ebola virus into Nigeria.

Dallas hospital monitoring patient for Ebola

2014-09-30 08:03

A Dallas hospital says it is isolating a patient who is showing signs of having the deadly Ebola virus.

Aid workers learn to fight Ebola as they go

2014-09-29 20:52

Jean-Pierre Veyrenche, in charge of building Ebola treatment centres in Monrovia for the World Health Organisation, says fear is keeping international aid experts from joining the battle.

Experts concerned: Ebola may become endemic

2014-09-29 15:45

If the Ebola virus continues to transmit from person to person for a year or more, the risk is that Ebola will become endemic in humans.

Third US Ebola survivor wants to return to Africa

2014-09-29 14:37

After recovering from Ebola in the US, Dr Rick Sacra wants to return to Africa to carry on the fight against the outbreak.

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.

Beds scarce, staff scarcer in Liberia's Ebola wards

2014-09-28 17:36

They carry photos, bags of food - and hope. But what the families idling at the gate of this Ebola centre in Monrovia lack is news of the fate of their sick loved ones inside.

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.

WHO: 1000s of Ebola vaccine doses in coming months

2014-09-26 18:08

The World Health organisation says there should be thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines available in the coming months.

'Collateral' death toll to soar in Africa's Ebola crisis

2014-09-26 13:54

Deaths from infectious diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia are likely to soar in West African countries where a vast outbreak of Ebola has crushed health systems.

Other lethal epidemics growing as Ebola cripples west Africa's health systems

2014-09-26 12:55

As Ebola overwhelms healthcare systems in west Africa, specialists predict a soaring death toll from other contagious diseases such as malaria and pneumonia.

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 'pretty much contained' in Senegal and Nigeria

2014-09-25 15:54

According to the WHO Senegal and Nigeria are managing to halt the spread of Ebola, although the overall death toll has risen to 2 811.

Clinic urges Ebola survivors to donate blood

2014-09-25 12:08

The World Health Organisation said that products and serum derived from the blood of survivors could be used to treat the disease until experimental drugs enter production.

Ebola cases could reach 1.4 m by January 2015

2014-09-25 09:31

By January 2015, up to 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus, according to a study by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

WHO: Ebola vaccine could be ready by year-end

2014-09-24 22:16

The World Health Organisation says a vaccine might be available in large enough quantities by the end of the year to help control West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

DRC sees Ebola breakthrough

2014-09-24 08:56

The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded no new cases of the Ebola virus in the past 12 days, a local official says.

Ebola: Liberia facing massive shortage of foreign help

2014-09-23 18:30

Liberia, the West African state hardest-hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history, remains gravely short of foreign health care workers despite repeated pleas for help, a senior UN official says.

Australian hospital treats suspected Ebola case

2014-09-23 15:52

A hospital in Western Australia says it is testing a patient for suspected Ebola, declining however, to give further details due to confidentiality rules.

West Africans don't trust Ebola health workers

2014-09-23 14:59

Health workers fighting Ebola in West Africa are facing mistrust from local populations after years of conflict.

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