ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Ebola death toll passes 1 500 mark, says WHO

2014-08-28 14:19

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak tearing through West Africa has passed the 1 500 mark while the number of cases has soared past 3 000, the WHO says.

Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government

2014-08-28 12:47

A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveller from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities say.

Doctor dies from Ebola in Nigerian oil city

2014-08-28 11:03

Nigeria says a doctor has died from Ebola in the south-eastern oil city of Port Harcourt in the first case of the deadly virus outside the financial hub, Lagos.

UN asks Sahel countries to set up border patrols

2014-08-28 07:56

The UN Security Council has asked African countries of the troubled Sahel region to set up regional patrols to better protect their borders from organized crime and terror groups.

Cameroon stops Boko Haram militants at border

2014-08-27 21:13

Cameroon's army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, in a sign of the growing cross-border threat the militants pose.

Liberia rights watchdog: Probe teen's death

2014-08-27 17:50

The head of Liberia's human rights watchdog has called for an investigation into the death of a teenager in clashes with soldiers in the capital of the Ebola-hit country.

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.

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.

Boko Haram seizes villages, towns

2014-08-26 21:03

Boko Haram has attempted to blow up a bridge on the Nigerian border with Cameroon after overrunning a town and sending residents and soldiers fleeing.

Ebola easier to avoid than malaria - Usaid

2014-08-26 15:02

The head of the Usaid says poor understanding of Ebola is undermining the fights against the epidemic, pointing out that the fever is harder to get than malaria.

'War' on Ebola could take 6 more months - UN

2014-08-26 09:11

The UN's Ebola envoy says the fight against the epidemic is a "war" which could take six more months, as its global health body claims the disease is affecting an "unprecedented" number of medical staff.

1000s flee to Cameroon after Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

2014-08-25 17:49

A Boko Haram attack on a border town in northeast Nigeria has forced thousands of people to flee, in a fresh assault indicating the militants’ growing ability to strike at will.

Liberian medic treated with experimental Ebola drug dies

2014-08-25 14:01

A Liberian doctor treated with experimental American anti-Ebola serum ZMapp has died, the west African nation says.

Boko Haram: Seized town part of Islamic caliphate

2014-08-25 05:00

Boko Haram's leader says that a northeast town seized by the insurgents earlier this month has been placed under an Islamic caliphate.

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.

36 000 homeless in Niger flooding

2014-08-24 11:59

At least 12 people have been killed and more than 36 000 made homeless in Niger due to flooding caused by heavy seasonal rainfall, the government says.

UN vows central role in fighting Ebola epidemic

2014-08-23 22:03

The United Nations has vowed to play a "strong role" in helping Liberia and its neighbours fight the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control.

Ivory Coast closes borders with Ebola-hit neighbours

2014-08-23 16:57

The Ivory Coast has closed its borders with Ebola-hit Guinea and Liberia in a bid to protect citizens against an epidemic that has killed 1 427 people across West Africa, the prime minister says.

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.

Senegal blocks Liberia aid flight

2014-08-22 21:34

Regional humanitarian hub Senegal has blocked a regional UN aid plane from landing and was banning all further flights to and from countries affected by Ebola.

Kenyan businessman claims US 'owns' Ebola

2014-08-22 14:08
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A Kenyan businessman has reportedly made claims that the United States government owns the Ebola virus that is affecting West African countries.

UN's top Ebola official wants preparations for 'flare-up'

2014-08-22 10:04

The United Nations’ new pointman on Ebola says he is prepared for a possible flare-up of the epidemic in West Africa.

Lack of leadership hurts Ebola fight in West Africa - MSF

2014-08-22 07:41

Efforts to curb the deadly Ebola epidemic that swept across four West African states are being undermined by a lack of leadership and emergency management skills, MSF says.

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.

 

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.

Ebola outbreak to get worse, says US official

2014-08-28 12:26

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is set to get worse, a top US public health official has reportedly said, adding the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

Niger lawmaker facing probe in baby-trafficking case flees

2014-08-28 10:01

Niger’s head of parliament, who faces questions in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has “discreetly” left the country for Burkina Faso, an opposition official says.

UN releases $1.5m to help DRC fight Ebola

2014-08-28 05:56

The United Nations has allocated $1.5m to help the Democratic Republic of Congo fight Ebola, just days after the country confirmed its first cases this year.

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.

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.

I Coast torn between crazy rumours and hard facts over Ebola

2014-08-27 09:37

Rumours that west Africa’s Ebola epidemic has reached Ivory Coast have prompted scared villagers to drink salted water as they believe that salt combats the virus.

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.

Ebola holds upper hand

2014-08-27 05:00

US health official says Ebola has the upper hand in West Africa but experts have tools to stop it.

Deadliest Ebola outbreaks since 1976

2014-08-26 16:05

Here is a recap of the worst Ebola epidemics since the deadly virus appeared in Africa nearly 40 years ago. There have been more than 20 outbreaks since then.

Scientist who discovered Ebola says outbreak is the perfect storm

2014-08-26 12:55

Peter Piot, the Belgian scientist who co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, said a 'perfect storm' in West Africa had given the disease a chance to spread unchecked.

Nigeria refutes Boko Haram caliphate claim

2014-08-25 17:49

The Nigerian government has refuted a claim by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram that it has set up an Islamic state in a town in the country’s north-east.

Boko Haram says ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

2014-08-25 14:42

The leader of Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram says his fighters are now ruling the captured north-eastern town of Gwoza "by Islamic law".

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.

Nigeria doctors suspend strike over Ebola threat

2014-08-24 21:41

The Nigerian Medical Association says it has suspended a public sector doctors strike to help efforts to contain Ebola in the country.

Niger detains minister over child trafficking

2014-08-24 19:18

Niger's agriculture minister has been remanded in custody in a politically charged probe into suspected baby trafficking from neighbouring Nigeria, aides say.

35 Nigeria police 'missing' after Boko Haram raid

2014-08-24 09:45

Thirty-five Nigerian police officers deployed to a training academy in the remote northeast are missing after a Boko Haram attack on the facility, a spokesperson says.

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.

Ebola: Philippines recalls troops from Liberia

2014-08-23 13:10

The Philippines have ordered 115 troops to return home from peace-keeping operations in Liberia, spurred by a worsening Ebola epidemic in West Africa that has killed almost 1 500 people.

Amnesty: Mali holding children as adults

2014-08-23 09:00

Children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults, Amnesty International says.

Nigeria records 2 new cases of Ebola

2014-08-22 17:42

Nigeria says two more people have tested positive for Ebola, taking the total number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the country to 14, including five deaths.

Nigerian who died in UAE tests negative for Ebola

2014-08-22 12:46

A Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital last week has tested negative for Ebola, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi says.

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

2014-08-22 09:13

Government officials have handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water to residents of a slum in Liberia’s capital where thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.

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.

Mauritanian president names new PM

2014-08-21 20:40

Mauritania's newly re-elected President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has named a former senior official with the West African nation's state-owned mining and construction companies as PM.

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