ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Liberia - Ebola drug 3 improving

2014-08-19 21:05

Three health workers who received an experimental drug in Liberia are showing signs of recovery.

Liberia locates all runaway Ebola patients

2014-08-19 14:21

Liberia has found all 17 suspected Ebola patients who fled a quarantine centre in Monrovia at the weekend and transferred them to another clinic, the information minister says.

Some who fled Liberia Ebola clinic re-hospitalised

2014-08-18 21:20

Some of the patients who fled an Ebola quarantine centre in Monrovia, Liberia, during an attack at the weekend, are back in hospital.

Liberia desperately hunting for missing Ebola patients

2014-08-18 16:50

Liberian officials are searching for 17 Ebola patients who fled an attack on a quarantine centre in the capital Monrovia.

DA spokesman causes Ebola panic

2014-08-18 15:24

Government will immediately divulge to citizens when the first case of Ebola is detected in South Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.

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.

Another Ebola problem: Finding its natural source

2014-08-18 01:33

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks.

SA man admitted to Johannesburg hospital for Ebola tests

2014-08-17 20:06

A 37-year-old South African man working as health and safety officer in a mining operation in Liberia, has been admitted to hospital for Ebola tests.

Man with Ebola symptoms quarantined in Spain

2014-08-17 14:18

A Nigerian man exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms has been quarantined in southern Spain, while Kenya has said it will ban passengers travelling from virus-hit areas in West Africa.

Liberia gives Ebola drug to three doctors

2014-08-17 07:22

Healthcare workers in Liberia have administered three doses of the rare, experimental drug ZMapp to three doctors suffering from Ebola, medical workers in Monrovia have said.

Nigeria trains 800 volunteers to fight Ebola

2014-08-16 20:28

Nigeria has trained 800 volunteers to help fight the deadly Ebola epidemic that has already claimed four lives in Africa's most populous country.

Nigeria quits Youth Olympics over Ebola

2014-08-16 14:08

Nigeria has withdrawn from the Youth Olympics in the Chinese city of Nanjing, a report says, as four African nations battle the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in decades.

UN to feed up to one million hit by Ebola

2014-08-16 07:34

The UN is set to step up food aid to reach up to a million people affected by the Ebola outbreak wreaking havoc in west Africa, the World Food Programme says.

Ghana cholera outbreak at 'staggering' level

2014-08-15 20:48

A cholera outbreak in Ghana's capital has reached "staggering" levels, an official said Friday, blaming poor sanitation and overcrowded health facilities for the rapid spread of the disease.

Liberian police seal newspaper office

2014-08-15 15:53

Dozens of riot police have sealed the offices of a newspaper critical of the Liberian government and officers attempted to detain its publisher.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Liberia gets Ebola drug; ponders who should get

2014-08-15 05:00

Liberia faces an excruciating decision: which Ebola patients should get the limited experimental drug?

Confirmed Nigeria Ebola cases rises to 11 - minister

2014-08-14 14:41

The number of confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria has risen by one to 11, the country’s health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says.

In Liberia village, shunned Ebola victims left to die

2014-08-14 10:05

The only sounds in the abandoned Liberian village were the cries of a little girl, shut up with her mother's body inside the family home, starving and thirsty as she waits for death.

Infected Nigerian nurse skips Ebola quarantine

2014-08-14 07:27

A nurse who contracted Ebola at a Lagos hospital travelled to the eastern part of the country before falling sick, raising fears of new infections outside the city, Nigerian officials say.

Experimental Ebola drugs arrive in Liberia

2014-08-13 20:25

A consignment of experimental Ebola drugs has arrived by plane in Liberia to treat two doctors suffering from the virus.

Humanitarian crisis after Boko Haram attack

2014-08-13 16:36

Hundreds of people who escaped a Boko Haram attack need urgent help, as those still hiding on a mountain a week later say food and water supplies have run out.

 

Gabon poachers decimate pangolin

2014-08-19 19:56

The scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine.

Ebola has killed 1 200 people so far

2014-08-19 12:36

Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2 240, including 1 229 deaths, the WHO says, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria.

Ebola fears hit Nigerian festival

2014-08-18 19:59

Organisers of one of Nigeria's most famous cultural festivals say they were warning outsiders to stay away because of fears about Ebola.

Nigeria now has 12 Ebola cases, 5 recovered

2014-08-18 15:50

Nigeria has 12 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus, up from 10 at last week's count, of which five have almost fully recovered, the health ministry says.

Man in Joburg tests negative for Ebola

2014-08-18 15:07

A 37-year-old man suspected of having Ebola has tested negative for the deadly haemorrhagic disease.

DA spokesman causes Ebola panic

2014-08-18 08:51

Government will immediately divulge to citizens when the first case of Ebola is detected in South Africa, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.

Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

2014-08-17 21:34

Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine centre and made off with bloodied sheets and mattresses.

Patients flee attack on Monrovia Ebola unit

2014-08-17 15:58

Armed men claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia have raided a quarantine centre for the deadly disease in Monrovia, prompting at least 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee.

Ebola: Kenya bans west African travellers

2014-08-17 11:40

Kenya has become the latest country to ban travellers from parts of Ebola-hit west Africa as Nigeria scrambled to stop the deadly disease spreading through the continent's most populous nation.

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.

Liberia opening 2nd Ebola centre

2014-08-16 18:58

Authorities in Liberia are opening a new centre to treat Ebola patients after the existing one in the capital became overwhelmed with patients.

Floods in Niger kill 12, leave 1 000s hungry

2014-08-16 09:37

Heavy rains and flooding in western and central Niger have killed 12 people and left thousands without food or shelter.

Chad frees Boko captives at border

2014-08-15 22:29

Chadian soldiers have killed most of the Boko Haram insurgents and set free most of the captives from the recent abduction.

Benin arrests 3 on suspicion of ivory smuggling

2014-08-15 19:06

Three men – two Guineans and an Ivorian – are in custody in Benin on suspicion of ivory trafficking, police in the financial hub of Cotonou say.

MSF: Ebola moving faster than we can handle

2014-08-15 14:35

The Ebola crisis in west Africa is outstripping the ability of aid organisations to stem the epidemic, the head of international medical charity MSF says, likening it to a war.

Boko Haram abduct dozens of boys in Nigeria

2014-08-15 13:24

Suspected Boko Haram militants have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, leading them onto trucks and driving them off, witnesses say.

Sex workers, traders hit hard by Ebola in Lagos

2014-08-15 10:29

Prostitutes and informal traders in Nigeria have been hit hard by the outbreak of Ebola. Business had been good, they say, until Ebola arrived.

WHO: Ebola toll vastly underestimated

2014-08-15 08:47

Staff with the WHO battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the UN says.

Scientists race to test Ebola vaccines in humans

2014-08-15 05:36

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work.

Ebola: Liberia braces for food shortages

2014-08-14 16:15

Liberia is bracing for food and petrol shortages, after neighbouring Ivory Coast blocked access of ships from all four West African countries affected by the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Infected Nigerian nurse skips Ebola quarantine

2014-08-14 10:35

A nurse who contracted Ebola at a Lagos hospital travelled to the eastern part of the country before falling sick, raising fears of new infections outside the city, Nigerian officials say.

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.

Guinea declares Ebola a 'national health emergency'

2014-08-14 05:59

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a deadly Ebola outbreak that has killed 377 in the west African nation a "health emergency".

Second Sierra Leone Ebola doctor dies

2014-08-13 17:59

A second senior doctor in Sierra Leone has been confirmed dead from Ebola as west Africa anxiously awaited the arrival of experimental drugs.

Nigeria races to curb Ebola in overcrowded Lagos

2014-08-13 13:14

When Patrick Sawyer collapsed at Lagos airport, he brought Ebola into a potentially ideal place for the deadly virus to spread, a vast, dirty, overcrowded city where tracing carriers is a major problem.

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