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  • 2,240 Ebola cases in West Africa: UN 5 hours 29 minutes ago

    United Nations: The number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, has reached 2,240 and a total of 1,229 deaths were also registered, UN spokesman Steaphane Dujarric said on Tuesday. "WHO is working with the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure that people in the quarantine zone receive...
  • Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200 16 hours 20 minutes ago

    Monrovia/Genev: Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90...
  • West Africa Ebola toll passes 1,200, quarantine victims to get food: WHO 22 hours 9 minutes ago

    Geneva: Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria. The WHO said it was working with the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure food delivery to 1...
  • Sikkim: Health officials draw up plan of action to keep Ebola at bay Yesterday

    Gangtok: A meeting of senior officers of the Health Department was held here to formulate a plan of action for prevention and treatment of Ebola Virus Disease in Sikkim. Health Secretary Dr K Bhandari, who chaired the meeting on Monday, said no case of Ebola had been reported in the state...
  • Nigerian not tested positive for Ebola: Centre Yesterday

    New Delhi: The union Health Ministry on Monday denied reports that a Nigerian national admitted to the RML hospital has tested positive for the dreaded Ebola disease. Denying the reports, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said "Our vigilant officials did indeed send a person to RML Hospital. His blood samples were sent...
  • WHO sets up Ebola task force with global airline, travel sector Yesterday

    Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday said that it had set up a task force with the global airline and tourism industry in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola. The UN agency said it was working hand in hand with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Tourism...
  • UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports Yesterday

    Geneva: Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the UN health agency said on Monday. The agency didn't spell out which countries should start screening passengers, but noted that the Ebola outbreak involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leona...
  • Crowd loots Ebola center in Liberian capital, worker says patients removed 2 days ago

    Monrovia: A crowd attacked a makeshift Ebola quarantine center in a rundown neighborhood of the Liberian capital, throwing stones and looting equipment and food, witnesses said, and a health worker said patients had been removed from the building. "They came in and took whatever they could take and took their patients...
  • Struggling Liberia creates 'plague villages' in Ebola epicenter 2 days ago

    Boya: To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the virus, evoking the "plague villages" of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world. With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a...
  • Kolkata: Sex workers asked not to entertain Africans due to Ebola threat 2 days ago

    Kolkata: Sex workers in the city's largest red light area Sonagachi have been asked by an NGO, working for their welfare, not to entertain Africans who are regular visitors to the place in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), a forum of...
  • Injected bacteria can shrink human tumours 2 days ago

    Washington: In a breakthrough, scientists have developed a modified version of a bacteria that produces a strong and precisely targeted anti-tumour response in rats, dogs and humans. In its natural form, Clostridium novyi (C novyi) is found in the soil and, in certain cases, can cause tissue-damaging infection in cattle, sheep...
  • Kenya bans flights to Ebola hit West African nations 3 days ago

    Nairobi: Kenyan government on Saturday temporarily suspended entry of passengers from and through Ebola affected West African countries into Kenya. The ban, which affects passengers from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, will be effective from Tuesday midnight, Xinhua quoted health cabinet secretary James Macharia as saying in a conference in Nairobi. "This...
  • Ebola death toll on the rise, outbreak to continue 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Death toll due to Ebola continues to rise even as the disease has already claimed more than a 1000 lives so far. Health officials are now in the race to develop treatments which are mostly based on experimental methods as there is no proven treatment or vaccine for...
  • Living it Up: 10 crore people in India suffer from hypertension 3 days ago

    Nearly 10 crore people in India suffer from hypertension in India, and survey predicts that another 20 crore people will be afflicted with hypertension by 2020. The World Health Organisation has however said that hypertension is the most easily preventable problem. A healthy lifestyle, less stress and lot of positive...
  • Ebola-hit states plead for more help, WHO rebuked for slow response 4 days ago

    Geneva: Two West African nations and a medical charity fighting the world's worst Ebola epidemic chided the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger. With the death toll over 1,000 and still climbing, the...
  • Ebola outbreak could take six months to control, say MSF 4 days ago

    Geneva: The Ebola epidemic is moving faster than the authorities can handle and could take six months to bring under control, the medical charity MSF said on Friday. The warning came a day after the World Health Organization said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated and that "extraordinary...
  • Mumbai: 47 doctors suffer food-poisoning at government-run hospital 4 days ago

    Mumbai: Forty-seven doctors at government-run Sion hospital on Friday fell sick after eating sweets during the Independence Day celebration. Dean of the hospital, Dr Avinash Supe, said the sweets had been bought from a shop in nearby Koliwada area. "After the flag-hoisting and other ceremonies, the doctors thought of getting some...
  • West Bengal: One more dies of Encephalitis, toll mounts to 217 4 days ago

    Kolkata: One person died on Friday from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), a health official said. One person from Basirhat died because of AES at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in the last 24 hours, West Bengal Health Services Director Biswaranjan Satpathy said. Taking into account another AES death in May...
  • Evidence suggests Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO 4 days ago

    Conakry (Guinea): Staff with the World Health Organisation 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 agency said on its website on Thursday. The death toll from the world's worst outbreak of Ebola stood...
  • Nigeria: Hospital slams Indian doctors for creating Ebola scare, says no cases reported 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Primus hospital has slammed the five Indian doctors stranded in Abuja, Nigeria of creating an Ebola scare, insisting that no Ebola cases have been registered in their hospital. The hospital has also declared that it has returned the passports of the doctors to the Indian Embassy. The hospital clarified that...
  • More than one million people affected by Ebola outbreak: WHO 6 days ago

    United Nations: With more than one million people affected by the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the WHO has warned that there is "no early end in sight" to the severe health crisis and called for "extraordinary measures" to stop the transmission of the disease. According to the latest update...
  • Ebola scare: Should Indian doctors in Nigeria return? 6 days ago

    Amid the Ebola outbreak that has claimed 1,000 lives in west Africa, five Indian doctors are still stranded in Nigeria. The doctors desperate to return home, say that their passports have not been returned to them by the hospital authorities. They have also alleged the hospital authorities of threatening to...
  • Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school 1 week ago

    Guinea: The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to touch her months after she survived Ebola. Long gone are the days when she...
  • No suspected case of Ebola virus disease in India: Government 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Union Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that there was no suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country even as the Cabinet Secretary took stock of the situation and reviewed the preparedness of the Government on the deadly virus. According to an official release issued, a...
  • It's ethical to try untested Ebola medicines: UN 1 week ago

    Madrid: The World Health Organisation on Tuesday declared that it's ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met. The statement from the UN health agency came amid a worldwide debate over the medical ethnics surrounding the Ebola outbreak,...
  • Ebola: India is taking necessary actions against the virus, says Harsh Vardhan 1 week ago

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that all passengers arriving in India from the countries affected by Ebola are constantly being tracked. A 26-year-old man on Monday was kept under observation at a government hospital in Chennai for "screening and observation" for Ebola virus on his return from an...
  • Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug August 12, 2014

    Monrovia (Liberia): Liberia announced on Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiraling outbreak. The US government confirmed that it had put Liberian officials in...
  • West African Ebola outbreak death toll reaches 1,013: WHO August 12, 2014

    Dakar: The death toll from the worst ever outbreak of Ebola has reached 1,013 after another 52 people died in the three days to August 9 in three West African countries, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The largest number of reported new deaths were in Liberia, where 29 people...
  • Nigeria bans transfer of dead bodies over Ebola scare August 10, 2014

    Abuja: Nigeria has banned movement of dead bodies from within and outside the country as part of its measures to avoid the spread of the Ebola virus. Nigeria's Minister of State for Health Khaliru Al-Hassan declared on Sunday that anybody who died should be buried wherever the incident happened, especially if...
  • Man under observation for Ebola virus found healthy: Government August 10, 2014

    Chennai/New Delhi: A 26-year-old man, who was kept under observation at a government hospital in Chennai for "screening and observation" for Ebola virus on his return from an African country, has been found healthy, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. "The Department of Health, Government of Tamil Nadu, has...