VIRUS

  • Swine flu claims two more lives in Delhi, 199 cases in January 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Swine flu claimed two more lives in the national capital on Friday, taking the death toll to five while 26 people tested positive for the H1N1 virus. While a 53-year-old woman from Chattarpur died at Ram Manohar Lohiya hospital, a 50-year-old woman from Patel Nagar passed away at Safdarjung...
  • Ebola ebbing in West Africa but vigilance needed: WHO 6 days ago

    Geneva: The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Sierra Leone remains hardest-hit, accounting for 117 of the 145 new...
  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana worst hit by the swine flu virus 1 week ago

    Hyderabad: Three more deaths due to swine flu have been reported in Hyderabad on Wednesday. This has taken the death toll in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to 10 this year. Both the states remain worst hit by the swine flu virus. 49 fresh cases of swine flu, the highest in a...
  • Delhi: Swine flu claims fourth victim, seven new cases reported January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The national capital on Monday recorded the fourth death due to swine flu with a 44-year-old woman from West Delhi succumbing to the H1N1 virus at a private hospital. "The woman was undergoing treatment for various ailments and was detected with swine flu recently. She suffered from uncontrolled diabetis...
  • WHO deems two Ebola vaccines 'acceptably safe' January 10, 2015

    Geneva: Two vaccines for treating the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which have already undergone the first phrase of trials, were deemed to be acceptably safe by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday. "The year 2014 will be remembered as a year the Ebola virus challenged humanity. I believe 2015 will...
  • Delhi records second swine flu death, 8 cases reported January 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Just a day after first death due to swine flu, the national capital on Thursday reported the second death due to swine flu this year with a 30-year-old man from East Delhi succumbing to the H1N1 virus at a private hospital in national capital. According to a senior official...
  • UN tally of Ebola-linked deaths tops 8,000 January 3, 2015

    Berlin: The World Health Organization says more than 8,000 people are thought to have died last year from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Geneva-based body says the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected deaths from the disease in the three most affected countries reached 7,989 by December...
  • Government monitoring swine flu situation, arrangements in place: JP Nadda January 2, 2015

    Hyderabad: Swine flu has claimed two more lives in Hyderabad in the last 24 hours. One of the deceased is a 29-year-old lady who was pregnant. This has become a big health concern for everyone. Over 80 cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2014....
  • First Ebola victim may have been infected by bats December 31, 2014

    New York: A team of researchers think they have pinpointed how the Ebola epidemic in West Africa started with a small boy playing in a hollowed-out tree where infected bats lived. The researchers explored an area in southeastern Guinea where 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno fell ill a year ago and died....
  • Russian scientists develop Ebola vaccine December 29, 2014

    Moscow: Russian researchers have developed a candidate vaccine to protect against the deadly Ebola virus which will soon undergo human clinical trials in Africa. A group of scientists at the St Petersburg-based Research Institute of Influenza developed the vaccine and its trials are due to complete in Africa in February....
  • Delhi hospitals put on alert following swine flu death December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi government has put all its designated hospitals on alert and has asked them take appropriate measures and follow the standard protocols for treating swine flu patients in the wake of the death of a 51-year-old woman due to the virus. With 32 confirmed cases of H1N1 in the...
  • Government hospitals equipped to deal with Swine Flu, says JP Nadda December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Minister JP Nadda said there was no need to panic as several government hospitals in the national capital were equipped to deal with Swine Flu. The remarks came a day after a 51-year-old woman died due to swine flu in Ghaziabad. Naada said, "17 government hospitals have...
  • China to test its Ebola vaccine on humans December 25, 2014

    Beijing: China on Thursday said it has developed a vaccine to combat the spread of deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 7,000 people in three West African countries, and the test of the drug on humans would begin this month. Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters that...
  • CDC monitoring technician for possible Ebola exposure December 25, 2014

    Atlanta: A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials have said. The person working in a secure laboratory in Atlanta may have come into contact with a small amount of...
  • Ebola vaccine safe for use in Africa: Study December 23, 2014

    Washington: The first trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Africa has shown it is safe for use, scientists say. "This is the first study to show comparable safety and immune response of an experimental Ebola vaccine in an African population," said lead author Dr Julie Ledgerwood from the National...
  • Ebola toll in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia reaches 6,583: WHO December 13, 2014

    Dakar: The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the three worst-hit countries in West Africa reached 6,583 as of December 10, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Updated figures on the WHO website showed that 18,188 cases have been recorded in the three nations in the worst outbreak...
  • Sierra Leone area to hold 2-week Ebola 'lockdown' December 11, 2014

    Freetown: Health workers sent to Sierra Leone to investigate an alarming spike in deaths from Ebola have uncovered a grim scene piles of bodies, overwhelmed medical personnel and exhausted burial teams. The World Health Organisation says the health workers from several local and international agencies are racing to the latest...
  • Beware, Android users! A new virus steals passwords, sends SMSs without your permission December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Cyber security sleuths have alerted Android-based smartphone users against an infectious Trojan virus which steals vital information from the personal device and can even illegally send SMSes to those on the mobile contact list. The deadly virus has been identified as 'AndroidSmssend' and it can acquire as many as...
  • 35 US hospitals ready to treat Ebola patients December 3, 2014

    Atlanta: US health authorities have announced that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have designated a total of 35 hospitals to be ready to treat Ebola patients. The CDC worked together with state health authorities to determine which hospitals could be designated "Ebola treatment centres". "As long as Ebola is spreading...
  • WHO to miss Ebola target it set for December 1 December 1, 2014

    London: Two months ago, the World Health Organization launched an ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, aiming to isolate 70 per cent of the sick and safely bury 70 per cent of the victims in the three hardest-hit countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...
  • Indian dies of Ebola in Liberia, says Health Ministry November 26, 2014

    Mumbai: An Indian has died of Ebola in Liberia, said the Health Ministry on Wednesday. Mohammed Amir, who was employed in a pharmacy in Liberia, died of Ebola virus infection on September 7. Members of his family were informed about the incident. Earlier this month, a man from Liberia was...
  • Delhi government sets up helpline for information on Ebola November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi government has set up a control room and helpline in the city for internal monitoring of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and to provide information about the disease to the public. The control room can be contacted at 011-22307145. "As of now Ebola has not reached India....
  • Ebola could be contained by mid-2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon November 22, 2014

    Washington: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus could be contained by mid-2015. Ban made the observation on Friday and said that the Ebola outbreak could be contained by continuing to scale up the global fight against the disease. Addressing a press conference at the...
  • US military may extend anti-Ebola mission in West Africa November 21, 2014

    Washington: The US military may extend its mission to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa beyond six months, if there was a surge of new cases. "We have to be prepared for this to go longer than six months," Pentagon official John Kirby said. He said that in spite of...
  • Ebola death toll rises to 5,420: WHO November 20, 2014

    Geneva: The World Health Organisation has said that 5,420 people had so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15,145 cases of infection, since late December 2013. On Friday, the UN health agency had reported 5,177 deaths and 14,413 cases. The WHO believes that the number of deaths...
  • Ebola patient in India: Are we Ebola-ready? November 19, 2014

    As an Indian national returning from Liberia has been quarantined at a special facility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. CNN-IBN asks whether we are Ebola-ready and discusses it with Senior Consultant Dr. MS Jha at Primus Hospital. ...
  • Delhi's Lok Nayak hospital not equipped to deal with Ebola November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: A Health Ministry team has found that Delhi's Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP), which was designated by Central Government to offer Ebola treatment is not equipped to deal with the disease. Central government had identified Ram Manohar Lohiya and LNJP hospital for treating Ebola patients after...
  • Status check: Are airports Ebola-ready? November 19, 2014

    As an Indian national returning from Liberia has been quarantined at a special facility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. CNN-IBN does a status check at three airports in Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai to see what arrangements the Indian government has made for Ebola. ...
  • We should be extremely careful about Ebola: Doctors November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Dr SP Bayotra chairman of medicine at the reputed Ganga Ram hospital in New Delhi spoke to CNN-IBN about Ebola. "The patient has been diagnosed but it's new in our country. No chances should be taken. He should be quarantined till he is cleared as the virus can...
  • Need to develop rapid diagnostic tests for the end-phase of ebola: WHO November 19, 2014

    Geneva: The World Health Organization voiced hope that the number of Ebola cases would start falling sharply early next year, stressing the need to develop rapid diagnostic tests for the end-phase. "We are looking at where we will be in four to six months from now when the cases (could)...