VIRUS

  • Delhi hospitals put on alert following swine flu death Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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)...
  • Man tests positive for Ebola, kept in isolation in Delhi November 18, 2014

    News Delhi: India has quarantined a man who was cured of Ebola in Liberia but continued to show traces of the virus in samples of his semen after arriving in the country, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that the Indian national tested negative for...
  • Chinese team arrives in Liberia to staff Ebola clinic November 16, 2014

    Monrovia: About 160 Chinese health workers arrived on Saturday in Liberia, where they are due to staff a new $41 million Ebola clinic that, unlike most other foreign interventions, is being built and fully run by Chinese personnel. China, Africa's biggest trade partner, had come under fire for the level of...
  • Ebola death toll tops 5,000, steep rise in Sierra Leone cases: WHO November 13, 2014

    Geneva: The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa's three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has risen to 5,147 out of 14,068 cases at the end of November 9, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. A further 13 deaths and 30 cases have been...
  • Deadly virus pushing tigers towards extinction November 7, 2014

    New York: Adding to the existing pressures of habitat loss, poaching and depletion of prey species, a new threat to tiger populations in the wild has surfaced in the form of a deadly virus. According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), canine distemper virus (CDV) has the...
  • EU scheme commits $350 million for research on Ebola vaccines, tests November 6, 2014

    London: The Europe Union and drugmakers pledged on Thursday to invest 280 million euros ($350 million) in Ebola research, with the lion's share going to the testing and manufacture of potential vaccines. The funding will go to projects backed by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public-private scheme jointly paid for...
  • Ebola surging in Sierra Leone amid lack of treatment centres: UN November 6, 2014

    Dakar: The number of Ebola cases is surging in Sierra Leone as the country suffers from a lack of treatment centres, while lack of food and basic goods is forcing some people to leave quarantine areas, the United Nations said. The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) said in its...
  • Tenth patient tests positive for swine flu in Indore October 31, 2014

    Indore: With a 40-year-old woman testing positive for swine flu, the number of those infected with the H1N1 virus in the district has gone up to 10, a health official said. The woman, a resident of Ramkrishna Bagh colony, was admitted to a private hospital in Indore October 27. Later, her swab...
  • Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home October 30, 2014

    A nurse in Maine, vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the New England state over an Ebola quarantine she calls scientifically unsound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride on Thursday, according to television images. Kaci Hickox left her home in the...
  • Ebola health worker restrictions could deter others: US envoy October 30, 2014

    Brussels: Some countries are yet to shoulder their share of the Ebola response burden and some restrictions on aid workers returning home from West African nations hit hardest by the disease could deter thousands from helping, Samantha Power, the US envoy to the United Nations, said on Thursday. Power, after visiting...
  • US troops returning from Ebola mission to be quarantined October 29, 2014

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a measure to place under a 21-day supervised isolation regimen all military service members returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa. According to a Pentagon statement, the order will apply to all military services that are contributing personnel to the fight...