VIRUS

  • Ebola could be contained by mid-2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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? 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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? 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia: WHO October 29, 2014

    Geneva: Liberia, the country worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, although the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. WHO Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward told a news conference the number...
  • Barack Obama defends new Ebola directives, asks public not to fear October 29, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has defended the government's new directives regarding monitoring of people who have been exposed to the Ebola virus, asking the public not to let themselves be influenced by "fear", since progress is being made in halting the spread of the disease. If there was not a...
  • UN chief calls for stopping Ebola 'at its source' October 29, 2014

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has criticised the travel bans and closing of borders by countries in response to the Ebola outbreak and asked the nations not to incite panic, saying "the only way to stop Ebola is to stop it at its source." "The gravity of the (Ebola)...
  • US isolates troops, Australia imposes visa ban on Ebola-hit West Africa states October 28, 2014

    Washington/Sydney: The US military has isolated soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa and Australia imposed a visa ban on the affected countries, policies that critics said would have little benefit but could feed a global panic. Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people since March, mostly in West...
  • US isolates troops, Australia slaps visa ban on Ebola-hit West Africa states October 28, 2014

    Washington: The US military has started isolating soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa and Australia became the first rich nation to impose a visa ban on the affected countries amid global anxiety about the spread of the virus. The latest measures, along with decisions by some US...
  • Amid criticism, New York Governor outlines Ebola quarantine policy October 27, 2014

    New York: Amid criticism of his decision of a mandatory 21-day Ebola quarantine, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has loosened some of the restrictions on people returning to the US from West Africa. Cumomo released new guidelines for screening procedures for Ebola at JFK International Airport after White House officials and...
  • EU doubles assistance to combat Ebola to 1 billion euros October 26, 2014

    Berlin: The European Union has nearly doubled its assistance to combat the raging Ebola virus in West Africa to 1 billion euros. The heads of state and government of the 28-nation bloc agreed upon the move at their two-day summit concluded in Brussels on Friday. "EU member nations pledged at...
  • US nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment 'frenzy of disorganisation' October 26, 2014

    New York: Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganization." Kaci Hickox, who...
  • US officials announce mandatory quarantines against Ebola October 25, 2014

    US Officials have announced mandatory quarantines against Ebola for travellers at risk. The news comes as a New York city doctor is now in a hospital after testing positive for Ebola. A nurse who was the first to catch Ebola on US soil, though, has been declared free of the...
  • Dallas nurse cleared of Ebola virus, receives hug, thanks from Barack Obama October 25, 2014

    Bethesda: A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House on Friday. And outside the...
  • Ebola: Newly released Dallas nurse to meet with Obama October 24, 2014

    Bethesda: A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital on Friday, free of the virus, and was to meet later in the day with President Barack Obama at the White House. Nurse Nina Pham said that she felt "fortunate and blessed...
  • WHO says Ebola vaccine plans accelerating as trials advance October 24, 2014

    Geneva/London: Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Vaccines are being developed and made ready in record time...