Viruses

  • Ebola vaccine will not be ready until March: WHO 6 hours 3 minutes ago

    Geneva: Two vaccines that give preliminary indications of providing effective and reliable immunization against the deadly Ebola virus ravaging West Africa will not be ready for testing until next March, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Developing a vaccine usually takes time and is expensive, the WHO said. "Even in best conditions...
  • Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted: WHO 8 hours 8 minutes ago

    Geneva: The death toll from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record reached 3,338 people out of 7,178 cases in West Africa as of September 28, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. It said the total number of new cases had fallen for a second week, but warned against reading...
  • Ebola outbreak enters US, patient from Liberia diagnosed with virus Yesterday

    The Ebola virus has now entered the US. A patient who arrived from Liberia has diagnosed with the virus in Dallas, Texas. Over 3000 people have died of Ebola in West Africa so far. ...
  • Thai hospital claims to have developed treatment against Ebola 2 days ago

    Bangkok: A Thai hospital on Monday claimed to have successfully developed an "antibody treatment" against the dreaded Ebola virus that has killed over 3,000 people in West Africa in 2014. In a brief announcement, Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University said doctors have developed "the successful production of an antibody treatment against...
  • WHO sees small-scale use of experimental Ebola vaccines in January 5 days ago

    Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that it expected to begin small-scale use of two experimental Ebola vaccines in West Africa early next year and in the meantime transfusions of survivors' blood may offer the best hope of treatment. WHO is working with pharmaceutical companies and regulators to...
  • Experimental Ebola vaccine doses ready by 2015: WHO 6 days ago

    Geneva: Thousands of experimental Ebola vaccine doses from British GSK and US NewLink should be ready for use by early 2015 in countries affected by the epidemic, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. "If everything goes well, we may be able to begin using some of these vaccines in some...
  • Nagpur, Pune airports have scanners to detect Ebola: Centre 1 week ago

    Mumbai: The Union Government informed the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it has provided thermal image scanners at Nagpur and Pune airports to screen passengers from African countries for possible Ebola infection. Scanners were shifted from Hyderabad and Goa airports to Nagpur and Pune airports, counsel for the Central...
  • Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead 1 week ago

    Conakry: A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa's current outbreak. One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in in the neck in...
  • US estimates Ebola could infect 1.4 million by January September 23, 2014

    Washington: The number of Ebola infections in Liberia and Sierra Leone could skyrocket to 1.4 million by January 2015, according to a new projection by US health authorities out on Tuesday. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that Ebola cases in these two West African nations could range...
  • 5th swine flu case detected in Indore September 23, 2014

    Indore: With a 25-year-old woman testing positive for swine flu, the number of those infected with the H1N1 virus in the district this year has risen to five, a senior health official said. The woman, a resident of Manikbagh area, was admitted to a private hospital on September 18 after...
  • Ebola a challenge to global security: European Parliament September 19, 2014

    Strasbourg: Members of the European Parliament have urged the international community to play a major role in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, which they said poses "a challenge to global security". In a joint resolution on Thursday, the lawmakers deplored the loss of life in the West African...
  • Bombay HC orders scanner for Ebola screening at Pune, Nagpur airports September 15, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Centre to immediately provide thermal image scanners at Nagpur and Pune Airports for the screening of passengers from African countries for a possible Ebola infection. The division bench headed by justice Abhay Oka on Monday adjourned the...
  • Sierra Leone: 4th doctor dies of Ebola September 14, 2014

    Freetown: A top medical official in Sierra Leone on Sunday said that a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment. Chief Medical Officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed to the Associated Press that Dr Olivet Buck has died. Sierra Leone...
  • Heart drug could be cure for Ebola: British experts September 14, 2014

    London: Researchers at the University of Liverpool have made a breakthrough that can lead to a cure for the deadly Ebola virus currently sweeping through West Africa, media reports said. The university has said the experts stumbled across an existing drug used in the treatment of severe heart disease, which could...
  • FIFA, UN to cooperate in fight against Ebola September 13, 2014

    Madrid: FIFA, football's world governing body, said that it looks forward to cooperating with the UN to combat the Ebola virus outbreak that has killed over 2,000 in West Africa. The Antoinette Tubman stadium in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, will host two Ebola treatment units after the World Health Organisation (WHO)...
  • India contributed money to fight Ebola September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Friday contributed a total of $500,000 in financial assistance to augment the World Health Organization (WHO) efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola virus. "India contributes $500,000 financial assistance to augment WHO efforts to prevent spread of Ebola virus disease," Syed Akbaruddin, ministry of external affairs spokesperson,...
  • Obama to discuss Ebola response with top medical experts September 13, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama will meet leading US medical experts next week as he considers how to follow through on his pledge to step up aid to Africa over the Ebola epidemic. Obama will travel to the US headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta on...
  • Ebola survivor gives blood to ill American September 12, 2014

    Omaha: A survivor of Ebola has donated blood to an American aid worker infected with the disease, and doctors treating him at a Nebraska hospital say he has responded well to the aggressive treatment. Dr Phil Smith said that Dr Rick Sacra received blood transfusions from Dr Kent Brantly shortly...
  • Provide Ebola detection facilities at Pune, Nagpur airports: Bombay HC September 10, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Maharashtra Government to provide medical screening facilities at Pune and Nagpur airports to detect Ebola virus among passengers arriving from affected countries, on the lines of existing amenities at Mumbai and Delhi airports. The direction was given by a bench headed by Justice...
  • Ebola toll hits 2,288 in West Africa: WHO September 10, 2014

    Geneva: The number of people infected by the Ebola virus disease in West Africa reached 4,269 as of Tuesday, while the total number of related deaths stood at 2,288, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) officials. The virus has spread rapidly over the past 21 days, and the number of patients...
  • Ebola death toll rises to at least 2,296: WHO September 9, 2014

    Geneva: The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The WHO said that it had recorded 4,293 cases in five...
  • Isolation ward in Mecca to check Ebola virus September 9, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia will establish a 50bed exclusive isolation ward at Arafat Hospital in Mecca during the Haj pilgrimage as a preventive measure against the Ebola virus and other communicable diseases, Arab News reported on Tuesday. Deputy Health Minister for Planning and Development Mohammed AlKhasheem said that over 22,000 medics will...
  • Ebola positive doctor to be evacuated from Sierra Leone September 9, 2014

    Geneva: A World Health Organisation (WHO) doctor, who has been tested positve for Ebola in Sierra Leone, will be evacuated. The WHO has declined to disclose the doctor's identity, but noted the doctor is currently in stable condition in Sierra Leone's capital city of Freetown, Xinhua reported. The Ebola treatment centre where...
  • UN chief calls for more support to fight Ebola September 9, 2014

    United Nations: UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki moon has called leaders of some countries and organisations to urge more support in the fight against the deadly Ebola, a spokesman said on Monday. "He spoke to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Cuban President Raul Castro and President of the...
  • WHO: Liberia will see thousands of new Ebola cases September 9, 2014

    Monrovia: The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization has warned that many thousands of new infections are expected in Liberia in the coming weeks. The current Ebola outbreak is the largest on record. It...
  • New drug may fight flu in one dose September 8, 2014

    Washington: Doctors could soon have a new weapon to fight the flu virus as US researchers have found a singledose influenza drug that can safely and effectively relieve influenza symptoms. An analysis of clinical trials shows that a single injected dose of the neuraminidase inhibitor (NAI) peramivir is safe and effective...
  • Over 1,000 Indians being tracked for Ebola September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: A total of 1,011 Indians, who have returned from Ebolaaffected areas, are being tracked for the virus, the Heath Ministry on Sunday said. Most of those being tracked are from the states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, West Bengal and Delhi, an official release said. During the past 24...
  • Harbour seal flu virus can infect humans September 6, 2014

    New York: The avian H3N8 virus that killed more than 160 harbour seals along the New England coast in 2011 can spread through respiratory droplets and poses a threat to humans, says a study. "This study highlights a gainoffunction experiment that occurred in nature and shows us there are avian flu...
  • Getting help to Ebolastricken countries to cost $600 million: UN September 3, 2014

    Washington: The cost of getting supplies needed to West African countries to get the Ebola crisis under control will be at least $600 million, Dr David Nabarro, the senior United Nations Coordinator for Ebola Disease, told reporters on Wednesday. More than 40 per cent of the Ebola cases in West Africa,...
  • Centre says it is equipped to detect Ebola; HC seeks affidavit September 3, 2014

    Mumbai: The Centre on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that it has installed machines at several international airports in the country to detect the presence of Ebola virus among people, who are returning home in large numbers from the affected African countries. However, activist Ketan Tirodkar, who has filed a...