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  • WHO: More Ebola cases in past week than any other 18 hours 59 minutes ago

    Dakar (Senegal): The past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak in West Africa began, the World Health Organization said on Friday, offering more evidence that the crisis is worsening. The UN health agency warned yesterday that the outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could...
  • Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week Yesterday

    Washington: The US government announced on Thursday that it will start initial human trials of Ebola vaccine next week. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement that the phase one clinical trial will determine if a vaccine, co-developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...
  • WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 Yesterday

    Accra: The World Health Organization said on Friday that the number of Ebola cases was increasing rapidly and could exceed 20,000 before the virus is brought under control, as the death toll topped 1,500. New figures showed the massive scale of the crisis, which the WHO said indicated a "rapid increase...
  • WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes 3 days ago

    London: The World Health Organization (WHO) called for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors, in the latest bid to control the booming new market. In a long-awaited report that will be debated by member states at a meeting in October...
  • WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola 3 days ago

    Freetown: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst ever outbreak of the disease. At least 1,427 people...
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo confirms first Ebola cases 5 days ago

    Freetown: The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed its two first cases of Ebola this year, but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic raging in four countries of West Africa. The UN's World Health Organisation also announced that one of its health experts, an epidemiologist, had been infected while...
  • WHO, Health Ministry working on 'preparedness plan' on Ebola 1 week ago

    New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with Health Ministry to formulate a "preparedness plan" to deal with just in case if there is an outbreak of Ebola in the country. "Preparation is a very critical aspect. WHO is working with the Ministry of Family Welfare and Planning to ensure...
  • Ebola scare: Health Ministry conducts screening at all airports in India 1 week ago

    New Delhi: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as 531 passengers are being tracked at airports across India for Ebola. But no positive cases have been detected so far. The Health Ministry is conducting screenings at all airports. Till August 21, there had been 1350 deaths and 2473...
  • American Ebola survivor doctor says 'thrilled to be alive' August 22, 2014

    Atlanta: Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus. Dr Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary,...
  • Gambia on high alert for Ebola outbreak August 22, 2014

    Banjul: Gambia's ministry of health and social welfare said on Thursday that it is on high alert for a possible Ebola outbreak in the country and are taking preventive measures to tackle the disease. Modou Njai, director of health promotion and education at the ministry, said that so far there has...
  • 2,240 Ebola cases in West Africa: UN August 20, 2014

    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 August 19, 2014

    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 August 19, 2014

    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...
  • WHO sets up Ebola task force with global airline, travel sector August 19, 2014

    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 August 19, 2014

    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...
  • Ebola-hit states plead for more help, WHO rebuked for slow response August 16, 2014

    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...
  • Evidence suggests Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO August 15, 2014

    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...
  • Decoded: How Ebola virus disables immune response August 14, 2014

    Washington: Researchers have revealed how Ebola virus blocks and disables the body's natural immune response - paving the way for developing a drug to treat the deadly disease that has killed over 1,000 people in West Africa till date. "We have known for a long time that infection with Ebola obstructs...
  • More than one million people affected by Ebola outbreak: WHO August 14, 2014

    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 kills 56 in two days, says WHO August 14, 2014

    Geneva: The Ebola virus killed 56 people in just two days, bringing the global death toll to 1,069, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. The death toll, which passed the 1,000-mark at the weekend, soared higher between August 10 and 11. The number of confirmed infections jumped by 128 over the...
  • 'It's easy to quit smoking. I've quit thrice already': 12 real struggle every hard smoker who's just quit will understand August 13, 2014

    If you've just quit smoking after years of inner struggle to kick a habit you picked up 20 years ago, congratulations. You are the boss. But every smoker knows, the first five days are excruciatingly hard to get by. The next 10 days are slightly better, but that is also...
  • It's ethical to try untested Ebola medicines: UN August 12, 2014

    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,...
  • 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...
  • Government sets up control room, helpline for Ebola virus surveillance August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Saturday set up a control room and launched helpline numbers to maintain an intensive surveillance to prevent the spread of dreaded Ebola virus in the country and provide information about it to the common people. "The helpline numbers 23063205, 23061469 and 23061302 were made operational this...
  • No Ebola case reported in India, no need for panic: Harsh Vardhan August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said that there is no cause to panic over the Ebola outbreak which is affecting many African nations. Amid global concern over spread of deadly Ebola epidemic which has been declared an international health emergency by WHO, Vardhan said that there...
  • Ebola sparks states of emergency across west Africa August 8, 2014

    States of emergency were in effect across overwhelmed west African nations on Friday with the death toll from the Ebola epidemic nearing 1,000, as the World Health Organisation considered global travel restrictions to halt its spread. Soldiers in Liberia's Grand Cape Mount province -one of the worst-affected areas - set up...
  • WHO: Ebola death toll reaches 932; 1,700 cases August 7, 2014

    Abuja,(Nigeria): The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 932. The new figures come on Wednesday as authorities in Nigeria confirmed the death of a nurse of Ebola. Saudi Arabia also announced one death of a person with Ebola-like symptoms. The...
  • GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine July 25, 2014

    London: GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa. The British drugmaker said the shot, called RTS,S, is intended exclusively for use outside the European Union but will be evaluated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in...
  • Watch: New trailer for 'Doctor Who' features Peter Capaldi as the new doctor, along with a bunch of monsters and aliens July 14, 2014

    The Doctor is ready to see you now.'Doctor Who' fans, rejoice! The trailer for the latest season of the long-running British series is here! Featuring the 12th doctor Peter Capaldi, the series features the Doctor and his colleague Clara Oswald in TARDIS."Where are we going?" asks Clara. "Into the darkness,"...
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar 'thrilled' to be a part of 'Doctor Who' July 12, 2014

    London: Sanjeev Bhaskar, best known for starring "The Kumars at No. 42", is set to appear in an upcoming episode of "Doctor Who". The comedian will play an "important" role in the final episode of the new series, reports dailystar.co.uk. Sanjeev had previously lent his voice to "Doctor Who" audio stories,...