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  • Experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe in human trials: Scientists November 27, 2014

    Washington: An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease was well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it in a phase 1 clinical trial, say scientists. The candidate vaccine contains segments of Ebola virus genetic material from two virus species, Sudan and Zaire. The...
  • 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....
  • Chinese-built Ebola center dedicated in Liberia November 26, 2014

    Monrovia: China, one of the first countries to send aid to battle Ebola in West Africa, ramped up the assistance significantly by opening a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia as rows of uniformed Chinese army medics stood at attention. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toured the Ebola treatment center built...
  • 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...
  • Patient with Ebola symptoms being monitored in New York November 21, 2014

    New York: A person showing symptoms of Ebola has been subjected to medical tests at a New York hospital, after returning from the Ebola-hit country of Mali. The patient, who has not been publicly identified, has been put in quarantine in New York's Bellevue Hospital, according to official sources. Medical personnel are...
  • 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...
  • Need to be careful about the spread of ebola in India: Doctors November 19, 2014

    Since, ebola virus can continue to stay for 90 days, the patient should be isolated for 90 days. According to government officials, a three member team has been constituted to inspect all airports to identify the gaps. It will include officials from the ministries of Health, Civil Aviation and Immigration....
  • 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)...
  • Dengue outbreak in Bihar, 156 cases detected November 7, 2014

    Patna: A dengue outbreak has gripped Bihar with 156 cases detected in different parts of the state, a health department official said. The state capital has registered the lion's share of the detected cases, with 131 patients admitted in various government hospitals like Patna Medical College Hospital, Nalanda Medical College...
  • Ebola carrying bats may be heroes as well as villains November 3, 2014

    London: Bats are living up to their frightening reputation in the world's worst Ebola outbreak as prime suspects for spreading the deadly virus to humans, but scientists believe they may also shed valuable light on fighting infection. Bats can carry more than 100 different viruses, including Ebola, rabies and severe acute...
  • 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...
  • Goa government forms committee to monitor Ebola October 24, 2014

    Panaji: The Goa government has formed a committee to monitor the state's preparedness to keep the Ebola virus at bay, a statement said. The committee comprises senior health, police, immigration officials of the state and will be chaired by the health secretary, it said. The formation of the committee assumes significance especially...
  • French scientists devise fast-track test for Ebola October 21, 2014

    Paris: A new device similar to a simple pregnancy home-test could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes, its French developers said. Trials at a high-security lab have validated the technique and prototype kits should be available in Ebola-hit countries by the end of...
  • Canada will send experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO October 19, 2014

    Ottawa: The Canadian government said that it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organisation on Monday for possible use in the West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak. The government said in a news release that the Public Health Agency of Canada is supplying...
  • Britain to expand Ebola screening beyond London October 18, 2014

    London: British health authorities have said that screening of passengers arriving from regions affected by the Ebola outbreak will be extended to the Manchester and Birmingham airports. The announcement was made by Public Health England Friday, Xinhua reported. Heathrow Airport on Tuesday launched the screening, which includes checking passengers' temperature, requiring them...
  • US President appoints a 'czar' to streamline the administration's response to Ebola October 18, 2014

    The World Health Organisation has admitted to lapses in its response to the spread of EBOLA in West Africa. As the ebola scare haunts the US, President Barack Obama has appointed a "czar" to streamline the administration's response to the deadly disease. ...
  • Ebola death toll soars to 4,555 out of 9,216: WHO October 18, 2014

    Geneva: More than 4,500 people have died in the deadly Ebola outbreak that began in west Africa at the beginning of the year, fresh World Health Organization figures showed on Friday. The UN health agency said that 4,555 people had died from Ebola out of a total of 9,216 cases registered...
  • Potential carriers of ebola virus might be stopped from boarding some US flights October 17, 2014

    Potential carriers of the ebola virus might be stopped from boarding some flights in the US. This decision was taken after a second airline passenger was detected with the virus. "She should not have travelled on a commercial airline," said CDC Director. ...
  • WHO announces new measures to control ebola at the UN held in Geneva October 17, 2014

    Ebola in West Africa is doubling every four weeks according to reports. As the ebola death toll spirals, health officials around the world are speeding their response on ebola. At the UN held in Geneva, WHO announced their new measures to control the ebola outbreak. ...
  • Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from West Africa to US October 17, 2014

    Washington: Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the US from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective. The administration spent the day trying anew to tamp...
  • Ebola outbreak: US nurse endangers 132 others October 16, 2014

    Second US nurse affected by Ebola faces flak for breaking travel restrictions and endangering 132 others. US President Barack Obama has said that at the earliest ebola outbreak will be controlled which is a raging epidemic in West Africa. ...
  • Ebola 'most serious' health emergency in years: World leaders October 16, 2014

    London: The Ebola epidemic is "the most serious international public health emergency in recent years," British, US, French, German and Italian leaders agreed in a conference call. A 75-minute video conference call between British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo...
  • World must 'dramatically expand' Ebola fight: UN Council October 16, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council called on Wednesday in the international community to "accelerate and dramatically expand" aid to combat the spread of Ebola. In a unanimously adopted statement, the 15-member body warned that the world's response "has failed to date to adequately address the magnitude of the outbreak and...
  • Ebola death toll close to 4,500: WHO October 16, 2014

    Geneva: Almost 4,500 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in west Africa at the start of the year, according to fresh figures released by the World Health Organization. The WHO said that as of October 12, 4,493 people have died from Ebola out of a total...
  • UN chief: 20 times more Ebola aid needed October 9, 2014

    Washington: The presidents of three Ebola-stricken West African nations sought an immediate outpouring of money, doctors and hospital beds, and representatives nations gathered at a World Bank meeting promised to send more aid quickly, including a pledge of medical evacuations for health care responders who catch the virus. "Our people...
  • Ebola cases top 7,000 in West Africa: UN October 3, 2014

    United Nations: The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that more than 7,000 people have been diagnosed with infection of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, a UN spokesperson said on Thursday. The number of Ebola cases has totalled 7,178, with 3,338 reported deaths based on the information provided by...
  • Ebola outbreak 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO September 23, 2014

    Geneva: The deadliest Ebola epidemic ever has now killed 2,811 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation has said, adding though that in Senegal and Nigeria the outbreak had been basically contained. The UN health agency, which also published the results of the latest meeting of its Ebola emergency committee, said...
  • Quarantine measures making Ebola outbreak spread: Study September 20, 2014

    Washington: New Ebola cases could reach 6,800 in West Africa by the end of the month if new control measures are not enacted, warn researchers. Through modelling analysis, a team from Arizona State University (ASU) and Harvard University discovered that the rate of rise in cases significantly increased in August in...
  • 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)...