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  • Sierra Leone bans Christmas parties amid Ebola 16 hours 22 minutes ago

    Freetown: Alice Marke and her family aren't celebrating Christmas the way they used to. The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing at night. Authorities this year have banned any activities that could further the spread of the highly contagious virus...
  • 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...
  • Sierra Leone Ebola burial teams dump bodies in street November 26, 2014

    Freetown: Burial workers in eastern Sierra Leone were sacked today after snatching Ebola victims from a mortuary and dumping their bodies in the street in a pay dispute. The workers, who were on a one-day strike over non-payment of risk allowances, left at least a dozen corpses around the public hospital...
  • 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)...
  • West Africa nowhere near end of Ebola crisis: Barack Obama November 19, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that West Africa was still "nowhere near out of the woods" in its fight against Ebola. Obama spoke on Tuesday at the White House while meeting with his national security and public health teams on Ebola, Xinhua reported. "As long as the outbreak continues...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Canada imposes visa ban on three Ebola-hit countries November 1, 2014

    Ottawa: Canada will stop issuing visas to people from the three West African nations where Ebola is widespread, the government said on Friday. The federal citizenship ministry, explaining the move, said in an official document that "the introduction or spread of the disease would pose an imminent and severe risk to...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000 October 25, 2014

    Dakar: More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released on Saturday by the World Health Organisation, as the outbreak continues to spread. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease with a rapidly...
  • US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations October 23, 2014

    Atlanta: Federal officials working to keep Ebola from spreading into the US have ordered that all travellers who come into the US from three Ebola-stricken West African nations now be monitored for three weeks. Starting on Monday, anyone travelling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report in with...
  • Ebola death toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000: WHO October 23, 2014

    Geneva: At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of October 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has...
  • Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site October 22, 2014

    Freetown: Dozens of Ebola survivors were discharged from a treatment center near Sierra leone's capital on Wednesday and told they were virus-free. The third group released from the Hastings Treatment center, which included 45 patients, were also issued with health certificates they proudly held up. Hawanatu Turay, 14, said she...
  • Ebola travel bans 'irrational', says Red Cross October 22, 2014

    Beijing: Closing borders will not effectively curb Ebola infections, the head of the Red Cross said on Wednesday, amid debate over whether bans on travel from hardest-hit African countries would help combat the spread of the deadly virus. This year's outbreak of the highly infectious haemorrhagic fever thought to have originated...
  • Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa in January: WHO October 21, 2014

    Geneva: Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Dr. Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials...
  • WHO promises analysis of Ebola response, won't comment on reported flaws October 18, 2014

    Geneva: The World Health Organization promised on Saturday that it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control, in response to a leaked document that appeared to acknowledge it had failed to do enough. The WHO said in a statement that...
  • Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse October 18, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse. Lawmakers this week urged Obama to bar people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from entering the...
  • Ebola deaths near 4,500 as virus spreads in West Africa: WHO October 16, 2014

    Monrovia: A total of 4,493 people have died from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. WHO said a total of 8,997 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola had been reported in...
  • Britain begins Ebola screening at London's Heathrow airport October 14, 2014

    London: Britain began screening passengers arriving at London's busiest airport from West Africa for signs of the deadly Ebola virus on Tuesday. Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that Britain could expect to see "a handful" of Ebola cases over the next three months, partly due to its status as...
  • Ebola: 10,000 new cases per week could be seen, says WHO October 14, 2014

    Geneva: A World Health Organization official says there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week within two months. WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward says if the response to the Ebola crisis isn't stepped up within 60 days, "a lot more people will die" and there will...
  • 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 scare: US adds extra level of airport screening October 9, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama calls it a "belt and suspenders" approach - an extra level of screening at five major US airports to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease. About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and...
  • First person diagnosed with Ebola in US dies in Texas hospital October 8, 2014

    Dallas: A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in a Texas hospital on Wednesday, his case having put health authorities on alert for the deadly virus spreading outside of West Africa. About 48 people who had direct or indirect contact with the...
  • Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted: WHO October 2, 2014

    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...
  • UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana September 29, 2014

    Dakar: The UN mission to combat Ebola is opening its headquarters in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the West African crisis. The head of the mission, Anthony Banbury, and his team are expected to arrive on Monday in Ghana's capital, Accra. The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency...