Virus

  • Two year jail terms for hiding Ebola victims in Sierra Leone 13 hours 18 minutes ago

    Freetown (Sierra Leone): Sierra Leone, battling a deadly outbreak of Ebola, passed a law on Friday that will see anyone harbouring a victim of the disease facing a two-year jail term. The attorney general announced the new measure as a top parliamentarian lashed out at neighbouring countries for failing to do...
  • WHO, Health Ministry working on 'preparedness plan' on Ebola 19 hours 42 minutes 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 23 hours 17 minutes 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...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends on-arrival visa facility for 4 African nations 23 hours 51 minutes ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended on-arrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • Surviving Ebola: Africa cries out for healthcare boost Yesterday

    Johannesburg: Surviving sickness can make you stronger. So while a western corner of Africa writhes in the deadly grip of the Ebola virus, there are signs this emergency may serve as a wake-up call to strengthen spending and investment on public healthcare in the world's least developed continent. "If anything, I...
  • Health Minister directs DHO to file case against Ebola rumour Yesterday

    Mangalore: Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader has asked the District Health Officer of Dakshina Kannada to lodge a complaint with the cyber cell police in Bangalore against persons spreading rumours on social media claiming Ebola virus had entered the city. Some people had spread a WhatsApp message last month that a...
  • Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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...
  • Sikkim: Health officials draw up plan of action to keep Ebola at bay 4 days ago

    Gangtok: A meeting of senior officers of the Health Department was held here to formulate a plan of action for prevention and treatment of Ebola Virus Disease in Sikkim. Health Secretary Dr K Bhandari, who chaired the meeting on Monday, said no case of Ebola had been reported in the state...
  • Nigerian not tested positive for Ebola: Centre 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The union Health Ministry on Monday denied reports that a Nigerian national admitted to the RML hospital has tested positive for the dreaded Ebola disease. Denying the reports, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said "Our vigilant officials did indeed send a person to RML Hospital. His blood samples were sent...
  • WHO sets up Ebola task force with global airline, travel sector 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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...
  • Crowd loots Ebola center in Liberian capital, worker says patients removed 5 days ago

    Monrovia: A crowd attacked a makeshift Ebola quarantine center in a rundown neighborhood of the Liberian capital, throwing stones and looting equipment and food, witnesses said, and a health worker said patients had been removed from the building. "They came in and took whatever they could take and took their patients...
  • Struggling Liberia creates 'plague villages' in Ebola epicenter 5 days ago

    Boya: To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the virus, evoking the "plague villages" of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world. With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a...
  • Ebola death toll on the rise, outbreak to continue 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Death toll due to Ebola continues to rise even as the disease has already claimed more than a 1000 lives so far. Health officials are now in the race to develop treatments which are mostly based on experimental methods as there is no proven treatment or vaccine for...
  • Ebola-hit states plead for more help, WHO rebuked for slow response 1 week ago

    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...
  • Ebola outbreak could take six months to control, say MSF 1 week ago

    Geneva: The Ebola epidemic is moving faster than the authorities can handle and could take six months to bring under control, the medical charity MSF said on Friday. The warning came a day after the World Health Organization said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated and that "extraordinary...
  • Ebola may leave 1 million in need of food help 1 week ago

    Conarky: The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area. Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the...
  • 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...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey August 13, 2014

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  • 'No suspected Ebola case in Rajasthan' August 13, 2014

    There has been no suspected case of Ebola virus in Rajasthan, a senior government health official said. No person was found having symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) nor anyone reported to any hospital in Ajmer, state Medical and Health Director Dr BK Meena told PTI on telephone. He said it was...
  • No suspected case of Ebola virus disease in India: Government August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that there was no suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country even as the Cabinet Secretary took stock of the situation and reviewed the preparedness of the Government on the deadly virus. According to an official release issued, a...
  • 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,...
  • Ebola: India is taking necessary actions against the virus, says Harsh Vardhan August 12, 2014

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that all passengers arriving in India from the countries affected by Ebola are constantly being tracked. A 26-year-old man on Monday was kept under observation at a government hospital in Chennai for "screening and observation" for Ebola virus on his return from an...
  • Nigeria bans transfer of dead bodies over Ebola scare August 10, 2014

    Abuja: Nigeria has banned movement of dead bodies from within and outside the country as part of its measures to avoid the spread of the Ebola virus. Nigeria's Minister of State for Health Khaliru Al-Hassan declared on Sunday that anybody who died should be buried wherever the incident happened, especially if...
  • 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...
  • US emergency labs ready to work on Ebola drugs if asked August 10, 2014

    New York: All three US facilities established to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in the event of a major public health threat say they are standing by to support any US government effort to scale up a treatment for Ebola. The facilities, called Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing...
  • 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...
  • Watch: How quickly can Ebola spread August 9, 2014

    The Ebola outbreak has been classified as an international health emergency by the World Health Organisation. The virus has spread across parts of West Africa and health officials are scrambling to organize a global response. Dr Sanjay Gupta tells how quickly this disease can spread. ...
  • News 360: Medical emergency kept Sachin Tendulkar away from Parliament August 8, 2014

    After the uproar due to absence of Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar in the Upper House, the former cricketer responded to the controversy on Friday in a press conference. Sachin said, "My absence in Delhi has been discussed too much. I do not mean to disrespect any institution, there was...