VIRUS

  • Ebola: Newly released Dallas nurse to meet with Obama 5 hours 0 minutes ago

    Bethesda: A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital on Friday, free of the virus, and was to meet later in the day with President Barack Obama at the White House. Nurse Nina Pham said that she felt "fortunate and blessed...
  • WHO says Ebola vaccine plans accelerating as trials advance 5 hours 13 minutes ago

    Geneva/London: Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Vaccines are being developed and made ready in record time...
  • Goa government forms committee to monitor Ebola 6 hours 7 minutes ago

    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...
  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali: Health Ministry 19 hours 37 minutes ago

    Bamako: Mali's health ministry has said the country had its first confirmed case of Ebola after a two-year-old girl who had recently been in Guinea tested positive for the virus. "Today Mali has its first imported case of the Ebola virus," the ministry said on Thursday in a statement. The girl...
  • US dollar 100 million Ebola pledge from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen 21 hours 48 minutes ago

    Washington: Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has said he was boosting his donations to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to US dollar 100 million. Allen, who has made earlier donations to the health effort, on Thursday said his latest pledge would include funding the development and manufacture of...
  • Barack Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US 2 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the US. Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the US have been freed from quarantine. And he notes that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected with Ebola as...
  • Ebola death toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000: WHO 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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...
  • Johnson & Johnson aims for 1 million Ebola vaccine doses in 2015 2 days ago

    London: Johnson & Johnson is accelerating work on its experimental Ebola vaccine and aims to produce 1 million doses next year, 250,000 of which are expected to be available by May. There is currently no proven vaccine against the deadly disease but several companies are racing to develop products. Clinical tests...
  • Ebola travel bans 'irrational', says Red Cross 2 days ago

    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...
  • India to step up travel surveillance to stop any Ebola outbreak 3 days ago

    New Delhi: India stepped up its efforts on Tuesday to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, conducting mock drills at its airports and installing surveillance systems. Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed...
  • Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa in January: WHO 3 days ago

    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...
  • French scientists devise fast-track test for Ebola 3 days ago

    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...
  • Watch: Robot Gigi can prove important shield against Ebola virus 3 days ago

    As the world looks for ways to tackle Ebola, a germ killer robot called Gigi being used in the US, could prove to be an important defence shield against the virus. Gigi uses ultraviolet light 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight. Robot kills 99.9 per cent of germs in hospital...
  • Watch: How robot Gigi is helping US hospitals curb the Ebola contagion 4 days ago

    As the world looks for ways to tackle Ebola, a germ-killing robot called Gigi being used in the US could prove to be an important defence shield against the deadly virus. ...
  • US to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon readies team 4 days ago

    Washington: Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said on Sunday and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the US, if needed. Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the...
  • Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker 5 days ago

    Galveston: A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port on Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare. A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man who...
  • Oxfam urges more troops to stop Ebola 'disaster' 6 days ago

    London: Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", the aid agency Oxfam warned on Saturday, as it issued a call for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to west Africa. The appeal was targeted at EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, and came...
  • WHO promises analysis of Ebola response, won't comment on reported flaws 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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...
  • Is India prepared for Ebola threat? 1 week ago

    No cases of Ebola have been reported in India so far, but several measures have already been put in place to screen Ebola cases. CNN-IBN discusses with a panel of experts if India is prepared for the Ebola threat. ...
  • Need stringent mechanisms at airports to deal with Ebola: Medical expert 1 week ago

    No cases of Ebola have been reported in India so far, but several measures have been put in place to screen Ebola cases. CNN-IBN spoke to a medical expert on how prepared India is to tackle the challenge. ...
  • Barack Obama names Ebola czar, Kerry calls for global response 1 week ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Friday named an "Ebola czar" to coordinate the US response to the deadly virus, as Secretary of State John Kerry called for collective global action to deal with the raging health crisis. Attorney Ron Klain was appointed as an "Ebola czar" by Obama to coordinate the...
  • Measures to screen Ebola cases put in place across India 1 week ago

    New Delhi: No cases of the deadly virus, Ebola, have been reported in India so far. But several measures have already been put in place to screen Ebola cases in the country to ensure safety. Screening mechanisms are up at airports especially to screen passengers from affected countries. 22,000 passengers have...
  • 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...
  • UN's $1 billion Ebola fund gets deposit of just $100,000 so far October 16, 2014

    United Nations: A United Nations trust fund, seeking $1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa, has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up to allow for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs on the ground. As of Thursday, $365 million had...
  • 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...
  • Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola October 15, 2014

    A second Texas healthcare worker who treated the first patient in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement on Wednesday. The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan,...
  • Mark Zuckerberg donates US dollar 25 million to Ebola fight October 14, 2014

    Washington: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday he and his wife were donating US dollar 25 million to help US efforts to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic. "The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and...
  • 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...