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Ebola’s Hidden Costs

The number of people who die from the disease could be only a fraction of the number who go hungry from it.<p>On September 3, 2014, Agnes Ngekia learned by phone that her son was dead and that there would be no burial. He had died of Ebola. Ngekia is a nurse in the Kono district of Sierra Leone, and …

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Toxic Ebola protein fragment identified

A fragment of an Ebola virus protein that is toxic to cells and may contribute to infection and illness, has been identified by researchers. The 2014 …

Scientists Ask If Ebola Could Be Silently Immunizing Some People While Killing Others

By Kate Kelland and Emma Farge<p>LONDON/DAKAR (Reuters) - A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors.<p>So-called "asymptomatic" Ebola cases - in …

Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

<b>Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.</b><p>Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.<p>More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 …

UK government feared terrorists would weaponise Ebola

British military experts were asked to draw up guidance at the height of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa late last year on the feasibility and potential impact of terrorists “weaponising” the virus.<p>The Ministry of Defence has released a heavily redacted report, prepared in October, that …

Experimental Ebola Treatment Could One Day Be Used For Flu & Malaria

By Julie Steenhuysen<p>CHICAGO, Feb 4 (Reuters) - After successfully treating four Ebola patients last year, Emory University in Atlanta is now leading a government-funded project that will use blood from survivors of the deadly virus to test a novel way of treating infectious disease.<p>Traditional …

How disease forecasts can go wrong

THE EBOLA epidemic that took off last year in three west African countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—is finally fading. The last three weeks …

Coming, ready or not

THE threat of a global pandemic is rising again. In China an influenza virus never before seen in people had, as <i>The Economist</i> went to press, infected …

Inside The Fight To End Ebola

How the largely unheralded success of our federal officials in containing the virus proves that our government can still do extraordinary things when …

BBC Blogs - College of Journalism - How BBC Ebola WhatsApp service is battling virus and finding great stories

How BBC Ebola WhatsApp service is battling virus and finding great stories<p>Trushar Barotis BBC World Service apps editor @Trushar<p>Comments<p>With the Ebola crisis growing quickly, how could the BBC distribute public health information to people in West Africa so they could receive it directly on their …

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Ebola in Africa: the end of a tragedy?

<i>UPDATE: Just one day on from the publication of this article, the World Health Organisation has confirmed a new case of Ebola as the cause of a death</i> …

Ebola survivor: 'Demonic' disease 'worse than war'

<b>Freetown, Sierra Leone (CNN) —</b> I started working at the Ebola treatment center the day it opened, September 19. I cared for children, men and women with Ebola. Every day more than 100 new patients came in. It was so serious.<p>I wasn't afraid. I was determined to make the outbreak go away from my …

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Ebola Again? Blood test results of quarantined Nigerian girl

<b>Months after Nigeria recorded success in managing the deadly Ebola virus, fears over a new wave of epidemics occurred February 2, Monday.</b><p>It was …

Ebola Epidemic Takes a Toll on Sierra Leone's Surgeons

<i>Co-authored by Dr. Chethan Sathya, a freelance journalist and surgical resident at the University of Toronto</i><p><i>Dr. Martin Salia, a general surgeon who died from Ebola in November 2014, is pictured on the left operating at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo credit: United</i> …

Was the black death actually Ebola fever?

I have heard it suggested that the black death, which devastated European populations in the 14th century, was Ebola fever rather than bubonic plague, as generally believed. Is there any evidence for this theory?<p><i>Tony Dennis, Leighton Buzzard, Beds</i><p>• Post your answers – and new questions – below or …

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NIH Ebola study in macaques provides timeframes for post-mortem viral stability

<b>WHAT:</b> To determine how long Ebola virus could remain infectious in a body after death, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists sampled …

Obama to pull out Ebola troops

Barack Obama is set to bring back nearly all of the 1,300 US troops deployed in west Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic, the White House has announced.<p>Obama – who was criticised for a slow reponse to the Ebola outbreak, will hold a White House event to showcase how US leadership helped stem the …

U.S. Pulls Troops From Ebola Zone

The U.S. military is pulling most of its troops from Ebola-affected Liberia, and more than half of them are already out, the Defense Department said Tuesday night.<p>The troops started moving in last fall, when Ebola cases were spreading out of control. Now, Liberia's managing just a handful of new …

Ebola crisis: Government response 'far too slow'

<b>The government's response to the Ebola outbreak was "far too slow" and may have contributed to the loss of lives, a committee of MPs has said.</b><p>The Public Accounts Committee said the government did not release funds quickly enough to deal with the crisis.<p>It also said the decision to suspend flights …

US to withdraw Ebola troops despite new cases

The US military is preparing to withdraw all but 100 of the 2,800 troops it currently has deployed to West Africa in response to the Ebola epidemic, the Pentagon has announced.<p>In a statement on Tuesday, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said "nearly all will return by April 30".<p>US officials said …

US Ebola Fight Moves to New Phase

President Barack Obama said the U.S. fight against Ebola has moved to a new phase, from struggling to control the deadly virus to working to eliminate it.<p>By April 30, all but 100 U.S. troops will be gone from Liberia, he announced. And U.S. government personnel who remain will be working to boost …

Obama says US has 'risen to the challenge' of fighting Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heralded a "new phase in the fight" against Ebola on Wednesday and said progress against the outbreak in …

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Obama’s Ebola Victory Lap

At no point Wed­nes­day did Pres­id­ent Obama ut­ter the words “I told you so.” But that was the un­der­ly­ing mes­sage from a White House event that …

Ebola crisis: Red Cross says Guinea aid workers face attacks

<b>Aid workers fighting Ebola in Guinea are being subjected to an average of 10 attacks every month, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says.</b><p>The latest assault happened on Sunday when two Guinean Red Cross volunteers were beaten by locals while trying to conduct a safe burial, the …

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Doctors Who Treat Ebola Feel More Socially Isolated

Doctors who take care of very sick Ebola patients may feel socially isolated, but surprisingly, they may not feel more stressed than usual, a new …

Football legends Ronaldo, Zidane to play against ASSE All Stars to score for Ebola recovery

Football legends Ronaldo, Zidane to play AS St-Etienne All Stars for Ebola recovery<p><b>Feb 12, 2015</b><p>Football titans and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo …

The Ebola Diaries: Trying To Heal Patients You Can't Touch

For six weeks, American doctor Kwan Kew Lai kept a blog, almost every day, while she volunteered at an Ebola treatment center in Liberia.<p>Ebola treatment centers are isolated, self-contained worlds, with their own grim rhythm: Every day, people stream in, terribly sick. And in the space of a few …