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Nobody Is Sure Why A Promising Ebola Drug Trial Ended

NAIROBI — A year after the onset of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, Liberia has become ground zero for something equally unexpected — a historic public health experiment.<p>The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring a randomized control trial of vaccines that researchers hope …

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How Long Is An Ebola Victim's Body Contagious? You Don't Want To Know

People in West Africa often touch and wash the dead in their community. That's a problem when it comes to handling Ebola victims. Their bodies are known to be contagious. And so Red Cross body collectors receive careful training and protective gear before they embark, but it's tough to alter this …

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Back to school in Liberia with strict anti-Ebola hygiene | DW | 16.02.2015

Before thousands of Liberian schoolchildren returned to their classrooms on Monday (16.02.2015), Francis Abu Jarbateh gave a lecture to teachers, …

How to Detect Infectious Diseases Like Ebola Faster

New tools aim to deliver quicker test results—and prevent disease from spreading<p>When a disease is spreading fast, a quick diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death for patients—and everyone around them.<p>Yet today’s diagnostic tools often can’t keep pace with outbreaks. Currently, …

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Ebola: the race to find a cure | Sarah Boseley

In October, scientists set out to do something unprecedented – conduct a drugs trial during an epidemic to find a treatment for a lethal disease. Could they make history and change the way we deal with outbreaks?<p>The border crossing did not look encouraging. Dense tropical forest spilled over the …

The Grandpa Who Saved His Granddaughter From Ebola

A few months ago, I met a grandpa whom I'll never forget.<p>His name is Edwin Koryan. And he's a pharmacist in Voinjama, Liberia. Edwin remembers the moment he felt the first symptoms of Ebola. He was taking care of his 5-year-old granddaughter Komasa.They were sharing a room and a bed.<p>Edwin rushed to …

Stopping Ebola by Land, Water and Air

Photo credit: Justin Williams/CDC<p>Speed is paramount in our response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa as we continue to be vigilant in the fight to extinguish Ebola.<p>The faster we get to communities with suspected cases, the faster we protect the people there. That gets us closer to stopping this …

Sierra Leone: How Africa And Africans Are Responding To The Ebola Crisis

<i>“Very importantly we must continue to recognize and celebrate the sterling efforts of African healthcare workers who have worked</i> <i>indefatigably</i> <i>to get the disease under control. They were there long before the cavalry arrived! Indeed, some have paid the ultimate price…”</i> – Memuna Janneh, founder, …

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 …

Ebola Is Wiping Out the Great Apes as Scientists Race for a Cure

As the Ebola epidemic ebbs among humans, the disease continues to take a staggering toll on chimpanzees and gorillas.<p>For instance, the virus has …

Free from Ebola, survivors complain of new syndrome

DAKAR/MONROVIA (Reuters) - Romeo Doe, a 29-year-old tailor who survived Ebola in Liberia, is struggling to cope with the impact of a disease that killed seven members of his family and now threatens his livelihood.<p>Ebola survivor Romeo Doe poses for a picture at a clinic in Monrovia, February 1, …

Only 40 percent of Ebola donations have been received by affected countries

The delayed response by international health agencies might be to blame<p>The international response to the Ebola crisis was more generous than most health policy experts predicted, but the actual deployment of those resources has been extremely slow, according to an analysis of Ebola donations …

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The Ebola Vaccine Situation: A Cause For Hope

Progress in Ebola Vaccine Trials Suggests We May Soon See The End Of Ebola Epidemics<p>It’s been over a year since the Ebola epidemic began in West Africa. Over the months, there have been some highs but mostly lows. The virus has not only touched the affected nations, but led to concern abroad in …

Ebola Virus: WHO reports rise in cases of deadly virus in 2015

New figures show that the number of new cases of Ebola has gone up in all three of West Africa's worst-hit countries in the last week of January.<p>The …

One Village's Story: How Ebola Began And How It Ends

There's a clearing in the jungle in central Liberia that now serves as an Ebola burial ground. Every day, a woman who works as a nurse in the nearby Ebola treatment unit, or ETU, changes from her scrubs into traditional dress, walks into that clearing and sings a song of mourning.<p>The song is meant …

Ebola crisis: Australian aid worker on how Liberian survivors deal with disease's aftermath

<i>Sydney local Carly Learson has joined the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The Australian media officer joined the ranks of the United Nations</i> …

World's Slow Response To Ebola Leaves Sierra Leone Villages Scrambling

If you think the fight against Ebola is going well, here's a grim new number: 537.<p>That's how many new infections were reported in Sierra Leone in the past week. It's the highest weekly tally in any country since the West African outbreak began.<p>International governments and aid groups have scrambled …

Number of Ebola deaths could be cut by use of basic measures, say experts

Basic medical interventions such as giving Ebola patients rehydration salts and fluids from bigger bags could cut the death toll in west Africa in the absence of a proven cure, experts in tropical diseases write on Friday in the Lancet.<p>The doctors say it is “therapeutic nihilism” to assume there is …

UN peacekeeper in Liberia tests positive for Ebola, mission’s third case

The UN peacekeeping force in Liberia says one of its members has been infected with Ebola.<p>This is the mission's third case linked to the disease. The previous two died.<p>The country's top UN envoy, Karin Landgren, said in a statement late Thursday that a peacekeeper tested positive the day before. …

Third member of U.N. mission in Liberia contracts Ebola

MONROVIA (Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeper in Liberia has contracted Ebola and is being treated at a clinic in the capital Monrovia, becoming the third member of the mission infected by the deadly virus since the outbreak began.<p>A man walks by a sign that reads "Ebola is real" in Monrovia, Liberia, …

Ebola crisis: West Australian man reportedly tested for virus

South Korea to fly medical workers to Europe if infected fighting Ebola

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday that Britain had agreed to evacuate any South Korean medical workers who may be infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working at a British-run clinic in Sierra Leone for treatment.<p>Seoul will send a team of 10 medical workers next month to work at …

Italy’s first Ebola patient is stable and being treated in Rome

Italian Ebola victim returns home for treatment

An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has returned home for treatment.<p>Video released by the Italian Air Force shows the man being transferred from a plane to an ambulance inside a portable isolation unit<p>The Italian health ministry said the doctor, who had been working …

Sierra Leone Ebola burial workers dump bodies in street in pay protest

FREETOWN (REUTERS) - Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped dead bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities' failure to …