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WHO says no signs spread of Ebola is slowing

The Ebola outbreak shows no signs of abating, has killed 3,879 people and threatens more Western African nations poorly equipped to deal with the disease, the World Health Organisation has said in a report. The UN’s health authority said on Wednesday that a total of 8,033 people had caught the[…]

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First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials have announced. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital[…]

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Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss

With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn. The already impoverished west African state was on the slow road to recovery after 14 years of ruinous civil war ended in 2003,[…]

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Top firms urging lifting of ebola travel bans

Eleven top resource-sector executives urged governments to lift travel bans on Ebola-hit countries Monday, saying they “aggravate” the humanitarian crisis. The CEOs of firms operating in west Africa — including ArcelorMittal’s Lakshmi Mittal and Randgold’s Mark Bristow — praised the international response to the epidemic, but said some measures were[…]

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Ebola declared an ‘international emergency’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. WHO declared similar emergencies for the swine flu pandemic in 2009 and for polio in May. The WHO chief, Dr Margaret[…]

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Experts: Give new US Ebola drug to Africans

Three of the world’s leading Ebola specialists have called for experimental drugs and vaccines to be offered to people in West Africa, where a vast outbreak of the deadly disease is raging in three countries. Noting that American aid workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were given an unapproved[…]

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Nigeria Ebola doctor contracts the virus

A doctor in the Nigerian city of Lagos who treated a Liberian victim of Ebola has contracted the virus, the second confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city, authorities said. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu, who confirmed the positive test, said on Monday that 70 other people believed to have come[…]

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Ebola moving faster than efforts to control it

The World Health Organization warned west Africa’s Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing “catastrophic” loss of life and severe economic disruption. WHO chief Margaret Chan told the leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia at a regional[…]

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East Africa boosts anti-Ebola measures

Kenya and Ethiopia, home to some of Africa’s largest transport hubs, said Thursday they had boosted measures to combat possible Ebola cases arriving in their countries. Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre said in a statement that “port health services are on standby, with enhanced screening at border points to prevent[…]

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