Sunday March 29th, 2015
Sunday March 29th, 2015
Latest

Ebola vaccine trial starts in Guinea – WHO

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 6:01 pm   /   Comments

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Guinea had began an efficacy trial of an Ebola vaccine in a Coyah district village, Basse-Guinee region.

Read More →
Latest

Why S Leone announces new 3-day look-down against Ebola

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 11:42 am   /   Comments

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: A young man, dressed in a biohazard costume, stands on the corner of 546 West 147th Street on October 25, 2014 in New York City. After returning to New York City from Guinea, where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing where he was officially diagnosed with the Ebola virus on October 23.   Bryan /AFP

Sierra Leone government on Thursday announced that it would impose a three-day lock-down across Freetown and in the north with a view to stemming Ebola epidemic.

Read More →
Latest

Ten Americans evacuated from SLeone over Ebola fears

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, News 11:53 am   /   Comments

A plane carrying a Nigerian worker suspected of having Ebola arrives at Schiphol Airport, on December 6,  2014. The patient, who will be brought to the University Medical Center Utrecht, is a soldier of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Liberia (UNMIL), which contributes to the fight against Ebola by ensuring that aid workers can safely do their job. AFP PHOTO /ANP

A group of 10 American health care workers who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone are being flown home for monitoring, officials said Saturday.

Read More →
Latest

Ebola death toll tops 10,000: WHO

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 10:09 pm   /   Comments

More than 10,000 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Read More →
Latest

British Ebola patient flown home from Sierra Leone

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

A female British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone was being flown home for treatment on Thursday, the Ministry of Defence said.

Read More →
Latest

No new Ebola cases in Liberia for more than two weeks – WHO

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 6:53 pm   /   Comments

No new case of the deadly Ebola virus has been registered in Liberia since February 19, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, also hailing positive signs in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Read More →
Latest

Using public health education to fight Ebola: Roehampton online student example

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 10:09 pm   /   Comments

The outbreak of Ebola in parts of West Africa saw health officials, hospitals and other industry stakeholders reassessing their levels of preparedness for dealing with public health emergencies. Widespread shortages of doctors, nurses and volunteers possessing requisite knowledge and skills for containing the epidemic was recorded in affected areas, resulting in the spread of the deadly disease from Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria and outside the shores of Africa.

Read More →
Latest

Ebola: Airtel unveils 7979 shortcode

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, Health   /   Comments

A picture taken in Oshodi Heritage park in Lagos on October 20, 2014 shows an electronic information board on Ebola reading in pidgin English "No Shaking ! We go Chase Ebola Comot" which means "No cause for worry, we will chase Ebola away".  Africa's most populous nation Nigeria was on Monday declared officially Ebola free but warned that it remained vulnerable as long as the virus was raging elsewhere in west Africa. The country representative of the World Health Organization, Rui Gama Vaz, said 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- had elapsed without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. AFP PHOTO

Following its recent partnership with the African Union (AU) Commission to support the fight against Ebola in West Africa, telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the 7979 SMS short-code, to help raise funds and drive awareness for the initiative.

Read More →
Latest

Global Ebola conference seeks end to W.Africa outbreak

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 11:00 am   /   Comments

Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in west Africa will attend an international conference in Brussels Tuesday to mobilise a final push to end the outbreak and ensure the delivery of nearly $5 billion in aid pledges.

Read More →
Latest

Sierra Leone: National Security boss fired ebola serum samples

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 11:02 pm   /   Comments

Mustapha Dumbuya, the Head of Sierra Leone National Security, has been sacked after security agents seized 250kg of controversial Ebola blood samples, bound for South Africa, at Lungi International Airport.

Read More →
Latest

Japanese firm behind Ebola drug says tests offer ‘hope’

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: A young man, dressed in a biohazard costume, stands on the corner of 546 West 147th Street on October 25, 2014 in New York City. After returning to New York City from Guinea, where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing where he was officially diagnosed with the Ebola virus on October 23.   Bryan /AFP

The Japanese company behind an experimental Ebola treatment says it offers new hope for thousands of people infected with the deadly virus in west Africa, but acknowledged it is “not a miracle drug”.

Read More →
Latest

N. Korea to lift Ebola ban on foreign tourists

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

North Korea is set to lift a four-month ban on foreign tourism imposed over concerns of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a Beijing-based tour group said Monday.

Read More →
Latest

Sierra Leone vice president in Ebola quarantine

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 8:37 am   /   Comments

Sierra Leone’s Vice President Sam Sumana has placed himself in quarantine following the Ebola death of one of his guards, a government spokesman said Saturday, as the country reintroduced travel restrictions as the number of new cases rises again.

Read More →
Latest

Liberia leader hails Obama’s ‘extraordinary’ Ebola efforts

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 8:22 pm   /   Comments

*Obama

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday praised President Barack Obama’s “extraordinary” leadership in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Read More →
Latest

Asian herb derivative could work against Ebola – Study

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 11:00 pm   /   Comments

A sign warning of the dangers of ebola outside a government hospital  in Freetown on August 13, 2014. The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that the latest death toll from the Ebola virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria had claimed more than1000  lives. Health Organisations are looking into the possible use of experimental drugs to combat the latest outbreak in West Africa which is also the largest ebola outbreak in history. AFP PHOTO

A small molecule derived from an Asian herb may help stop Ebola infection by preventing the virus from entering the cells of the body, researchers said Thursday.

Read More →
Latest

Liberian leader’s ‘profound gratitude’ for US Ebola help

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid emotional tribute Thursday to the American people for their help in battling Ebola and vowed her country would now get back on its feet.

Read More →
Latest

N. Korea bars foreigners from marathon over Ebola fears

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, Sports 8:18 pm   /   Comments

Lagos Marathon

North Korea has banned foreigners taking part in its annual international Pyongyang marathon in April because of continuing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, specialist tour groups said Monday.

Read More →
Latest

Sierra Leone quarantines Ebola-hit orphanage

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

More than 20 children have been quarantined at a British-run orphanage in Sierra Leone after one of its staff was diagnosed with Ebola.

Read More →
Latest

Liberians rejoice as Ebola curfew is lifted

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

It is the early hours of the morning and bars in the Liberian capital are packed as revellers drink, sing and rejoice their first night of freedom with the Ebola curfew lifted.

Read More →
Latest

Guinean cleric charged with assault on Ebola worker

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

A Muslim cleric who conducted the funeral rites of a suspected Ebola victim was charged Monday with assaulting an outreach worker who came to question him over the ceremony, a judicial source said.

Read More →
Latest

Obama to meet Liberian president on Ebola recovery

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 7:38 pm   /   Comments

The White House said Friday that Johnson Sirleaf — a rare female African leader who came to power in 2006 amid a wave of optimism — will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss Ebola response and the grueling task of economic recovery.

Read More →
Latest

Keeping Ebola Away

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

It’s been barely six months since Nigeria was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) and we all heaved a sigh of relief. But while we rest easy, it’s all too easy to rest on our oars and forget that the once dreaded disease, while being eliminated in Nigeria, is still very much around in other West African countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone; and in other parts of the world.

Read More →
Latest

WHO gives green light to 15-minute Ebola test

  /   in Ebola Outbreak, News   /   Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Friday it had approved a 15-minute test for Ebola that should prove a fast and rugged tool in countries hit by the disease.

Read More →
Latest

SLeone in door-to-door hunt for infected Ebola patients

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 9:19 pm   /   Comments

Sierra Leone launched a door-to-door search Wednesday for “hidden” Ebola patients as the head of the United Nations announced the world was at “a critical turning point” in the crisis.

Read More →
Latest

UN to issue first report on Ebola funds

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

The United Nations will this week publish a first report on funding for the Ebola response, a top official said Wednesday, after Sierra Leone lost track of more than $3 million donated to fight the epidemic.

Read More →
Latest

SLeone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits ‘turning point’

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

Sierra Leone launched a door-to-door search Wednesday for “hidden” Ebola patients as the head of the United Nations announced the world was at “a critical turning point” in the crisis.

Read More →
Latest

Britain contributes $50m to IMF’s Ebola debt relief fund

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 8:32 am   /   Comments

British Finance Minister, George Osborne, on Monday in London, said Britain would contribute 50 million dollars to a new IMF fund to help West African countries hit by Ebola.

Read More →
Latest

FG condemns repatriation of 30 Nigerian students from Sudan over Ebola

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 9:08 pm   /   Comments

The Federal Government on Monday declared as “erroneous and unfortunate”, the repatriation of 30 Nigerians by Sudan over suspicion of them being infected by the Ebola Virus Disease.

Read More →
Latest

Ebola toll rises to more than 6,800: WHO

  /   in Ebola Outbreak   /   Comments

More than 6,800 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday.

Read More →
Latest

Ebola death toll climbs to 6,583

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 9:04 pm   /   Comments

Nearly 6,600 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Read More →
Latest

Embargo: Malaria deaths halved since 2000, Ebola risks gains: WHO

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 6:54 pm   /   Comments

The number of people dying from malaria has almost halved since 2000, although progress in west Africa risks being reversed by the Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Read More →
Latest

Tenth Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

  /   in Ebola Outbreak 9:12 pm   /   Comments

A plane carrying a Nigerian worker suspected of having Ebola arrives at Schiphol Airport, on December 6,  2014. The patient, who will be brought to the University Medical Center Utrecht, is a soldier of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Liberia (UNMIL), which contributes to the fight against Ebola by ensuring that aid workers can safely do their job. AFP PHOTO /ANP

A tenth doctor has died after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone, the government said on Sunday, increasing alarm over the safety of medics battling the deadly epidemic.

Read More →