Tuesday May 26th, 2015
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Ebola: timeline of a ruthless killer

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Demonstrators hold signs during a protest in Marseille, southern France, on October 26, 2014, to raise awareness about the slow pace of research on the Ebola virus. The demonstration was organized by the Association Ecoforum, which focuses on health and environmental issues. AFP PHOTO

Here are key dates in the current Ebola epidemic, the worst ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever which first surfaced in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Ebola transmission via sex may be possible, warns WHO

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• Steve Yardo welcomes Beatrice, his wife back home after 16 days in the Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia. Photo: Courtesy ABC News.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an interim advice on the possibility of Ebola Virus of being sexually transmitted.

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Ebola found in man’s eye months after it left blood – report

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The Ebola virus has been detected for the first time in an eye of a patient months after it vanished from his blood, researchers said Thursday.

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Ebola: CDC recommends non-contact with male survivors’ semen

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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

Contrary to the earlier three months period given by the World Health organisation, WHO, for Ebola survivors to abstain from unprotected sex, further investigations by United States’ Centre for Disease Control, CDC, has shown that survivors may have to wait for a longer period.

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NUC lauds Redeemer’s varsity for Ebola diagnosis

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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

The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Thursday commended the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Ogun State, for its contributions toward the diagnosis of Ebola virus.

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WHO draws up plan to eradicate Ebola

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The World Health Organization on Tuesday unveiled a plan to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus, aiming to identify and isolate the dwindling number of new cases by the end of May.

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Over 26,000 have been infected with Ebola – WHO

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More than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began and more than 10,800 have died, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

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Ebola test drug saved monkey lives: trial results

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An experimental drug saved the lives of monkeys infected with the Ebola virus strain responsible for the current west African outbreak, according to test results published Wednesday.

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Ebola: Koroma seeks $6 billion aid, debt cancellation for W/Africa

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The Ebola-stricken nations of West Africa are asking international donors to cancel their debts and give about $6 billion over two years to rebuild their economies, devastated by the deadly disease.

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Expert allays fears, as Ebola scare hits Lagos

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By Sola Ogundipe Residents of Lagos and environs have been urged to ignore a rumoured re-emergence of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Lagos. The rumour, which began trending on the social media late on the night of Friday April 10, 2015, threw a wide section of the populace into wild panic even as

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Sierra Leone ends anti-Ebola lockdown after three days

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Sierra Leoneans were once again allowed to leave their homes Sunday evening after the government announced the end of a three-day nationwide lockdown aimed at preventing a resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus.

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Ebola vaccine trial starts in Guinea – WHO

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

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

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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.

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Ten Americans evacuated from SLeone over Ebola fears

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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.

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Ebola death toll tops 10,000: WHO

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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.

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British Ebola patient flown home from Sierra Leone

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Ebola: Airtel unveils 7979 shortcode

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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.

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Global Ebola conference seeks end to W.Africa outbreak

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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.

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Sierra Leone: National Security boss fired ebola serum samples

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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.

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Japanese firm behind Ebola drug says tests offer ‘hope’

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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”.

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N. Korea to lift Ebola ban on foreign tourists

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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.

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Sierra Leone vice president in Ebola quarantine

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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.

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Liberia leader hails Obama’s ‘extraordinary’ Ebola efforts

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

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Asian herb derivative could work against Ebola – Study

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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.

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

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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.

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N. Korea bars foreigners from marathon over Ebola fears

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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.

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Sierra Leone quarantines Ebola-hit orphanage

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

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Liberians rejoice as Ebola curfew is lifted

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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.

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Guinean cleric charged with assault on Ebola worker

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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.

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Obama to meet Liberian president on Ebola recovery

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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.

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