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Ebola: Hope rises as vaccine offers 100% protection in trial

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An Ebola vaccine provided 100-percent protection in a field trial in hard-hit Guinea, researchers and officials said Friday, mooting “the beginning of the end” of the killer West African outbreak.

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Germany earmarks 195m Euros to fight Ebola in West Africa

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The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Michael Zenner, on Wednesday said Germany had earmarked 195 million Euros to assist West Africa in its fight against Ebola and other contagious diseases.

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UniIorin working to develop Ebola vaccine, says VC

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An image made available by the Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases research laboratory at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and taken on November 21, 2011, shows laboratory technicians and physicians working on samples during research on the evolving Ebola disease in bats, at the Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases research Laboratory of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Pretoria. AFP PHOTO

Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin (Unilorin), says the institution’s Ebola Research Committee is working toward developing a vaccine for the Ebola virus.

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AU charts the path for post-Ebola West Africa

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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 African Union (AU) international conference on Ebola kicked off Monday in Malabo to share experiences in Africa’s fight against Ebola and discuss post-epidemic recovery and reconstruction for Ebola-affected countries.

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One year after: Nigeria not ready for another Ebola attack

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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

LAGOS — Almost a year after Nigeria recorded its first ever case the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, a cross section of local and international experts have said the country is not prepared to respond in the event of another outbreak.

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Ebola: Liberia records 6th case

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A Liberian woman has died of Ebola in a hospital in Monrovia shortly after being admitted, becoming the sixth confirmed case of the virus since it resurfaced last month after a seven-week lull, a senior medical official said on Tuesday.

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Inhalable Ebola vaccine discovered

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Who says an Ebola vaccine has to be injected? Certainly not.

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston have discovered an inhalable vaccine that can protect rhesus macaque monkeys against severe illness and death when they were exposed to the Ebola virus.

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Escape of Ebola patients raises alert in Sierra Leone

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A file photo taken on June 28, 2014 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. Guinea announced on August 9, 2014 it was closing its land borders with Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola fears.    AFP PHOTO

Sierra Leonine health authorities have launched a nationwide alert to prevent a serious spread of Ebola following the escape of a 32-year-old woman and eight-year-old girl for several hours from a treatment centre on the outskirts of Freetown on Saturday.

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Sierra Leone extends Ebola curfews indefinitely

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Ebola-hit Sierra Leone said on Wednesday it will extend curfews placed on its worst-affected communities last month until the deadly virus has been eradicated.

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Lagos tasks public on measures against relapse of 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

Lagos—The Lagos State Government yesterday advised the public to maintain adequate personal and environmental hygiene to prevent relapse of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

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Liberia confirms 2 new Ebola cases

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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

Liberia government, yesterday, confirmed two new cases of Ebola after a teenager died of Ebola fever in the country, even as it said more results of blood tests are being awaited.

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Sierra Leone will jail Ebola law violators

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One of the three districts of Sierra Leone where new cases of Ebola have been recorded will jail those who break a new emergency by-law designed to prevent the spread of the disease, an official said Sunday.

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Ebola returns to Sierra Leone’s Freetown

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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

Sierra Leone has announced the return of Ebola to its capital Freetown, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly outbreak.

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World still unprepared for global pandemic after Ebola, says Medical Charity

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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 global health system is unable to handle another mass epidemic like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a Medical Charity Organisation has said.

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UN system to work with national govts, regional partners to fight Ebola, says Ban

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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 UN system will work with national governments and regional partners to ensure that all investments in fighting Ebola serve as the basis for carrying out longer-term recovery for strengthening national health systems.

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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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