Because of internal conflicts, WHO reassessed the alert level for the risk of Ebola outbreak in Congo as "very high." Health workers fear that the disease might also spill into Uganda and other neighboring countries.
Public Health September 30, 2018
A new Ebola outbreak has just been declared in a Congo war zone. This outbreak is much harder to combat because of the large refugee population and the higher chances of encountering militant groups in the region.
Public Health August 5, 2018
The woman may have spread the disease to her family when the virus reemerged during her pregnancy. Experts do not think she infected her husband through sexual contact.
Public Health July 24, 2018
The FDA filed a complaint against the company behind the Zylast hand sanitizers, which claim to protect people from major diseases such as Ebola. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the misleading products may provide 'a false sense of safety.'
Public Health June 8, 2018
Two of the Ebola patients who escaped the isolation ward of a hospital in Mbandaka have since died. The third one has fortunately been found and is now under observation.
Public Health May 24, 2018
The World Health Organization sent the Democratic Republic of Congo 4,000 vaccines in hopes that it would contain the country’s latest Ebola outbreak. The current Ebola outbreak was announced on May 8.
Public Health May 16, 2018
The Ebola virus resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, triggering concerns that it will be like the 2014 to 2016 epidemic that claimed 11,000 lives. The government and the WHO, however, are quickly moving to contain the Ebola outbreak.
Public Health May 14, 2018
In trials, the experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV provided protection against the killer virus. What makes the vaccine particularly difficult to use to contain the new outbreak in Congo?
Public Health May 12, 2018
The first death in the current Ebola outbreak facing the Democratic Republic of Congo has been reported. The number of confirmed cases of Ebola has risen to 25.
Public Health May 10, 2018
A new ebola outbreak is affecting the Democratic Republic of Congo with two confirmed cases and 10 more suspected. Ebola was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s.
Public Health May 9, 2018
Humanitarian organization Red Cross has lost over 5 million dollars due to fraud within its own organization. The misappropriation of funds took place through fake custom bills and other fraudulent practices.
November 5, 2017
Four people have died in the Ebola outbreak in Congo. The WHO confirmed the latest death on Sunday, noting there are now 37 suspected Ebola cases in Africa. The CDC is still evaluating the situation before issuing a travel advisory.
Public Health May 22, 2017
DRC’s latest Ebola outbreak poses a major challenge to the World Health Organization. Should the government approve, WHO hopes to bring the Ebola vaccine to the affected region within one week.
Public Health May 19, 2017
The World Health Organization is investigating 11 cases of unexplained deaths resulting from a mystery illness in Liberia. The incidents come almost a year after WHO announced the end of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.
Public Health April 29, 2017
In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak, a research team reviewed major reports discussing key problems and recommendations. According to the paper, the world is "grossly unprepared" to deal with health emergencies of the scale.
Public Health January 27, 2017
Researchers at the University of Liverpool reveal that a blood test may be able to predict the survival chances of Ebola patients. A molecular barcode in the blood stream may help detect the survival possibilities.
Public Health January 20, 2017
The new Ebola vaccine rVSV-EBOV shows promise in preventing the next outbreak of the disease but it comes with side effects. It also only works against one subtype of the hemorrhagic virus.
Medicine December 24, 2016
The experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-EBOV was up to 100 percent effective in providing protection against the deadly hemorrhagic disease but it is far from perfect. What are the flaws of the vaccine?
Medicine December 24, 2016
The Ebola virus went through mutations that made it more infectious. The mutated Ebola is one reason the epidemic in West Africa spread fast and claimed more lives than earlier outbreaks.
Public Health November 4, 2016
Ebola survivor Nina Pham has reached a settlement with Texas Health Resources, the parent company of the hospital where she used to work. The lawsuit accused the hospital of negligence and deception in handling the case of Thomas Duncan.
Public Health October 25, 2016
Ohio-based bridal shop filed a suit against a Texas Hospital because one of its nurses unknowingly contracted the Ebola virus and visited the boutique. The business was temporarily shut down by the authorities and never reopened because of the clients' reluctance.
Public Health October 6, 2016
Researchers have found that Ebola can remain in semen for more than a year. This means that survivors of the virus can play a critical part in reigniting outbreaks in regions that were once thought to be Ebola-free.
Public Health August 31, 2016
A new type of programmable vaccine has been found to be 100 percent effective against influenza, Ebola and other parasites in mice. The vaccine's unique process can revolutionize the way vaccines are deployed during outbreaks.
Medicine July 4, 2016
Where will the next Ebola strike? These new maps reveal the global hotspots of animal hosts that can spread infectious diseases to humans.
Animals June 15, 2016
A new model can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Zika, Ebola and Lassa fever. The model uses changes in population growth, land usage and climate to determine outbreak risks.
Public Health June 13, 2016
A new portable device the size of a smartphone may be the lifesaver we’ve been waiting. Not only does it produce results at once, it is also highly accurate and may be designed for diagnosis of other diseases.
Medicine April 30, 2016
A lab-engineered antibody could provide full protection against the deadly Junin virus, the pathogen responsible for the Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever, new research shows. If the experiment is successful, it could pave way for the development of new drugs.
Life April 5, 2016
Two new cases of Ebola virus emerged in Liberia. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that flare-ups are expected that is why countries should remain vigilant and prepared.
Life April 4, 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Ebola epidemic is no longer an international public health emergency. It stressed that countries should remain vigilant and prepared for clusters of new infections.
Life March 31, 2016
GlaxoSmithKline discarded GSK983 drug due to its side effects in clinical trials. Lab tests, however, suggest a strategy so this abandoned drug can be used to fight disease-causing viruses such as those that cause Zika, dengue and ebola.
Life March 29, 2016
The fifth patient of the newest Ebola outbreak in Guinea has died. The patient was said to have had direct contact with the four early patients who also died of the virus.
Life March 23, 2016
WHO declared the end of the latest flare up of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The UN agency, however, warned that due to the persistence of the virus in some survivors, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to be at risk of the hemorrhagic virus.
Life March 21, 2016
Ebola has claimed a fourth life in the virus’ latest flare-up in Guinea. Experts and health aides are now stepping up their efforts in locating, isolating and monitoring the latest in Ebola cases.
Life March 21, 2016
Two persons in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus, marking the comeback of the disease that has killed 11,300 since 2013. These are the first confirmed cases after the African country was declared Ebola-free on Dec. 29.
Life March 18, 2016
Nurse who suffered from Ebola virus has been released from London Hospital after being readmitted due to a late treatment complication. Royal Free Hospital confirmed that the patient named Pauline Cafferkey is not infectious.
Life February 29, 2016
The Ebola virus infected thousands of people in West Africa in 2014. Many survived but they are faced with long-term health problems.
Life February 26, 2016
Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone in 2014, returns to London. Authorities say she is stable but returned for late complications due to Ebola.
Life February 24, 2016
Ebola may be out of the public focus right now, but researchers are still hard at work studying how to combat the virus. With the discovery of new antibodies, they are a step closer to developing treatments against the virus.
Life February 22, 2016
New movies like 'Pitch Perfect 2' and 'Vacation' will debut on HBO in March, along with new episodes of 'Girls' and Vinyl.'
Internet Culture February 22, 2016
According to recent reports, while it was recently reported that the spread of Ebola had been halted in West Africa, the virus has re-emerged in Sierra Leone.
Life January 25, 2016
Organization that helps poor countries with vaccination programs promises to buy Ebola vaccine that's under development. Trials with the vaccine in Africa showed it to be successful.
Life January 22, 2016
Health officials placed more than 100 people under quarantine after a new case of Ebola emerged in Sierra Leone. Authorities urged the public not to panic and to stay alert to prevent further disease spread.
Life January 17, 2016
A 17-member group was tasked to analyze and plot ways to help the world prepare for the impending Ebola pandemic. The group found a $4.5 billion annual investment is needed to improve public health system and speed up vaccines and drugs aimed to prevent the endemic.
Life January 15, 2016
Russia has reportedly developed a new Ebola vaccine that is more powerful than current drugs. This announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin has surprised medical experts from across the world.
Life January 14, 2016
A teenager may have the solution to make the air in planes cleaner and prevent the spread of germs. It costs only $1,000. This will shed light on various diseases that are thought to have been passed through passengers of aircrafts.
Life January 13, 2016