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Liberian Woman Spreads Ebola To Family A Year After Infection

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

Ebola Outbreak Persists In DRC: How Ebola Vaccine Can Help Deal With The Threat

Can the Ebola vaccine really help stop the outbreak? The vaccine is yet to be approved, but it has so far proven to be 100 percent effective in preventing Ebola.

Public Health May 26, 2018

Ebola Outbreak 2018: Infected Patients Escape Quarantine In Congo

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

4,000 Ebola Vaccines Arrive In The Democratic Republic Of Congo, Officials Say

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

Ebola Keeps Coming Back, And Here's What Needs To Be Done To Contain It

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

Experimental Ebola Vaccine May Help Halt New Outbreak In Congo

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

Ebola Outbreak In The Democratic Republic Of Congo: 2 Confirmed Cases And 10 More Suspected

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

Ebola Outbreak Resurfaces In Congo: Profile Of The World’s Deadliest Virus

Two cases of Ebola virus have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country’s Ministry of Health is working alongside WHO and other local and international agencies to deploy an emergency response similar to the 2017 outbreak.

Public Health May 9, 2018

New Ebola Outbreak In Congo: Can Vaccines Prevent An Epidemic?

A new Ebola outbreak has just been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo but vaccine rVSV Zebov-GP could end it. Just how effective are vaccines in the face of epidemics?

Feature | Health May 14, 2017

WHO Confirms At Least One Ebola Death In Congo: Another Outbreak At Hand

Another Ebola outbreak has been reported out of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organization was quick to respond to DRC’s eighth Ebola outbreak since 1976.

Public Health May 13, 2017

WHO Celebrates Ebola Vaccine Success And Extends Gratitude To Guinea Citizens

The director-general of the World Health Organization has expressed her gratitude to the leaders and citizens of African countries who supported the Ebola vaccine trials. The president of Guinea wants the vaccine to be produced in Africa.

Feature | Health May 6, 2017

World Still ‘Grossly Underprepared’ For Outbreaks, Warn Experts

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

Ebola Vaccine rVSV-EBOV Gives 100 Percent Protection But Comes With Flaws: What Are Its Side Effects?

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

New Ebola Vaccine Offers Up To 100 Percent Protection Against Deadly Virus

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

1 In Every 4 Ebola Patients Doesn't Show Symptoms: Is Virus Transmission Broader Than Previously Thought?

New research suggests people can be infected with Ebola without showing any of the associated symptoms. Researchers will try to discover whether these individuals can transmit the disease to other people.

Public Health November 16, 2016

Ebola Mutation Made Virus More Infectious And More Deadly

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 Virus Genetic Material Can Survive In Semen For More Than A Year

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

Animals Can Spread Deadly Diseases To Humans: These New Maps Show Hotspots Where This Can Happen

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

Five-Year Old Boy Tests Positive In Latest Ebola Flare-Up In Liberia

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

Hundreds Receive Experimental Merck Ebola Vaccine To Fight Flare-Up In Guinea

Hundreds of people in Guinea who had contact with eight people infected with Ebola were vaccinated. The 'ring vaccination' approach prevents the virus from spreading further.

Life April 2, 2016

WHO Declared End Of Ebola International Public Health Emergency

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

Fifth Patient Dies In Guinea Ebola Flare-Up: Health Official

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

Ebola Virus Still A Threat To Sierra Leone, Guinea And Liberia: WHO

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

Guinea Sees Fourth Ebola Death In Latest Epidemic Flare-Up

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

Ebola Survivors Face Health Problems In Brain And Nerves

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

Global Group To Pay $5M For Stockpile Of Vaccine That Proved Successful Against Ebola

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

Sierra Leone Investigates Suspected Ebola Death Hours After WHO Declared Epidemic In West Africa Is Over

Sierra Leone reported a possible case of Ebola death a few hours after WHO announced the transmission of virus in West Africa has ended. Some experts warned it is still too early to declare the epidemic to be over.

Life January 15, 2016

Investing Less Than $1 For Each Person A Year Could Make World More Resilient To Pandemics: Report

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

WHO Declares Liberia Ebola-Free, Marks End Of Worst Outbreak Of Disease

No new case of Ebola infection has been detected in Liberia for at least 42 days since the last confirmed case, according to the World Health Organization. This marks the end of the Ebola outbreak in the West African region.

Life January 14, 2016

Last Batch Of Ebola Contacts In Liberia Finishes Quarantine

Liberia is on its way to finally eradicating a historical epidemic that is Ebola. The last batch of Ebola contacts has finished mandatory quarantine after the last case of the disease was identified.

Life December 12, 2015

Ebola Re-Emerges In Liberia: 153 People Under Surveillance

Health officials have put 153 people in Liberia under surveillance after three new cases of the virus were recently detected. The source of the new Ebola outbreak in the country has not yet been confirmed by authorities.

Life November 23, 2015

Experts Slam WHO Over Delayed Response To Ebola Outbreak

Global health experts slam the World Health Organization for its failure to effectively prevent Ebola outbreaks. A panel of experts said WHO should be stripped off of its role in Ebola management as it obviously exudes great inadequacies.

Life November 23, 2015

Guinea Enters Countdown Toward Official Declaration Of The African Nation Being Ebola-Free

A three-week-old baby girl called the 'last patient' of the Ebola epidemic has tested free of the virus, officials say. If no new cases are found in six weeks, Guinea will be considered officially free of the virus, they say.

Life November 18, 2015

Sierra Leone Celebrates Kicking Out Ebola With Rap Song and Catchy Dance

This is one fever you want to catch. Sierra Leonian rapper, Block Jones and the Freetown Uncut Collective, have released a song to celebrate the country being declared Ebola free. 'Bye Bye Ebola' has people and medical workers dancing Azonto on the streets with happy, smiling faces.

Internet Culture November 13, 2015

Brazil Tests Man Possibly Infected With Ebola During Guinea Trip

Health authorities in Brazil said that a man who came back from Guinea has recently been tested for Ebola. If the results were positive, this would be the first ever Ebola case in the country.

Life November 12, 2015

Ebola Epidemic May Soon Be Over: Guinea Goes A Week Without New Cases

No new cases of Ebola have been reported so far in Guinea this week. This brings hope that the end of the epidemic that killed more than 11,200 people is nearing its end.

Life November 11, 2015

Delivery Of 3,000 Ebola Treatment Beds Prevented 40,000 Deaths In Sierra Leone: Study

Almost 3,000 Ebola treatment beds were sent by the UK and Sierra Leone governments and aid agencies between September 2014 to February this year to Sierra Leone. According to researchers of a new study, the epidemic would have turned out to be much worse if the beds were not delivered.

Life October 14, 2015

WHO Says No New Cases Of Ebola In West Africa Last Week: Is The Epidemic Over?

Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 was recorded as the first week with no new cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since the outbreak erupted in March 2014. These are the three West African countries at the heart of the deadly epidemic that peaked September last year.

Life October 8, 2015

Confirmation Of Ebola In Woman Who Died In Sierra Leone A Setback In Efforts To Declare Country Ebola-Free

Tests on body of woman who died in northern Sierra Leone come back positive for the virus. The country had just begun 42-day coundown toward being declared Ebola-free.

Life August 31, 2015

Sierra Leone Releases Last Ebola Patient, Begins Countdown To Achieve 'Virus-Free' Status

The country enters a 42-day countdown after which the World Health Organization could classify it Ebola free. Outbreaks in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia claimed more than 11,000 lives.

Life August 25, 2015

Oxford Moves To Next Stage For New Ebola Vaccine

Scientists at Oxford University move one step closer to developing a vaccine for Ebola. The second phase of the team's clinical study begins as recruitment for volunteers is currently in process.

Life July 16, 2015

News Coverage Of US Ebola Outbreak Caused Panic Through Social Media, Study Finds

During the U.S. Ebola cases, social media behavior closely followed trends in news media coverage, a study finds. The level of public panic as, reflected in Google searches and tweets closely tied to the media, put an emphasis on the outbreak, researchers say.

June 17, 2015

Two New Ebola Vaccines Have Successfully Passed Critical Tests

Tests in monkeys show single-dose vaccines can protect against the Ebola virus. Successful testing means human trials could begin shortly, researchers say.

April 8, 2015

Ebola Virus Not Showing Unusual Mutations, More Dangerous Strains Unlikely: Study

A study of mutations in Ebola suggests little likelihood of it becoming an even more deadly 'supervirus.' Findings suggest current treatments are and will continue to be effective, researchers say.

Life March 27, 2015

Ebola Outbreak A Year Old: Have We Won The Battle? End May Be In Sight, But Not Yet

The United Nations says the Ebola outbreak might be ended by this summer. The disease has infected around 24,000 and killed more than 10,000.

Life March 23, 2015

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