Ebola

Fourth Person Dies of Ebola in Latest Flare Up in Guinea

CONAKRY, March 20 – A fourth person has died of Ebola in Guinea in the latest flare up of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,300 people in that country, Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2013 but now claims few victims. “The young girl who was hospitalized at the Ebola treatment centre in Nzerekore

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Bill Gates Says Zika Response Better Than For Ebola

By Bill Berkrot NEW YORK, Feb 23 – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has turned its attention to the Zika virus outbreak, and its founders said the response to the crisis, which may be linked to devastating birth defects in South America, has been better than for the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa. “We

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Fear, Doubts Obstruct Efforts to Contain Ebola in Sierra Leone

By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN, Jan 21 – Community fear and suspicion in Sierra Leone are obstructing officials’ attempts to stop the spread of Ebola, health reports showed on Wednesday, after the West African nation reported its first cases of the deadly virus in months. The discovery of a case last week, only made posthumously, was

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Liberia’s Burial Workers Struggle to Forget Horrors of Ebola

By Kieran Guilbert MONTSERRADO, Liberia, Jan 21 – Clinging to the corpses of her parents, the cries of the four-year-old girl echoed around the house as Ezekiel Kalapelee and his colleagues entered the building in the middle of the night. The former burial worker recalls how the hysterical, hungry child, who had been abandoned by

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Ebola Epidemic Ended in W. Africa But Flare Ups Possible: WHO

GENEVA, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization on Thursday announced an end to the latest flare-up of the Ebola virus in Liberia, a milestone that marks the first time since the epidemic began in 2013 that there have been no known cases of the disease in West Africa. It said, however, that it

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Boy Dies of Ebola in Liberia, First Such Fatality in Months

MONROVIA, Nov 24 – A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first such fatality for months in a country declared free of the disease in September, chief medical officer Francis Kateh said on Tuesday. Nathan Gbotoe tested positive last week and died late on Monday in hospital in Paynesville near the capital,

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Sierra Leone Celebrates End of Ebola Epidemic

FREETOWN (Reuters) Residents of Sierra Leone’s capital held a candlelit vigil and celebrations overnight to mark the end of an Ebola epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 people including more than 200 health workers since it began last year. Following 42 days with no new cases, the West African nation’s epidemic will be declared officially

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