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DR Congo Ebola death toll 2,231 to date – monitoring agency

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Deadly unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo hampers the fight against Ebola during this latest epidemic, which broke out on August 1, 2018, with the eastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri particularly badly hit

VACCINATION. A girl is getting inoculated with an Ebola vaccine on November 22, 2019 in Goma. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Second Ebola vaccine introduced in DR Congo

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Doctors Without Borders says the new vaccine, produced by a Belgian subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is aimed at protecting about 50,000 people over a period of 4 months

FIGHTING EBOLA. Photo from Johnson and Johnson at https://www.jnj.com/gph/shipping-the-ebola-vaccine

Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

First Ebola cases surface in DR Congo's South Kivu province

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,900 lives since erupting last August 2018

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, in Ituri province, a health worker puts on his personal protective equipment before entering the red zone of a Doctors Without Borders-supported Ebola Treatment Centre, where he will check up on patients.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died – governor

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:55 PM

The case – the first in a major urban hub in the region's nearly year-old epidemic of the disease – sparks deep concern in neighboring Rwanda and at the United Nations

SCREENING. Congolese are seen lining up to wash their hands and get their temperatures taken at a Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 Photo by JOhn Wessels/AFP

Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda, as death toll climbs in DRC

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) WHO will hold an emergency meeting Friday, June 14, to determine whether to declare the outbreak 'a public health emergency of international concern'

EBOLA IN UGANDA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

High-security Ebola burials spark dismay, anger in DR Congo

May 21, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Funeral ceremonies for ebola victims are carried out in sanitized conditions, with relatives and friends kept at a distance. This is a traumatic break with traditions that demand the body of a loved-one be seen or touched.

BURYING EBOLA VICTIMS. A police officer escorts the coffins containing two victims of ebola as they enter a graveyard on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

U.N. official blasts violence against Ebola teams in DR Congo

May 11, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The Ebola fightback has already been hampered by an uptick in insecurity and attacks on medical teams amid resistance within some communities to preventative measures, care facilities, and safe burials

RED ZONE. A health worker puts on his personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the red zone of a MSF (Doctors Without Birders) supported Ebola Treatment Center (ETC), where he will check up on patients on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo 'spreading faster' – Red Cross

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The current outbreak is the second worst to date

Ebola death toll surges in DR Congo

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The rising death toll emphasizes the challenge of controlling the epidemic in the strife-torn east and is just one of a host of complex issues facing the new president

EPIDEMIC. An unconfirmed Ebola patient rests in the Ebola Treatment Center on August 15, 2018 in Beni. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Aid groups halt Ebola work as Congo raid toll hits 21

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The latest violence, which sparks local anger, comes just 3 months before the Democratic Republic of Congo holds a fractious election to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila, the country's deeply-contested president

D.R. Congo rolls out prototype Ebola drugs as death toll rises to 67

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The health ministry says 4 other experimental drugs had been approved for treating infected patients

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

Jul 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus – which researchers say could be transmitted to humans – can develop into the deadly Ebola disease

SIERRA LEONE AND EBOLA. People walk under an Ebola's information board featuring Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma on January 22, 2016 in a street of Freetown. File photo by Sia-Kambou/AFP

5 new Ebola cases in DR Congo, says authorities

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:54 PM

DR Congo and the World Health Organization are rushing to contain the outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in recent weeks, with 25 dead

SAFETY ZONE. Health workers operate within an Ebola safety zone in the Health Center in Iyonda, near Mbandaka, on June 1, 2018. Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

DR Congo reports 3 new Ebola cases

May 19, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

May 18, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Ebola is lethal and highly contagious, which makes it difficult to contain – especially in urban environments where people are mobile and come into more contact with others

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

WHO reports new Ebola case in DR Congo, vaccine this week

May 14, 2018 - 7:10 AM

The World Health Organization is planning to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, near the border with the Republic of Congo, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Vaccine created to protect Ebola-ravaged chimps

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:34 PM

The vaccine is given orally the developers say which means it can be put into food bait and left out for the animals to eat easier and less traumatic than darting

EBOLA VACCINES FOR APES. This file photo taken on June 29, 2015 shows chimpanzees from Monkey Island, a celebrated colony of former research lab captives on an atoll deep in the jungle of southern Liberia. File photo by Zoom Dosso/ AFP

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective' – WHO

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:08 AM

If all goes well the vaccine could become available in 2018 under a fast track approval process

In this file photo, an adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

West Africa marks end of recent Ebola outbreak

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Liberia the worst hit country now enters a 90 day period of heightened surveillance for any new cases

epa05239933 A Liberian man pours sanitizer as part of measures to help curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, in downtown Monrovia, Liberia, 01 April 2016. According to meda reports on 01 April 2016, a Liberian woman has died of Ebola, despite the country having been declared Ebola-free by health officials. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

WHO: Ebola international health emergency is over

Mar 30, 2016 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED The World Health Organization believes the remaining isolated cases in affected countries can be contained

EBOLA EMERGENCY OVER. China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, speaks to the media after The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola, during a press conference, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, March 29, 2016. Photo by Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

WHO says Sierra Leone Ebola flare-up over

Mar 17, 2016 - 6:09 PM

UPDATED The World Health Organization is careful to warn that a recurrence of cases of the deadly tropical disease remained possible in the 3 worst affected countries

FLARE-UP OVER. A picture taken on November 7, 2014 shows people walking past a billboard with a message about ebola in Freetown. File Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Diamond exports in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone plummet in 2015

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The exports fall by 20 as the Ebola virus prevents miners from going into fields

epa01028505 Picture made available 04 June 2007 shows a Lebanese diamond dealer sorting a collections of rough diamonds by size in his shop in Koidu town eastern Sierra Leone, 23 May 2007. During Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war which ended in 2002 Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels occupied the diamond fields exchanging 'blood diamonds' for weapons to fuel their brutal campaign. On 04 June 2007 the RUF's chief backer, former Liberian president Charles Taylor, goes on trial in The Hague before the Special Court for Sierra Leone charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations of international law becoming the first African head of state to face such charges. Meanwhile in Sierra Leone the rebels are gone but an estimated 200,000 continue to mine diamonds as they did during the war. Last year Sierra Leone's official diamond exports were worth $136-million yet the country remains desperately poor. EPA/TUGELA RIDLEY

West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

Jan 13, 2016 - 8:32 PM

The mining agriculture and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The World Health Organization s announcement is expected on January 14 with Liberia in the clear

epa05053738 Liberian ebola survivors, Nathan Gbotoe(2-L), and his son, Abraham Gbotoe (C) walks away during discharging ceremony from the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia, 03 December 2015. Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

WHO announces Ebola milestone as Guinea outbreak ends

Dec 29, 2015 - 6:57 PM

UPDATED It is the deadliest epidemic of Ebola since the disease was first identified in 1976

Ebola may persist in semen for 9 months – study

Oct 15, 2015 - 8:25 AM

The findings raise new health concerns for the survivors of the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa since late 2013

FIGHTING INFECTIOUS DISEASES. A file handout photograph made available by the Royal Free Hopsital in north west London, England on 30 December 2014 showing a general view of the high level isolation unit (HLIU), used for the treatment of infectious diseases at the hospital on 22 August 2014. David C. Bishop/ROYAL FREE HOSPITAL/EPA

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Aug 06, 2015 - 4:00 PM

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MacroAsia spending over P820 million for expansion

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:43 PM

While MacroAsia sees the continued growth of its maintenance repair overhaul and ground handling businesses this year it looks at 2015 with guarded optimism

EXPANSION PLANS. MicroAsia Corporation plans to spend around P850 million for three years to finance its expansion plans. Photos from macroasiacorp.com

Ebola death toll passes 10,000 – WHO

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Almost all the deaths and cases come from the 3 west African countries worst hit by the outbreak: Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea

An adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. The first large-scale trials of two Ebola vaccines were due to begin in Liberia on February 2, the partnership conducting the research said. The vaccines contain harmless fragments of the virus that trigger an immune response, according to the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL), a collaboration between the United States and Liberia. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO

'Encouraging' Ebola drug results in Guinea: researchers

Feb 06, 2015 - 10:37 AM

The trial with 80 patients in Guinea results in fewer deaths and faster recovery rates the French government and medical research agency Inserm says of tests with the Japanese manufactured anti viral drug favipiravir

This handout picture released by Japan's Fujifilm Corp. on October 22, 2014 in Tokyo shows Avigan tablets -- approved as an influenza drug in Japan. Fujifilm said on October 20 it would increase its stock of Avigan, which has been given to several patients who were evacuated from Ebola-hit West Africa to Europe. AFP PHOTO / FUJIFILM ----EDITORS NOTE---HANDOUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / FUJIFILM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained'

Jan 29, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Liberia Sierra Leone and Guinea are devastated by the outbreak but all have seen recent signs that the virus is on the wane with the number of new cases dropping weekly

A photograph made available 27 July 2014 shows Liberian health workers in protective gear on the way to bury a woman who died of the Ebola virus from the isolation unit in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia, 02 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

UN reports significant drop in Ebola cases

Jan 22, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The countries at the epicenter of the epidemic now have sufficient capacity to isolate and treat patients as well as bury those that have died of Ebola

FIGHTING EBOLA. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (C) being escorted by Dutch Captain-Commander Peter van den Berg (C-R) and diplomat Hans Docter as the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for Ebola (2-L) towards the Dutch Navy's ship Karel Doorman shortly after it docked carrying humanitarian, relief and medical supplies at the Freeport of Monrovia, Liberia, 24 November 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola virus changes over time, may thwart drugs – study

Jan 20, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Even though some drugs are now being fast tracked they are developed over a decade ago and come from strains of Ebola from when the virus first emerged in the 1970s

FIGHTING EBOLA. US President Barack Obama (L) listens to Chief of the Biodefense Research Section Nancy Sullivan as he tours the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 02 December 2014. Photo by Alex Wong/EPA

Red Cross nurse dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

Jan 16, 2015 - 10:22 AM

The Red Cross is carrying out an investigation to determine how and where he became infected with 29 people who had contact with him being monitored for symptoms of the disease

UN Ebola czar says epidemic has 'passed the tipping point'

Jan 16, 2015 - 9:10 AM

UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro: I m absolutely delighted to see that the incidence of confirmed Ebola cases week on week is reducing

NABARRO ON EBOLA. Senior United Nations' Coordinator for Ebola David Nabarro attends the WHO's High Level Meeting on building resilient systems for health in Ebola-affected countries, in Geneva, Switzerland, 10 December 2014. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

Sierra Leone now has means to control Ebola epidemic – UN

Jan 10, 2015 - 5:07 PM

The West African country is in much better shape today to control Ebola say the new head of the UN mission for the fight against the disease

FIGHT CONTINUES. Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) outside a midwifery school attend a training session on Ebola, in Makeni, Sierra Leone. File photo from UNICEF/John James

CDC monitoring lab tech after possible Ebola exposure

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The technician is not currently showing any symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever

UNACCEPTABLE. CDC chief Tom Frieden orders a full review after one of its technicians may have been exposed to a live sample of the deadly Ebola virus. File photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images/AFP

Sierra Leone declares 5-day Ebola lockdown in north

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:23 AM

The Sierra Leone government declares a lockdown in the country s northern region making an exception for Christmas Day

Health workers walk on November 13, 2014, on Kerry Town treatment centre, on the outskirts of Freetown, one of several instalations built by the British government in Sierra Leone on a effort to fight the outbreak of Ebola. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG

New UN Ebola mission chief named

Dec 12, 2014 - 8:58 AM

Ould Cheikh Ahmed takes over the mission as the number of infections continues to rise in Sierra Leone overtaking Liberia as the hardest hit country

A NEW EBOLA HEAD. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon responds to a question from the news media during a press conference on the global Ebola response at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA 21 November 2014. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Cured Ebola doctor returns to Cuba

Dec 07, 2014 - 8:29 AM

Felix Baez Sarria contracted Ebola while deployed to help people infected with the disease in Sierra Leone

TO THE FRONTLINE. The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of medicines and medical material from a plane upon their arrival at Freetown's airport to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, on October 2, 2014. Florian Plaucheur/AFP

Typhoon Hagupit, PAGASA on COA, HK protesters surrender | The wRap

Dec 03, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Typhoon Hagupit is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday Weather authorities cry foul on reports alleging PAGASA is incapable of properly warning the country against storms 3 Occupy Hong Kong leaders surrender

Ebola toll nears 7,000: WHO

Nov 30, 2014 - 7:45 AM

A total of 16 169 people are infected with Ebola 6 928 died in the three countries at the centre of the outbreak: Sierra Leone Guinea and Liberia

CURBING EBOLA. A Liberian man walks past an Ebola information poster as a measure to curb the spread of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia 16 October 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola-infected Italian doctor's health worsens

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:00 PM

A statement from the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute treating him says there s been a progressive aggravation of the man s condition

LAZZARO SPALLANZANI. People stand next to police cars at the main entrance of the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute in Rome on November 25, 2014. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Senator Ejercito responds to Ebola issue

Nov 26, 2014 - 8:08 PM

Senator JV Ejercito responds to a Thought Leaders piece by Sylvia Estrada Claudio

HARD QUESTION. Senator JV Ejercito says he does not want to comment on whether or not Senator Jinggoy Estrada is capable of committing plunder. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

First Italian with Ebola takes trial drug

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:57 PM

The doctor is flown into the military airport of Pratica di Mare in a specially sealed unit then is taken to the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute

LAZZARO SPALLANZANI. People stand next to police cars at the main entrance of the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute in Rome on November 25, 2014. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Mali announces new Ebola case

Nov 22, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Of two suspected cases one of those tested is found positive for Ebola