Ebola

UN Ebola chief says priority now is helping 15,000 survivors

UN Ebola chief says priority now is helping 15,000 survivorsUnited Nations : The United Nations Ebola chief says his top priority now that the deadly Ebola epidemic appears to be nearing an end is helping more than 15,000 survivors who need medical and psychological support.

Dr David Nabarro told a press conference yesterday that the survivors should be treated as "heroes" not outcasts.


Chip-based tech offers reliable, fast, accurate Ebola detection

Chip-based tech offers reliable, fast, accurate Ebola detectionWashington D.C, Sept 26 - Newly developed chip-based technology that enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus can help doctors contain future outbreaks.

UC Santa Cruz researchers' system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where rapid, accurate detection of Ebola infections is needed to control outbreaks.


Discovery of Ebola virus' 'Achilles heel' may yield better cure

Discovery of Ebola virus' 'Achilles heel' may yield better cureWashington, May 27 - Scientists have found the " Achilles heel " of Ebola virus, which may now help them to find a better way to protect against the virus.


Ebola treatment effective 3 days after infection developed

Ebola treatment effective 3 days after infection developedWashington, Apr 23 : A team of researchers has successfully developed a post- exposure treatment that is effective against a specific strain of the Ebola virus that killed thousands of people in West Africa.


3 West African countries increase fight to end Ebola

3 West African countries increase fight to end EbolaConakry : The West African countries hit hardest by Ebola are ramping up efforts to eradicate the deadly disease using lockdowns, restrictions on burials and a warning to survivors about the potential dangers of unprotected sex.

The region's Ebola outbreak has killed more than 10,000 people since cases were first recorded more than a year ago, with most of the dead coming from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


First phase 1 trial finds Ebola vaccine 'safe and effective'

First phase 1 trial finds Ebola vaccine 'safe and effective'London, March 26 - Phase 1 trial of first Ebola vaccine, which was based on 2014 virus strain, has not only shown that the vaccine is safe, but has also provoked an immune response.


UN says Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August

UN says Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by AugustLondon, March 24 - The head of the United Nations Ebola mission has said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August this year.

According to BBC, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed accepted that the UN had made mistakes in its response to the Ebola outbreak and acted "arrogantly".

The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 10,000 people after it was declared a year ago.


Now, 'Ebola-proof' tablet device that can shield medics from deadly virus

Now, 'Ebola-proof' tablet device that can shield medics from deadly virusLondon, Mar 20 : A new Ebola-proof tablet device has been developed that can shield medics from deadly virus and care for patients more effectively.

Designed by technology volunteers and Google, it can be used even wearing gloves and in storms and high humidity, the BBC reported.

The device can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help doctors caring for patients with Ebola.


UN Ebola chief says community action key to ending Ebola

UN Ebola chief says community action key to ending EbolaUnited Nations - The goal set by the presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea of reducing the number of new cases of the deadly disease to zero by April 15 can be reached but only if local communities stop unsafe burials and healing practices that involve human contact, the UN Ebola chief has said.


Scientists warn Ebola virus has mutated

Scientists warn Ebola virus has mutatedLondon, Jan. 29 - Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea have recently stated that the virus has started to mutate, which might make it somewhat less deadly but more contagious eventually.

Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak in March 2014, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious, the BBC reported.


NEC delivers infra red thermography cameras as counter measure against Ebola

NEC delivers infra red thermography cameras as counter measure against EbolaTokyo, Jan 27 : NEC Corporation today announced the delivery of infrared thermography cameras via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to support counter measures against Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa.

It delivered four units to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, and five units to the Republic of Ghana.


Italy doctor with Ebola has recovered: Media

Italy doctor with Ebola has recovered: MediaRome - An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in west Africa has recovered from the disease after undergoing experimental treatment, local media has reported.

The 50-year-old from Sicily, who has not been named, has been in isolation at Rome's Spallanzani institute since he was evacuated from Sierra Leone in mid-November.

Doctors reported ten days ago that he could breathe walk and eat unassisted.


Bats may have caused Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Bats may have caused Ebola outbreak in West AfricaWashington, Dec 31 - Scientists are blaming bats as the possible reason behind the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease occurring in West Africa.

A study led by researchers from the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin, Germany has suggested that the epidemic may have originated from contact between humans and virus-infected bats.


Ebola crisis may last until end of 2015, says expert

Ebola crisis may last until end of 2015, says expertJohannesburg, Dec 25 : The Ebola crisis in West Africa may last through 2015, according to a scientist who helped identify the deadly virus.

According to News 24, Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and part of a team to discover Ebola in 1976, said progress was being made in trying to stop the virus spreading but it would take time to develop vaccines.


Ebola vaccine trial suspended after side effects

Ebola vaccine trial suspended after side effectsLondon: Swiss researchers have suspended the testing of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates after some volunteers reported unexpected side effects.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve said the trial had been suspended "as a precautionary measure." The study involving 59 people began in November.


Committed to assist in global efforts to combat Ebola: India

Committed to assist in global efforts to combat Ebola: IndiaNew York - As part of its commitment to assist in global efforts to combat the Ebola virus, India has signed an agreement with a UN agency under which USD 10 million pledged by it will be transferred to a global trust fund set up to address the threat posed by the deadly virus.


11th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

11th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with EbolaFreetown - Another Sierra Leonean doctor has become infected with Ebola, an official said on Wednesday, as the country lags behind in its efforts to contain the deadly disease.

Ebola has sickened more than 17,000 people, the majority of those in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Rates of infections are now stabilising or declining in Guinea and Liberia, but the disease is picking up speed in Sierra Leone.


UN warns of 'Huge risk' of Ebola crisis spreading to other parts of world

UN warns of 'Huge risk' of Ebola crisis spreading to other parts of worldLondon, Dec 01 : The head of the United Nations Ebola response mission in West Africa has said that there is a "huge risk" that the lethal virus could spread to other countries as well.

According to the BBC, Tony Banbury declined to comment if targets he had set in the battle against Ebola, to be achieved by Monday, had been met.


Ebola death toll crosses 5,000 mark: WHO

Ebola death toll crosses 5,000 mark: WHOLondon, Nov 13 - The World Health Organization has said that the Ebola death toll has risen to 5,160.

The agency said that although the frequency of new cases does not appear to be increasing in Guinea and Liberia but the count continues to be high in Sierra Leone, reported the BBC.

The deadly virus has infected more than 14,000 people in West Africa.


Ebola outbreak's fatality rate 20pc more than previously believed

Ebola outbreak's fatality rate 20pc more than previously believedWashington, Nov 5 - A new study has revealed that the current Ebola outbreak's fatality rate is over 70 percent rather than 50 percent as previously claimed by the World Health Organization.

As long as the number of infected people rises exponentially, the likelihood of exporting Ebola to other countries does as well.


WHO says big pharma did not develop Ebola vaccine because it affected 'poor' African nations only

EbolaLondon, Nov 04 : Criticizing big pharmaceutical companies for their inaction, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly said that no Ebola vaccine has been developed even 40 years after the virus first emerged because it previously affected poor African nations only.

Dr Margaret Chan, the director-general of the WHO, said that the reason clinicians were "empty-handed" was because "a profit-driven industry does not invest in products for markets that cannot pay," reported The Independent.


Ebola survivors may face devastating long-term after effects

Ebola survivors may face devastating long-term after effectsWashington, Nov 4 - A new study has revealed that "post-Ebola syndrome" may persist even after the virus is cured.

Margaret Nanyonga , a psycho-social support officer for WHO, said that they are seeing a lot of people with vision problems, where some complain of clouded vision, but for others the visual loss is progressive, ABC News reported.


Improved mouse model to fast-track Ebola vaccines research

Improved mouse model to fast-track Ebola vaccines researchWashington, Nov 1 : A new research has revealed that scientists have developed improved mouse model to accelerate research on potential Ebola vaccines and treatments.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have developed the first genetic strain of mice that can be infected with Ebola and display symptoms similar to those that humans experience.


Satellites helping fight against Ebola for first time ever

Satellites helping fight against Ebola for first time everLondon, Nov 01 - British built satellites are now being used for the first time ever to help fight against the Ebola disease, it has been revealed.

The technology has now been used to map the spread of the disease and help aid workers plan the location of key resources after they were activated by the International Charter for Space and Major Disaster., the Sky News reported.


Changes in 'super-spreader funeral events' may help stop Ebola spread

EbolaWashington, Oct 31 - A new research has revealed that hygienic funeral practices, case isolation, contact tracing with quarantines and better protection for health care workers offer best chance to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa.


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