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Eight members of a relief team, including health workers and journalists, have been found dead in Guinea
Author: Vani Manocha
Two days after US President Barack Obama said that the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could be a danger to global security, the United Nations (UN) has called the epidemic a threat to "international peace and security". The declaration was made at an "unprecedented" emergency meeting called by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and attended by 130 countries.
Peter Hotezis the co-founder of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases that provides access to essential medicines for millions of people worldwide. He tells Down To Earth what prompted the rare Ebola disease to spread in epidemic proportion and how to contain such diseases in future. Edited excerpts
ome say deforestation and mining are triggering deadly outbreaks of diseases like Ebola. What is your opinion?
Better surveillance to detect cases of the virus and enhanced cross-border collaboration were the key recommendations
Author: Vani Manocha
Health ministers from 11 countries in West Africa, along with international health organisations, adopted a fresh strategy to fight the world's deadliest Ebola epidemic that has killed hundreds of people in the region.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said that the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has affected an unprecedented number of health care workers. "So far, over 240 healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, have contacted the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone and over 120 have died," said the international health agency.
The deadly virus had long confined itself to the backwoods of Africa. Increasing deforestation has led to its frequent emergence as epidemics
Author: Vani Manocha
EBOLA IS back, and this time it has held the world hostage. With 2,200 people suffering from the haemorrhagic fever and more than 1,200 deaths in four West African countries, as of August 20, this is the biggest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded. The World Health Organization has declared the epidemic an "international emergency" and called for "extraordinary measures" to contain it.
Scare in Delhi: three persons in Dwarka area of south-west Delhi are under watch for possible symptoms
Author: Kundan Pandey
The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency. The announcement came as news spread about three persons in New Delhi being kept under watch for possible Ebola symptoms. While declaring health emergency, the world health agency has stressed on need for coordinated international response to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola.
On Friday, it was disclosed that three persons in New Delhi are being kept under watch for possible Ebola symptoms
Author: Vani Manocha
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday declared the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the deadliest till date, an international health emergency. Earlier, on Wednesday, the international health agency had announced that it would convene a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatment in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. So far, more than 930 people have died from the disease in West Africa this year.
The US holds patents on a strain of the Ebola virus and appears to have a cure for the deadly disease
Author: Latha Jishnu
AS THE deadly Ebola virus spreads in West Africa taking a lethal toll with its hemorrhagic fever, curious reports are emerging of the patents the US holds on a certain strain of the virus and the interest of its Department of Defence in developing a vaccine with a Canadian biotech firm. The details are sketchy but indicate an overwhelming American interest in Ebola. The facts are thus: the US authorities administered an experimental serum, preserved in sub-zero temperature and flown under strict supervision to Africa, to two of its citizens who had contracted the virus in Liberia and were in critical condition, before flying them home.
With WHO declaring the current Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, here are some facts about the disease and tips you might want to check out
Here are some facts about the deadly disease you might want to check out and the precautionary measures that need to be taken
First outbreak of the deadly disease occurred in 1976
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