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Ebola Deaths Top 10,000

The largest Ebola epidemic in history passed a grim milestone according to figures released Thursday by the World Health Organization. WHO’s most recent tally showed that the virus has claimed 10,004 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since last year. The number of cases in those three West African nations has slowed, but they…
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UN: More Disaster Risk Management Funds

The United Nations released its 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15) last week along with a request for more international investment toward a global disaster risk management fund. According to the yearly report’s findings, disaster losses worldwide average $250 billion to $300 billion annually. The report also stated that a $6 billion…
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Liberia’s Last Ebola Patient Released from Treatment

After 16 days in a Chinese Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, the last remaining Liberian patient was released on March 5, 2015. Her name is Beatrice Yardolo, a 58-year-old woman who contracted the virus after three of her children had died from Ebola earlier this year. The family caught it from Beatrice’s son, who was…
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Sierra Leone Suffers Ebola Setback

The battle against the largest Ebola outbreak in history suffered a setback in Sierra Leone in early February when infected fishermen came ashore and spread the virus, according to a Feb. 28 New York Times report. The fishermen went to port after Sierra Leone saw dramatic decreases in its number of reported Ebola cases. The…
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Ebola News: US Withdrawing Troops

President Barack Obama said all but 100 U.S. troops would withdraw from the battle against Ebola in Liberia by the end of April. At the peak of the largest Ebola outbreak in history, there were 2,800 troops in the West African nation. About 1,500 troops have already returned from West Africa and have completed or…
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Reported Cases Increase in Ebola Outbreak

After weeks of decreases in reported Ebola cases in West Africa, the three countries hardest hit by the outbreak saw increases in infections. Health officials tallied a combined 124 new cases of the potentially deadly virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The latest figures represent an increase of 55 new cases over the previous…
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Ebola Outbreak Stresses Need for Improved Healthcare Systems

As the Ebola outbreak has clearly shown, better health care systems are vital. For improved medical emergency response in this and future outbreaks, we must invest in corrections and enhancements to health care systems worldwide. WHO reports persistent difficulty tracking the spread of Ebola. Health officials cannot confirm how all new patients are infected, continued…
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UN Ebola Chief asks for $1B More

David Nabarro, the head of the United Nations’ efforts to stop the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak, said UN agencies need another $1 billion to continue their battle against the potentially deadly viral infection. Nabarro said an overall total of $4 billion would allow relief agencies to continue their work in the hardest-hit West African nations of…
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WHO: Ebola rates level in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the rate of Ebola infections might be slowing in Sierra Leone, according to a Jan. 7 report from Reuters. Although the pace of new infections may be slowing, there were still about 250 new confirmed cases reported in Sierra Leone in the last week. ‘There are signs that case…
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Reuters: Liberia Sees Surge in New Ebola Cases in Border County

An outbreak of Ebola near Liberia’s border with Sierra Leone reverses a recent trend of fewer Liberians being infected by the potentially deadly virus. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 25, at least 49 new Ebola cases were reported in sparsely populated Grand Cape Mount County, according to a Dec. 29 Reuters report. More than 3,400…
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11th Sierra Leone Doctor Dies; Fire Destroys Ebola Supplies

One of Sierra Leone’s most senior doctors died less than one week after contracting Ebola, a health official told the Associated Press. In neighboring Guinea, a fire engulfed a warehouse, destroying a medicine crucial to fighting Ebola in West Africa. Dr. Victor Willoughby, 67, died Thursday, according to a Dec. 18 article by Clarence Roy-Macauley…
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Obama Says Ebola Fight Not Over in West Africa

President Barack Obama said he was pleased with progress made in the fight against the Ebola virus, but he added that challenges remain in West Africa, the epicenter of the largest Ebola epidemic in history. There have been no new cases of Ebola in the United States, and cases of the infection are down in…
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Ebola Vaccine Tests Suspended Over Joint Pain In Test Subjects

Ebola Vaccine Tests Suspended Over Joint Pain In Test Subjects Swiss researchers halted one of several trials of a possible Ebola vaccine after volunteer test subjects complained of pain in their hands and feet, according to the NBC News website. The University of Geneva said the trial was stopped after 59 people were vaccinated, according…
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Faulty Data Hampers Ebola Response

A Dec. 8 Associated Press report by Maria Cheng and Sara DiLorenzo shined light on a troubling aspect of Ebola response — some of the treatment and mortality numbers being produced are not accurate. According to the report ‘Ebola Faulty Data Adds Another Problem’: A week ago, the World Health Organization insisted at a media…
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WHO says Liberia, Guinea hit Ebola goals, but Sierra Leone did not

The World Health Organization said Liberia and Guinea reached Dec. 1 goals of isolating 70 percent of people infected with Ebola and safely burying 70 percent of the people who succumbed to the disease, according to John Heilprin’s Dec. 1 article for the Associated Press. Sierra Leone missed hitting its goals, but the WHO’s Dr.…
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BLU-MED Provides Ebola Isolation Units for use in Liberia

BLU-MED Response Systems Ebola Isolation Units are being used to fight the spread of the infection in Liberia. Sold through MD Medicus and financed by Action Medeor, a German medical aid organization, two 22-bed isolation units were deployed to the Liberian capital city of Monrovia.   Each American-made BLU-MED Medical Facility is divided into a…
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Ebola Doctor Cured, Released from NYC Hospital

Dr. Craig Spencer was deemed cured and released from New York’s Bellevue Hospital Center on Nov. 11 after receiving 19 days of treatment to overcome an Ebola infection. Spencer, 33, was infected while battling the virus as part of a Doctors Without Borders team in Guinea, one of three West African nations at the heart…
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New Ebola epicenter emerges in Liberian village

The village of Jene-Wonde in Grand Cape Mount County near Liberia’s border with Sierra Leone has become a new epicenter in West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak. The village of 300 people has already lost 10 percent of its population since late September. According to one resident, Jene-Wonde lacks the medical facilities needed to stop the…
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Bill Gates: World Must Learn Ebola Lessons to Stop Future Epidemics

Speaking to members of the British Parliament, Bill Gates said the world has a ‘very significant chance’ to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. However, Gates warned that the world must learn from its mistakes in the battle against Ebola because more virulent diseases are sure to follow. The Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist…
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International Medical Response Group Says New Ebola Tactics Needed

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, called for more rapid response teams to fight Ebola hotspots wherever they flare up. More than 6,600 people have been infected in Liberia, the hardest-hit of three West African nations fighting the virus, but MSF said it has more capacity than patients in Liberia’s capital…
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