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    Research shows two new drugs are highly effective in treating Ebola

Research shows two new drugs are highly effective in treating Ebola

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    198 dead in Congo’s worst Ebola outbreak

198 dead in Congo’s worst Ebola outbreak

Almost 200 people have died in the latest Ebola outbreak to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since August.According to the nation’s health ministry, there are more than 300 confirmed or probable cases."At this point, 319 cases and 198 deaths have been registered," Oly Ilunga, the country’s health minister, said."In view of these figures, my thoughts and my prayers [...]

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    CAF lifts ban on Ebola-free Guinea

CAF lifts ban on Ebola-free Guinea

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has lifted the ban it imposed on Guinea in January 2014.The West African nation had been banned from hosting football matches within its territory due to the presence of Ebola and as a result, it played its continental home games on foreign soil.In a letter signed by the general secretary of CAF, Hicham El [...]

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    Ebola virus ‘present in semen after 6 months’

Ebola virus ‘present in semen after 6 months’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Ebola survivors to be even more cautious during sexual contact to ensure the virus is not passed on to their partners.The warning comes after a survivor was found to have traces of Ebola in his semen almost six months after recovery. This is some 90 days later than previously documented."For greater security and [...]

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    AU boosts war against Ebola with $750m

AU boosts war against Ebola with $750m

The African Union (AU) on Saturday created a $750-million special fund for curbing the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in some parts of West Africa.Dlamini Zuma, the chairperson of the AU Commission, announced this shortly after a business round table with members of the private sector at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa on Saturday.The commission had invited the [...]

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    Germany rejects Ebola patients after medic dies

Germany rejects Ebola patients after medic dies

A United Nations official, who contracted Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia and was flown to Germany for adequate treatment, has died.Germany presently has seven health facilities capable of treating highly infectious patients in isolation but has now decided that it will stop admitting Ebola patients from West Africa to prevent an outbreak in the country.The 56-year-old medic was admitted into St. [...]

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    Liberia cancels nationwide senatorial election over Ebola

Liberia cancels nationwide senatorial election over Ebola

The worsening spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic has made the Liberian government to suspend its nationwide senatorial election, initially scheduled for Tuesday.With a casualty of Liberia 1,830 and 3,458 infected victims, the country is the most affected of the three West African countries battling the scourge.Liberia's upper legislative chamber comprises 30 senators, two representing each of the country's [...]

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    For the first time, Ebola hits United States

For the first time, Ebola hits United States

The United States has confirmed its first case of Ebola Virus Disease.Though Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantely, two US citizens who contracted the virus in Liberia, were treated in American hospitals, no case of Ebola had been confirmed in the country.However, on Tuesday, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed that the first domestic appearance of the highly-contagious virus [...]

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    Chukwu: Nigeria will help Ebola-hit countries

Chukwu: Nigeria will help Ebola-hit countries

Minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has revealed that Nigeria would be offering assistance to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three worst-hit countries affected by the highly-contagious Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Chkwu disclosed this in Abuja while receiving Mustapha Kaloko, the African Union (AU) commissioner for social affairs.He said Nigeria would organise specialised training for nine field epidemiologists and six [...]

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Ebola: Ogun postpones resumption date to October 8

The government of Ogun state on Friday announced October 8 as the new resumption date for private and public schools in the state.Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, the secretary to the state government announced the new date at a news conference in Abeokuta on Friday.Adeoluwa said the development followed an evaluation meeting between representatives of the government and stakeholders in the education [...]

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    Zamfara extends school resumption for Ebola, Sallah

Zamfara extends school resumption for Ebola, Sallah

The Zamfara state government has further extended the resumption date for schools from September 22 to October 13, permanent secretary of its ministry of education, Alhaji Lawal Talata Mafara, said on Tuesday.The October date had been fixed by the federal government when the Ebola Virus Disease broke out in the country but it was reversed to September 22 after the [...]

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    Ebola: FG picks Sept 22 resumption for schools

Ebola: FG picks Sept 22 resumption for schools

The federal government has directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the country to resume academic activities on September 22.The government had earlier postponed the date to October 13 to prevent massive spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).It subsequently expressed happiness with the progress made in containing the virus, and minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu would then give [...]

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    Ebola: Sirleaf bans Liberian officials from travelling

Ebola: Sirleaf bans Liberian officials from travelling

Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has directed all government officials to suspend travelling with immediate effect.She also issued a-week ultimatum to those presently out of the country to return home or be considered as abandoning their jobs.Sirleaf urged them to join hands in the fight against the deadly virus, which continues to claim more casualties.On Tuesday, Miguel Pajares, a Spanish [...]

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    Salt can’t cure Ebola, could even harm you

Salt can’t cure Ebola, could even harm you

As the deadly Ebola virus continues to spread and claim more casualties at an alarming rate, the fear of contracting the virus has caused the circulation of various messages of protection on social media.Broadcasts of bathing with salt water and putting salt in water meant for consumption as a preventive measure against Ebola have gone viral in the last 24 hours, [...]

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    Priest with Ebola arrives Madrid, in stable condition

Priest with Ebola arrives Madrid, in stable condition

A Spanish missionary priest who tested positive for the Ebola virus was in stable condition after being evacuated from Liberia, health officials said Thursday.The priest, Miguel Pajares, was helping to treat people infected with Ebola and was one of three who tested positive at the San Jose de Monrovia Hospital in Liberia earlier this week. He was flown to Spain [...]

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    Ebola: Korean varsity cancels visit by Nigerians

Ebola: Korean varsity cancels visit by Nigerians

A South Korean university rescinded an invitation for three Nigerians to attend a conference because of Ebola fears, Reuters has reported.A group of South Korean medical volunteers also called off a trip to West Africa amid growing concerns about the spread of the deadly virus.The Duksung Women's University in Seoul (pictured) said in a statement the school "politely withdrew" its [...]

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