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UN names Ebola chief to tackle world's 2nd largest outbreak: 'We have no time to lose'

United Nations officials on Thursday named an emergency Ebola response coordinator to help bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months. David Gressly, the U.N. deputy special representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been appointed to the new position, in which he "will oversee the coordination of international support for the Ebola response and work to ensure that an enabl...
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The importance of community involvement in tackling Ebola | Letter

Katharine Wright of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and 18 others say a trusting relationship between responders and community members makes a vital difference to whether the response is effectiveYour article (Agencies plead for ceasefire as fresh Ebola epidemic spirals out of control in DRC, 15 May) brings home how essential community involvement and participation is in responding to outbreaks such as Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When such crises emerge, a trusting relations...
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Congo violence sparks fears over UK Ebola response

Attacks on health clinics provoke concern that disclosing details of funding might ‘put a target on the head’ of medical workersThe UK has agreed not to publicly disclose how much funding has been allocated to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following warnings this might put those responding to the outbreak at risk.Harriett Baldwin, minister of state for Africa, said the Congolese government had asked for these details not to be made public over fears this will put “a...
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Julianna Margulies on her shocking Ebola drama: 'I panicked in my hazmat suit!'

The star of ER and The Good Wife is back – as a doctor fighting to save humanity. She gives her bodyguard the slip to talk about our imperilled planet – and her love of Sussex A-roadsBefore I meet Julianna Margulies, I spend three days staring at her bodyguard. He’s impossible to miss: one of those men whose every attempt to blend in flounders. Margulies and I are in Lille, judges at the Series Mania television festival, although our experiences differ a little. My cloak of anonymity allows me t...
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The DRC needs our help to tackle Ebola | Letter

The last Ebola outbreak, in Sierra Leone, left that country with a huge debt to the IMF, for loans taken on to fight the disease, writes Frances MiddletonAs a veteran door knocker with Christian Aid’s red envelopes, I was horrified to read about the worsening Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Report, 15 May). The last Ebola outbreak, in Sierra Leone, left that country with a huge debt to the IMF, for loans taken on to fight the disease. That money is still being repaid, leavi...
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Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Percent of People Who Become Infected

The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has infected 1,720 and killed 1,136, giving the viral disease a whopping 66 percent fatality rate. And the situation is making public health experts on the ground increasingly nervous.Read more...
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'Health workers just fill their pockets': mistrust mars Congo's Ebola response

People in Butembo, where outbreak began, express anger over continued spread of virus and lack of community engagement‘Terrifying’ Ebola epidemic out of control in DRC, say expertsEbola in the DRC: everything you need to knowChristine Masika lives with her mother, sisters and a friend in Butembo, the town at the centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola outbreak.She knew of many people who contracted the virus. Most, she says, are dead. Continue reading...
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Ebola in the DRC: everything you need to know

Key facts about the second largest outbreak of the disease in historyWith more than 1,600 cases and almost 1,100 deaths, the outbreak in the eastern DRC is the second largest in history. It has a 67% fatality rate and 10 months after it began, the case numbers are still escalating. It is disproportionately affecting women (55% of cases) and children (28%). The WHO says the national and regional risk levels are very high and containment of the spread to North Kivu and Ituri provinces is unlikely,...
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'Terrifying' Ebola epidemic out of control in DRC, say experts

More than 1,600 people infected in North Kivu province since outbreak began in AugustAn Ebola epidemic in a conflict-riven region of Democratic Republic of Congo is out of control and could become as serious as the outbreak that devastated three countries in west Africa between 2013 and 2016, experts and aid chiefs have warned.New cases over the past month have increased at the fastest rate since the outbreak began last year, as aid agencies struggle to enact a public health response in areas th...
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Death Toll Rises to More Than 1,000 in Ebola Outbreak in Congo

Four deaths in the outbreak's epicenter of Katwa helped push the death toll to 1,008
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Ebola death toll in Congo to pass 1,000, World Health Organization warns

Women and children fare worst as efforts to contain outbreak are undermined by health centre attacks and local mistrustThe number of people killed by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is expected to exceed 1,000 on Friday, the World Health Organization has warned.Weekly infections have been rising since late February, with attacks by armed groups and a failure to win community trust undermining the response to the epidemic. Continue reading...
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Rumour and violence rife as Congo Ebola outbreak surges out of control

Attacks on health centres are impeding efforts to contain an epidemic that has claimed nearly 900 lives in nine monthsArchippe Kamuha knows the signs of Ebola well: diarrhoea, bleeding, persistent fever. But if the 25-year-old developed such symptoms, she would not contact specialist health workers.“I know that if I go [to a treatment centre], I’ll die. All my friends who go there don’t come home, they die,” said Kamuha, whose home town, Butembo, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo...
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As Ebola kills in Africa, in the west lies over vaccines beguile the complacent | Mark Honigsbaum

The epidemic in the DRC has been impossible to contain because of the spread of anti-vax mythsWith the possible exception of quinine, for centuries the only treatment for malaria, and antibiotics, vaccines have saved more lives than any other intervention in medical history. Yet, from New York’s Brooklyn to Camden in north London to Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, vaccines are in retreat, shunned by populations who seemingly have little sense of the risks they are running with thei...
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As Death Toll Rises In Ebola Outbreak, WHO Declines to Declare Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided not to declare a global health emergency in response to the Ebola outbreak that’s currently taking place in Africa, despite large numbers of people dying every day.Read more...
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Emergency panel meets as Congo Ebola outbreak gathers pace

Faltering national response to epidemic prompts experts to consider official announcement of public health crisisExperts will convene for an emergency meeting on Friday to determine whether the recent escalation of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should be declared a global health crisis.More than eight months into the epidemic, which has killed 751 people, agencies warned the disease is still not under control. The response to the outbreak has been complicated by conflict, p...
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Experts express grave concern as Congo Ebola outbreak gathers pace

Faltering national response to epidemic prompts concern over wider regional threatExperts at an emergency meeting on the recent escalation of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have stopped short of declaring a global health crisis, but expressed grave concern over the regional threat posed by the rising number of cases.More than eight months into the epidemic, which has killed 751 people, agencies warned the disease is still not under control. The response to the outbreak has been co...
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One in four people in Ebola-affected areas believe disease is fake

A quarter of people surveyed in cities at the epicentre of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak have said that they do not believe the disease is real. The survey, in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, underlines how much public mistrust authorities such as the World Health Organization and the DRC ministry of health are up against in their efforts to control the disease. Experts have been struggling to bring the epidemic in the North Kivu region of DRC to a close since it emerged ...
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WHO says Ebola area contained but Congo needs long-term support

"We have averted a much larger outbreak," WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom told a news conference, adding that the affected area was contained and shrinking within a certain geographic area. "Our target now is to finish it within the next six months." The number of new cases has halved to 25 per week since January, and the virus was now concentrated in Butembo and Katwa, although community distrust and attacks by armed groups were hampering the response. On Thursday, a group of young men ...
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Armed Assailants Attack Ebola Treatment Center in Eastern Congo, 1 Killed

The attack in Butembo came less than a week after the treatment center reopened
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Arsonists attack Ebola clinics in DRC as climate of distrust grows

Health agencies re-evaluate approach after attacks on treatment centres in North KivuA second clinic serving patients affected by the escalating Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been set alight, as concerns mount over widespread distrust of health agencies.Seven months since the start of the outbreak, which has claimed 548 lives, experts warned that the virus is still not under control and said suspicion of agencies is severely undermining Ebola services. Continue reading.....
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Ebola vaccine offered in exchange for sex, Congo taskforce meeting told

As experts urge global warning over outbreak, women and girls in Beni report alleged exploitationAn unparalleled Ebola vaccination programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become engulfed in allegations of impropriety, amid claims that women are being asked for sexual favours in exchange for treatment.Research by several NGOs has revealed that a deep mistrust of health workers is rife in DRC and gender-based violence is believed to have increased since the start of the Ebola outbrea...
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Ebola vaccine offered in exchange for sex, say women in Congo

As experts urge global warning over outbreak, women and girls in Beni report alleged exploitationAn unparalleled Ebola vaccination programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become engulfed in allegations of impropriety, amid claims that women are being asked for sexual favours in exchange for treatment.Research by several NGOs has revealed that a deep mistrust of health workers is rife in DRC and gender-based violence is believed to have increased since the start of the Ebola outbrea...
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The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Killed Over 500 People, Including Nearly 100 Children

The latest update on the current outbreak of Ebola ravaging Africa shows the situation there continues to worsen. This past weekend, the Health Ministry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported that, as of February 10, there have been 811 confirmed or probable cases of the viral disease since August 2018…Read more...
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'People are so afraid they hide in the forest': Ebola in DRC – in pictures

More than 750 people have died of Ebola in recent months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with efforts to contain the outbreak hampered by conflict – and fear of treatment centresPhotographs by Kate Holt Continue reading...
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Senior WHO official accused of using Ebola cash to pay for girlfriend's flight

World Health Organization launches inquiry after claims of ‘legendary’ corruption, including racism and sexismClaims that a senior employee at the World Health Organization misused Ebola funds to fly his girlfriend to west Africa are among a tide of allegations under investigation by the agency.An internal inquiry has been launched by the WHO following a series of anonymous whistleblower emails that alleged widespread racism, sexism and misspending. Continue reading...
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Ebola cases in Congo expected to double amid fears outbreak could cross borders

With health system at breaking point, uncertainty over how virus is being transmitted prompt fears it could range beyond DRCThe number of Ebola cases recorded each day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is expected to more than double, with concern mounting that uncertainty over how the virus is being transmitted could result in it spreading to neighbouring countries.On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated its warning that there is a very high risk of the outbreak spread...
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Man Released From Nebraska Hospital After Being Found Free of Ebola

Hospital officials said that he never showed symptoms of the disease while at the hospital
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Nebraska officials clear doctor being monitored for Ebola

An American doctor being monitored in Nebraska for possible exposure to Ebola has been cleared and is no threat to the public, health officials say.
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Safe birth of baby born to Ebola survivor hailed as a medical miracle

Daughter of Congolese woman treated for Ebola in December becomes only second healthy child born in such circumstances The daughter of a pregnant woman who was cured of Ebola has survived and tested negative for the virus, in a case that has been described as a medical miracle.Sylvana, born on 6 January and weighing 3.7kg, is the second baby in the world known to have survived after being born to a woman who had Ebola. It is the first case in which both mother and baby have survived. Continue re...
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Suspected Ebola sufferer does not have disease, say Swedes

Tests negative for patient who had returned from Burundi and was treated in isolationA young man being treated in isolation at Uppsala University hospital in Sweden after suspicion of Ebola contamination does not have the disease, the regional authority has said.Region Uppsala, which oversees several hospitals and medical clinics north of Stockholm, said a test had been carried out on the patient, who was not identified. Continue reading...
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