Bandits in Guinea steal blood samples believed to be infected with Ebola

CONAKRY, Guinea – It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen from the taxi during its 265-kilometre (165-mile) trek on winding rural roads from the central Kankan...

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World Health Organization: Democratic Republic of Congo is Ebola-free

  (CNN) — Ebola has officially been eradicated from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization declared Friday, even amid fresh concerns about the deadly virus in places like Sierra Leone and Mali. The United Nations health agency cleared the DRC for Ebola because 42 days had passed since tests came back negative on the last person with the disease and there have been no other cases since…  (read more...

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20 in Maryland are test patients for Ebola vaccine

The University of Maryland Medical Center has been one of the international leaders in getting a vaccine tested in humans around the world, and 20 of those test patients live in the Baltimore area. The Center for Vaccine Development at the UMMC School of Medicine in downtown Baltimore is currently one of five places in the world where a vaccine developed by the National Institutes of Health and GlaxoSmithKline is being tested in humans… (read...

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Ebola Spreading Intensely In Sierra Leone As Death Toll Rises: WHO

GENEVA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – The toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,420 deaths out of 15,145 cases in eight countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, with transmission of the deadly virus still “intense and widespread” in Sierra Leone. The figures, through Nov. 16, represent a jump of 243 deaths and 732 cases since those issued last Friday, and cases continue to be under-reported, the WHO said in its...

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Volunteer to Help Ship 8,000 Phones to Fight Ebola

We need volunteers in Seattle this week to help with a program that supports the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). Together, we will be shipping 8,000 smartphones to West Africa. Currently, communication barriers prohibit humanitarian workers in West Africa from helping the people that need them most. The UNMEER phones will be installed with software that allows community support centers to quickly connect the right people with...

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Why is the world on alert for Ebola right now?

Since the WHO declared an international crises caused by Ebola Virus Disease, governments have embarked on measures to preempt the contagiousness of the epidemic. The goal is to ensure that the world is not decimated by this deadly disease. The patients have been secluded in Europe and substantially in Africa for monitoring symptoms of the lethal virus. The outbreak has left thousands of casualties on the global scale. In the meanwhile, authorities...

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New York Giants brief players on Ebola before trip to Dallas

The New York Giants are briefing their players on the Ebola virus in advance of the team’s trip to Dallas for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Giants team medical personnel were briefed on the disease and then provided information to the players via email this week, with instructions to contact team medical personnel with any questions they might have. There have been three confirmed cases of the disease in Dallas, but for the most part the Giants...

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Nurse with Ebola called CDC before boarding flight

In the case of Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who flew commercially as she was becoming ill with Ebola, one health official said “somebody dropped the ball.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of “high risk” and...

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