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Photo credit should read JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images Two new drugs have shown remarkable promise at treating Ebola in a clinical trial, increasing survival rates for people who recently contracted... the disease to between 89 and 94 percent. That's astonishing for a virus that typically kills about half of all the people it infects. "From now on we will no longer say that Ebola is not curable. This advance will in the future help save thousands of lives that would have had a fatal outcome in the past," Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director general of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale, announced in a press call. "From now on we will no longer say that Ebola is not curable." In the aftermath of the discovery, the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic...
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Study finds 2 new drugs arePreliminary results show that two new Ebola drugs appear to be highly effective when it comes to treating people with the virus. Scientists studied four experimental drugs, and found that a compound... developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and another created by U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) "may be able to improve the survival of people with Ebola," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH told The Associated Press. The drugs are both antibodies that block the virus, and researchers found a mortality rate of 30 percent for those who received the treatments; the mortality rate for another drug, ZMapp, was 50 percent. The earlier people received the drugs, the better, as mortality rates dropped to six percent with the Regeneron drug and 11 percent with the NIH compound, compared to 24 percent...
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A local doctors association has threatened to strike if their colleagues are nott released within 48 hours.
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Global response to Ebola underfunded: UN

Al Jazeera English - 20 Jul 2019 13:54
There are fears that a lack of leadership on the ground will lead to a greater crisis.
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Global health emergencyThe World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency over thelong-simmeringEbola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.       
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A case of Ebola was confirmed in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sunday, for the first time since the outbreak began nearly a year ago.
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Ebola is back - can it be contained? - podcast

The Guardian - 26 Jun 2019 04:00
Ebola is back - can it beThe current outbreak of the deadly virus in the DRC has been called the most complex public health emergency in history. Peter Beaumont describes his recent visit to the DRC and Sarah Boseley... discusses how the 2014 outbreak was eventually contained. Plus: Helen Pidd on what has been achieved with the 'northern powerhouse' The latest outbreak of Ebola, with more than 2,200 cases and more than 1,500 confirmed deaths in just over a year, is the second largest in history, despite the recent availability of an effective experimental vaccine. Political, security and cultural complications - not least a refusal to believe that Ebola exists - have thwarted efforts to overcome the Democratic Republic of the Congo's deadly outbreak. Senior global development reporter Peter Beaumont tells Anushka...
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When Ebola first struck this city of more than a 100,000 people last September, many here didn't believe it was real.
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Deadly Ebola outbreak spreadsThe second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has now spread to Uganda — claiming the life of a 5-year-old boy Wednesday after the virus killed nearly 1,400 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two... other cases of Ebola have also been confirmed in Uganda — the dead boy’s 3-year-old brother and 50-year-old grandmother, according to Ugandan...
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1 in 4 people near EbolaA quarter of people interviewed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo last year during the ongoing Ebola outbreak believed the deadly virus wasn't real.
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The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has surpassed 1,000 cases, according to the country's health ministry.
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Armed assailants again attacked an Ebola treatment center in the heart of eastern Congo's deadly outbreak on Saturday, with the mayor reporting one police officer killed. The early-morning attack in...
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4 Ebola Patients Are MissingDoctors Without Borders said they will suspend operations of several Ebola clinics in Eastern Congo following a series of attacks in recent days.
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More than 500 people have died from the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths, the country's health minister... told AFP. The post Latest Ebola outbreak in Congo kills over 500; govt says new vaccination programme saved 'thousands' appeared first on Firstpost.
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Protecting those on the frontline from Ebola

Science Daily - 3 Feb 2019 00:18
Online training has increased the knowledge of health care workers about effective prevention of Ebola up to 19 percent and reduced critical errors to 2.3 percent in a small cohort. These findings... suggest that the program could improve protection of health care workers from Ebola and, because it will be easily accessible via the Internet, could be especially useful in low-resource settings.
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Ebola death toll surges in DR Congo

Sowetan LIVE - 25 Jan 2019 16:59
The number of people killed in an Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has risen to 443, health authorities have announced.
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Senior WHO official accused ofWorld Health Organization launches inquiry after claims of 'legendary' corruption, including racism and sexism Claims 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.
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Another piece of Ebola virusA team of researchers have discovered the interaction between an Ebola virus protein and a protein in human cells that may be an important key to unlocking the pathway of replication of the killer... disease in human hosts.
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They were barred from voting in Congo's presidential election. They voted anyway. On Sunday, thousands of men and women gathered in Beni to cast paper ballots they hoped that someone, …
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Nebraska center monitorsPerson being monitored in Nebraska was providing medical assistance in Congo.
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The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Congo's health ministry says the uproar over a delayed presidential election in two cities hit by a deadly Ebola …
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The Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission denies voters in the east of the country their first chance at a democratic transfer of power, sparking violent unrest.
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One of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history continues to worsen in the Democratic Republic of Congo with as many as 319 people now dead.
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The Current Ebola Outbreak inThe ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached an especially tragic milestone. According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak is now the second-largest... recorded in Ebola's 42-year-long known history.
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Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists -- "some of the world's most experienced" -- to return to northeastern Congo to help fight …
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