Ebola outbreak: Disease ebbs in West Africa but aid agencies warn against complacency

International aid agencies have warned that the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks being wound down too quickly and fear that it could become endemic if efforts to stem the spread of the disease are not maintained. Earlier this week, the American military mission to Liberia was brought to an end as the number of cases in that country recedes, while according to figures produced by the World Health Organisation, the number of new cases each week in the worst-affected areas has fallen Read more [...]

Ghosts of war haunt an Ebola graveyard in Sierra Leone

To find Andrew Kondoh, walk through the gates of this city's largest cemetery, where teams in moonsuits bury more than 50 bodies in white plastic bags each day. Look for the man with the wispy goatee and big belly, who is overseeing one of the world's most chaotic, dangerous graveyards as if he's done it all before. That's because he has. Twenty years ago, when he was 13, Kondoh took it upon himself to guard a heap of bodies, people killed by rebels during the country's civil war. For three years, Read more [...]

U.S. Ebola survivor reveals identity, says he’s grateful

A former Ebola patient and physician whose identity was kept secret during his 40-day treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta chose to reveal his ordeal this weekend, saying he was “profoundly grateful” for his care and the chance to help others.
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Ebola ‘czar’ urges Congress to authorize emergency funding

The Ebola outbreak can only be successfully contained if the U.S. takes the lead and provides funding to fight the deadly virus at home and in West Africa, the man tapped to coordinate the federal government’s response to the disease said Friday.
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More U.S. hospitals equipped for Ebola patients

When American Dr. Kent Brantly contracted Ebola in Liberia this summer, he was rushed overnight via air ambulance to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta — one of four facilities in the United States equipped to care for those with the highly contagious virus.
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Ebola crisis: WHO upbeat on targets

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the 60-day goals it set itself for tackling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have largely been met. The WHO set a target of isolating and treating 70% of patients and of safely burying 70% of victims in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea by 1 December. The WHO's Dr Bruce Aylward said only the treatment figure in Sierra Leone had fallen below the mark. He warned much work was still needed to get to "zero cases". The WHO's latest report put Read more [...]