Ebola Rages in Sierra Leone as UN Misses Goals for Curbing Cases

The United Nations has probably missed targets it set for curbing West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, as new infections surge in Sierra Leone. Only 23 percent of cases are being isolated in Liberia, and 40 percent in Sierra Leone, short of a goal set in October to isolate seven-in-ten cases by tomorrow. Neither country has enough burial teams to achieve a target of safely burying 70 percent of Ebola-related deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Still, unreliable data make it difficult to Read more [...]

Ebola crisis: French President Hollande to visit Guinea

French President Francois Hollande is to arrive in Guinea, becoming the first Western leader to visit a nation hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus. He will deliver "a message of solidarity" to Guinea, where more than 1,200 have died of Ebola. France has pledged 100m euros (£79m; $ 125m) to help tackle the... WN.com - Photown News Read more [...]

Ebola trials ‘best chance’ for cure

Preparations are under way in Guinea to start unprecedented clinical trials to try to find a cure for Ebola. The medical charity Medicines Sans Frontieres will host the studies in three of its Ebola treatment centres in West Africa from next month. One of the trials involves using blood donated by Ebola survivors to treat sick patients. There are no clinically proven vaccines or treatments for the virus that has killed more than 5,400 people. Transparency plea Trying to find a cure in the midst of Read more [...]

Ebola crisis in Liberia: ‘One in two workers now jobless’

Nearly half of all Liberians who were employed when the Ebola outbreak began are no longer working, a survey by the World Bank has found. It said many workers have been told to stay at home or have lost their jobs, while markets have been forced to shut. Earlier, a World Bank economist said the Ebola outbreak was expected to cost the region about $ 3-4bn... WN.com - Photown News Read more [...]

Google Launches Donation Campaign to Fight Ebola

Google has joined the fight against Ebola and pledged to give $ 2 for every dollar donated through its site, its CEO announced on Monday. Larry Page wrote in a blog post that Google will also immediately donate $ 10 million to support nonprofits “doing remarkable work in very difficult circumstances,” including Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), International Rescue Committee and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Page also said the family foundation would give $ 15 million Read more [...]

Ebola Outbreak May Hold Lessons for Handling Samples from Mars

Measures taken in the current Ebola outbreak may hold some clues for how to handle samples brought back to Earth from Mars, a place that could potentially host extraterrestrial microbes. The 1971 sci-fi film "The Andromeda Strain" dramatized the idea of alien organisms infecting the Earth. Based on a novel by Michael Crichton, the film depicts the spread of an alien germ brought back to Earth by a satellite. An elite team of specialists responds, relying on protective hazmat suits, decontamination Read more [...]