Topic: ebola

Ebola vaccine test raises hopes, doubts in Congo

With thousands of doses dispatched to front-line health workers, the world is watching to see if a promising but still experimental vaccine might help stop this terrifying disease faster than traditional measures doctors have tried since Ebola was identified 40 years ago.

2 Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in Congo found dead

Two of three Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in the Congo River port city of Mbandaka have died, the head of mission in the city for the medical charity Doctors Without Borders says.

Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine as outbreak hits urban centre

The first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines arrived in Congo's capital just a few hours before the first case in the city of Mbandaka is reported.

WHO hopes to use Ebola vaccine to stem outbreak in remote area of Congo

It is 'going to be tough and it's going to be costly to stamp out this outbreak,' WHO official says.
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'I wasn't even seen as a human': Nurse wrongly painted as public threat during height of Ebola scare

Kaci Hickox was quarantined and confined to her house, despite showing no symptoms of Ebola. Even after testing negative for the disease, politicians, media and the public still saw her as a health risk.

Ebola death toll in remote Congo likely has risen to 4, WHO says

A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
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World Health Organization says it has a vaccine against Ebola that's highly protective

Canadian scientists may have helped ensure West Africa's outbreak of Ebola is the last the world ever sees

Jane Goodall lauds Edmonton-area man for chimp rescue

World famous primatologist Jane Goodall praises Edmonton-area man who freed a young chimp from an Iraqi zoo this week, relocating him to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya.

Canadian lab worker released after Ebola infection scare

The Winnipeg laboratory worker whose torn suit raised fears he had been exposed to the Ebola virus has been released from quarantine after he displayed no symptoms, a government official said on Monday.

Employee possibly exposed to Ebola virus at Winnipeg lab

An employee at the national animal health lab in Winnipeg was potentially exposed to the Ebola virus yesterday, federal officials say.

Ebola virus lasts in semen for up to 565 days: study

Ebola virus particles found present in semen as long as 565 days after recovery from an infection.
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Ebola survivor Junietta Macauley meets with Winnipeg researchers who saved her life

A woman from West Africa who survived the Ebola virus is in Winnipeg to meet the researchers who developed the drug that saved her life.

Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer a global risk: WHO

West Africa's Ebola outbreak no longer constitutes a threat to international public health, the World Health Organization says.

Ebola outbreak: WHO sends specialists to Guinea after 2 people test positive

The World Health Organization deployed specialists to southeast Guinea on Friday after two new Ebola cases were confirmed.

Pauline Cafferkey, Scottish nurse with Ebola, in hospital for 3rd time

A Scottish nurse, who recovered from Ebola but then suffered life-threatening complications from the virus persisting in her brain, has been admitted to hospital for a third time, a hospital in Scotland says.

Thousands of lives at risk in next major pandemic unless WHO reforms: UN report

The World Health Organization's emergency response capability is "lacking" and will put thousands of lives at risk if it is not reformed now, according to a high-level UN report on health crises.

Ebola case in Sierra Leone discovered after epidemic declared over

Samples taken from the body of a woman who died this week in Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, officials said Friday, the day after the Ebola epidemic was declared over.

Liberia declared Ebola-free, signals end to West African epidemic

Liberia was declared free of the Ebola virus by global health experts on Thursday, a milestone that signalled an end to an epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 11,300 people.

Order of the Buffalo Hunt recipients 'overwhelmed,' 'excited'

One of the province's highest honours will be handed out by Premier Greg Selinger at the legislative building on Friday. The honourees include a former CBC Future 40 recipient, a scientist who helped stop Ebola and a Manitoba rock music aficionado.

Ebola gone from Guinea

Guinea was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only country still awaiting a countdown for the end of the epidemic.
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Ebola effects linger

Why health-care systems in West Africa still need strengthening

Ebola complications in Sierra Leone 'more staggering' than thought

Ebola survivors commonly show joint pain, vision problems and hearing problems that underscore the urgent need to provide follow-up care in West Africa, researchers say.

Ebola virus load in blood helps predict risk of death from infection

The levels of Ebola virus in the blood can strongly predict a patient’s risk of death, a new study suggests.

Teenage boy dies of Ebola in Liberia

A teenage boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, a health official says, the first fatality since July in one of the three West African countries hit hardest by the worst ever outbreak of the disease.

WHO's delay in sounding Ebola alarm 'egregious failure,' expert panel says

The World Health Organization's failure to sound the alarm until months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak was an "egregious failure" which added to the enormous suffering and death toll, global health experts say.

Scottish Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey recovers from late complication

A Scottish nurse who contracted and recovered from Ebola, but then suffered life-threatening complications from the virus persisting in her brain, has recovered enough to be transferred to a hospital near her home, doctors said on Thursday.

Brazil tests traveller returning from Guinea for Ebola

A Brazilian man is being tested for Ebola after developing symptoms of the deadly virus shortly after returning from the West African nation of Guinea, Brazil's health minister said Wednesday.

Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola transmissions

Cheers and dancing in the streets erupted Saturday as Sierra Leone marked the end of the Ebola outbreak within its borders, although neighbouring Guinea still struggles to stamp out the deadly virus that has killed more than 11,000, mostly in West Africa.

Ebola deployment by military crucial but carries risks: report

Foreign military personnel played a crucial role in stemming the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone, researchers say, but warned against treating their intervention as a blueprint for future humanitarian crises.

U.K. Ebola nurse has meningitis caused by persisting Ebola, doctors say

A Scottish nurse who contracted and initially recovered from Ebola, but then suffered a relapse, has meningitis caused by the virus in her brain, doctors treating her said on Wednesday.

2 Ebola cases found in Guinea

Two people have fallen ill with Ebola in Guinea, the World Health Organization said on Friday, dashing hopes of an imminent end to the worst recorded outbreak of the disease.
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Ebola nurse critically ill again

Pauline Cafferkey emerged from isolation months ago as a survivor but today she is in critical condition
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British nurse faces Ebola again

Pauline Cafferkey is in hospital with Ebola complications and her condition is getting worse

Pauline Cafferkey, Scottish nurse who had Ebola, 'critically ill' again

London's Royal Free Hospital says the condition of a nurse being treated for complications resulting from Ebola has worsened.

Ebola's persistence in survivors fuels concerns

A Scottish nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone last year but had seemingly made a full recovery back in hospital, which adds to signs that the virus is a long-term health risk.

New Ebola cases down to zero last week: WHO

No new Ebola cases were reported last week, a milestone since the outbreak began last March, the World Health Organization says.
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CBC News wins Emmy for Ebola coverage

Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault outlines the 'surreal' win

Baby born to Sierra Leone's 1st Ebola survivor dies

After Victoria Yillia loses 21 relatives to Ebola, newborn dies of an infection not believed to be related to Ebola.

Ebola transmission ends in Liberia, WHO declares

The World Health Organization declares Liberia free of Ebola transmissions as the country started a 90-day period of heightened surveillance.

Ebola experts go to Sierra Leone's north to investigate case, start vaccine trial

Ebola experts are in Sierra Leone's Kambia district investigating a case that emerged less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital, a World Health Organization says.

Ebola survivor who lost 21 relatives gives birth to baby boy

Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son.

Final Ebola survivor discharged as Sierra Leone starts virus-free countdown

Health authorities in Sierra Leone release the country's last known Ebola patient from the hospital.

As Ebola cases decline, ZMapp drug trial answers unclear

Moments after the first person treated with ZMapp started receiving the experimental Ebola drug he could feel effects which suggested it was working.

Just 2 Ebola cases reported in past week but risks remain, WHO says

Guinea and Sierra Leone each recorded a single cases of Ebola in the past week, putting a year-end goal of ending the deadly epidemic within reach although risks remain, the World Health Organization says.
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Ebola vaccine from Winnipeg gives local African community hope

An experimental Ebola vaccine developed in Winnipeg appears to be so effective in trials it has scientists with the World Health Organization (WHO) saying it could revolutionize the fight against the deadly disease. That has instilled hope for many in Winnipeg's African community.

Ebola outbreak help extends from space

Space technology such as satellite images and telemedicine could play a bigger role in helping to control the Ebola outbreak that's killed more than 11,250 people.

2nd Ebola death confirmed in Liberia in resurgent outbreak

Liberia's health minister says that a second person has died from Ebola in the latest resurgence of the deadly disease.

Ebola death reported in Liberia in latest of new cases

A Liberian woman has died of Ebola in a hospital in Monrovia shortly after being admitted, becoming the sixth confirmed case of the virus since it resurfaced last month after a seven-week lull, a senior medical official said on Tuesday.

Ebola infection rate still significant, UN official warns

Africa's Ebola epidemic has not run its course and around 30 people are still getting infected each week, the United Nations' special envoy for the disease said on Monday.
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WHO's Ebola response a failure

UN agency can't provide full emergency response, an independent panel says

Guinea's Ebola epidemic risks more malaria deaths

The Ebola epidemic in Guinea led to a rising number of malaria deaths as patients likely shunned health clinics out of fear, researchers say.

Post-Ebola Syndrome: Survivors continue to face mystery symptoms

Six months after the Ebola virus ravaged West Africa and dominated headlines around the world, experts are facing another challenge: thousands of survivors are now experiencing a mysterious set of symptoms persisting long after their recovery, including vision loss and joint and muscle pain.
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New Brunswick doctor recalls working in Ebola-stricken regions

Dr. Eilish Cleary is New Brunwick's Chief Medical Officer of Health. She's been to Sierra Leone twice since last October, working with the World Health Organization.

Post-Ebola rapid response unit needed, health leaders tell G7

Global health leaders will ask G7 leaders this weekend to back the creation of a specialist rapid response unit to tackle outbreaks of infectious killer diseases.

Teen scientist Raphael Hotter wins prize for Ebola No More

Raphael Hotter, a teen scientist with aspirations of becoming a neurosurgeon, has discovered a molecule that could potentially help stem the spread of Ebola.

Ebola cadavers concealed, spread disease on public transit in Guinea

Relatives of Ebola victims are transporting their bodies on public transportation in Guinea, seating the corpses upright between other passengers to skirt health controls and contributing to the spread of the deadly disease here, authorities said.

Nurse in Italy infected with Ebola, returned from Sierra Leone

A healthcare worker who returned to Italy from an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the virus.

Ebola outbreak visa ban lifted; Nova Scotia community members pleased

Members of Nova Scotia's West African community say they're encouraged the Canadian government has lifted a restriction on visas to people from a country dealing with the Ebola outbreak.
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Liberia declared Ebola free

World Health Organization made declaration on Saturday, after 42 days without any new cases

Liberia Ebola outbreak declared over after 42 days without new case

Liberia was declared free from Ebola on Saturday after 42 days without a new case, the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières said.

Ebola found in U.S. doctor's eye months after recovery

For the first time, Ebola has been discovered inside the eyes of a patient months after the virus was gone from his blood.

New Ebola cases in West Africa at lowest weekly level in a year: WHO

The World Health Organization says the number of Ebola cases reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone last week dropped to 18, the lowest total this year.

Ebola survivors advised against unprotected sex

U.S. health officials are now recommending people avoid contact with the semen of Ebola survivors after a woman in Liberia possibly contracted Ebola through sexual intercourse with a survivor of the disease.
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Dr. Taylor on Ebola next steps

The CBC's Susan Lunn talks to Dr. Gregory Taylor, Canada's chief public health officer, about why he is going back to Ebola-infected areas of Africa.

Ebola still global emergency despite big drop in cases: UN

The World Health Organization says the year-long Ebola outbreak in West Africa still qualifies as an international emergency even though the number of cases has plummeted.

Ebola: Patient tests negative after transfer to Sunnybrook

A patient who was admitted to Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital with symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus has tested negative for the disease.

Ebola: 'Low-risk' Barrie patient transferred to Sunnybrook for testing

A "low-risk" patient taken to a Barrie, Ont., hospital Saturday morning has been transferred to a specialized Ebola response centre in Toronto, according to officials at the Royal Victoria Health Centre.

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone lockdown

Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd in Sierra Leone on Saturday after they threw stones at officials during a three-day national lock down that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic, residents said.

Ebola's toll worst in babies, WHO study finds

About 90 per cent of children under age 1 who caught the Ebola virus in West Africa died from it, the first large study of the epidemic's impact on children suggests.

Guinea tests Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine in hot spot

People living in Guinea's worst Ebola-affected region have started receiving the Canadian-developed experimental vaccine in the hopes it will quell spread.
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Ebola outbreak a year on

Catastrophic scale was avoidable, Doctors Without Borders says
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Ebola email scandal

More than 10,000 deaths later, emails have surfaced suggesting the World Health Organization resisted sounding the alarm for months

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone to lock down hotspots next week

Residents in Sierra Leone's remaining Ebola hotspots will be confined to their houses for three days next week, officials said, as the government tries to snuff out an outbreak that has killed more than 10,200 people across West Africa.

Sunnybrook patient tests negative for Ebola

Lab tests say the woman admitted to Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital on Wednesday morning does not have Ebola.

Ebola outbreak: 10 people flown to U.S. after possible exposure

At least 10 U.S. citizens possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being flown to the United States from Africa for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

Ebola-sapped West African countries now face serious measles risk

Measles threatens to kill more children than Ebola has in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea unless vaccination gaps due to the Ebola outbreak are quickly filled to avert a second health crisis, researchers warn.

Ebola outbreak: independent panel created by WHO to assess its response

The World Health Organization, criticized as being slow and poorly coordinated in its response to West Africa's Ebola outbreak, has commissioned an independent expert panel to asses its handling of the deadly epidemic.
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David Nabarro interview

The the United Nations special envoy on Ebola explains how Canada can help combat the virus

Sask. woman helps 2-day-old baby in Ebola clinic

A Saskatchewan aid worker in Sierra Leone to help people deal with the psychological effects of Ebola recounts the story of how staff cared for a 2-day-old baby who came into the clinic.

Ebola doctors, nurses no longer recruited for West Africa

A Canadian recruitment drive for health workers to help battle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been halted for now, as the number of new cases has slowed over the past two months.

Ebola outbreak: U.S. military ends mission in Liberia months early

The U.S. military officially ended a mission to build treatment facilities to combat an Ebola outbreak in Liberia on Thursday, months earlier than expected, in the latest indication that a year-long epidemic in West Africa is waning.

Ebola outbreak: Fear-mongering criticized by doctor turned patient in NYC

A doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and rode the New York subway system and dined out before he developed symptoms said the media and politicians could have done a better job by educating people on the science of it instead of focusing on their fears.
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Medicago entrusted to produce anti-Ebola virus antibodies

Quebec City's Medicago has been appointed by the United States to produce anti-Ebola treatments. Andy Sheldon, CEO of Medicago, tells us how the company hopes to contribute to the global fight against the deadly virus.

Ebola outbreak: worrying signals in Sierra Leone

After hopeful signs of a decline in the number of new Ebola cases, Sierra Leone remains an area of concern.

Ebola outbreak: sexual transmission drives abstinence and panic

Research has shown traces of Ebola in semen of some survivors for at least 82 days after onset of symptoms.

Ebola outbreak: rapid test approved

A 15-minute test for Ebola virus infection is now approved to use during the emergency, the World Health Organation says.

Ebola outbreak: community action key, UN chief says

The goal set by the presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea of reducing the number of new cases of the deadly disease to zero by April 15 can be reached — but only if local communities stop unsafe burials and healing practices.

Ebola outbreak: Liberia schools reopen after 6-month closure

Students in Liberia began returning to the classroom Monday after a six-month closure during the Ebola epidemic that left thousands dead.
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North Bay man volunteers in Sierra Leone

North Bay's John Best just returned from helping build an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

Novavax starts Ebola vaccine trial in humans

Novavax Inc. has begun early-stage testing of its Ebola vaccine in humans, the company said, less than five months after entering the race to develop a shot for the deadly virus.

Ebola outbreak: vaccine trial starts after years of twists and turns

It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she was close to an Ebola vaccine, only to see the next experiment fail.

Ebola outbreak: vaccine tests begin in Liberia

Large-scale human testing of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.
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Ebola on the decline

The World Health Organization says fewer than 100 new Ebola cases were reported last week in the worst-affected countries

New Ebola cases fall under 100 for 1st week since June

The number of new confirmed Ebola cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the first time the weekly total has fallen below 100 since June 2014, the World Health Organization says.
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Ebola outbreak: Complacency now a concern

Complacency looms as a big risk now in the fight against Ebola, those leading the fight against the virus say.
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Medical burials stop spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Virtually all burials in Sierra Leone, regardless of the cause of death are required to be medical burials to help stop the spread of Ebola.

Ebola outbreak: rich countries must support West Africa's recovery, Oxfam says

Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak, the international development agency Oxfam

WHO's Ebola response forcing agency to reflect, reform

The World Health Organization is holding a special session in Geneva today to evaluate its response the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has infected over 21,000 people, killing more than 8,600.

Ebola outbreak: Experimental Ebola vaccine arrives in Liberia

The first batch of GlaxoSmithKline's experimental Ebola vaccine has been shipped to West Africa and is expected to arrive in Liberia later on Friday, the British drugmaker said.

Ebola outbreak: UN chief calls for final $1 billion

United Nations agencies need a final $1 billion US to fight West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic as experts move to a new phase involving a massive detective operation to trace remaining cases, the UN Ebola chief says.