Topic: ebola

Guinea declares end to deadly Ebola outbreak that killed 12 people, WHO reports

Number of deaths far below the more than 11,300 people in West Africa who lost their lives during an outbreak of the disease in 2014-2016.

Handing over Winnipeg lab documents has 'privacy and national security implications,' Hajdu says

Documents related to the firing of two scientists from the high-security laboratory in Winnipeg, and the transfer of viruses to a research facility in Wuhan are too sensitive to hand over to the special committee on Canada-China relations, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Monday. 

Guinea tracks potential Ebola contacts as vaccination campaign begins in Congo

Guinea is tracking down people who potentially came in contact with Ebola patients after three people died of the disease, Health Minister Remy Lamah said on Monday. Meanwhile, the WHO said an Ebola vaccination campaign has begun in the Congolese city of Butembo.
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Quebec thought it had learned from the 1st wave of COVID-19, so why is it facing another lockdown?

It appears Quebec, which recorded the highest number of deaths of any province in the spring, is about to become the first to enter a second large-scale lockdown. Measures expected to be announced by Premier François Legault on Wednesday could possibly include a curfew.

Congo hit by a second Ebola outbreak

Health officials confirm a second Ebola outbreak in Congo.
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Drug designed for Ebola a potential treatment for COVID-19

Researchers say Remdesivir, a drug designed to treat Ebola, is showing promising results against COVID-19 but warn it’s too soon to say.
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Rwanda border with Ebola-hit Congo fully open after slowdowns

Rwanda's border with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo was fully open late on Thursday, a minister said, hours after Congolese traders had reported it shut following a third case of the disease in the Congolese border city of Goma.
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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak international emergency

The World Health Organization has deemed the Ebola outbreak in Congo a public health emergency of international concern.
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Congo’s historic Ebola epidemic complicated by conflict

Congo’s Ebola epidemic has killed nearly 600 people, making it the second deadliest in the world. Treating the sick is especially challenging inside an active combat zone.

Ebola outbreak in Congo expected to last into mid-2019, WHO says

More than 200 people have died and the outbreak is expected to continue into 2019 as health workers deal with insecurity from armed groups and spread of the virus in unregulated "tradi-modern" health centres.

Study authored by U of Sask. researcher says stressed bats could spread diseases to humans

A study authored by a University of Saskatchewan veterinary microbiologist found increased stress levels in bats could lead to the spread of potentially dangerous and deadly viruses.

Uganda at 'big risk' for Ebola spreading from neighbouring Congo, officials say

The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak is not yet a global emergency but has called for an "intensified" response.

Congo approves 4 more experimental treatments as Ebola battle continues

Ministry says 10 Ebola patients who received the first experimental treatment are doing well, while health-care workers struggle to contain the spread of the deadly virus through a vaccination campaign.
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WHO to find out if vaccine can be used in new Ebola outbreak in Congo

The World Health Organization said it hopes to know as early as Tuesday whether the strain of Ebola causing the current outbreak is the one for which an experimental vaccine can be used.

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.

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.

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