TOPIC: EBOLA

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Ebola spreads in Uganda as country waits for experimental vaccine

There is no known treatment for the new Sudan Ebola virus strain rapidly spreading in Uganda, but there’s hope an experimental vaccine could be going into arms in the next few weeks.

WHO says vaccine trial for new Ebola strain could start soon, as 1st case confirmed in Ugandan capital

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday a clinical trial of vaccines to combat the Sudan strain of Ebola could start within weeks as an outbreak of the disease in Uganda reached the capital, stirring alarm.

Why the Ebola outbreak in Uganda matters to you

If there's one thing we've learned from COVID-19 and monkeypox, health experts say, it's that viruses are world travellers – and disease outbreaks are developing at a fast and furious pace.   

Ebola deaths in Uganda rise to 23 as outbreak grows

The risk of potential serious public health impact from the outbreak within Uganda is considered high, WHO says.
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Ebola survivor visits Winnipeg lab in 2016

Xiangguo Qiu and staff at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg meet Junietta Macauley from Sierra Leone, whose life was saved by ZMapp, the Ebola vaccine they helped develop.

Ivory Coast reports 1st Ebola case since the 1990s

Ivory Coast reported the first case of the Ebola hemorrhagic virus in the country in 25 years, the country's health minister and the World Health Organization (WHO) said separately on Saturday.

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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Liberia’s lessons from Ebola during COVID-19 pandemic

The National’s Adrienne Arsenault talks to former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about the lessons Liberia and its people, who bore the brunt of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, can share about fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.

N.Y. doctor uses experience as Ebola patient to fight 'stunningly similar' COVID-19

A New York doctor describes feeling helplessness as he struggles to treat COVID-19 patients and how he is drawing on his own experience from battling Ebola to provide the best care possible.
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Dr. Tam explains how the national pandemic stockpile works

Dr. Theresa Tam Canada's Chief Public Health Officer spoke with reporters on Thursday

Scientist fears lessons from past epidemics now forgotten

A veteran community health researcher warns that Canadians in the fight against COVID-19 are not as prepared — or protected — as they should be, despite the lessons learned in earlier health crises.
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Canadian team invited to do clinical trials in China for antiviral drug

Dr. Michel Chrétien's team at the Clinical Research Insitute of Montreal began clinical trials in China for an antiviral drug developed by Chrétien and his colleagues in the wake of SARS. He gives us an inside look at the lab teams fighting to find a drug that can stop COVID-19 in its tracks.

Violence against health workers complicating measles outbreak in Ebola-ravaged Congo

Violence against health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is complicating the response to a massive measles outbreak and accelerating the spread of the disease, which has claimed twice as many lives than an ongoing Ebola epidemic.

Deadly attacks on Ebola workers in Congo 'a huge setback,' says aid worker

Four health workers have been murdered eastern Congo, and their colleagues say the violence threatens the progress they've made in their fight against Ebola.

UN says armed attacks in eastern Congo kill Ebola responders

Rebels have attacked and killed Ebola response workers in eastern Congo, the World Health Organization chief said Thursday, an alarming development that could cause the waning outbreak to again pick up momentum in what has been called a war zone.

WHO, UNICEF evacuate 76 staff from Ebola teams in Congo due to insecurity

Ebola responders are on lockdown in the eastern Congo city of Beni after angry residents attacked a UN base to protest repeated rebel assaults, WHO says.

Merck wins European approval to market first-ever Ebola vaccine

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co Inc on Monday received approval from the European Commission to market its Ebola vaccine.

Ebola survivors might not be immune to reinfection, prompting concerns over care

A patient's death raises many questions about the accepted medical theory that Ebola survivors are immune to reinfection.

U of M researchers head to West Africa to study how Ebola affects reproductive system

As Congo continues fighting the second-largest Ebola virus outbreak in history, University of Manitoba researchers will travel to West Africa to help prevent survivors from sexually transmitting the disease.

Ebola in Congo still qualifies as global emergency, World Health Organization says

Ebola outbreak in Congo still warrants being classified as a global emergency, WHO's director-general says.

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