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Exclusive: White House preparing order for enhanced airport screenings for Ebola


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Exclusive: White House preparing order for enhanced airport screenings for Ebola


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Guinea declares Ebola epidemic: First deaths since 2016


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Eight people test positive for Ebola in Guinea in ‘really concerning’ resurgence of disease


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DRC medics arrested over murder of WHO Ebola doctor

DRC medics arrested over murder of WHO Ebola doctorThree Congolese medics have been detained over the murder of a World Health Organization (WHO) doctor who was fighting an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, a military prosecutor said on Wednesday. Cameroonian doctor Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung was shot dead on April 19 in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo. The arrested doctors will be prosecuted for “terrorism” and “criminal conspiracy,” Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Baptiste Kumbu Ngoma, military prosecutor for Butembo in North Kivu province, told AFP.



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Ebola treatment center in Congo reopens after attack

Ebola treatment center in Congo reopens after attackAn Ebola treatment center located at the epicenter of the current outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has resumed operations after it was attacked last month, the country’s health ministry said on Saturday. The center run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the district of Katwa was set on fire on Feb. 24 by unknown attackers, forcing staff to evacuate patients. “For now it is managed by the ministry in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF,” it said, referring to the United Nations children’s fund.



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U.S. medic quarantined in Nebraska for possible Ebola exposure

U.S. medic quarantined in Nebraska for possible Ebola exposureA U.S. healthcare worker who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the United States on Saturday and was put in quarantine in Nebraska. The medic, who is not exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, will remain under observation for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska Medicine said in a statement.



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Unlicenced Ebola meds could soon be used in DR Congo: WHO

Unlicenced Ebola meds could soon be used in DR Congo: WHOThe World Health Organization said Tuesday it was awaiting formal approval from the Democratic Republic of Congo to send in unlicenced Ebola medication to help rein in an outbreak of the deadly virus. A “major innovation in this outbreak is the potential for use of therapeutic regimens,” Peter Salama, WHO’s head of emergency response, told reporters in Geneva Tuesday. Because of this, they can only be used under the protocols used for research and clinical trials, which also requires ethical reviews and informed consent from each recipient, he said.



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Almost all in Congo city at immediate risk of Ebola now vaccinated -WHO

Almost all in Congo city at immediate risk of Ebola now vaccinated -WHOBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Tuesday almost all the people it considers at immediate risk from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Mbandaka have now been vaccinated against the disease. More than 400 potential Ebola contacts have been vaccinated, which represents 90 percent of those considered at risk, said Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response. “We can’t conclude that we’ve safeguarded the city of Mbandaka but we can say that so far there has not been an explosive increase in cases.



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WHO "cautiously optimistic" about Ebola outbreak after vaccinations

WHO "cautiously optimistic" about Ebola outbreak after vaccinationsThe World Health Organization is cautiously optimistic about the progress of the Ebola response in Democratic Republic of Congo after 90 percent of people at risk in the city of Mbandaka were vaccinated, a senior WHO official said on Tuesday. Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response, said more than 400 potential Ebola contacts had been vaccinated. Although he could not say for certain the city had been safeguarded, he was cautiously optimistic, and there had been no explosive increase in cases.



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