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UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

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The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a “human catastrophe.”

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Gates Foundation to spend $50M on Ebola response 


This undated handout photo provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline (NIAID/GSK) shows a vaccine candidate, in a vial, that will be used in human Ebola trials. The hope is that the first human safety study of the vaccine might eventually be used in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The National Institute of Health on Sunday, Sep. 7, 2014, published some of the key animal research behind such injections. One reason the vaccine was deemed promising was that a single dose protected all four vaccinated monkeys when they were exposed to high levels of Ebola virus just five weeks later, researchers reported in the journal Nature Medicine. (AP Photo/NIAID/GSK)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million — on top of $10 million already committed — to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group’s largest donation to a humanitarian effort.

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Experts debate experimental treatments for Ebola

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Kentucky BioProcessing, tobacco plants are grown in a controlled environment at the Kentucky BioProcessing facility in Owensboro, Ky. The company is using tobacco plants grown at this facility to help manufacture an experimental drug to treat patients infected with Ebola. In the case of the Americans being treated for Ebola, the treatment uses proteins called antibodies to inactivate the Ebola virus and help the body kill infected cells.  (AP Photo/Kentucky BioProcessing, File)

Some 200 experts huddled in Geneva on Thursday to debate experimental treatments for the Ebola virus as the world’s worst-ever outbreak raged in west Africa, having killed more than 1,900 people so far.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

Bruce Aylward, WHO Assistant Director-General, speaks to the media during a press conference about the WHO briefing on the Ebola roadmap. It outlines all actions that need to be taken by affected countries and partners to bring an end to the largest and most complex recorded Ebola outbreak in history, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, August 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Ethical experts urge ‘fair’ sharing of Ebola test drugs

Director General of the World Health Organization, WHO, China's Margaret Chan informs to the media after an emergency meeting on Ebola during a press conference at the headquarters of the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

The limited doses of Ebola trial drugs must not be reserved for the well-off or well-connected, two medical ethics experts said on Thursday as two American doctors treated with an experimental serum were pronounced cured.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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