Articles tagged 'ebola'

Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use 24 December 2016 NEW YORK - A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protect...
West Africa declared Ebola-free 14 January 2016 MONROVIA - Liberia has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), effectively putting an end to the world's worst outbreak of the disease. The "end of active transmission" was declared, after 42 days without a new case in Liberia. It joins Guinea and Sierra Leone, whic...
Nigerian city in new Ebola scare 9 October 2015 LAGOS - An Ebola scare has been reported in southern Nigeria, a year after the country was declared free of the virus. Ten people have been quarantined after coming into contact with a man showing Ebola-like symptoms, officials said. The man reportedly died shortly after being admitted to h...
Mugabe clocks 220 000km flying 6 July 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe, a serial traveller now dubbed “Visiting Leader” by some of his political detractors, is expected to embark on another long overseas sojourn this week — this time to the United States for a summit on Ebola — as the nonagenarian continues to break national flying r...
Mudondo collaborates with Chabvonga 22 April 2015 HARARE - Rasta-Kwasa musician Dino Mudondo has resurfaced with a ‘social marketing’ song he collaborated on with old friend and Chimurenga artiste Jairos Chabvonga. The song is about the Ebola virus. “I have been putting my house in order hence keeping a low profile in showbiz. I have disco...
US evacuates aid workers over Ebola 15 March 2015 WASHINGTON - Ten US aid workers who were possibly exposed to Ebola are being evacuated back to America from Sierra Leone. On Friday it was announced that a US aid worker back from Sierra Leone had tested positive and was being treated in hospital near Washington DC. The evacuees may have be...
New Ebola cases rise 12 February 2015 GENEVA - The number of new cases of Ebola has risen in all of West Africa's worst-hit countries for the second week in a row, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. This is the second weekly increase in confirmed cases in 2015, ending a series of encouraging declines. The WHO said on Wed...
Family claims bad handling of 'Ebola' corpse 11 February 2015 HARARE - The husband of a Mbare woman who was suspected by authorities to have died of Ebola in Guinea Conakry has rejected claims that they attempted to steal the body from a funeral parlour. The distraught family also blew holes on official claims that mourners were disinfected and thorough ...
Chaos as 'Ebola' corpse lands in Harare 5 February 2015 HARARE - There was pandemonium in Harare recently when grieving relatives “stole” the remains of a Zimbabwean woman whom local authorities suspect may have died from the dreaded Ebola virus in Conakry, Guinea late last year. The deceased, Tarisai Gombakomba, who was employed in Guinea as a dom...
Chipo Tsodzo relives Ebola hell 24 January 2015 HARARE - If Zimbabwe's national football team was scheduled to travel to an Ebola-infested nation for a crucial qualifier, how many would raise up their hands for selection? The Ebola virus that broke out in Zaire (present day Democratic Republic of Congo) and surrounding areas recorded a huma...
15-minute Ebola test on trial 28 November 2014 LONDON - A 15-minute blood and saliva test for Ebola is to be trialled in Guinea, it has been announced. The solar-powered, portable laboratory should deliver results six times faster than tests currently used in West Africa. The researchers involved say faster diagnosis would increase the ...
Morocco disqualified from Afcon 12 November 2014 CAIRO - Morocco have been stripped of the right to host next year's African Nations Cup, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) decided yesterday as it examined prospective replacements. It has also disqualified Morocco from playing in the finals, which Caf said would go ahead as planned ...
Caf must postpone Afcon for sake of Africa 8 November 2014 JOHANNESBURG - There has been talk and a lot of going forward and backwards regarding next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals which are scheduled for Morocco. The North African country has made it clear that the tournament will have to be postponed from the January/February calendar or else t...
UN 'lacks resources' to fight Ebola 6 November 2014 LONDON - The head of the UN mission charged with fighting Ebola in West Africa has told the BBC he does not yet have the resources necessary to defeat it. Tony Banbury said more help was urgently needed, despite significant contributions from the UK, China, Cuba and the US. But he was hopef...
WHO asks Zim to send personnel to West Africa 29 October 2014 HARARE - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked Zimbabwe to send personnel to West Africa to help combat the deadly Ebola virus, a senior government official has said. The revelations add to the pressure already being applied to the Zimbabwe government by health and aid groups for it to...
US advises against Ebola isolation 28 October 2014 WASHINGTON - US medics returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa will be actively monitored but not placed in quarantine under new US health rules. The federal guidelines came after a nurse was put in isolation in a tent in New Jersey, a decision condemned by UN Secretary-General B...
Ebola costing Zim economy 26 October 2014 HARARE - Although Ebola has not physically visited the shores of Zimbabwe, effects of the haemorrhagic disease are already being felt in the cash-strapped southern African country. Local music lovers in the past few weeks woke up to shocking news that Jamaican artiste Konshens, born Garfield S...
Ebola: Why some survive, some don't 20 October 2014 NEW YORK - There's no cure for Ebola. So why have some patients walked away healthy while others in the West died? Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Rick Sacra all contracted the disease while working in Liberia -- and all survived. Spanish nurse's aide Teresa Romero Ramos got the vi...
Tourism loses $1m to Ebola 18 October 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe's tourism industry players have lost more than $1 million in income following cancellation of a key international conference due to Ebola scare reports, the country’s tourism council said. The country was supposed to host the 18th Insurance Congress for Developing Countries (...
Ebola worries hurting tourism 18 October 2014 MASVINGO - Paul Chimedza, the Health and Child Care deputy minister, has warned that Zimbabwe risks losing business if authorities fail to contain “malicious information” surrounding the deadly Ebola disease. Within hours of an Ebola scare in Harare, hotels in the resort town of Victoria Falls...
Wilkins re-opens after Ebola ruled out 16 October 2014 HARARE - Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital was yesterday re-opened after Ebola was ruled out as the cause of a patient's illness. The hospital was temporarily closed last week, as staff dealt with a patient with a mysterious and potentially contagious illness which turned out to be malaria....
Second Texas Ebola case announced 15 October 2014 TEXAS - A second health worker in the US state of Texas has tested positive for Ebola, health officials say. Both health workers treated Liberian man Thomas Duncan, who died last week after becoming the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US. Meanwhile, the UN's Ebola mission chief say...
Confusion over 'Ebola patient' 11 October 2014 HARARE - Government is yet to send to South Africa specimens from an Ebola suspect quarantined at Wilkins Hospital as confusion rocks government’s handling of the crisis. Contrary to announcements on Thursday that the samples had been sent to South Africa for tests, the Daily News was yesterda...
Ebola: Clinic in lockdown 10 October 2014 HARARE - An Ebola scare yesterday sparked quick reaction by authorities when they quarantined a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) student and locked down Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital (Wilkins) in Harare in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly disease. Hilda Bara, the Wilkins medi...
Zim can contain Ebola: CDC 8 October 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe has a stronger health system compared to its West African counterparts that can help it manage any Ebola outbreak, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said. CDC director Peter Kilmarx, who is overseeing staff in Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone for a month, to...