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Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo district both a challenge and a chance KINSHASA: When the deadly Ebola virus struck anew last month in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the outbreak was centred in a district sufficiently remote to be both a blessing and a bane for medical staff.The World Health Organization, quoting local authorities, said Tuesday that 31 people have died since August 11 after the disease was reported around the f Boende.WHO, however, said the outbreak "remained contained", as more aid teams struggle to reach the area in Equateur province some 800 kilometres (500 miles) from the capital Kinshasa."In the DRC, logistics are a major challenge," said Jeroen Beijnberger, medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in this country where decades of neglect have left minimal road and rail structure.Boende is so isolated that the risk that the highly contagious disease will spread is low, unlike the situation in west Africa, where a raging epidemic has claimed more than 1,500 lives ...

US targets Shebab leader in Somalia air strike MOGADISHU: US forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group's leader, officials said Tuesday.The Pentagon confirmed an "operation" was carried out on Monday against the hardline militia, and that it was "assessing the results"."The Americans carried out a major air strike targeting a gathering by senior Al-Shebab officials, including their leader Abu-Zubayr," said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, governor ...
Wealthy countries must send medical teams to halt Ebola UNITED NATIONS: The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus will not be halted unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams to West Africa to stop its spread, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Tuesday."Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it," MSF President Joanne Liu said in a speech to United Nations member states. She said aid charities ...
Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town MAIDUGURI: Boko Haram insurgents overran most of a northeastern Nigerian town on Tuesday after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, security sources said.The militants launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km (45 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, on Monday.They were initially repelled but came back in greater numbers overnight, the sources and witnesses said.Nigerian defence spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. ...
'Grave concerns' over food shortages in Ebola-hit nations: UN DAKAR: Labour shortages and disrupted cross-border trade caused by the deadly Ebola outbreak have sparked "grave food security concerns" in the worst-hit countries, the United Nations said on Tuesday.Restrictions on movement in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has led to panic buying, food shortages and severe price hikes, especially in towns and cities, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader MOGADISHU: US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia's Shebab, the government said on Tuesday, but gave no details if the attack was successful."The Americans carried out a major air strike targeting a gathering by senior Al-Shebab officials, including their leader Abu-Zubayr," said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, governor for southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region. The Pentagon has confirmed an "operation" was carried out.Abu-Zubayr is the often used name for Shebab supreme commander Ahmed ...
Ebola-denial a revolt against colonial mindset: expert DAKAR: It has been one of the more bizarre features of a deadly epidemic: a vocal minority in west African society denying that Ebola exists even as family and friends die around them.The outbreak has cut a swathe through the region, killing more than 1,500 people since the start of the year, yet the work of medics and nurses has been disrupted by angry mobs claiming Ebola is an invention.A leading social anthropologist who spent ...


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