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West Africa Ebola death toll accelerates DAKAR: More than 1,900 people have died in the world's worst outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, marking a major acceleration in fatalities from just over 1,500 last week. Margaret Chan told a news conference in Washington that 3,500 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as of this week. The death toll from this outbreak is now higher than in all the previous epidemics since the disease was first detected in 1976.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Ebola-hit Liberians keeping the faith MONROVIA: The faithful gather for a prayer service like any other in Liberia's sweltering Resurrection Baptist Ministries church, except today the reverend is taking time to explain why Ebola has forced a change in the seating arrangements."We have created space between the chairs and we have enlarged the aisles. This is the rule of Ebola," Joseph Johnson tells his flock, as they fan themselves in the cloying heat of a Monrovian summer morning."We have to ...
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 ...
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 ...


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