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Ebola Virus Symptoms and Prevention

Ebola Virus Symptoms and Prevention

Ebola virus facts: Key facts (as per World Health Organization) Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.

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WHO's contribution to the Ebola response

WHO's contribution to the Ebola response

WHO has been working in Ebola-affected countries to help the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) achieve their 70-70-60 goals.

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2014 EBOLA OUTBREAK

October 06 WEST AFRICA OUTBREAK *

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US EBOLA PATIENT DIES; AIRPORT SCREENING EXPANDED

by AP October 9, 2014 (updated) WASHINGTON (AP) — The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.

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PHILIPPINES HEALTH WORKERS SOUGHT FOR EBOLA-HIT WEST AFRICA

by AFP October 11, 2014 (updated) The Philippines is considering deploying substantial numbers of health workers to West Africa amid a global appeal to deal with the Ebola virus, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said Friday.

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US CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF EBOLA CONTRACTED ON US SOIL

US CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF EBOLA CONTRACTED ON US SOIL

By: Agence France-Presse October 13, 2014 2:55 AM WASHINGTON - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday that a Texas health care worker has tested positive for Ebola -- the first case contracted on American soil.

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EBOLA: ‘DISASTER OF OUR GENERATION’

EBOLA: ‘DISASTER OF OUR GENERATION’

by AFP and Genalyn D. Kabiling October 20, 2014 Aid agency Oxfam said in London over the weekend that Ebola could become the “definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation,” as President Aquino sought to raise public awareness on the deadly disease without causing undue panic here in the country.

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THIRD UN EMPLOYEE DIES FROM EBOLA

By: Agence France-Presse October 21, 2014 5:54 AM NEW YORK - A United Nations staff member in Sierra Leone has died from Ebola, the third employee from the world organization to succumb to the deadly virus, the UN spokesman said Monday.

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EBOLA SPREADS TO NY, MALI

New York reported its first case of Ebola, a doctor who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, while Mali’s health ministry on Thursday said the country had its first confirmed case after a two-year-old girl who had recently been in Guinea tested positive for the virus.

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RECIPE FOR EBOLA CURE MAY BE FOUND IN SURVIVORS' BLOOD: SCIENTISTS

RECIPE FOR EBOLA CURE MAY BE FOUND IN SURVIVORS' BLOOD: SCIENTISTS

By: Sharon Begley, Exclusive for Reuters November 8, 2014 2:34 AM -- NEW YORK - A group of scientists including three Nobel laureates in medicine has proposed that US health officials chart a new path to developing Ebola drugs and vaccines by harnessing antibodies produced by survivors of the deadly outbreak.

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Did they die from Ebola?

Did they die from Ebola?

An oral swab sample from a corps suspected to have died from the Ebola virus disease is being put into a safe container for further transport to a laboratory, Monrovia, Liberia, 2014. WHO/P. Desloovere

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EBOLA: IDENTIFYING THE CAUSE OF DEATH

EBOLA: IDENTIFYING THE CAUSE OF DEATH

November 2014 Dead bodies can be very contagious when it comes to Ebola, but that doesn't mean that every deceased person has died due to the disease.

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UN REVEALS MAJOR GAPS IN WATER AND SANITATION – ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS

UN REVEALS MAJOR GAPS IN WATER AND SANITATION – ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS

19 NOVEMBER 2014 ¦ NEW YORK/GENEVA - Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from WHO on behalf of UN-Water.

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UN WARNS EBOLA STILL FAR FROM OVER

UN WARNS EBOLA STILL FAR FROM OVER

By: Agence France-Presse November 22, 2014 8:52 AM -- NEW YORK - The head of the UN Ebola mission warned Friday that the world was "far, far away" from beating back the outbreak and said a huge increase in aid was still needed to fight Ebola on the ground in Africa.

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NEW EBOLA CASE IN MALI CONFIRMED, TWO MORE SUSPECTED

BAMAKO, Mali — Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease, which has already killed at least five people in the country. The patient who tested positive "was placed in an isolation center for intensive treatment," said a government statement distributed Saturday. No details about the patient were provided.

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WHEN EBOLA CAME CALLING: HOW COMMUNITIES IN SIERRA LEONE FACED THE CHALLENGE

WHEN EBOLA CAME CALLING: HOW COMMUNITIES IN SIERRA LEONE FACED THE CHALLENGE

November 2014 When Ebola first swept through Port Loko District, Sierra Leone the rash of sudden inexplicable deaths was so shocking local people explained it as "a witch plane crash."

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2014 EBOLA OUTBREAK

December 05 WEST AFRICA OUTBREAK * Spain 1 caseGuinea 2164 cases1327 deathsSierra Leone 7312 cases1583 deathsSenegal 1 caseMali 8 cases6 deathsLiberia 7635 cases3145 deathsNigeria 20 cases8 deathsUnited States 4 cases1 death

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More time needed' to control Ebola

More time needed' to control Ebola

Dr David Nabarro said there has been "a massive shift" over the last four months in the way affected governments have taken the lead in responding to the epidemic, communities are taking action and the international community has pitched in.

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UN says several months needed to control Ebola

By Edith M. Lederer (Associated Press) | Updated December 12, 2014 - 8:54am

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Ebola in 2015 – end of the line for a killer?

Ebola in 2015 – end of the line for a killer?

PARIS: After decades making brief, murderous forays from central Africa’s forests, Ebola erupted into a global emergency in 2014, yet its success could spell its downfall as scientists scramble to relegate it to a footnote of medical history.

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Filipino peacekeeper has malaria, not Ebola

Filipino peacekeeper has malaria, not Ebola

(philstar.com) | Updated November 15, 2014 - 4:03pm

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PH remains Ebola-free – DOH

Quarantined peacekeeper catches fever; Ebola, malaria tests on tap by Elena L. Aben & Charina Clarisse Echaluce November 15, 2014 (updated)

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Data request slows timetable for Ebola vaccine trial

Data request slows timetable for Ebola vaccine trial

African countries that will host phase 2 clinical trials of one of the leading candidate Ebola vaccines have asked GSK, the manufacturer, for more information, which means the trials most likely will start in February, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

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Ebola: A wake-up call for leaders

Ebola: A wake-up call for leaders

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has exposed the underbelly of many of Africa’s healthcare systems.

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WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000

By Boubacar Diallo (Associated Press) | Updated December 21, 2014 - 5:39am

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POEA orders total deployment ban on Ebola-hit West African countries

POEA orders total deployment ban on Ebola-hit West African countries

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has imposed a total deployment ban in Ebola-hit countries Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said Saturday.

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Death toll from Ebola in West Africa rises to 7,518 - WHO

Death toll from Ebola in West Africa rises to 7,518 - WHO

December 23, 2014 2:18am LONDON - The death toll from Ebola in the three West Africa countries hardest hit by the epidemic has risen to 7,518 out of 19,340 confirmed cases recorded there to date, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Sierra Leone

Last Updated: December 26, 2014 17:18 GMT

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 Ebola returns to Europe with first case diagnosed in Britain

Ebola returns to Europe with first case diagnosed in Britain

December 30, 2014 A healthcare worker recently back from Sierra Leone was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday (Dec. 29, 2014) by doctors in Scotland’s largest city, the first diagnosis of the deadly virus in Britain during the current outbreak.

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Nurse becomes first Ebola victim diagnosed in Britain

Nurse becomes first Ebola victim diagnosed in Britain

December 31, 2014 10:01am LONDON - A health worker who has become the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in Britain was being treated at a London hospital on Tuesday after contracting the disease in West Africa.

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Ebola wrecks years of aid work in worst-hit countries

Ebola wrecks years of aid work in worst-hit countries

December 31, 2014 11:42am DAKAR/KOIDU, Sierra Leone - Ebola is wrecking years of health and education work in Sierra Leone and Liberia following their civil wars, forcing many charity groups to suspend operations or re-direct them to fighting the epidemic.

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Exclusive: CDC to hire lab safety chief after Ebola, bird flu mishaps

Exclusive: CDC to hire lab safety chief after Ebola, bird flu mishaps

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to hire a chief of laboratory safety, a new post that has taken on more urgency after a CDC scientist was possibly exposed to Ebola in a laboratory last week.

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Ebola stricken nurse 'stabilised'

By PRESS ASSOCIATION PUBLISHED: 00:06 GMT, 6 January 2015 | UPDATED: 00:06 GMT, 6 January 2015

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Ebola: patient is tested at Manchester hospital

Ebola: patient is tested at Manchester hospital

Monday 12 January 2015 A patient at North Manchester General Hospital is being tested for Ebola.

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Mali Declared Ebola-Free By WHO

Mali is officially free of the Ebola virus, government authorities and the World Health Organization announced on Sunday.

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Ebola virus changes over time, may thwart drugs – study

Ebola virus changes over time, may thwart drugs – study

Even though some drugs are now being fast-tracked, they are developed over a decade ago and come from strains of Ebola from when the virus first emerged in the 1970sFIGHTING EBOLA. US President Barack Obama (L) listens to Chief of the Biodefense Research Section Nancy Sullivan as he tours the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 02 December 2014. Photo by Alex Wong/EPA

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On Ebola front line, first glimpse of end to epidemic

By Emma Farge and Umaru Fofana FREETOWN Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:09am EST

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Ebola crisis: Experimental vaccine 'shipped to Liberia'

Ebola crisis: Experimental vaccine 'shipped to Liberia'

The first batch of an experimental vaccine against Ebola is on its way to Liberia. The shipment will be the first potentially preventative medicine to reach one of the hardest hit countries. But experts say that, with Ebola cases falling, it may be difficult to establish whether the jab offers any protection against the virus.

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WHO Chief Unveils Reforms After Ebola Response Criticized

WHO Chief Unveils Reforms After Ebola Response Criticized

"The Ebola outbreak revealed some inadequacies and shortcomings" RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Why You Might Not Want To Mix Alcohol and Energy Drinks Why You Might Not Want To Mix Alcohol and Energy Drinks Here's an Adorable Newborn Pygmy Hippo Just Doing His Thing Here's an Adorable Newborn Pygmy Hippo Just Doing His Thing The Costliest City for Rentals Will Surprise You The Costliest City for Rentals Will Surprise You The head of the UN’s global health agency has laid out a set of reforms to better and more quickly fight disease outbreaks, in a frank acknowledgement that the organization struggled to confront the scale of the 2014 Ebola outbreak that killed more than 8,600 people.

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Report by the Director-General to the Special Session of the Executive Board on Ebola

Report by the Director-General to the Special Session of the Executive Board on Ebola

Mister chairman, distinguished members of the Executive Board, Excellencies, Ambassadors, colleagues in the UN system, ladies and gentlemen, The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in parts of West Africa is the largest, longest, most severe, and most complex in the nearly four-decade history of this disease. This was West Africa’s first experience with the virus, and it delivered some horrific shocks and surprises. The world, including WHO, was too slow to see what was unfolding before us.

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2014 EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA - CASE COUNTS

2014 EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA - CASE COUNTS

Case counts updated in conjunction with the World Health Organization updates and are based on information reported by the Ministries of Health. As of January 25, 2015 (Updated January 27, 2015)

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U.N. Report: Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia

U.N. Report: Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia — The United Nations (UN) said on Saturday Liberia was dealing with just five remaining cases of Ebola, in the clearest sign yet that the country is nearing the end of the outbreak.

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Update: Mercy patient being treated at UCD Med Center for possible Ebola

Update: Mercy patient being treated at UCD Med Center for possible Ebola

By Sammy Caiola - scaiola@sacbee.com 01/29/2015 10:13 AM Updated: 01/29/2015 4:12 PM

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  New Ebola cases at lowest level in seven months: WHO

New Ebola cases at lowest level in seven months: WHO

The number of new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the three worst-affected countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has fallen to the lowest level since late June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Thursday.

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WHO says Ebola epidemic on the decline

WHO says Ebola epidemic on the decline

UN's Ebola coordinator David Nabarro still cautions that the epidemic is not totally contained

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African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women's empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will be beset by a string of crises across the continent

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 What worked in controlling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

What worked in controlling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

THE WORLD’S tardy response to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has killed 8,810 people, demands that lessons be learned. Toward that end, a fresh batch of scientific reports has emerged in recent days to guide future responses. The World Health Organization, which stumbled in the initial period, seems to be recognizing its mistakes and looking for ways to correct them.

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Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills

Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills

LONDON/DAKAR - A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors.

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Ebola-hit Liberia delays school reopening

Ebola-hit Liberia delays school reopening

MONROVIA: Liberia's education ministry said on Sunday it had postponed by two weeks the reopening of the country's schools, which were closed six months ago to limit the spread of the Ebola virus.

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Ebola: third UK healthcare worker treated for virus

Military patient flown back to London by RAF

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UPDATE 1-Liberia begins clinical trial for Ebola vaccines as outbreak ebbs

UPDATE 1-Liberia begins clinical trial for Ebola vaccines as outbreak ebbs

(Adds quote from deputy health minister) * Scientists worry the trials may be too late * Doctors, minister due to be vaccinated Tuesday * Trials set to involve 27,000 volunteers By James Harding Giahyue

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Ebola vaccine trials begin in Liberia

Ebola vaccine trials begin in Liberia

The vaccines are administered to 12 volunteers at the start of a trial which will eventually involve up to 27,000 adults

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Funding delays may have helped Ebola spread – study

Funding delays may have helped Ebola spread – study

Study: Delays by international donors in providing money promised to fight Ebola may have allowed the disease to spread, driving up the amount of the final bill

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Number of new Ebola cases rises for first time in 2015 – WHO

Number of new Ebola cases rises for first time in 2015 – WHO

During the 7 days leading up to February 1, 124 new cases are confirmed across the 3 west African countries at the epicenter of the devastating outbreak

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'Encouraging' Ebola drug trial results in Guinea – researchers

'Encouraging' Ebola drug trial results in Guinea – researchers

No scientific trial data has been made public, but the preliminary results are the first to show efficacy of an experimental treatment for the Ebola virus

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--Sierra Leone Last Updated: February 08, 2015 21:37 GMT     STATUS: HEAVILY AFFECTED

--Sierra Leone Last Updated: February 08, 2015 21:37 GMT STATUS: HEAVILY AFFECTED

SUMMARY Sierra Leone’s first Ebola case occurred in late May in counties bordering Guinea. Guinea’s outbreak began several months earlier. Although Ebola cases were declining rapidly, a rise occurred in the final week of January, with more districts reporting newly-confirmed cases. Most of the new cases were not in registered contacts.

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Fort Magsaysay eyed as quarantine area for Ebola patients

Fort Magsaysay eyed as quarantine area for Ebola patients

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Palayan City, Philippines – This sprawling military camp is being eyed by local officials in Nueva Ecija as a quarantine area for people infected with the Ebola virus and other communicable diseases such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

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Anti-Ebola Drug Approved for Wider Use in Guinea

Anti-Ebola Drug Approved for Wider Use in Guinea

According to the announcement of Guinea government officials on Saturday, the Japanese anti-Ebola experimental drug has been approved for a wider use in Guinea, following the success of initial trials. Sakoba Keita, coordinator of Guinea’s Ebola response commented “We have decided to broaden the use of this drug. It will only be available in the Ebola Treatment Units, not the hospitals.”

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Guinea approves Fujifilm's Avigan to treat early Ebola cases

Guinea approves Fujifilm's Avigan to treat early Ebola cases

SINGAPORE--The head of Guinea's Ebola-response program wasted no time announcing approval of Fujifilm's Avigan (favipiravir) influenza drug to treat early cases of Ebola in the West African nation.

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Ebola flights ban slammed by MPs

Ebola flights ban slammed by MPs

THE Government's decision to cancel direct flights to the UK from West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak has been sharply criticised by MPs, who said it had "no basis in science".

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5 nakasama sa flight ng Pinay nurse, inoobserbahan sa Iloilo

5 nakasama sa flight ng Pinay nurse, inoobserbahan sa Iloilo

February 14,2015 09:27AM(UPDATE) Limang kasama ng Pinay nurse sa eroplano pabalik ng bansa ang inoobeserbahan kung tinamaan ng Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Sa tala ng DOH-Western Visayas, ang lima ay galing ng Iloilo.

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UK Ebola medics under investigation

23 February 2015 Last updated at 12:06 Pauline Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola in December after volunteering work in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone reports sharp spike in Ebola cases

Sierra Leone reports sharp spike in Ebola cases

9:13 AM, Feb 26, 2015 Sierra Leone warns that the decline in new Ebola cases is being threatened by people

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Ebola: Sierra Leone village in lockdown after 31 new cases recorded

Lisa O'Carroll @lisaocarroll Friday 27 February 2015 15.33 GMT Last modified on Friday 27 February 2015 17.38 GMT Flare-up of virus in community just outside town of Makeni with WHO linking cases to one man who escaped quarantine in Freetown

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Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone vice-president quarantined

28 February 2015 Last updated at 22:53 Cases of Ebola had been on the decline in Sierra Leone, but they have risen again in recent weeks

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Ebola as a ruthless killer

Ebola as a ruthless killer

March 4, 2015 7:43am DAKAR, Senegal - Here are key dates in the current Ebola epidemic,

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British Ebola patient flown home from S. Leone

March 13, 2015 7:52am A female British military healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in hospital in London on Thursday after she was flown back from the West African country.

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At least 10 Americans being flown to U.S. after possible Ebola exposure

At least 10 Americans being flown to U.S. after possible Ebola exposure

(Reuters) - At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

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