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Clashes erupt in Liberia as government instates Ebola quarantine

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Liberian security forces stand in front of protesters after clashes at West Point neighbourhood in Monrovia August 20, 2014. Four people were injured in clashes when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on demonstrators in the quarantine zone in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. It’s as the world tries to contain the fatal outbreak and to find a cure for the... 

Ebola death toll rises to 1229 in West Africa

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the number of deaths from the Ebola outbreak in four West African nations has climbed to 1,229. The UN health agency said on Tuesday that death toll jumped between August 14 and 16, the period which registered 113 new cases. Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola epidemic... 

Ebola epidemic to take six months to control: MSF

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Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) medical workers disinfect the body bag of an Ebola victim at the MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 14, 2014. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola epidemic is moving faster than authorities can handle and it could take six months to bring under control. “It is…moving... 

Heavy flooding kills 77, injures 227 across Sudan

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Sudanese cross a flooded street in the capital, Khartoum, August 3, 2014. The Sudanese Health Ministry has announced that flash floods triggered by heavy rains have claimed 77 lives and left 227 people injured across the North African country. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the ministry’s department of emergency and humanitarian work said one of the victims... 

Ebola Apocalypse “Mysteries” Raises Biowarfare Fears

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A bleak report issued today by the Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on the ever growing Ebola virus apocalypse currently devastating a number of Western African nations (and so out of control that governments there have revived a disease-fighting tactic not used in nearly a century called the “cordon sanitaire”)... 

WHO sanctions unproven medicine against Ebola virus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the use of unproven drugs against deadly and highly contagious Ebola virus in West Africa “ethical” as long as the provision satisfied certain criteria. “The panelists said ethical criteria must always guide the provision of such intervention,” Assistant Director-General of the WHO Dr.... 

In Ebola Outbreak, Who Should Get Experimental Drug?

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Some have said it is wrong that with hundreds of Africans dying from the outbreak of Ebola, extremely scarce supplies of an experimental drug went to two white American aid workers. But what if the first doses of the drug, which had never been used in people and had not even finished the typical animal safety testing, had been given to African patients instead? “It... 

Nigeria declares state of emergency over Ebola

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The Nigerian president has declared a state of emergency in the country over the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. On Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan “declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria a national emergency,” the president’s office said in a statement. Jonathan urged people to avoid large gatherings to prevent... 

Dozens forced to circumize in Kenya

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A dozen men were seized and stripped naked before they were forced to undergo circumcisions in western Kenya as part of a ‘ceremony’, it has been reported. The 12 men, from the Luo, Turkana, Iteso and Luhyia communities, were reportedly subjected to the procedure after their wives revealed they had not had it done previously. A number of women in... 

Sierra Leone top Ebola doctor killed by virus

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Sheik Umar Khan, head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone. Sheik Umar Khan, the doctor who was leading Sierra Leone’s battle against the worst Ebola outbreak on record, has died from the virus. The West African country’s chief medical officer Brima Kargbo said the 39-year-old Khan passed away on Tuesday. Khan, who treated over... 

Ebola outbreak kills 603 in West Africa

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Health workers putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea on June 28, 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 603. The UN health agency said on Tuesday that officials recorded 85 new cases, including 68 fatal, from July 8-12. Some 52 fatalities... 

Scientists translate 66 chimpanzee gestures

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Studying footage of chimpanzees from Uganda between 2007 and 2009, scientists have arrived at translations for 66 gestures used between the apes as means of communication. Previous research had revealed that the animals use gestures to communicate. The authors from the University of St Andrews in Scotland said the messages ranged from “simple requests... 

WHO holds crisis meeting on Ebola outbreak

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting an emergency meeting in Ghana as the death toll from the deadly Ebola virus keeps rising in West Africa. Health officials from eleven African countries are meeting in Ghana’s capital city of Accra on Wednesday to find a way to contain the deadliest outbreak of the virus in history. Representatives from Cote d’Ivoire,... 

Newly-discovered mouse related to elephants

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A newly-discovered diminutive mammal has been found to be genetically related to elephants, scientists say. Macroscelides micus, as goes the 7.5-inch (19-cm)-long creature’s scientific name has been found in Namibia and is akin in appearance to a mouse with a long snout. John Dumbacher, a California scientist who helped identify the animal, said the animal... 

Ebola out of control: Doctors Without Borders

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Members of Doctors without Borders carry the body of a person killed at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guinea. Doctors Without Borders has said the Ebola outbreak in West African nations is “totally out of control,” calling for more help in dealing with the disease. Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the group, said on Friday... 
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