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US lifts ban on pandemic pathogen tweaks

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has lifted a three-year moratorium on civilian gain-of-function (GOF) research that enhances the potency of pandemic pathogens such as SARS, the flu and Ebola. “GOF research is important in helping us identify, understand, and develop strategies and effective countermeasures against rapidly evolving pathogens that pose a threat to public health,” said NIH... 

Russia registers most effective drug for Ebola – Putin

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Russia has registered a new Ebola drug that appears to be more effective than all of the other medicines currently being used to treat the disease, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced during a meeting with the Cabinet. “We have registered a medicine for the Ebola fever that, after a series of tests, demonstrates high effectiveness. Its effectiveness is higher than that of those remedies that... 

Britain lists Russia as Major National Security Threat

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Britain has listed Russia as one of its top-tier potential security threats alongside global terrorism and the Ebola virus. UK’s security services published a draft of a new list of what they deem as possible threats to the country, the Express reported on Sunday. Russia’s alleged aggression in Ukraine, the country’s vast military budget and President Vladimir Putin’s “willingness to display... 

Mystery Disease claims 18 lives in southeast Nigeria

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At least 18 people have been killed in a southeastern Nigerian town due to a “mysterious” disease which kills in less than 24 hours, government says. “Twenty-three people (were affected) and 18 deaths were recorded,” AFP quoted the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, as saying on Saturday. Earlier in the day a government spokesman, Kayode Akinmade, had put the number... 

Ebola death toll exceeds 10,000 mark says WHO

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The UN health agency says the death toll from the Ebola epidemic has passed the 10,000 mark, with the three hardest-hit West African countries taking the brunt of the plight. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday that the number of the deaths had hit 10,004 and the total number of cases stood at 24,350. Almost all of the deaths and cases have occurred in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and... 

Sierra Leone VP quarantined over Ebola fears

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Sierra Leone’s vice president has voluntarily quarantined himself after one of his security guards died from Ebola. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana on Sunday decided to put himself in quarantine for 21 days following the death of one of his security personnel last Tuesday. It is the first time a high-ranking official is quarantined for fear of spreading the epidemic that according to the most... 

Ebola cases rise for first time in weeks: WHO

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Photo shows health workers carrying the body of an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the cases of new Ebola infections in West Africa increased during the last week of January. In the first weekly increase in new Ebola cases in 2015, the United Nations health agency said on Wednesday that 124 new cases had been registered in the three West African countries affected... 

Flight from Paris quarantined in Moscow after suspicion of Ebola on-board

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A view of the airfield at Sheremetyevo International Airport. A full passenger plane was quarantined in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for about 4 hours, after pilots told the ground staff one of the travelers was suffering from suspected Ebola symptoms. “Several minutes before landing we received an alert from the pilots about a passenger, and after being put in quarantine, she was looked at by... 

Ebola lockdown in Sierra Leone extended for 2 weeks

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A woman walks past signs warning of Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Authorities in Sierra Leone have extended the Ebola lockdown in the northern Tonkolili district of the West African country for two weeks in a bid to contain the outbreak. “The lockdown is extended for another two weeks to intensify monitoring efforts by all sectors in the district as we need this mopping up operation until January... 

Ebola fight in West Africa not over

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Health workers stand inside the Elwa hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia on September 7, 2014. West African countries still have a long way to go to beat back the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, a senior UN official says. “I think the response (to Ebola) has been successful but we have a long way to go,” Anthony Banbury, the outgoing head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency... 

Ebola still flaming in West Africa says UN

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David Nabarro, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy on Ebola. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy on Ebola says the deadly virus is “still flaming strongly” in some parts of West Africa. David Nabarro made the remarks during a news conference on Tuesday in the Swiss city of Geneva. “We know the outbreak is still flaming strongly in... 

China approves home-grown tests for Ebola

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Health inspection and quarantine researchers work in their laboratory at an airport in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. China has recently approved home-grown Ebola tests that comply with international norms to fight the spread of the deadly disease. In a brief statement on Friday, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) said top health authorities approved three home-grown Ebola test reagents... 

Ebola epidemic slows down in Sierra Leone

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A health worker is disinfected in an Ebola treatment center in Hastings, Sierra Leone on November 11, 2014. The Ebola epidemic is likely to have passed its culmination point in Sierra Leone and may start to slow down in the near future. “We believe that … the transmission of new cases will start reducing,” Sierra Leone’s Information Minister Alpha Kanu told reporters on Wednesday. “I... 

NYC Woman on Ebola Watchlist Dies Bleeding From Mouth, Authorities Say "Heart Attack"

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FDNY activated the Special Operations and Hazmat units after the woman, who had recently traveled from Guinea, dropped dead in Brooklyn on Tuesday, raising the alert of a suspected new Ebola case. A woman who returned from Guinea 18 days ago and was on an Ebola monitoring list dropped dead in a Brooklyn hair salon yesterday after eyewitnesses said she began bleeding from the mouth and nose, but authorities... 

Sierra Leone national and resident of US dies of Ebola

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A doctor being treated for the deadly Ebola virus disease has died at the Nebraska Medical Center in the US state of Nebraska. Dr. Martin Salia, a native of Sierra Leone and permanent US resident, was seriously ill when he was airlifted from West Africa to the US on Sunday, the hospital said in a statement. The surgeon, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, was suffering from advanced... 
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